How to Cast from Phone or Tablet to TV Without Wifi

If you’re ever in unfamiliar territory and you find yourself in a situation where you want to cast your phone to a TV but you don’t have access to WI-FI, you may think you have limited options. After all, to cast your phone to a TV normally requires the TV and your phone to be on the same WI-FI network. 

However, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a few options for you to try. In this guide, we’ll go over each and every option you have to cast your phone to a TV without needing WI-FI.

Screen Mirror With Peer To Peer Airplay (iPhone)

This option is for iPhone users that want to cast their phone to their TV without WI-FI. However, this is a rather specific option that requires you to not only own an iPhone but also an Apple TV which is at least 3rd Gen and running on software 7.0 or higher. 

Here’s how to do it;

  • Turn off your iPhone’s WI-FI. Go to Settings > WI-FI and toggle it off.
  • Turn off WI-FI on your Apple TV. Go to Settings > Network > Forget This Network.
  • Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both your TV and iOS device.
  • On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Airplay and set to ‘Everyone’.
  • Turn WI-FI back on, on your iPhone. 
  • Go to the Control Centre and your iPhone will have found your Apple TV’s name.
  • Select your TV and you’ll be connected!

Important: Because you’re not connected to WI-FI on your TV (even though the feature is enabled on your iPhone) you cannot stream anything like YouTube or Netflix. All you can do is watch your own videos or browse your images.

Use An Apple Lightning Connector (iPhone)

Another way to cast your iPhone to your TV Without WI-FI is to go and purchase an Apple Lightning Connector. With a Connector, all you have to do is plug it into your iPhone and then attach the other end into one of the HDMI ports of your TV. You can then use your phone’s data to stream your favourite apps and browse the internet.

It’s worth noting that this Apple Lightning Connector will set you back £50 though.

Use An Android To HDMI Adapter (Android Phones)

Much like using an Apple Lightning Connector, you can also use an adapter cable if you’re an Android user. All you need to do is purchase one from somewhere like Amazon which will cost you in the region of £15+. It’s simply a case of plugging your adapter into your phone or tablet and then putting the other end into your HDMI port on your TV.

Voila! You can cast to your TV without WI-FI. If you have data on your Android device, you can use it to stream all your favourite apps on the large screen of your smart TV.

Use Chromecast (All Phones)

Chromecast is a service from the internet giant Google. To be able to cast your phone to your TV without WI-FI, you first need to purchase a Chromecast device. This is a small USB type of device that plugs into the back of your TV. Once you have Chromecast set up, you can then stream from your Google Chromecast app on your phone to your TV.

Here’s how to do it;

  • Plug your Chromecast into a USB port on your TV.
  • Connect the other end to the main power.
  • Download the Chromecast app on your phone.
  • Set up an account if you don’t already have one.

If you’re not able to use your Chromecast device without your WI-FI being on, you can use guest mode which will allow you to cast your phone. As a guest, you can use your mobile data to stream over Chromecast.

Here’s how to do it;

  • On your Android phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  • Tap Google and then Device connections and then Cast options and then Guest mode.
  • Tap OK to allow Google to scan your network information and find nearby devices to cast to.
  • Note: Once guest mode is turned on, it will be active for two hours, then automatically turn off.
  • Open any Chromecast-enabled app and tap the Cast button to Active cast extension.
  • Select Nearby device and follow the prompts to connect.
  • Enter the 4-digit PIN that your host provides. 

Use ScreenBeam Mini2 (Android Phones)

ScreenBeam Mini 2 is a small dongle device that uses Miracast technology. If you want to cast to your TV without WI-FI, you can do so with this device thanks to its receiver. It’s a a simple case of connecting it to your TV and then using your smartphone’s display application to pick up the signal.

Here’s how to do it;

  • Get the USB cable and plug the small end into the wireless display receiver.
  • Plug the receiver into an available HDMI port on your TV.
  • Connect the large end of the USB cable to an available USB port* on your TV. This will supply power to the wireless display receiver.
  • Turn the TV on and select the input source until you see “Ready to Connect.”
  • Open the Wireless Display Application in your mobile device (phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). This may be in your Settings. The name of this application will vary depending on the device you are using.
  • Select ‘ScreenBeam’ from the list of available Receivers.
  • You may be prompted to enter a pin. You’ll find this code displayed on your TV.

And that’s it, you’re done!

Use Your TV’s Bluetooth

You can also cast your phone to your TV by using Bluetooth. This is thanks to Miracast technology which most modern smart TVs come with. All you need to do is turn your Bluetooth on for both your phone and your TV. 

  • On your TV, you may need to go to Settings > Connectivity.
  • On your phone, go to Settings > Bluetooth and toggle it on.
  • Your phone should pick up your TV as an option to connect to.
  • Select your TV’s name and wait for the connection to establish.

You should then be able to mirror your phone to your TV screen and use your phone’s data to use the internet and streaming services.

Casting To Your TV From Your Phone Without WI-FI

So there you have it, a variety of ways to cast from your phone to your TV without WI-FI. Many of these options require you to purchase new devices to allow you to do this, however, they are cheap devices and if you can’t get your WI-FI fixed for a while, they will be worthwhile your investment because you’ll be able to get back to watching your favourite streaming services on your TV again.

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About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and blogger with over 10 years of experience, currently serving as Blue Cine Tech's AV Editor. Specialising in gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology, my work has been featured in top technology blogs. I'm dedicated to breaking down the complexities of the latest tech trends, from explaining the intricacies of Dolby Vision to optimising your streaming experience. This blog serves as a platform for my ongoing exploration of the ever-evolving tech landscape. If you see me at industry events like CES or IFA, feel free to say hello.

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