How to connect to a TV

We're big fans of connecting PIVOT Yoga to a TV. There's something exciting about seeing yourself on screen next to your favorite teacher. It's way, way easier to see detailed alignment issues.  And, if you connect via cable, you get a big boost in voice command performance, too. Last but not least, your TV has much better speakers than your phone, so the class will sound better, too.   

There are two ways to connect PIVOT Yoga (or any iPhone app, for that matter) to a TV:  via cable, and via AirPlay.   

CONNECTING VIA CABLE  (RECOMMENDED)

We recommend you connect via cable. You'll need a TV with an HDMI port, an HDMI cable, and an HDMI-to-Lightning connector. 

A couple notes before getting started:

  • If your TV is new within the last few years, it almost certainly has an HDMI port and chances are good it came with an HDMI cable. 
  • But you probably don't have an HDMI-to-Lightning connector (sometimes these connectors are called "dongles"). We have tested and prefer a very inexpensive cable that combines both the HDMI cable and the HDMI-to-Lightning connector part. As of this writing (July 2020), you can get it here on Amazon for around $17. The nice part about this particular cable is that it also allows you to keep your phone plugged in for power too.  But we have no relationship with the company that makes them (or Amazon for that matter) and certainly many other cables should work too.

Now, connecting is a breeze:

  1. Connect your HDMI cable into the TV's HDMI port on one end.
  2.  Connect the other end of the HDMI cable into the dongle. 
  3. And then connect the dongle into your phone. 
  4. Your phone should instantly appear on your TV screen, though if it doesn't try navigating on your phone a little bit (opening an app, or changing screens somehow). That should do the trick.

CONNECTING VIA AIRPLAY

For the technically brave, Apple's AirPlay technology is elegant and can potentially stream PIVOT Yoga quite well to your TV. And we often use it in our lab. But it does take some setup hassle, and it's only available on certain Apple TV devices. 

If you already have Screen Mirroring set up on your phone to your Apple TV 4k, congrats--you're basically done.  Just run our app and then mirror it to the TV.

If you're like most people, however, you'll need to do some work to set this up.  Also, we recommend that you use an Apple TV 4K or later. That's because only the Apple TV 4K supports Bluetooth 5.0, which has enough bandwidth.  (Earlier versions of Bluetooth will result in pretty ragged streaming of PIVOT Yoga, and lots of annoying drop-outs).  Next, your iPhone itself must also support Bluetooth 5.0, which means you'll need an iPhone 8, X, or later.

To set it up, here are the instructions that work for us:

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is on, on both your phone and on your Apple TV.
  2. On your phone, forget your current Wi-Fi network but leave Wi-Fi on.
  3. On your Apple TV, forget your current Wi-Fi network but leave Wi-Fi on.
  4. On your Apple TV, navigate to Remotes and Devices / Bluetooth and connect to your iPhone.
  5. On your iPhone, swipe to the Control Center and choose Screen Mirroring. Your Apple TV should appear as a choice.
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