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Most of today’s Android or iOS mobile phones have powerful hardware, providing the user with the functions of a full-fledged PC, and are also equipped with advanced cameras, which turns them into a real amateur photo and video production machine. Of course, all this requires the ability to connect to a TV to show family and friends your vacation photos and videos.

However, not every user knows how to connect their favorite gadget to their home TV. If there are no problems with household players – the connection is made via an HDMI cable, then you cannot plug it into a smartphone. Even with a modern Smart TV (a TV with Internet connectivity and various built-in applications), it is not so easy to set up the ability to transfer content from a smartphone or tablet to a large screen.

In today’s article, we will analyze all the main ways to connect a smartphone to a TV, but you can choose the most suitable one for you.

Wireless connection

This is the most convenient type of connection. You do not need to think about where to put another wire, you do not need to go to the TV to connect your smartphone. The only negative point concerns the fact that your TV must support Wi-Fi. If this is not the case, then you will have to attend to the purchase of additional accessories.

Chromecast

To connect your smartphone to your TV in this way, you will need to buy a Chromecast media player. Fortunately, it does not cost a lot of money and will cost you only 3500-4000 rubles, and if you add about 3 thousand more, you can purchase a Chromecast with Google TV. In this case, you will not only be able to stream content from your smartphone, but also get a full-fledged TV box that turns your TV into a Smart TV.


So, you bought a Chromecast, what’s next? Connect the set-top box to your TV via HDMI and install the proprietary Google Home app for Android or iOS on your smartphone. After that, switch the TV signal source to the HDMI port of the set-top box and set it up following a simple and understandable step-by-step instruction.

Miracast

Unlike Chromecast, you don’t need to buy any additional gadgets here. In order to use this connection method, any Miracast-enabled TV and any modern smartphone will do. Just activate the Miracast mode in the TV menu, and turn on the Wireless Display function on your smartphone.

Of course, if the TV does not have this mode, and you want to broadcast the smartphone screen in this way, then you can buy an adapter that will add this function to your TV. However, such an adapter, although it costs much less than the same Chromecast, is much inferior to it in its capabilities. Therefore, we would advise you to buy Chromecast.

WiFi Direct

To use this method, you not only do not need any additional gadgets, you do not even need a wireless Wi-Fi network in the house. All you need is a smartphone and TV compatible with Wi-Fi Direct.

Activate the Wi-Fi Direct function on the TV, after which it will create its own Wi-Fi network. Enable the Wi-Fi Direct mode on your smartphone in the menu “Wireless networks” -> “Wi-Fi” -> “Advanced settings” and select the network of your TV. For all its simplicity and unpretentiousness, this connection method is not very fast, so it should be used only when all other options for working with a TV are not available.

DLNA

This is another way to connect a smartphone to a TV that does not require any expenses from the user. All you need is a DLNA-enabled TV. True, unlike the same Wi-Fi Direct, here you can not do without a home Wi-Fi network.

Turn on the DLNA function in the TV menu. Install your TV as a player on your smartphone, launch the standard Android gallery and open the desired media file. The downside is that this feature does not support screen casting, everything is limited to regular media files.

DLNA does not provide universal display of content – it only transfers music, photos, and some video file formats. However, the image resolution depends on the receiving device.

Apple AirPlay

This method is perfect for owners of an iPhone and an AirPlay 2-compatible TV. Fortunately, there are a great many such TVs. First, make sure your TV and smartphone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. After that, find the video you want to share on the big screen, click the AirPlay icon and select the compatible TV model.

If you want to share the entire screen of your smartphone instead of video on your TV, connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network, swipe down from the top right of the screen, tap Screen mirroring, and select your compatible TV. To stop broadcasting, open Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, then click Stop Repeating, or use the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.


If your TV does not support AirPlay 2, then you will need an Apple TV set-top box. Well, the algorithm for working with it is identical to what we described above. Just substitute your Apple TV for your TV. In some cases, you will be asked to enter your AirPlay password.

Wired connection

Wired connection of a smartphone to a TV is not so convenient, but this is more than offset by its versatility and compatibility with almost any, even an old TV.

HDMI

For this method, you will need to buy a special adapter with an HDMI output on one side and MicroUSB, USB Type-C or Lightning on the other. At the same time, make sure that the smartphone you are using has exactly the right connector, and that the TV has an HDMI input.


Connect the TV to your smartphone via an adapter, select the desired HDMI port as the TV’s input source. Actually, nothing else is required – the image from the smartphone screen will automatically appear on the TV.

USB

If your TV has a USB port, then all you need is the USB cable that comes with your smartphone. Connect your smartphone to your TV with this cable and select the USB source as the source.

