How to output video from a phone to a TV using the Smart TV application
The easiest way to figure out how to display an image on a smart TV with a smartphone. Most manufacturers allow you to broadcast the gadget screen without additional wires and settings – just download the Smart TV application on your smartphone for your TV. Samsung has AllShare, Philips has Philips MyRemote, Sony offers its own Media Server, and LG offers Smart Share. IPhones connect to TVs via the Apple TV set-top box and the AirPlay app.
Important: Before you output a movie from your phone to the TV, make sure that they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Using Miracast – Wifi Display
If your TV is equipped with a Wi-Fi module, you can connect an Android smartphone to it through the standard Miracast application. It is available for download on the Google Play store.
Download in Play Market
The program interface is very simple. The only “Connect” button is for connecting to the TV. After pressing it, the gadget will start searching for available devices. Choose among them your TV or set-top box – you’re done!
Via broadcast on Android
Modern Android smartphones support the “Broadcast” (“Projection”) function, which allows you to quickly display content from the gadget to the TV screen with Smart TV. It is also important that the TV and phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi, otherwise, nothing will work.
To display a smartphone screen on a TV, use one of two methods:
- Go to the settings of your smartphone. Find the item “Connected devices” – “Broadcasts”.
- Open the curtain and click on the square icon (it can also draw a phone or waves on it, like the Wi-Fi icon).
Next, the smartphone will begin to search for external displays. Select your TV in the list – after that, a notification about the connection request will appear on it. Agree to pair and you’re done – you can watch a movie or YouTube from a smartphone on a TV screen.
If the TV is without Wi-Fi
In this case, you will have to use a wired connection. Most conveniently, if your smartphone is equipped with USB-C, it will be enough to purchase an adapter for HDMI or VGA (depends on the available connectors on the TV) and connect the phone through it. Typically, modern TVs are equipped with HDMI. This interface allows you to broadcast pictures and digital sound and is well suited for outputting games and movies.
You can also find microUSB to HDMI adapters on sale, but they are already less common than with USB-C.
After you physically connect the devices with a cable, go to the TV settings and change the signal source to your smartphone – then the picture from the phone will be displayed on the big screen.
Chromecast, Apple TV, and other Smart TV consoles
If your TV is not equipped with Smart TV and Wi-Fi, you can connect a smart set-top box to it, and already through it display the smartphone screen on the TV. One of the inexpensive options is the Google Chromecast media player, with which you can watch movies from the Internet and streaming services. The prefix uses HDMI to connect, so it is not suitable for older TVs.
To configure the broadcast of the smartphone screen via Chromecast, you will need to install the Google Home application on the gadget.
Download in Play Market
Add a chromecast to the device list and select it as a video player. The gadget will automatically start broadcasting video from the phone to the connected TV.
By the same principle, you can connect smartphones from Apple to the TV. To get started, you have to buy an Apple TV, spending about 10,000 rubles.
By connecting the set-top box and the TV, you can use the AirPlay function to display the image from the phone. How it works in practice, we talked about in this article.