7 ways to connect your phone to a TV

Apr 22 2019 04:26 PM
7 ways to connect your phone to a TV

USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi - choose what you like more and view content on the big screen.

1. How to connect the phone to the TV via USB

  • Which phone is suitable: Android-smartphone, a regular mobile phone.
  • Which TV is suitable: any with a USB port.
  • What else you need: USB cable .

The easiest way to connect, allowing you to use your mobile device as a flash drive. True, it will only play back the media files stored in the phone: photos, videos and audio.

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What to do

  • Connect the TV to the phone using a USB cable.
  • Select the USB port on the TV as the source.
  • If necessary, confirm the connection mode on the phone.
  • A folder screen or a list of files that were scanned and recognized by the TV will appear on the big screen. What exactly you will see will depend on the device model.
  • Use the remote for navigation and viewing.

2. How to connect the phone to the TV via HDMI

  • Which phone is suitable: Android-smartphone, iPhone.
  • Which TV is suitable: any with HDMI-connector.
  • What else you need: a phone-compatible HDMI cable or adapter.

This option allows you to use the TV as an external display during games, watching movies and surfing the Internet. The picture from the mobile device is mirrored, that is, everything that happens on the screen of the smartphone is displayed on the TV.

Depending on the phone connector for connection, you will need an appropriate adapter or cable. On the one hand, it will have an HDMI connector, and on the other, microUSB , Lightning, or USB-C . In the image broadcast mode, the device is quickly discharged, so usually on adapters there is a connector for charging.

Before buying an adapter for USB-C, make sure that your smartphone supports image output.

What to do

  • Connect a compatible cable smartphone and TV. If you are using an adapter, plug it into a gadget and connect a regular HDMI cable from the TV to it.
  • Select the appropriate HDMI connector as the source for the TV.
  • The image will automatically appear on the TV. If this does not happen, open the settings of the smartphone and change the screen resolution.

3. How to connect the phone to the TV via Wi-Fi Direct

  • Which phone is suitable: Android-smartphone.
  • Which TV is right: with support for Wi-Fi Direct .
  • What else is needed: nothing.

Wireless connection, in which a mobile device and a compatible TV are connected via Wi-Fi directly, without a router. TV in this case acts as an access point to which the smartphone is connected. And you can transfer media files to the big screen using the standard “Send” menu.

What to do

  • Open the network settings on the TV and turn on the Wi-Fi Direct function.
  • On your smartphone, go to “Settings” → “Wireless networks” → Wi-Fi → Wi-Fi Direct.
  • After scanning the available devices, select your TV.
  • Use the "Send" menu on your smartphone to transfer photos, video and audio to TV.

4. How to connect the phone to the TV via DLNA

  • Which phone is suitable: Android-smartphone.
  • Which TV is right: any with DLNA support.
  • What else is needed: nothing.

This time the connection is through a router . At the same time, the TV can be connected to the home network with a cable, and the smartphone via Wi-Fi.

Features DLNA allow you to view on the big screen media files from the memory of the mobile device.

What to do

  • Make sure the TV and smartphone are connected to the same network.
  • Activate the DLNA function in the TV settings.
  • Launch the standard Android gallery and open the desired media file.
  • Go to “Menu” → “Select Player” and click on the name of your TV in the list.
  • For advanced settings and broadcast files from other programs, install the media server application from Google Play. For example, the popular BubbleUPnP.

5. How to connect the phone to the TV via AirPlay

  • Which phone is suitable: iPhone.
  • Which TV is suitable: any.
  • What you need: Apple TV.

This is the most convenient way to connect your iPhone to a TV with an Apple Extender. Proprietary function AirPlay ensures the transfer of content on Apple TV over the air. And you can hold presentations, play, view photos and videos.

What to do

  • Make sure the iPhone and Apple TV are connected to the same network.
  • Open the “Control Point” on your smartphone and click the “Repeat Screen” button.
  • Select Apple TV from the list.

6. How to connect the phone to the TV via Miracast

  • Which phone is suitable: Android-smartphone.
  • Which TV is right: any with the support of Miracast.
  • What else you need: nothing or a special adapter.

Miracast technology is also designed to mirror the screen of mobile devices on TV and works in the same way as AirPlay. On Smart TV, it is supported out of the box. And with the help of a special adapter, you can add it to any TV with an HDMI port.

What to do if you have a smart TV

  • Open the network settings on the TV and turn on Miracast.
  • On your smartphone, go to “Settings” → “Display” → “Wireless Monitor” and enable the function.
  • Select the TV in the list of Miracast devices found.
  • The image from the smartphone will appear on the TV screen immediately after connecting.

What to do if you need an adapter

  • Buy a compatible adapter . It is advisable to choose universal models with support for Miracast, Chromecast and AirPlay.
  • Insert the adapter into the HDMI port. If required, connect power to it using a USB cable.
  • On the TV, select the HDMI connector to which the adapter is connected.
  • Download the application by the QR code on the screen and connect through it.
  • Or use the standard Android function by activating it in the “Settings” → “Screen” → “Wireless Monitor” menu.

7. How to connect your phone to a TV via Chromecast

  • Which phone is suitable: Android-smartphone, iPhone.
  • Which TV is suitable: any.
  • What else you need: the prefix Chromecast.

And one more technology of wireless broadcasting of media content, but already from Google. To use it, you need a brand-name console, which connects to any TV via an HDMI connector.

After that, you can view videos from the gallery and various applications, as well as play and conduct presentations, mirroring the screen of a mobile device. There is a regular versionwith Full HD resolution and more expensive with 4K support .

What to do

  • Buy Google Chromecast.
  • Insert the set-top box into the HDMI connector on the TV and plug in the USB cable for power.
  • Switch to the HDMI port of the console and connect it to the Wi-Fi network.
  • Download the Google Home app for Android or iOS on your smartphone.
  • Open the app and perform the initial setup by logging in with your Google account .
  • Launch the content in a compatible application, click on the broadcast icon and select the Chromecast device from the list.

What type of connection to choose

USB, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct are obsolete, but they can be used as a backup. Now relevant are the connection via HDMI cable or wirelessly via Miracast, Chromecast or AirPlay. Which one to choose depends on your smartphone and TV.

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If you have an Android smartphone and Smart TV, simply connect via Miracast. If the TV is normal, buy a Miracast adapter, a Google Chromecast console or a compatible HDMI cable. The backup options are USB cable, DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct.

If you have an iPhone, buy Apple TV, a universal adapter with Miracast and AirPlay support, or a Lightning-HDMI digital adapter.

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