How to Turn on the "TV Out" on an iPhone

By Adrian Grahams

If you're tired of squinting at the screen on your Apple iPhone to watch downloaded movies or video clips, then connecting the device to a television set might be the answer. The iPhone comes with a "TV Out" function so you can view the output from the iPhone on a much larger screen. Enabling "TV Out" on the iPhone is straightforward from the settings menu from the preinstalled iPod application.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone/TV audio-visual connection cable

Step 1

Switch on the Apple iPhone and tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen.

Step 2

Scroll down to the "TV Out" headings in the settings menu.

Step 3

Move the tab beside "Widescreen" to the "On" or "Off" position, depending on whether or not your television set is widescreen.

Step 4

Tap the "TV Signal" link. From the drop-down menu select "NTSC" or "PAL" from the options. Most North American television equipment uses the NTSC standard and most European sets use "PAL." Exit the settings menu.

Step 5

Connect an Apple-approved audio-visual cable to the iPhone and the television set. Switch on the TV set and press the "AV" or "EXT" button on the TV set remote control handset until the screen displays the output from the iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • The type of audio-visual cable required to connect the iPhone to the TV set depends on the connectors available on the TV. Check the connection type before buying the cable.