6 Ways To Play Jackbox Games On A TV
Playing Jackbox can be a really fun thing to do with your friends and family. I’ve been playing Jackbox games on my TV on many occasions, especially at smaller family gatherings to spice things up a bit.
I feel that Jackbox games are really a game meant to be played on a TV with a crowd, it’s very family-friendly but fun to play for all ages. With a nice big TV, this game can be the center for a whole evening.
Further down this article, I’ve explained a few ways to play Jackbox on your TV. They’ve actually made Jackbox games very available. You’ll be able to play the different Party Packs on many different devices and platforms like PCs, consoles, smartphones, smart TVs, and more.
Playing Jackbox on a TV with Apple TV and iPad
Play Jackbox on your Apple TV is pretty straightforward and even recommended by the creators of Jackbox.
Jackbox Party Pack 4 is ready and available to download on any iPad which is updated to iOS 11 or newer. This means if you have an Apple TV you’ll easily be able to download and start the game on your iPad and stream it to your TV with just a few taps.
How to start playing Jackbox through Apple TV
- Make sure your iPad and Apple TV is turned on with Airplay ready.
- Startup Jackbox Party Pack 4 on your iPad.
- Open the Control Center on your Ipad and start “Screen Mirroring”.
Within a few moments, you should see your Apple TV come up.
- Select and connect to your Apple TV from the list.
- Now you everything should be ready to go. You’ll be able to use your iPad as the remote/controller.
Playing Jackbox with an HDMI adapter from your iPad
Another good way to play Jackbox is to use an HDMI adapter to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device. You can get HDMI to USB-C and HDMI to Lightning cable, allowing you to mirror your device screen to your TV.
I recommend you getting a fairly long cable if you use the HDMI method. Go for at least 3 meters so you’ll easily be able to sit on the couch with your family. You don’t need any fancy cable with gold plating and such, just a plain and simple HDMI to Lightning or HDMI to USB-C will do depending on what device you are on. Alternatively, if you already have an HDMI cable, you can just get a little adapter, converting your HDMI to whatever input you are using.
Can you play Jackbox on Android TV?
Yes, all Jackbox Party Packs are available on Android TV through the Google Play Store.
The best way to get Android TV is if your Smart TV already has Android TV built-in like Sony, Hisense, or Philips or if you own any of the following; NVIDIA Shield TV, Mi Box, or Razer Forge TV.
Can you play Jacbox on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick?
All Jackbox Party Packs are available for Amazon Fire TV. Playing Jackbox on Amazon Fire TV gives a great experience because it’s extremely easy to set up, no cables needed and you don’t need any workaround like streaming or casting through a browser, it just works. And it’s Jackbox TV so you’ll just be using your phone or tablet as a controller.
Can you play Jackbox on a TV with a console?
Yes, the majority of gaming console brands like PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox S/X, and Nintendo Switch are compatible with most Jackbox games. You can buy and download Jackbox games directly through the game store of your console.
Can I get Jackbox on my Samsung TV?
No, sadly Jackbox isn’t available on Samsung smart TVs. You’ll need a TV that has Android TV built-in as many Sony Smart TVs have.
What devices can you play Jackbox on?
Jackbox games are available for many devices, here is a list of Jackbox compatible devices:
Steam (PC, Mac, and Linux), Playstation, XBOX, Nintendo Switch, Apple TV and iPad, Amazon Fire TV, Humble (PC, Mac, and Linux), Fanatical (PC, Mac, and Linux), Epic Games (PC and Mac), Mac App Store and Android TV.
Can you play Jackbox on Zoom?
Yes, you can actually play Jackbox on Zoom or rather through the screen share feature on Zoom. Jackbox is the ideal online party game because you basically just need one person hosting the game and all others can join your game from their own PC or other devices. You can then just share your screen so everyone can see just like if they were there in person.
Can you play Jackbox games on a Chromecast?
No, you cannot play Jackbox games on a Chromecast, but you can actually stream Jackbox through your computer browser, phone, or tablet to your Chromecast.
How to cast and stream Jackbox games through Chromecast
To stream and play Jackbox games through Chromecast:
- Open the Chrome browser and the icon with three vertical dots.
- From here select “Cast…”.
- Now press “More sources” and select “Desktop”.
- You should now be able to select your Chromecast device and start casting.
This will cast whatever you have on your browser to the TV.
Morten has been working with technology, IoT and electronics for over a decade. His passion for technology is reflected into this blog to give you relevant and correct information.Read more...