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How to connect a mobile device to the TV

Connecting the cell phone to the TV is not as difficult as it seems: today we have a good amount of means that allow us to share videos, photos or even the entire screen of your mobile device on your TV, regardless of whether it is an iPhone or an Android.

Knowing then how simple it is to connect a mobile phone to a TV, we will see all the possible means to connect the cell phone to the TV, either by means of a cable, via Wi-Fi, directly or through accessories.

How to connect an iPhone or iPad to TV with Apple TV

There are not many options: in fact, the only way to mirror the screen of an iPhone or iPad (or even macOS) on television is through Apple TV, since the products of this company require the proprietary AirPlay protocol to do so. the connection between an iGadget and a television.

You first need to identify the Screen Mirroring icon or use the AirPlay option to screen mirror in the iOS Control Center and recognize which Apple TV the content needs to be streamed to and confirmed to.

However, it is also possible to connect iOS mobile devices to a TV using the following method, at least for playing videos and photos on the big screen.

Connect the mobile to the TV via Google Cast (Chromecast)

Android device owners have more options to connect their devices to a TV than iPhone users. One of them, very popular, is to use the proprietary protocol of Google Cast, which, despite being proprietary like AirPlay, is found both in Chromecast and in set-top boxes from various manufacturers.

With Chromecast or a compatible set-top box installed and configured, an Android device connected to the same Wi-Fi network will show in compatible apps (Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, etc.) the streaming icon through Google Cast; To stream videos, songs, and stored photos, use the Google Photos app (Android, iOS), select the content, and select the streaming option.

However, the Screen Mirroring option available in the Google Home app (Android, iOS) is not compatible with iPhone or iPad, and is a Google-only feature.

How to connect the cell phone to the TV using Miracast

If you don't have a compatible Google Cast device, it is possible to cast content from your Android device to a television through the Miracast Protocol, present in almost all televisions available on the market, but not widely used.

Developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance, Miracast is a standard for transmitting 5.1 Surround Sound quality audio, up to 1080p video, and images without the need for a cable or Wi-Fi connection.

To do this, it uses a point-to-point connection between the TV and the smartphone/tablet, so both devices must be compatible.

With everything ready, simply use a compatible app and stream directly from the smartphone to the TV, without interference or dependence on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

TVs that support the technology can give it different names: Samsung, for example, uses the name Screen Mirroring; Sony calls it Miracast Screen Mirroring; LG and Philips simply call it Miracast.

The other compatible devices are the following:

  • Devices using Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Devices using Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile
  • Android devices starting with 4.2 Jelly Bean, with exceptions (for example, Motorola has disabled the feature in its most recent releases)
  • Devices that use fireOS, such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Other streaming devices similar to Chromecast, such as the Microsoft Wireless Adapter and the Anycast alternative

How to connect a mobile to TV using an HDMI cable

It is also possible to connect the cell phone to the TV using cables, and there are two compatible models, MHL and SlimPort. The first uses the VESA pattern, so it is compatible with the largest number of connections: in addition to HDMI, it supports DisplayPort, DVI and even VGA; the second adapters only work with HDMI ports and in most cases need external power supply.

The advantages of wired connections is that they have support for resolutions from 4K to 8K, as well as 7.1 Surround Sound audio, with True HD and DTS-HD. Both one and the other are compatible with a large number of TVs, tablets and smartphones.

An MHL cable, with HDMI connections for the TV, microUSB for the smartphone (if your device has a USB-C port, an adapter is necessary) can be found in the network of online stores at very affordable prices.

A SlimPort cable is rarer, because it is less sought after by consumers and can command a somewhat higher price.

How to connect the cell phone to the TV using a USB cable

Finally, as an Android smartphone is still an external storage device, it is possible to connect the phone to the TV with a USB cable, and display your photos directly on the big screen.

Just keep in mind the following: this method does not work with files, so it is not possible to play videos stored on the mobile device. Although much more limited, it is the most practical way to show your friends your most recent photos.

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