How to connect your mobile device to your TV by multiple ways
Projecting a mobile device to a TV or big screen is something everyone wants to do nowadays; despite the fact it is not complicated not everybody knows how to do it. Without too much talking you can see below several ways on how you can connect your cellphone to your TV:
If you have a smart TV that supports wireless devices then that's all you need. For Samsung phones swipe down the home screen and find "Samsung Smart View" and choose the TV you want to cast to. If your phone is not one of the newest try to find "Screen Mirroring" instead of "Samsung Smart View"
Connect with Chromecast 3rd Generation or Ultra
Maybe the simplest way to stream media is with Chromecast from Google. If your TV doesn’t have built-in Chromecast support (many modern TVs do) then you’ll have to buy a Chromecast device. It’s not expensive and it always works.
Once you have the Chromecast device:
- Plug in the device to an HDMI input behind or on the side of your TV,
- Connect the USB power cable to the Chromecast and the USB port of your TV. Give it a minute (if no USB port then use power adapter included)
- If necessary, use the TV control to switch to the HDMI input # where you connected the Chromecast device.
- Download the Google Home app, open it and follow the automatic set up process
- Confirm you see the code sent to your TV
- Select region (US) and name your Chromecast (by room if you want)
- Tap the Chromecast symbol on your phone and choose the device you want to stream to once you finish the set up.
Note: If the set up doesn't run automatically, please, tap on the device icon on the top right corner. Also make sure both devices, TV and phone, are on the same WiFi network.
Connect with Roku Streaming
You can also cast with Roku Streaming which is very good, but the process is longer and time consuming; however, if you’re interested in trying just click the link below and follow the right instructions:
Connect with Miracast
In regard to Miracast, it is not my favorite 'cause it is a little problematic, but if you want to try it, here is the link where you can follow the steps on how to hook it in:
Connect to the TV with AirPlay (iOS)
On Apple devices you’ll be able to use AirPlay for casting audio and video wirelessly. AirPlay is designed to work between Apple devices only. If both devices are connected to the same WiFi network, they’ll automatically detect each other, and you’ll be able to select the AirPlay connection in your phone’s settings, the same way you would with Bluetooth for connecting to wireless headphones. If the TV is not Apple you'll have to connect through a Chromecast device and Youtube or with an app.
If you decide to connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV with Chromecast and Youtube, you have to do it through the Youtube app. Don't access Youtube through the regular internet browser. It won't work.
Connect to Your TV by using a supported app.
How can we forget about apps? No way. There are some free applications you can use to stream media to our TV. Since they are free we have no choice but to deal with the ads. Some common apps for casting are "LocalCast", "AllCast"(Android only), "AllConnect"(Android only) and "Samsung Smart View". The free ones are not that good with Apple devices and they're just a trial.
Connect to your TV with an HDMI cable
Another way to connect your phone to the TV is with an HDMI cable. Since your phone doesn’t have HDMI port then you need to use an adapter which is easy to find online or in a computer store. The adapter will depend on your cellphone port. It could be a USB type-C to HDMI adapter, micro USB or lighting port to HDMI adapter, or simply use a mini/micro HDMI to standard HDMI cable if your device has mini/micro HDMI input.
Any other conventional wired connections are not relevant due to the fact the whole world is spinning around wireless technology and smart TVs.