Watching content on mobile is very good, but sometimes the screen falls short or you simply prefer to sit comfortably and continue the series or movie on TV. Luckily, it is possible to connect the mobile to the TV easily and with a few steps.
If you are looking forward to enjoying your favorite photos on TV or would like to use some applications in a big way, here we will see how you can connect your Android mobile or iPhone to TV, as well as what options are available to you.
Connect an Android mobile to the TV
We start with Android mobiles, which luckily have long included native support for Miracast and, more recently, Google Cast, while some manufacturers facilitate broadcasting from the mobile to TVs of the same brand with their own technology. At Samsung, this is called Smart View.
With a Smart TV
If you have a Smart TV, it is quite possible that the process to connect the mobile to the TV is quite simple, since they generally support Screen Mirroring. Note that some TVs don’t have it always on, but you need to change the image source to Screen Mirroring for it to turn on.
From the mobile, the normal thing is that the process is as simple as opening the notification panel and tapping on Wireless projection (or Send screen ). This will start a search for compatible devices, where you will have to tap on the name of your TV.
What happens next depends on your mobile and the TV, although generally you will need to confirm on the TV that you allow the mobile to connect to the TV. If everything goes well, immediately you will start to see the mobile screen on TV.
TV does not appear when searching for devices? In that case it is possible that a bad combination has occurred. While some Smart TVs include support for Miracast, the latest versions of pure Android do not support Miracast, but rather the hypervitaminized version of Google, Google Cast. Note: Some manufacturers continue to add Miracast support in their customization layers.
In case your mobile does not have the option for wireless projection, your TV is not a Smart TV or you simply have not found any way to make the mobile and the TV understand each other, you will always have the option of using a USB stick like a Google Chromecast.
With Chromecast and the like
Google Chromecast is a small device that connects to the TV and makes it more or less intelligent. The Chromecast connects directly to the Wi-Fi network and from your mobile you can connect to it to send content to the TV in the hundreds of compatible applications .
To send content from Android, Chromecast is perhaps the easiest option, although not the only one . To name a few, there’s also the Amazon Fire Stick , Roku streaming stick , Nvidia Shield TV , Apple TV , and countless clones .
There are two ways to connect the mobile to the TV using a Chromecast. In compatible applications, such as YouTube , when you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast, you will see a button to broadcast on the Chromecast. Tap on it, choose your Chromecast and wait for it to connect. This method has the advantage that only the content itself is sent and not the image of the mobile as it is.
In the rest of the applications, you will always have to share the mobile screen as is . You can do it from the quick settings, choosing Wireless projection, Send screen or similar names depending on what the layer of your mobile calls it. If your mobile does not have this option, you can achieve the same from the Google Home application .
To do this, open the Home app and tap on the name of your Google Home. On the screen that opens, choose Send my screen or Send my audio , depending on what you want to share, and wait for the connection to be made.
Connect iPhone to TV
iPhones have fewer alternatives when it comes to connecting to TV, although deep down it doesn’t differ too much from how it works on Android. Essentially, you’ll need a TV with AirPlay support. support or a device like an Apple TV or even a Chromecast to stream content.
With a Smart TV with AirPlay or an Apple TV
Although it is quite common for most Smart TVs, even those that have been around for some time, to have Miracast, Google Cast or Android TV, to stream from an iPhone the ideal is that they have AirPlay support . Today it is not difficult to find it in current models, although if you have an iPhone it is best to check the technical specifications to make sure that it is.
If your TV supports AirPlay or you have an AppleTV, mirroring the iPhone screen is very easy. All you need to do is tap Screen mirroring , choose the device from the list and enter the code that appears on the TV screen on your mobile.
With Chromecast and the like
It is an open secret that iPhones get along much better with Apple TV than with Chromecast, although that does not mean that it is also a possibility. Many iPhone apps like YouTube or Netflix have Chromecast support , making it as easy to use as tapping the cast button, choosing your Chromecast from the list, and waiting.
This will help you to share specific content (for example, YouTube videos), but if you want the iPhone screen to be seen as it is on TV via your Chromecast, you will need specialized applications such as Screen Mirror for Chromecast , Momocast or alternatives.