Modern smartphones do an excellent job of many tasks that previously needed a computer. Therefore, it is not surprising that users face the problem of connecting their mobile device to a large screen. For example, to a monitor or TV.
If you are also interested in this question, then you have come to the address. Here you will learn how to connect a smartphone to a TV.
Connecting a smartphone to a TV via HDMI
If you want to output an image from a smartphone to a TV, then the easiest way to connect is to connect via an HDMI cable. When connected via an HDMI cable, your smartphone must have a micro HDMI input (as in the photo below).
If there is such an output, then to connect the smartphone to the TV, you also need a micro HDMI to HDMI cable (photo of the cable below).
Plug one side of this cable into your smartphone, and the other into your TV. After that, you need to switch the TV to receive signal from the HDMI cable.
Alternatively, instead of a micro HDMI to HDMI cable, you can use the adapter from micro HDMI to HDMI (photo adapter below).
This adapter must be connected to the micro HDMI output on the smartphone. Then the smartphone can be connected to the TV using a standard HDMI cable.
Connecting a smartphone to a TV via MHL
If your smartphone does not have a micro HDMI output, then there is another option that will allow you to connect the smartphone to a TV using the HDMI interface. Check out the specifications of your smartphone. Perhaps it supports MHL technology (a technology that combines HDMI and USB interfaces).
If your smartphone supports MHL technology, then to connect to a TV you will need an MHL adapter from micro-USB to HDMI (sometimes this adapter is called an MHL cable, photo below).
This adapter must be connected to the micro-USB connector of your smartphone. After that, the smartphone can be connected to the TV using a conventional HDMI cable.
Connecting a smartphone to a TV via SlimPort
SlimPort is practically an analogue of MHL. Like MHL, this technology combines HDMI and USB interfaces. If your smartphone does not have MHL support, then it is possible that it supports SlimPort. In this case, you need a SlimPort adapter to connect the smartphone to the TV. In particular, this technology is supported by smartphones such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7 tablet (2013).
The connection process is exactly the same as when using MHL. You need to connect a SlimPort adapter to the micro-USB connector on the smartphone. After that, the smartphone can be connected to the TV using a conventional HDMI cable.
Connecting a smartphone to a TV via WiFi
There are also technologies for connecting a smartphone to a TV via WiFi. The most popular technology of this type is Miracast. It is supported by all Android smartphones, as well as most TVs with SmartTV. In addition, there are special Miracast adapters (photo below). These adapters provide support for Miracast technology to any TV with an HDMI input.
The process of connecting a smartphone to a TV via Miracast is a bit like the process of connecting two devices via Bluetooth. First you need to enable Miracast in the TV settings and in the smartphone settings. After that, on the smartphone, you need to select the TV to which you want to transfer the image, and confirm the connection on the TV. As a result, the image from the smartphone will begin to be displayed on the screen of your TV.
In addition to Miracast, there is also WiDi technology. This technology completely repeats the capabilities of Miracast. Therefore, it is not necessary to consider it separately.
Connecting a smartphone to a TV via AirPlay
If you have an Apple smartphone (i.e. iPhone), then you can connect it to the TV using AirPlay technology. The principle of operation of AirPlay is exactly the same as in Miracast. Using AirPlay, you can transfer the image from the smartphone screen via Wi-Fi, that is, without using wires.
But, this technology is practically not supported by televisions. Therefore, you most likely will additionally need an Apple TV set-top box (photo below), which can work with this technology.