A decade ago, it wasn’t possible to be able to connect your smart phone to your TV. However, in more recent years, there have become more and more methods for you to do this properly, without having to worry about buffering and lag either.
Whether you just want to connect the two so you can watch YouTube videos on your television, then there are various different methods that you can do this. So, let’s look at how you can connect your phone to your television.
How to Connect Phone to TV Wirelessly
If you’re looking to connect your phone to your TV, then there are a few different ways you can do this;
- Connect your phone to your TV via Chromecast.
- Use Miramast to connect the two devices together.
- Apple users can use Airplay to connect to their television.
- If you have a fire stick, then a third party app can be downloaded that allows this connection.
These are the easiest ways for you to connect your phone to your television if you want to do things wirelessly. Let’s look at these options in closer detail, as well as how you could do this with a wired connection if you wanted to as well.
One way that you can connect your phone to your television is by using Chromecast to do this. Of course, you’ll need to have Chromecast for you to do this. This could be either by using a Chromecast device/stick, or it can also be by having a smart TV with Chromecast built into it already.
If you don’t have a TV with this functionality, all you need to do is to plug the Chromecast stick into the back of your television and you’ll be able to “cast” whats on your phone onto your TV. You can do this either by connecting to an app on your phone, or you can just mirror your phones screen if you want to show something within your web browser.
Much like a Chromecast, Miracast is another way that you can connect your phone to your television and mirror your phone on a much larger screen. Unlike Chromecast, it’s a lot more commonly found in-built into smart TV’s, so you might already have it built into your television at home.
If you don’t have a smart TV, then you can still pick a Miracast adapter up for a pretty cheap price and plug it into your TV. Then, you’ll be able to connect the two together pretty easy.
Whilst most people think that you can only connect to an Airplay device if it’s an official Apple TV, there are actually quite a few smart TV’s out there that actually have Airplay built into them already. This is true for some Samsung, LG and Sony TV’s, so it’s worth checking out if your TV has the ability to do this.
If it does, then all you’ll have to do is connect your iPhone to the television by using the AIrplay through your phone. This is probably the simplest way to connect the two together, but unfortunately most TV’s out there aren’t Airplay compatible.
Although not the first method that people think of to connect your phone to your television, you can actually use a Firestick if you want to mirror your phones display on your TV.
How? Well, the best way to do this is with one of the third party apps that you can download onto your Firestick. A good example of this is Airscreen, which will allow you to connect the two together.
Samsung Smart View
If you’re lucky enough to have a Samsung smart phone and a Samsung smart TV, then you can likely connect the two of them together using smart view, which works in a similar way to Apple’s Airplay. You can only do this with newer Samsung phones like the Galaxy models, so bear this in mind if you’re going to give it a go.
Using a Wired Connection
As well as connecting the two together wirelessly, in some cases it might be best to connect them via a wired connection, depending on what you have access too. Here’s a few ways you can do this.
Overall, there are many different ways that you can connect your phone to your television both wirelessly and using a wired connection too. Depending on which devices you’ve already got at home, different options here will be more suitable to you than other. But, there’s a way to do it with the majority of different casting devices out there.