I'm going on a trip abroad - where I will not have a data plan - to a place where there is no wifi. There is a TV, however, and I was thinking of bringing my 3rd gen Apple TV to be able to watch some media on the screen. The plan is to create a local hotspot on the phone; let the Apple TV connect to it and then use Airplay to play already downloaded content from my phone.

Will this work? I can't test it without the data plan without leaving the country.

This post discusses a similar issue, but they seem to have a working data connection.

  • You don't need to leave the country to test this. Turn off data on your phone and then see if hotspot works? – Rubatharisan Thirumathyam Aug 23 '16 at 10:10
  • Good point. If I turn off data, I can't create a hotspot(the button is disabled). I won't turn off data on my vacation, though, I will just disable roaming, so my phone might still think it has a data connection. – bgp2000 Aug 23 '16 at 10:49
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    It may be easier for you to buy a cheap wireless router with you - or maybe take your current wireless router with you – Rubatharisan Thirumathyam Aug 23 '16 at 12:59

Yes this works! You must switch on Bluetooth on both devices. Afterwards go to the Control Center and check if AirPlay is diplayed. When the AirPlay Button don't show up you might restart and try it again. When it's working you have to turn on 'Mirror'. That's it.

  • Ok, but won't I be using the Bluetooth connection then? That won't be fast enough to stream 1080p movies, will it? – bgp2000 Aug 23 '16 at 9:08
  • @bgp2000: You have to try it. When you want to watch this 1080p movie a Lightning adapter would be better. – Max Aug 23 '16 at 9:57

It works. As long as you can turn on a local hotspot on the phone, you can let the Apple TV connect to it and use AirPlay to stream content from the phone to the TV. Furthermore my friend could connect his iPad to the hotspot and stream video from his device to the TV.

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  • I'm sorry, I could have been clearer. I'm the OP and I tried it and it works. So it's an answer, not a comment. – bgp2000 Feb 3 '17 at 13:57
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