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How to connect a Samsung tablet to a TV – Android advice

Samsung constantly has to keep up with the market if they want to match what others can do. With Apple Airplay, it’s super easy to connect to your phone or tablet to your Macbook, or your Macbook to your Apple television.

So for Samsung, it’s a priority that you can easily connect your Samsung tablet to your television. Although as they run on the Android operating system, they all tend to have similar abilities (aside from Samsung’s SmartThings app, but I’ll get to that later).

The good news is that if you want to connect your tablet to your TV, you can. Here’s a few ways that you can do this – pretty easily, actually.

How to connect a Samsung tablet to a TV – Android advice

For the most part, it should be really easy for you to connect your Samsung tablet to your television. You can usually do this with just a few taps on your Android display. But, this is only the case if you have a smart TV (if you don’t, then skip ahead).

If you do have a smart TV, Samsung or otherwise, then you should be able to connect to it via wi-fi. You should be able to find the Cast option within the Settings of your Samsung tablet. If not, then just pull down the shade at the top of your display (how you’d turn your tablet’s Bluetooth on) and look for the cast icon.

When you select it, you should be able to see all of the different available devices that you can connect to with your tablet. This isn’t the only way that you can connect your Android device to your television though.

Using a HDMI cable

As with most Android devices, Samsung use a USB-C cable for you to connect to them. So, how can we connect the HDMI ports of our television to the USB-C port on our tablet?

Well, to do this you’ll need to pick up a USB-c to HDMI adapter. You can find them available online pretty easily, and they’ll allow you to connect your tablet to your TV using a HDMI cable.

I’d better add that this will only work for certain models of Samsung and Android tablet. There was a period where many Samsung’s didn’t have this capability, but now a few of them do. You’ll need to do some research to find out whether your tablet is capable of supporting a hard wired HDMI connection.

Off the top of my head, a Samsung Galaxy Tab A cannot support a HDMI connection to a television, whereas you can with a Tab S4, or the newer Samsung Galaxy Tab S7. Most newer models will be capable of doing this.

Opting for a streaming or casting stick

For those that haven’t upgraded to a smart TV yet, a casting or streaming stick is probably going to be the best solution. Even those of us that have smart TVs often use streaming devices as they have a whole host of different apps on there for you to watch.

But when it comes to casting between a tablet and a TV, there are a couple of options that will likely work better than the rest.

Google’s Chromecast is one of the simplest ways to connect any of your smart handheld devices to your television. You simply plug it into the back of your television via USB and download the Chromecast app on your tablet. Then, you’ll be able to cast from your tablet to your TV very easily.
If you want the ability to screen mirror between your Android and TV, then you could just use a Fire stick to do this. They have similar functionality to a Chromecast, but they have a whole lot more than this too. There’s a ton of apps to watch with a Fire stick, so they’re a good solution to both casting and your entertainment needs.
You can also use a Roku stick to do this too, which is very similar to a Fire stick. In the UK, we mainly use Now TV sticks to do this, which use the Roku platform for you to connect the two. As with a Fire stick, they offer a great range of TV choices, as well as screen mirroring.

These aren’t the only ways of casting from your tablet to TV, as there are other casting devices out there. But, these are the more popular ones to go for. There is one more alternative, though.

Using SmartThings

I added this at the end because the vast majority of people won’t own a Samsung TV. But if you do, then you can use the SmartThings app on both your tablet and your TV to connect them together.

To try and keep up with the competition, SmartThings is similar to Apple’s Airplay and it allows you to connect two of their devices together. It will allow you to cast to your TV, and do a whole lot more – it essentially works as a controller for the television.

As well as Samsung TVs, SmartThings can also be used with a variety of smart devices too. Some examples are Bose and Sonos speakers, Ring doorbells and Honeywell thermostats too.

Conclusion

So altogether, there should be a method for you to connect your Android tablet to your television. If you have a smart TV, it’s easy – you can simply connect the two together using a wi-fi connection. Samsung tablets tend to be pretty reliable (Unless of course you have a Samsung tablet that won’t charge).

If you don’t, then you’ll need to look at an alternative method. Most newer Samsung tablets will support using a HDMI connection with a USB-C adapter. Or, you can look at getting a streaming stick to do this too.

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