Using Smart TV
Perhaps the most fortunate is the owners of technology that supports Smart TV. In such TVs, connecting a smartphone is as simple as possible. To transfer a picture, you don’t even need to use any wires. it’s enough to find the TV and smartphone in the same Wi-Fi network. This option is also suitable when the large screen is connected to the router via a wire, and the smartphone is connected wirelessly.
Now it remains to understand what exactly needs to be done on your phone in order for the picture to be transferred to the TV. Your actions depend on the specific smartphone model and the installed operating system. We will not provide instructions for each device, we will only note the general features.
If you have a fairly recent Android installed, then there is a good chance that no additional applications will be required. Unfold the shade of the notification panel. You will see buttons that allow you, for example, to activate the flashlight, turn on Bluetooth and perform other important actions. See the Smart View, Wireless Projection, Broadcast, or similar button here? Feel free to click on it. If you are doing this for the first time, then you will be taken to a separate section of the settings. Here you need to move the switch to the “On” position. You may also be offered two options for synchronizing with a TV:
Screen mirroring. in this case, you will see on the TV absolutely everything that happens on the smartphone display. If you do not touch its screen for a long time, it should go out or even go out completely. the TV will continue to display the picture. This is to conserve battery power.
Viewing media content. this mode is ideal for those cases when you do not want to show the interface of the operating system and applications to the people nearby.
If you are connecting your smartphone to the TV for the first time, then some confirmation using the remote control may be required. In the future, the TV will start displaying the picture automatically as soon as you have used the corresponding function on your smartphone.
Unfortunately, old devices do not know how to independently broadcast a picture on a TV screen. You will not find the corresponding button in them. But you can use third-party applications. Some of them are even created by the smartphone manufacturers themselves! For example, you can download the Tubio program. Or install Screen Mirroring. it sends all the contents of the phone screen to the Smart TV. All such applications have one drawback. They show ads from time to time. If a similar utility is offered by your smartphone manufacturer, it’s better to download it. Chances are good that it will definitely not be annoying with extraneous advertising inserts.
Do not forget that the programs used to play video content are also able to send a picture to the TV screen. For example, on YouTube, while watching a video, you will definitely see a button that looks like a screen and radio waves. As soon as you press it, the YouTube application will automatically start on the TV (if it is turned on), where the open video will start playing. Many clients of online cinemas also have this function.
Using a TV without Wi-Fi
Smart TV, of course, makes life much easier. But what if your TV does not have this functionality and does not have Wi-Fi? We’ll have to think about it. It is possible that you have to come to terms with the fact that you will not be able to broadcast a picture from a smartphone. At least from the model that you have at your disposal.
If your smartphone has a USB Type-C connector, then chances are good that you can use a wired connection. But this requires the purchase of an adapter from USB Type-C to HDMI. Or to VGA if you are going to send the image to a monitor with only such an interface.
It is not recommended to use the one that came with the smartphone as a cable. In most cases, it turns out to be not intended for broadcasting an information stream. it only serves to transmit energy. Buy a good cable with USB Type-C on one end and a full-size USB on the other. Check it by connecting the device to the computer. the operating system should recognize the device.
Well, when you connect your smartphone to the TV, it remains to select the desired signal source in its interface. this must be one of the HDMI connectors. After that, you will see a picture from your phone. If it is not displayed, then the smartphone, most likely, is not able to transfer video to its USB-connector.
How to watch a movie from your phone on TV
Not every reader of ours suspects that a smartphone and a TV can now be easily synchronized. You start playing the movie on your phone, and after a few seconds you continue to watch it on the TV. Conveniently! But how exactly can you take advantage of such a useful opportunity? Let’s figure it out.
Using a Chromecast or Smart Box
If a wired connection is not an option, then you can display the picture from the smartphone on the TV screen through an intermediary. It can be, for example, a smart console. Such a device has its own operating system. We can say that this is the same Smart TV, but without a screen and TV module. The device needs to be connected to the TV using an HDMI cable or wire with “tulips”. Then you need to switch to the desired signal source, after which you will see the OS interface. Usually, such set-top boxes use Android, so you can easily find a lot of applications that serve to broadcast pictures from a smartphone. But do not forget to connect the set-top box to your home Wi-Fi network before that.
You can also use a Chromecast or any other similar gadget. It has the minimum dimensions, it should be inserted directly into the HDMI socket. The device also has its own OS, while it is capable of solving only a number of the most important tasks. One of them is showing a movie or any other video running on a smartphone. But for this, the device will need help in the form of the Google Home application (or the one created by the manufacturer of the gadget you purchased). The program must be installed on a smartphone, after which you must select chromecast as a video player.
