Getting startedIt is so easy to connect your phone to a Smart TV via Wi-Fi. This lets you stream different media from your smartphone. Some of the main and popular Smart TV manufacturers include LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. These TVs provide the ability to connect tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi on the same network to stream.Some of these manufacturers allow direct wireless connection to their Smart TV. For instance, Samsung and Sony’s newer Smart TVs have ‘screen mirroring’ letting you display whatever is on your phone screen.It is straightforward to transfer videos, photos, and even stream YouTube to your Smart TV with tablets and smartphones. While the YouTube application for Android can be connected easily to a television through the streaming icon, displaying videos and photos takes a little more effort.
Choose the right applicationThere are free streaming applications such as iMediaShare that come in handy. These streaming applications allow you to transfer music, photos, and videos from your Android smartphone to a Smart TV. With the iMediaShare app, you can choose any file type and also play videos in an automatic succession on your Smart TV. Another good option is installing Android applications on the Smart TV itself.
HDMIHigh Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is the ultimate interface standard du jour. If you purchased your TV in the last decade, then it has an HDMI port. HDMI can easily accommodate HD video and audio simultaneously, letting you connect handsets without having to worry about watching a movie in full HD but making it incredible with your smartphone’s tiny speakers.The HDMI plugs are in 3 sizes. Regular HDMI plugs (Type A) have full-size ports you will find on handsets where space is not an issue such as TVs, game consoles, and laptops. The ports you are likely to find on phones and tablets are either mini HDMI, middle (Type C) or Micro HDMI, right (Type D). Of these, the Type D, or Micro HDMI is the smallest. Whichever the kind of smartphone you have, connecting it to an HDMI socket can’t cost you a lot.
SlimPort/MHLJust like HDMI, MHL and SlimPort support both audio and video. Both of them need breakout boxes, a small dongle on your device and a Smart TV that has the ability to convert the signal from your smartphone to one that is compatible with HDMI.The MHL has undergone several versions, it is currently on the third version that improves the resolution to 4K. This also applies to SlimPort. If your TV doesn’t support the MHL or you’ve SlimPort handset, you will need to buy an adapter.With three versions of MHL and SlimPort, you have to make sure your device meet the specifications before purchasing an adaptor.To connect your device wirelessly, follow this guide; How to set up Chromecast with and Android Phone.
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October 27th, 2016