How to connect Android phone to TV

How to connect Android phone to TV

This article explains how to connect an Android phone or tablet to the TV. The instructions apply to most Android phones, regardless of manufacturer, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Honor, and Xiaomi.

The cheapest and easiest way is to use an HDMI cable or use Google Chromecast. Other options include using a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) cable, SlimPort, or a wireless solution like Roku.

How to connect Android phone to TV with Micro HDMI to HDMI cable

The cheapest, easiest, and possibly the best way to connect your Android device to your HDTV is with an HDMI cable. It is not as common for manufacturers to include a Micro HDMI port in their device as it was just a few years ago.

But if you're lucky enough to have one, it makes the whole experience a lot easier. Micro HDMI to HDMI cables are roughly the same cost as a regular HDMI cable, so you can buy one for $ 20 or less.

HDMI-Micro HDMI connection cable

After connecting the device to one of the TV's HDMI inputs, switch the TV's source (usually via a source / source button on the remote) to the HDMI port and you're good to go. Make sure your android device is in landscape mode to get the best viewing experience.

While Apple has kept the 4: 3 aspect ratio with the iPad, which is great for browsing the web, Facebook, and the computer side of tablets, most Android tablets sport a 16: 9 aspect ratio that looks great on big ones. HDTV screens.

The big disadvantage of using a wired solution is the difficulty in using the device while connected to the TV. If you're watching a movie, this limitation isn't a big deal, but if you want to play games or watch YouTube videos, it's not ideal.

How to connect phone to TV with Chromecast

Google's Chromecast is the cheapest alternative to connecting your Android phone to TV if you don't have a Micro HDMI port on your device. But don't confuse it with similar streaming devices like the Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV - the Chromecast dongle doesn't actually do anything on its own. It relies on your Android device which is the brains behind the operation, it simply casts your Android screen to your TV.

The biggest advantage of Chromecast is the price, which costs less than 40 €. Another really cool feature is compatibility with Android and iOS devices. While you can only perform true display mirroring with an Android smartphone or tablet, you can still cast videos from Netflix, Hulu, or any other Chromecast-compatible app from your iPhone or iPad. This versatility is great for families who have both major mobile platforms.

And Chromecast setup is easy. After plugging the dongle into the TV and plugging in the power cable, download and launch the Google Home app. This app will detect the Chromecast and establish a connection to help you set it up.

It can also automatically transfer Wi-Fi information on some devices to your device. Google Home is also the app you use to mirror your display, although, with many popular apps like YouTube, you simply need to tap the Cast icon, which looks like a box or TV with the Wi-Fi symbol in it. corner.

How to cast Android screen to TV using MHL

Mobile High Definition Link is the technical term for a Micro USB to HDMI adapter. Many of the top brands support MHL for their Android smartphones and tablets, although you may need to double check your device by browsing a list of all mobile devices that support MHL.

This connection offers the same benefits as connecting via a Micro HDMI port, but is slightly more expensive due to the need for the MHL adapter, which can cost between € 15 and € 40. This option may be more expensive than a Chromecast.

Like the Micro HDMI to HDMI solution, it works. You don't have to do anything special except make sure your smartphone or tablet is in landscape mode to get the best viewing experience.

Samsung has dropped support for MHL and all other protocols for sending video and audio over USB, so if you have a recent Samsung smartphone, you'll need to choose a wireless solution like Chromecast. Samsung tablets generally don't support Chromecast at this time.

Connect Android phone to TV using SlimPort

SlimPort is a new technology designed for all types of devices, from smartphones to tablets to cameras. It uses the same core DisplayPort technology to stream audio and video to a TV or monitor.

It has growing support that includes devices like LG V20, Acer Chromebook R13, HTC 10, LG G Pad II, and Amazon Fire HD tablets. You can check the SlimPortConnect listing to see if your device has a SlimPort.

SlimPort works very similar to MHL. You will need a SlimPort adapter which costs between € 15 and € 40 and you will need an HDMI cable. Once you have purchased the adapter and cable, installation is simple.

Connect Android phone to TV with Roku or other wireless solutions

Chromecast isn't the only one in town when it comes to connecting an Android phone to your TV wirelessly, although it might be the cheapest and easiest solution. Roku 2 and Roku's newer TV boxes support casting. You can find the screen mirroring option in the Roku's settings.

On your Android device, open the Android Settings app, go to Display and choose Cast to see the options available to cast your screen. Both devices must be on the same network.

Mirroring Android on LG TV with Miracast

Some brands like Belkin Miracast Video Adapter and ScreenBeam Mini2 support casting mobile phone screen to TV. However, with prices easily surpassing that of the Chromecast, it is difficult to recommend these solutions. Roku can be a good choice for those who want a Roku or similar streaming device without the need to always connect their smartphone or tablet, but with the ability to do so.

Connect your Samsung smartphone or tablet with your Samsung HDTV

Check if your TV supports Samsung to Samsung mirroring by going to the Menu, choosing Network and looking for Screen Mirroring. On your smartphone or tablet, pull down extended notifications by using two fingers to swipe down from the top edge of the display. You will see a "Screen Mirroring" or "Smart View" option if your device supports it.

Are you confused? Go with Chromecast

If you're not sure which ports are on your smartphone or tablet, the easy choice is to use a Google Chromecast. And in most cases, this is also the least expensive option.

Chromecast will allow you to both cast video from most of your favorite streaming apps and mirror the display for apps that don't support casting. It's also relatively easy to set up, and because it works wirelessly, you can use your device on the sofa while watching whatever you want on the TV screen.

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