There are times when you’re viewing something on your phone and want to share it with the rest of the room or simply see it on a larger screen. Android users have several options, including built-in features, third-party apps, and cable hookups. Let’s go over your options, starting with the simplest and working our way up to the most complex.
Cast With Chromecast
If you have a Chromecast dongle or a smart TV with built-in Chromecast compatibility, check to see if the app you wish to watch on TV supports casting. If this is the case, you may easily send material from your phone to your TV with a few taps.
Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Google Photos are among the supported apps, though many of them are already available on your Android TV or Chromecast with Google TV.
Android Screen Mirroring
Screen mirroring is most appropriate for apps that do not contain restricted material or do not explicitly enable casting. To use this feature, you’ll still need a Chromecast or a compatible smart TV, which can then be linked to the Google Home app.
Once the target device has been added to your Google Home, open the app and, if necessary, tap the plus (+) icon in the top-left corner to add another device. Otherwise, hit the device you wish to cast to and then tap Cast my screen at the bottom to display your phone’s screen on the TV. When you’re finished, close the app and tap Stop mirroring.
Screen mirroring is also supported by some Fire TV and Roku streaming devices; however, verify with Amazon and Roku to ensure compatibility for your specific devices.
Since the capability was introduced with Android version 5.0 Lollipop, manufacturers’ support for screen mirroring has varied. Many phones include a Cast button in their settings or in the pulldown settings shade. Smart View is a feature on Samsung phones that allows you to connect and share to and from your mobile device.
Connect With an Adapter or Cable
If you don’t have a Chromecast-compatible device, connect your phone to your TV with an HDMI cord and converter and mirror what’s on your screen. You have a few options here, and which one you select will depend on the sort of display you’re connecting to, how long you’ll need to connect for, and, most importantly, whether or not you’ll need to charge your phone while doing so.
A USB-C to HDMI adapter is the most basic choice. If your phone has a USB-C connector, you can put this adapter into it before connecting to the TV via an HDMI cable. Your phone must be compatible with HDMI Alt Mode, which allows mobile devices to produce video. Unless your adapter has a charging port, this approach will use your charging port.
If your computer has an older Micro USB port, you’ll need a micro USB to HDMI adaptor. This method requires your phone to support a different protocol known as MHL. Connect a compatible phone to the adapter, then attach an HDMI cable and connect it to a TV.
Stream With DLNA
If none of the preceding alternatives work for you, most internet-connected TVs feature a streaming protocol known as DLNA, which allows you to broadcast your own music and films to your TV. However, be aware that Netflix (and any other DRM-protected content) will not be supported. Fortunately, this still covers most of what you might want to send from your phone to your television.
Plex, a popular media management tool, also functions as a DLNA streamer, albeit in a more indirect manner. A Plex server running on your computer can store and stream music, images, and movies to your television. The mobile app allows you to explore your collection, select which media to stream, and transfer it to your television via Chromecast or DLNA.
The disadvantage of utilizing the Plex app is that the computer where you set up your server must be turned on and connected to the internet at all times in order to stream your files. Plex, on the other hand, allows you to host media files far larger than those that would fit on your phone.