Now you know about almost all methods of syncing your smartphone and TV. As you have noticed, you can display a picture on a large screen in just a few seconds. And do I need to say that watching videos on TV is much more comfortable??
We use a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) cable to connect a smartphone to a TV
Most phones currently support Mobile High-Definition Link wire connectivity. The principle itself is similar to the methods described above, but there is a definite advantage. Using a cable allows you not only to broadcast the picture from the gadget to the TV in FullHD format, but also to simultaneously recharge the smartphone. This eliminates the need for a charger. MHL cable combines the function of HDMI cable and micro USB.
How to watch a movie from your phone on TV: use a USB cable
The easiest and most affordable way: connect via USB cable. You need to connect your phone and TV with a USB cable. In the smartphone settings, select the activation of USB debugging. After that, select “connect as a drive” as shown in the screenshot below. After that, the TV will independently detect the smartphone as an external storage device and display all the data from the phone, it will be possible to manage the internal memory of the smartphone. Now you can select the desired file and run it. In this method, the smartphone is used as a regular flash drive.
Using an HDMI cable
The method is based on duplicating the phone display on the TV screen. Smartphone and TV are connected by HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) cable. The disadvantage of this method is that the phone will quickly lose its charge during this operation. We advise you to connect the smartphone charger at the same time. The presence of a docking station will also solve the problem with a lot of wires or the inconvenience of simultaneous charging.
In addition to connecting directly via a cable, you can use wireless methods, for example, various applications. A prerequisite is the presence of a Wi-Fi network.
This method requires the version of the Android operating system not older than 4.4. Although no older models are currently being produced.
To interrupt the work, you need to select “Screen and sound broadcast” and then turn off.
The application has many different functions and an accessible interface. Outwardly, Vget looks like a simple internet browser. In the search bar, enter the name of the site for watching movies, start the selected movie. In the window that appears on the phone screen, select DLNA and TV model from the list provided. The broadcast is started via the Play button. The process will be displayed on the smartphone display and at the same time on the TV screen via DLNA.
The main advantage of using Vget is the ability to work on a smartphone and while streaming. You can even turn off your phone. TV will not stop playing video.
How to watch a movie from your phone on TV
In today’s article, we’ll show you how to watch a movie from your phone on your TV. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with several options for connecting an Android device to a TV: using various types of cables, wireless connection and specially developed programs
On modern models of smartphones with the Android operating system, you can download a lot of different information: photos, videos, games. Unfortunately, examination of small details is extremely inconvenient on the phone due to the small diagonal of its display. You will not enjoy watching a colorful movie if you decide to enable it on your phone. Sometimes you want to share bright photos taken with high resolution, but the technical capabilities of the smartphone are limited.
All methods can be conditionally divided into several groups:
- Wired connection (USB, HDMI and Mobile High-Definition Link cables)
- Wireless connection (built-in smartphone capability, web-downloaded broadcast software)
Next, read the detailed instructions for connecting a smartphone to a TV.
Without software and cables
The display broadcast function is already most often laid down by the developer of modern smartphones. Each manufacturer calls this feature differently. For example, Screen Mirroring is a feature on Samsung devices. The principle of operation is to transfer the image from the phone screen to the TV via Wi-Fi. The obvious advantage is that there is no need for a wired connection. The disadvantage is the possibility of interrupting the connection, as well as delays in the picture or audio. Important criteria are the quality of the WI-FI module on the TV, the speed of information transmission and the power of the phone.
As an example, we offer a Samsung smartphone.
- In the phone menu, you need to find the item with connections and select “Other networks”. Among them is the Screen Mirroring function. On the TV itself, you must activate the picture broadcast function.
- An inscription with the TV model should appear on the smartphone. Click on the title. Connection can be made in a few minutes.
- The connection is complete. The picture on the phone and TV is the same. Using this function, you can not only watch videos, images, but also run games installed on your smartphone.
We’ve covered five different ways to watch a movie from your phone on your TV. Each method has a number of advantages and disadvantages. Check out each of them and choose the most convenient and suitable for your specific situation. Progress does not stand still, programmers are developing the latest ways of transferring information. Perhaps, in the near future, we will be offered new possibilities for connecting a smartphone and a TV. One thing will remain unchanged: the ability to broadcast the phone display allows you to watch movies or photos not on a small smartphone screen, but on a large TV screen. Leave comments on the article if you have questions.