Modern televisions have long become universal devices. However, there is still one problem that has only gotten worse over the years: dimensions. You are not allowed to take bulky plasma into another room or to the street – tablets or phones are used for this. If you started watching something on your phone on the go, you’ll want to continue on the big screen at home. In this guide, we will analyze all the ways to display an image of a phone on a TV.
How to connect a smartphone to the TV via USB
The easiest and most obvious way to connect is via a USB cable. In this form, the TV sees the phone only as a data storage (flash drive). You need to select the desired file and start playback. This method can hardly be called the most convenient. In the modern world, most of the information is stored on the network, which means it will not be possible to access it this way. In addition, the phone is permanently “tied” to the TV.
You can use the charging cable as a wire. Of course, the TV must have a USB port. If nothing happens after connecting, select “Source” in the TV menu or on the remote control and then the specific USB connection. Sometimes you also need to confirm the connection on the smartphone screen.
Display the picture from the phone to the TV via an HDMI cable
This method almost completely repeats the previous one, but the connecting cable will be different. With an HDMI connection, you can transfer the image and sound from your smartphone to your TV.
The disadvantages of such a connection: reduced mobility and expenditure on an additional wire. You must purchase a USB-C to HDMI cable or adapter. If it turns out that the TV does not have an HDMI connection, use an HDMI to VGA (or RCA) adapter. In this case, the picture is sent to the TV screen, but not the sound. If the image does not appear immediately, change the screen resolution settings on your smartphone.
How to connect a smartphone to the TV through the DLNA interface
Devices with DLNA interface support can be combined into one system if they are in a home network. It is important that you need a special router with DLNA support to broadcast from your phone to your TV. Unfortunately, not all video formats can be output this way. The phone also needs to be on the Android operating system which can be a problem for some users.
As a result, for normal use you need a TV and router with DLNA support. You can only connect to such a network from a certain type of phone on which the application is installed. For example BubbleUPnP for DLNA. All devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
How to connect iPhone to TV via Airplay
With AirPlay, you can quickly and easily transfer content between Apple devices without losing quality. Due to the connection with the manufacturer, this method is not suitable for everyone, but if you are the owner of Apple products, AirPlay is very useful. Connection may also require an Apple TV set-top box. AirPlay is often built-in on modern TVs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work stably and sometimes it just refuses to see devices.
To connect, open the iPhone settings and find the “screen mirroring” menu or click the corresponding button in the video itself.
Connecting a smartphone to a TV via Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Direct allows you to link devices without using routers. Unfortunately, the transfer rate is extremely slow, so it will be extremely difficult to play large files.
To activate, simply enable the feature on your TV and then on your phone.
How to connect a smartphone to the TV via Miracast
Miracast is an interface that works on the basis of Wi-Fi Direct. Devices are directly connected to each other and bypass the router. However, this requires a special program. For example, Samsung has Smart View, Huawei and Honor Huawei Share. After activating the module, you will see the devices available for connection, after which you can establish a connection.
Connect your smartphone to your TV via Chromecast
This method requires a Chromecast set-top box from Google. The adapter plugs directly into the HDMI port. You also need to download the Google Home app on your phone. After setting up the devices, they will connect without any problems.
Connecting a smartphone to a TV via Tap View
The Tap View feature is only available on the latest Samsung smartphones. This method also requires a TV from the same manufacturer (starting with TU7000). When you activate the file transfer function, all you need to do is touch the phone to a certain part of the TV.
Your phone must have the SmartThings app installed. After opening it, select “Switch appearance or sound” and then tap another device.
How to play YouTube from your phone on your TV
A feature of YouTube is its built-in set of features. When you start the video on your smartphone, you will see the button for broadcast to other screens next to the settings. If the smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the TV, the phone will detect an available device and open the video without any problems, even if the plasma is turned off. Of course, this only applies to relatively new devices.
In the 21st century, devices support many connection methods. Explore your devices to choose the most comfortable and easiest to output video from your phone to your TV.
Source: VG Times