YouTube + HDMI Adapter... Only mirrors my screen Now?

Jayson A

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I used to be able to use the Lighting to HDMI adapter to play YouTube videos on my friend's TV from my iPhone... however, just recently, it acts as if I'm mirroring my entire iPhone display to the TV even when a YouTube video is playing.

Before, just the video would play on the TV and the iPhone would have a little video source icon in the YouTube app, indicating that the video was being played on the big screen. Now, the video plays on both screens at the same time and even shows enlarged controls on the TV and even TEXT MESSAGES pop up on the TV for everyone to see. I don't like this behavior and I want it back to how it used to be and just play the video on the TV and nothing else.

I haven't updated my iPhone recently (still on 10.3.1) and I haven't changed any settings that I know of. YouTube has been updated recently, but I don't recall it mentioning anything to do with the HDMI adapter.

Other built in apps, such as Photos and the TV app still play only the video on the TV. I'm guessing not a lot of people use the HDMI adapter, or maybe they don't think of it as a problem, but I preferred it when people couldn't see my incoming text messages while watching videos on the big screen.
 

ttforever

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Mine still does as you describe - on the latest ios version. Are you enabling mirroring on your phone? If you don't but its connected via the HDMI it should work as you describe! If mirroring is enabled, try disabling it and see what happens
 

Jayson A

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Mine still does as you describe - on the latest ios version. Are you enabling mirroring on your phone? If you don't but its connected via the HDMI it should work as you describe! If mirroring is enabled, try disabling it and see what happens
The thing is, other apps work the way I want such as Photos and TV. It's mirrored only until I play a video, then it sends only the video to the TV instead of the video and whole interface.

I noticed that Netflix does the same thing as YouTube though. I also tried restarting my iPhone AND re-installing YouTube.

By the way, how do you disable mirroring when the HDMI adapter is in use? I thought there weren't any options for it.
 

ttforever

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The youtube app on mine definitely sends only the video and texts etc only appear on the phone. When video isn't playing it does mirror the screen though - which it wasn't doing last time I used it. I can't find the option for mirroring via HDMI anymore either I thought it used to be in with the airplay settings in control centre.
 

Jayson A

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The youtube app on mine definitely sends only the video and texts etc only appear on the phone. When video isn't playing it does mirror the screen though - which it wasn't doing last time I used it. I can't find the option for mirroring via HDMI anymore either I thought it used to be in with the airplay settings in control centre.
Damn. You'd think after restarting and re-installing youtube, the issue would fix itself. .
 

pacorob

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May I ask why you aren't using the Chromecast functionality together with Google's YouTube app or e.g. a third party YouTube app such as ProTube (it's not perfect but has great features). With Chromecast only the video is shown on a tv not other things you do on your phone or occur like text messages.
 

Jayson A

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May I ask why you aren't using the Chromecast functionality together with Google's YouTube app or e.g. a third party YouTube app such as ProTube (it's not perfect but has great features). With Chromecast only the video is shown on a tv not other things you do on your phone or occur like text messages.
I have an Apple TV at home which works perfectly, but when I go to my friend's house, I'm not going to bring my Apple TV (that would be a pain), so I just plug my phone into his TV via the HDMI adapter. However, it's not just his TV that it does this with. It's also my TV and my iPad as well. I think it's from a recent YouTube update.
 

pacorob

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I have an Apple TV at home which works perfectly, but when I go to my friend's house, I'm not going to bring my Apple TV (that would be a pain), so I just plug my phone into his TV via the HDMI adapter. However, it's not just his TV that it does this with. It's also my TV and my iPad as well. I think it's from a recent YouTube update.
Then you could try to reach out to Google about this. Check out their forum and maybe post it there as well (if there isn't already a topic about it there).
 
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