Did you know that you can easily stream videos from your Android phone’s or tablet’s screen to your big screen?
There are tons of ways to watch videos on your mobile device via the TV. Below is a brief guide.
Connect a wire
Most modern smartphones and tablets are able to connect to a HDMI-compatible TV. All that’s needed is a cable that connects to your phone on one end and then connects to the HDMI port on your TV. Once you’ve connected the two, you’ll be able to watch videos, check pictures, surf the web, play games, and use any app on your big screen. Better yet, this is a super-simple method that involves just connecting one cable. There’s no password or Wi-Fi connection needed. And given that most HDMI cables are up to 15 feet long, you’ll have some room. You can also find a HDMI cable that’s longer (up to 65 feet) if you want.
If you’re just not a fan of cords, you can get a wireless gadget and plug it into your TV. This gadget then connects to your in-home Wi-Fi network and mitigates the communication between your smartphone and your TV.
One good example of such a gadget is the Roku® Streaming Stick®.
Another good option is Miracast™, which is compatible with all Android devices running Jelly Bean version 4.2 or higher. Keep in mind though that not all Android devices will be able to mirror what’s on your phone’s screen to the TV. Newer devices such as the LG G5 and the latest Samsung models will do it hassle free.
It doesn’t cost much effort to connect your phone to your TV using a wireless video. You only need to follow a simple set of steps specific to the particular gadget you’re using and you can watch video from your Android device on TV. Furthermore, there are tons of apps that support wireless streaming such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Vimeo and even YouTube.
How smart is your TV
If none of the two options highlighted above appeals to, it might be time to rethink how smart your TV is. A lot of modern Tvs are able to communicate with your phone or tablet. For starters, when you’re shopping for a new Television, look for one that’s DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified. Some of the latest mobile phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the HTC M9 can easily connect to a DLNA-certified TV, set-top box, Xbox One, or projector. The good thing with this method is that no wires or streaming gadget is required for you to stream content from your phone to your TV