How to Stream Netflix From an iPhone to TV and Cable

By J.T. Barett

Instructions on how to stream Netflix movies and TV shows from your iPhone to your television, using an adapter cable or Apple’s AirPlay technology.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple composite AV cable
  • Netflix app for iPhone

As an iPhone user with a Netflix account, you have options other than watching movies on the phone’s small screen; with the right equipment, you can enjoy full-sized video on a TV. Use adapter cables or Apple's AirPlay wireless technology to connect the iPhone to most modern high-definition televisions.

Adapter Cable

A video adapter cable connects your iPhone to an input on your TV. Apple and other vendors offer a variety of cables for different iPhone models and TVs.

Step 1

Obtain an adapter cable that fits your TV and Apple device. For example, if the TV has High-Definition Multimedia Interface inputs and the iPhone is a 5S model, select a cable with a Lightning connector on one end and an HDMI socket connector at the other end.

Step 2

Connect the adapter cable to the iPhone’s docking cable port. Plug one end of an HDMI cable to the HDMI socket on the adapter cable. For other kinds of adapters, connect RCA or other video and audio cables into their respective sockets.

Step 3

Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to an available input on the TV. For example, if the TV has two HDMI inputs and one of them already has a cable from a set-top box, then connect the cable to the free HDMI input.

Step 4

Use the TV’s remote to select the video signal input connected to the iPhone adapter cable. A picture should appear on the TV that is the same as what you see on the iPhone display.

Step 5

Tap the Netflix app on the iPhone. Log in to your Netflix account using the email address and password associated with the account.

Step 6

Tap the User Profile Icon that identifies who you are if you have multiple Netflix users on your account.

Step 7

Select a movie or TV show available for streaming. Tap the Play button to watch the show on the television.

AirPlay

Apple’s AirPlay technology sends video from your iPhone to an Apple TV set-top box connected to your TV. AirPlay works over your Wi-Fi wireless data network, eliminating the need for extra cables. AirPlay requires an Apple TV device.

Step 1

Use the TV’s remote to select the video signal input from your Apple TV.

Step 2

Connect your iPhone and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 3

Swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone screen to display the Control Center.

Step 4

Tap AirPlay to display AirPlay options.

Step 5

AirPlay options

Tap the name of the AirPlay device to which you want to send video. Tap Done to exit the AirPlay screen.

Tip

By enabling the mirroring feature, you send all of the iPhone’s display video to the television, not just the Netflix content. To watch Netflix content, you don’t need mirroring turned on.

Step 6

Press the Home button to display the iPhone’s home screen.

Step 7

Netflix login screen

Tap the Netflix app to start it. Enter the email address and password associated with your Netflix account.

Step 8

Tap the User Profile Icon that identifies who you are if there are multiple Netflix users in your household.

User profile

Step 9

Select a movie or TV show available for streaming. Press the Play button to watch the show on your TV.