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How to Connect a Phone to a Smart TV

Pairing your smartphone screen with a smart TV can result in the perfect match.  Connecting your phone to a smart TV is a great way to look at photos, watch movies, videos, music, photos, games, online TV shows, applications, and more.

You can connect your phone to your smart TV in multiple ways. But the most popular way is wirelessly. The type of phone and TV that you have determines how you connect the two devices.

Here are different methods of connecting your phone and your TV and what you need to know about each. The process can differ slightly depending on whether you have an Android phone or an Apple phone, and whether you have a Smart TV or a standard HDTV.

In this article we are focusing on Android smartphones and Smart TVs. To wirelessly connect your smartphone to your TV, you need to have a Smart TV.

Smartphones and how they Connect to your TV

To connect your phone to your smart TV to screen mirror, both devices need to be compatible with one another. Android and iOS phones have different compatibilities.

For ANDROID Smartphones: Android smartphones version 4.2 or higher connect to the TV with Miracast wireless display standard.

For APPLE Smartphones: Apple iOS smartphones connect to the TV with Airplay

IMPORTANT! The FOLLOWING SCREEN MIRRORING INSTRUCTIONS ARE FOR ANDROID SMARTPHONES.
These screen mirroring instructions are for Android powered devices and may not work with Apple products. Apple products have different requirements for screen mirroring to a smart TV and may require additional adapters or equipment.

Android Smartphones

Does Your Smartphone and TV have Miracast Technology?

YES – Both your Android smartphone and your TV have Miracast technology.

If both Android smartphone and your TV feature Miracast technology, then you are able to wirelessly pair them. Please see instructions below .

Choose Wireless Screen Mirroring Option

Instructions:

Both your smartphone and Smart TV have Miracast technology.  It is easy to connect the two for screen sharing following these steps:

1 – Make sure that your phone and TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

2 – Go to the input menu on your TV and turn on “screen mirroring.”

3 – Open the wireless display menu in your Android smartphone’s settings and tap “screen mirroring” to turn on.

4 – Select your TV from the list of devices.

5 – Follow the on-screen instructions to complete set up. This sometimes requires entering a code displayed on your TV into your smartphone to establish a connection.

NO – Only your Android smartphone has Miracast technology and your smart TV doesn’t.

If only your Android smartphone has Miracast, you can still wirelessly connect to your TV, but you will need a Wireless Display Adapter, such as Screenbeam Mini2. Please see instructions below.

Wireless Display Adapters plug into your TV’s HDMI port and act as a receiver to your phone. Be aware that not all adapters are created equally, though. Some have Wi-Fi and app requirements, so make sure to pay attention to which fit your Wi-Fi network needs.

Instructions:

Wireless display adapters can be used on Smart TVs and on standard HDTVs without Internet access. To set up a wireless display adapter, follow these steps:

1 – Plug your wireless display adapter into the HDMI port of your TV and into a power source, such as a wall outlet or power strip.

2 – Turn on screen mirroring from the “Display” menu of your smartphone’s settings app.

3 – Pair your devices following the on-screen queues using the instructions provided by the wireless display adapter manufacturer.

Try the ScreenBeam Mini2 Display Wireless Adapter

Actiontec’s ScreenBeam Mini2 is a wireless display adapter.  It is compatible with most Android mobile devices and is compatible with most mobile devices running Windows 8.1+ and Windows 10.

Here’s how ScreenBeam Mini2 works:

  1. Your phone must support Miracast
  2. Your TV must have an HDMI port and USB port

That’s all Screenbeam Mini2 requires. The setup process is just as easy:

  1. Plug the ScreenBeam Mini2 adapter into the HDMI port
  2. Plug the power supply into the USB port
  3. Pair your phone with the adapter through your phone settings
  4. Share your screen

Get the ScreenBeam Mini2 wireless display adapter to enhance your screen mirroring experience today. Looking for more information on why you should get on board with screen sharing? Here’s why you should screen share in your home.

Are you wondering where you can get more information on Wireless Display and Screenbeam Mini2?  Learn more on Screenbeam’s Complete Guide to Wireless Display.

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