Your Android houses many of your favorite things: games, videos, photos and more. Why limit sharing those things to the small screen of your phone? The content that fits in the palm of your hand can easily be broadcasted onto the big screen of your TV.
But how can your Android mirror to your TV? The answer may be simpler than you thought. To unlock your Android’s screen mirroring potential, consider these solutions.
Wired Screen Mirroring
A wired connection between your Android and the TV is a cheap, reliable and easy way to screen mirror your device. Using a cable that connects your device to the HDMI port of your TV saves you from the frustration of buffering and freezing when you have a poor wireless signal. Depending on your device specifications, there are two popular cable options.
Mini or Micro HDMI to HDMI cable
Mini or micro HDMI ports used to be common for Android devices, so chances are, if you’re using an older Android, your device supports this type of cable. The mini end of the cable plugs into your device while the larger end plugs into the HDMI port of your TV.
USB to HDMI Cable
If your device supports a microUSB port, then a USB to HDMI cable is your best bet. MHL cables are an example of a USB to HDMI cable. MHL cables used to be the standard, but many carriers like Samsung have since retired them. A slimport adapter acts as an extension of this type of connection. One end connects to your device, the other end is an HDMI port. Using an HDMI cable, plug into both the adapter port and the TV HDMI port and you’ll be ready to mirror your Android.
Wireless Screen Mirroring
If a wired connection seems too limiting, then using a wireless option is worth exploring. Newer Androids running on 4.2 or newer operating system generally have screen mirroring technology, like Miracast, built directly into them. If your Android has screen mirroring features, then check out these wireless screen sharing options:
Screen mirroring your Android to a Smart TV couldn’t be easier. First, check to see if your TV and Android are Miracast certified. If not, move on to the second option. Assuming both your devices are Miracast certified, ensure that your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. Then enable screen mirroring on your TV and your Android device. Select your TV from the display list and follow the on-screen instructions to establish a connection.
Wireless Display Adapter or Dongle
If your HDTV does not feature Internet access, then opt for a wireless display adapter to connect your Android to the TV. There are a variety of wireless display adapters that have different requirements. Some adapters require an Internet connection while others do not. To use a wireless display adapter, plug the adapter into your TV’s HDMI port. Then turn on screen sharing in your Android’s settings and select your adapter from the device list. Refer to your adapter’s user manual for device specific instructions.