You are gathered around with your friends, and family, all set to “Netflix and chill”. However, your 10-inch mobile screen and your laptop are just too small for a group of people to comfortably enjoy and immerse themselves in entertainment.
All you need is a bigger display and the binge-watching party can begin. Be it an Android or an iOS device, there are many ways to plug in your mobile to the TV and watch your favourite show on a bigger screen. Here is our guide to help you connect your mobile to a TV and create your in-house cinema hall:
If you own a TV that supports Chromecast, you can easily proceed with this method. You can also use a Chromecast dongle for streaming apps to the TV from your mobile phone. This is one of the best solutions for streaming content that have copyrights, which you will not be able to stream using screen mirroring or cable streaming.
When it comes to apps that do not support casting methods, screen monitoring is a great way to connect your mobile to the TV. There are two ways for this, and it differs from phone to phone depending on your model.
On a few devices, you can easily swipe down on the settings shade and you will find the cast button. This is the same as all apps that support casting. Simply click this icon and you can easily share your screen to the TV.
In case this method does not work with your phone model, you can go to the Play Store and download the Google Home application.
Samsung Galaxy Smart View
Almost all Samsung Galaxy devices come with an implemented function which is called Smart view. This is an easy way to screen mirror your content from the mobile phone to the TV.
Connecting iOS Devices to the TV
The easiest way to connect an iPhone to the TV is by using the AirPlay feature. This enables you to easily stream content through Apple TV.
If you are an owner of an Apple TV set up, then you can follow these steps:
In case you do not own an Apple TV device but have a new model TV, like LG (2019), Samsung (2018/2019 models), Sony (2019) or Vizio (2017, 2018, 2019), worry not. Apple has recently announced that all these models will support AirPlay 2 streaming. These casting features can be used without any cables.
Android TV Stick Or Chromecast
Well, this is a “hackerish” method of connecting the iPhone to the TV. If you have an Android-powered TV stick and need to stream a few unprotected files, you can follow these steps:
Your content will start playing on the screen
The HDMI cable is a very reliable method if you want to connect your mobile phone to the TV. Most modern TVs come with an HDMI port which can be used for transferring videos and audio files from a single source. Your mobile phone, however, does not have an HDMI port on it, but there are many other adaptors that can easily bold HDMI onto lightning, micro USB, or/and USB Type-C.
Android: A few Android tablets also have an HDMI port that allows you to connect by using just a single cable.
IOS: If you own an iOS device, you will have to buy a Lightning Digital AV adapter. This will enable you to connect the mobile phone to the TV. A Lightning Digital AV adapter from Apple has an extra port to charge your phone as well while the device connected to the TV.
Most smartphones come with charging cables that have a USB connector. This lets you easily connect the device with your laptop and power adaptors.
Most smart TVs come with a USB port. This is the easiest way to transfer files to the TV.
The only disadvantage, however, is that as you are transferring files to open on your TV. Hence, this method can be used for viewing photos and videos.
This method would require you to connect the phone to your TV through an internet connection. If your TV is internet-enabled, then it will mostly support DLNA. This is a form of streaming media and is easily available on various products. With this, you can easily stream all kinds of unprotected files.
One advantage of following this method is that when you use the right application, you can easily stream media from your phone and from other devices like a tablet or a laptop. With DLNA, you can stream to your TV and any gaming console.
One Android app that can help you in streaming all your files to a DLNA device is LocalCasts. AllCast is another Android app that will enable you to connect to PlayStation 4. This app lets you stream files from your Dropbox account as well.
You can use any of these methods, from Chromecast to Apple AirPlay to HDMI, and enjoy the real big-screen media experience.
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