How to Stream Pictures from Your iPhone to an Apple TV

How many times have you wished you could easily display pictures on your iPhone on a TV without having to jump through hoops? With iOS 4.2 this hassle is history. Now you can share pictures saved on your iPhone with an Apple TV on the same network. The guide below will show you how to use this really cool feature. Before you continue make sure your Apple TV has AirPlay enabled and that the Apple TV is running software version 4.1 or greater.

Software/Hardware used: iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.

Note: It appears that video playback is not supported from the Photos app to the Apple TV.

How to View Pictures from Your iPhone on the Apple TV


1. Tap on the AirPlay button.

2. Tap on the Apple TV you wish to stream the images.

Now when you scroll through images you will see them appear on the iPhone and the Apple TV.

I noticed that there is a slight lag when scrolling through images and that videos shot on the iPhone are not supported. Hopefully Apple will address the latter in a future update. How do you like AirPlay so far?

  • Juerg

    I am using I-phone 4 version 4.3.1 but I don’t see any Airplay button anywhere. Am I missing something?

    • You need an apple tv, you need to be on the same network as the atv and the atv must have AirPlay enabled. Missing one of those and it will not appear.


      Gilberto J Perera

  • If you like AirPlay but you don’t have an Apple TV you should check out this iPhone app: ‘Wifi Photo Viewer’ which let’s you show your iPhone photos on a computer screen over wifi and control the slideshow directly from your device.

    Here is a video that shows how it works:

    • Thanks for the link, hope to be able to get a review copy to check it out
      and write about it.

  • Steve

    The AirPlay icon is not showing up on my photos in photos app. Running iOS 4.2 on phone and just did update of tv software. Both on same home network. Restarted router (airport). What gives?

    • Drryanhanson

      me to – did you figure it out?

  • Anonymous

    Video AirPlay works with video and photos from iPhone4 and iPad on Apple TV…sweet….
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