Broadcast the iPhone’s Camera Live to an Apple TV with AirPlay

Dec 12, 2011 - 7 Comments

AirPlay By using AirPlay and the video mirroring feature, you can broadcast live images / video from your iPhone’s camera directly to an Apple TV on the same network.

To do this, you’ll need iOS 5 or later, an Apple TV, and the AirPlay compatible iPhone 4S or iPad 2 with a camera. All hardware must be on the same wireless network as well. With those requirements met, here’s how to set up the live camera broadcast:

On the Apple TV:

  • Go to Settings > AirPlay > turn Airplay ON

From the iPhone 4S or iPad 2:

  • Double click the home button and swipe to the right, then tap on the AirPlay button
  • Select the Apple TV and enable Mirroring
  • Now click the Home button again and tap on the Camera app to start the live feed

Broadcast iPhone Camera Live to Apple TV

Assuming you did this all correctly, the Apple TV will export whatever the iPhone camera sees live, thanks to the video mirroring feature.

This fun little trick was found on TUAW, who suggests you can use the camera mirroring feature to look at your ear or nose… LOL.

Whatever use you find for this one, have fun!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. jenny b says:

    i cant get the recording up when live streaming to apple tv but no sound!
    can you suggest anything.

    I want it to b like a live with sound broadcast.

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  3. Bazinga says:

    Is there an app on the iOS that can do this WITHOUT showing the interface? (Record button etc…) so just full screen image?? If you’re trying to use this for a real streaming/broadcast it’s in the way…

  4. roey says:

    You can also use Friendsee iPhone application! its free!

    To broadcast live to your facebook wall

  5. Tom says:

    Thanks for this great tip!! Works great.
    Will check out the Airplayer App for Mac too. Sweet👍

  6. Alex says:

    Should be able to use SSH tunnel proxy and send the video feed to anywhere else, not limited to the home network.

  7. Juerrita says:

    If you were to install AirPlayer app on the Mac you can receive the feed in Mac OS X as well.

    AirPlay will be included in OS X soon though ;)

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