How to connect an android phone to TV
If you want to show something to a large group of people, or just want to enlarge the things on your phone, then connecting your phone to your TV is necessary. Some years back it will have been impossible to do this, but now it’s like a fad. And it keeps getting easier.
Teachers make use of this during tutorials especially if there is no projector. Anyone in any field whatsoever can make use of this. It helps in making the planning process, reviewing and editing much easier (especially when using the second method discussed in this article).
There are two ways to connect your phone to the TV. They are also very easy methods.
1. Using Chromecast
TVs made nowadays support Chromecast. And Android OS above 5.0 supports Chromecast too.
Unlike the traditional way of connecting your phone to your TV using MHL or SlimPort (though it’s talked about in this article), this method makes use of WiFi and Mobile data. And it is much easier to set up since all phones made nowadays support casting onto a TV. Though you might have some setbacks if your WiFi connection or internet connection isn’t strong enough.
Moreover, Chromecast can only be used to view audios or videos.
Download the Chromecast app. You can get it on the play store for free. A link to the app has been added at the end of this article.
You will need a Chromecast. You can get it online or at any electronics store.
Once you have the Chromecast, plug it into the HDMI port of your TV.
You will also need to plug the Chromecast into a power outlet. Though in some cases you might be able to plug the Chromecast into the USB port of your TV and draw power from it.
You’ll need a wireless connection as well as an internet connection. Make sure you’re on the same wifi connection with the Chromecast.
If you intend to stream the video or song from sites like Netflix, Vimeo, YouTube, Pandora and so on, then you will need to have an account on them.
• Now Open Your Chromecast App and follow the instruction. Then open the app you want to live stream from.
Select the video of your choice.
Tap on the cast button. It is usually at the upper right angle.
You can use your mobile device as a remote for pausing, playing fast-forwarding, reversing, volume increase, and decrease.
2. Using MHL and SlimPort
Almost every TV since the last decade comes with an HDMI port. HDMI works for both HD video and audio as well. You can connect your Android device to a TV through the HDMI port.
This method is the old way of connecting your phone to a TV. Besides, it isn’t so straightforward, due to different specifications of HDMI cables.
HDMI plugs/cords/cables are available in 3 sizes. HDMI (full size) TYPE A, HDMI Mini TYPE C, HDMI Micro TYPE D. Usually, TYPE A is what is widely used for connecting android phones to the TV.
You will need to get a MicroUSB adapter, which will allow you to connect the HDMI to the phone. Since most Android phones do not have the HDMI output required to be connected to a phone. But luckily if you can get an HDMI to micro-USB cable, you can easily connect it to your phone without having to use the MicroUSB adapter.
You can get the MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) or the newer SlimPort. They somewhat look alike, and they’re the best MicroUSB adapters.
MHL and SlimPort support both video and audio, just like HDMI. They also have up to eight channels of surround sound available. Both have breakout boxes, which is a small dongle that connects your device to the TV. It converts the signal coming from your Android device to one compatible with HDMI (TV).
An advantage MHL has over SlimPort is that several TV manufacturers support HML. Check the back of your TV where the ports are, the HDMI port will most likely have the MHL logo above it.
The various TVs available nowadays supports different types of MHL and SlimPort. With three different versions available for both MHL and SlimPort, you will need to check the specifications of your TV before purchasing an adapter.
Once you’ve gotten the MicroUSB adapter. Connect one end of it to your phone and the other end to the TV. Then there is another port you will connect a cable to. Then also connect it to a power outlet that will power the MHL or SlimPort adapter. Some instructions might pop up but they are easy to navigate through. Now you’re ready to view your photos, videos, and so on.
This method is more preferable if you want to view everything on your phone, like photos, documents, music and so on.
There you have it. Two different ways you can use to connect your phone to a TV, hassle-free. Though each of these has its advantages as well as disadvantages.
If you plan on streaming or watching videos and listening to audios on your phone, then using a Chromecast is the perfect choice for you. But if your aim is to edit or review several files apart from audios and videos, then the option to opt for is either MHL or SlimPort. Moreover, each of these methods is very cheap. The adapters and HDMI cables you’ll need to use don’t cost that much.
Also, apart from the Chromecast device (mentioned in the first method), you can as well make use of other devices like Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku Streaming Stick, Samsung Allshare Cast. …WD TV Live, Now TV Smart Box, Matchstick, Cheapcast, and so on. If you opt for any of these screencasting devices, then you will have to find an alternative app that works perfectly with these devices. But still, Chromecast is the widely used option and one of the best screencasting devices as well. Besides, it works seamlessly with the Google screencasting app.