Nowadays, you can easily mirror the screen of your Android device onto your television. If you have not tried it yet, but you want to try, then this guide is for you. Follow any of the methods below and enjoy the movie, video song, or a photograph on a widescreen by streaming it to your TV.
Method 1: Connect Your Android Device to Your Smart TV Wirelessly
Method 1.1: Using Wi-Fi Direct
If you want to stream a video, then
- Enable Wi-Fi Direct on the TV.
- Open the content that you want to watch on your Android device.
- Tap on the share button
- Select Wi-Fi Direct.
- Now you should be able to see your TV on the list of devices. Then Select it and start streaming.
You can also share photos with others using Wi-Fi Direct. Select photos you want to share from the Google Photos app and tap on the share button.
Method 1.2: Using Smart View and Screen Mirroring Features
Some smart TVs offer a feature called “Screen Mirroring” while Samsung phones offer a feature called “Smart View”. This Screen Mirroring feature allows you to show the content on the large screen. “Smart View” option automatically looks for screen mirroring as well as Chromecast devices around it. So using these two features, you can show off your skills of mobile gaming on a big screen.
Method 1.3: Using Bluetooth
You can connect your Android phone with your smart TV using Bluetooth. But this is only for streaming audio. This Bluetooth technique is useful when you want to play the music from Spotify on your TV that is connected to a powerful sound system.
Method 1.4: Using Third-party Apps
There are numerous third-party free streaming apps in the app market. “iMediaShare-Photos & Music” is the best example of such apps. You can move videos, audios, and photos from your Android device to your smart TV or other DLNA-enabled devices with these third-party apps. iMediaShare allows you to select a file by its type. Moreover, you can play videos in automatic succession and install Android apps on your TV itself with this app.
Method 1.5: Using Google Chromecast
- Connect the Chromecast to the HDMI port of the TV.
- Download and install the Google Home app on your Android device.
- Open the Google Home app.
- Select “Cast Screen/Audio” from the Google Home app menu.
- Tap on the blue colored button.
- Select the device that you want to cast.
Here, the app that you want to watch on your TV should support casting. Examples for such supported apps are Google photos, Netflix, HBO Now, and Hulu. Apart from that, your Android device and Chromecast/TV should be on the same Wi-Fi network.
There is a drawback of broadcasting media over a wireless network. That is delayed playback on the TV. This does not heavily affect casting images but it causes a little annoyance when transmitting a video. The cable connection is the solution to this issue.
Method 2: Using a cable connection
You can make a direct connection between your Android device and the TV via an HDMI cable.
It is hard to find a compact HDMI output for Android tablets. But you do not need this for phones. And there is no sufficient space for adapters in most of the phones. The solution for this issue is the USB port expander Mobile High Definition Link (MHL). For older devices, SlimPort can be used as the alternative for MHL, because they do not support MHL.
Apart from the above-mentioned methods, there is a straightforward method also. You can simply plug your Android device into your TV and display the stored photos and videos in the internal memory or microSD card of your Android device on your TV.
If you have any other alternative methods, you know, or any issues you face, then you can mention them in the comment section.