After that, a directory with folders recognized by the TV in the smartphone’s memory will appear on the TV screen. You can use the TV remote to navigate it. Select the desired file and press playback (“OK” for most models of TV remotes).

conclusions

As you can see, there are many different ways to connect your smartphone to your TV. The choice of one of them depends on the specific TV model that supports certain technologies, and your own preferences. But we would advise you to choose one of the wireless connection methods. Especially if you plan to use a bunch of smartphone-TV on an ongoing basis.

Read also:

  • Top 7 Modern TV Boxes: From Chromecast to Apple TV
  • 5 best TV models to buy in 2021


So, you bought a Chromecast, what’s next? Connect the set-top box to your TV via HDMI and install the proprietary Google Home app for Android or iOS on your smartphone. After that, switch the TV signal source to the HDMI port of the set-top box and set it up following a simple and understandable step-by-step instruction.

Miracast

Unlike Chromecast, you don’t need to buy any additional gadgets here. In order to use this connection method, any Miracast-enabled TV and any modern smartphone will do. Just activate the Miracast mode in the TV menu, and turn on the Wireless Display function on your smartphone.

Of course, if the TV does not have this mode, and you want to broadcast the smartphone screen in this way, then you can buy an adapter that will add this function to your TV. However, such an adapter, although it costs much less than the same Chromecast, is much inferior to it in its capabilities. Therefore, we would advise you to buy Chromecast.

WiFi Direct

To use this method, you not only do not need any additional gadgets, you do not even need a wireless Wi-Fi network in the house. All you need is a smartphone and TV compatible with Wi-Fi Direct.

Activate the Wi-Fi Direct function on the TV, after which it will create its own Wi-Fi network. Enable the Wi-Fi Direct mode on your smartphone in the menu “Wireless networks” -> “Wi-Fi” -> “Advanced settings” and select the network of your TV. For all its simplicity and unpretentiousness, this connection method is not very fast, so it should be used only when all other options for working with a TV are not available.

DLNA

This is another way to connect a smartphone to a TV that does not require any expenses from the user. All you need is a DLNA-enabled TV. True, unlike the same Wi-Fi Direct, here you can not do without a home Wi-Fi network.

Turn on the DLNA function in the TV menu. Install your TV as a player on your smartphone, launch the standard Android gallery and open the desired media file. The downside is that this feature does not support screen casting, everything is limited to regular media files.

DLNA does not provide universal display of content – it only transfers music, photos, and some video file formats. However, the image resolution depends on the receiving device.

Apple AirPlay

This method is perfect for owners of an iPhone and an AirPlay 2-compatible TV. Fortunately, there are a great many such TVs. First, make sure your TV and smartphone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. After that, find the video you want to share on the big screen, click the AirPlay icon and select the compatible TV model.

If you want to share the entire screen of your smartphone instead of video on your TV, connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network, swipe down from the top right of the screen, tap Screen mirroring, and select your compatible TV. To stop broadcasting, open Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, then click Stop Repeating, or use the Menu button on your Apple TV Remote.


If your TV does not support AirPlay 2, then you will need an Apple TV set-top box. Well, the algorithm for working with it is identical to what we described above. Just substitute your Apple TV for your TV. In some cases, you will be asked to enter your AirPlay password.

Wired connection

Wired connection of a smartphone to a TV is not so convenient, but this is more than offset by its versatility and compatibility with almost any, even an old TV.

HDMI

For this method, you will need to buy a special adapter with an HDMI output on one side and MicroUSB, USB Type-C or Lightning on the other. At the same time, make sure that the smartphone you are using has exactly the right connector, and that the TV has an HDMI input.


Connect the TV to your smartphone via an adapter, select the desired HDMI port as the TV’s input source. Actually, nothing else is required – the image from the smartphone screen will automatically appear on the TV.

USB

If your TV has a USB port, then all you need is the USB cable that comes with your smartphone. Connect your smartphone to your TV with this cable and select the USB source as the source.

After that, a directory with folders recognized by the TV in the smartphone’s memory will appear on the TV screen. You can use the TV remote to navigate it. Select the desired file and press playback (“OK” for most models of TV remotes).

conclusions

As you can see, there are many different ways to connect your smartphone to your TV. The choice of one of them depends on the specific TV model that supports certain technologies, and your own preferences. But we would advise you to choose one of the wireless connection methods. Especially if you plan to use a bunch of smartphone-TV on an ongoing basis.

Read also:

  • Top 7 Modern TV Boxes: From Chromecast to Apple TV
  • 5 best TV models to buy in 2021
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