How to share the screen of your smartphone to a TV or PC

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We live in a golden age of content thanks to streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. However, this isn’t so good when you want to share the experience from your smartphone with multiple people on a large screen. Your TV is perfect for this and we’ll explore your options when it comes to getting your mobile content on the big screen. In this article, we will explore some ways of sharing your smartphone screen to a larger TV screen.

1. Using Cables and adapters

a) USB C to HDMI

If your phone has a USB C port, you can get a USB C to HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) adapter. It has a USB C connector at one end and an HDMI port on the other. All you have to do is connect the adapter to your phone and hook it to your TV via an HDMI cable.

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b) MHL adapter

If your phone uses the rapidly fading micro USB port, you can use an MHL adapter.

In 2010, a band of electronics companies, including Sony and Nokia, developed the MHL connection protocol. Short for Mobile High-Definition Link, MHL utilizes a special type of HDMI input on compatible TVs and A/V receivers to connect a growing list of smartphones, tablets, and other devices. The standard takes smartphone and tablet content to the next level, allowing you to showcase everything from your phone on your TV with a single connection. It has a male micro USB plug on one end and a female HDMI port on the other end

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c) Chromecast

Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google. The devices, designed as small dongles, enable users with a mobile device or personal computer to play Internet-streamed audio-visual content on a high-definition television or home audio system through mobile and web apps that support the Google Cast technology.

There are a wide range of connectivity options as it uses WiFi, HDMI and ethernet connections.

d) iPhone and iPad users alone

For iPhone users, Apple sells a Lightning Digital AV Adapter for $49.00, which plugs into the lightning port of the iPhone and provides an HDMI port on the other side thats compatible with standard HDMI cables.

Lightning Digital AV adapter

2. Mirroring Your Phone To TV or Windows 10 PC wirelessly

Another solution is to use the mirroring feature already on phones. This varies slightly in name and process depending on the make of phone, although the feature largely works similarly.

While this will most often be described as Screen Cast or Screen Mirroring, Samsung phone owners may find the feature referred to as Smart View.

Either way, the option is available in your quick settings at the notifications pane on Android phones and through the Control Center on iPhone.

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While the wireless approaches are the easiest way to connect a phone to a TV, they do come with one major caveat and that the two devices do need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

So long as thats not an issue, there shouldnt be any issues either AirPlay-ing, casting, or mirroring your smartphone to your 4K TV.

This method works for Phones and Windows 10 PCs as well. To project to your Windows 10 PC,

1. Turn on screen mirroring or Miracast on your phone.

2. On your Windows PC, go to settings, display and under multiple displays, click connect to a wireless display to connect

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Michael Osei-Owusu

Michael Osei-Owusu

Michael Osei-Owusu is a Ghanaian EduTech blogger and a teacher.

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