TV Connection Application
How to connect a smartphone to a TV? This question is asked by many mobile phone owners who want to watch their photos and videos on the big screen. Chip has prepared a selection of 10 useful accessories and ready-made solutions with which you can display the picture from the gadget on the big screen.
Most modern mobile phones with the Android or iOS operating system have a powerful filling, providing the user with the functions of a full-fledged PC, as well as equipped with advanced cameras, which turns them into a real machine for the production of amateur photos and videos. Of course, for all this, the ability to connect to a TV is simply necessary to demonstrate your vacation photos and videos to relatives and friends.
However, not every user knows how to connect their favorite gadget to a home TV. If there are no problems with household players. The connection is via an HDMI cable, then you won’t plug it into a smartphone. Even with a modern Smart TV (a TV with Internet connection and various built-in applications), it’s not so simple to configure the ability to transfer content from a smartphone or tablet to a large screen.
The editors of iChip.Ru are ready to share 10 different ways to connect the phone to the TV, as well as talk about the pros and cons of each of them.
Which is better: cable or Wi-Fi?
Today, not many people remember that most smartphone models did not have such a high-speed Wi-Fi module, and manufacturers, seeing the need to transfer content to TV, equipped their devices with a special video output chip via HDMI. For example, the LG 2X smartphone for these purposes had a separate Micro HDMI port on the upper edge and allowed to broadcast everything that happened on the smartphone screen in its original quality to the TV.
Smartphone LG 2X equipped with a separate Micro HDMI port for connection to a television
Today, this connector is a thing of the past, and it has been replaced by a universal USB-C and a few more convenient ways to connect your smartphone to a TV.
1. Connection via USB Type-C
This method is suitable for Android devices. Flagship smartphone models with a connector USB Type-C, can be connected to different TVs using an adapter. There should be a USB Type-C plug on one end of the adapter, and HDMI, VGA, DVI, Display Port or miniDP on the other, depending on the input on your TV.
It is best to purchase universal adapters: there are several ports on them, into which you can insert cables from different TVs, as well as monitors and projectors.
It can have HDMI, DVI, VGA, mini jack 3,5 mm jacks.
You can find out if your smartphone supports connecting to TV via USB Type-C using this link (look for your model in the table):
2. Connection via MHL
Later, manufacturers of even low-cost models of smartphones and tablets based on MTK processors began to implement the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) standard in their devices. Which allows you to take video directly from the data port and charge Micro USB. True, this required a special MHL adapter. Thus, the user was able to watch any video content from his smartphone, including photos and videos taken on vacation, as well as play games on a large TV screen.
The disadvantage of this adapter was that to transmit the signal, it was necessary to connect a 5 V power cable separately to it to amplify the signal transmitted to the large screen. But at the same time, the smartphone did not receive recharge and was quickly discharged. In addition, at the maximum image quality of 1080p during translation, lags are observed.
Currently, inexpensive mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets with support for MHL technology. Are practically not available. If this function is vital for you, you should choose a device from very ancient models, including the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5 has the function of transferring content to TV via MHL
In some old flagships, for example, Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet, the MHL 3.0 standard is implemented, which allows you to broadcast an image from a smartphone to a TV in 4K format (3840 × 2160 pixels) with a frequency of 30 frames per second. MHL 3.0 is compatible with Blu-ray sound formats. True HD and DTS HD MA.
Alas, the latest Samsung flagships, starting with the Galaxy S6, do not support the MHL standard.
3 Connect via SlimPort
The main competitor to MHL almost immediately became the SlimPort (Mobility DisplayPort) standard. But it was implemented mainly in the devices of LG and Samsung. He provided a better picture, because the broadcast is without decoding the signal, which eliminated the lags when transmitting the image. At the same time, the special microUSB-HDMI adapter did not need to be connected to a power source. Although there is such a port in the adapter, it is intended to power the smartphone itself, which is very convenient for long demonstrations of video content or games. The maximum image quality transmitted to the TV screen is the same. 1080p.
Among the minuses, we note the high quality requirements for HDMI cable. If you have it from cheap, then the appearance of noise and even the lack of a signal.
Supports SlimPort technology.
The only thing is that your device can non-alternatively support it instead of MHL (as Galaxy Nexus smartphones did). You can find out if you can connect your smartphone to the TV via SlimPort here:
4 Wireless content transfer to TV via Wi-Fi and applications
Alas, manufacturers did not see prospects for cable connection and focused on wireless standards for transferring content to a TV. Its main advantage is the lack of need to mess with wires. To send photos or videos to a large TV screen, you just need to arrange their pairing via Wi-Fi. For example, YouTube allows you to output video from a smartphone to the screen of a smart TV directly through its application.
The disadvantages of such a connection: the impossibility of broadcasting everything that happens on the display of a smartphone. Only video. However, manufacturers did not completely deprive the user of the opportunity to watch videos from a smartphone and offered special wireless adapters. More about them.
Chromecast 2 TV
So, what is there for wireless connection to TV today?
5 Connect via Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Direct technology is implemented on all smart TVs and equipped with a Wi-Fi module. There is it on most modern smartphones. Its essence is to connect devices to each other without the mediation of an access point. The phone is recognized by the TV as a multimedia device, not a drive. To establish a connection, you need to activate Wi-Fi Direct mode on the smartphone, and Share mode on the TV. On devices with any version of the OS, it is located in the wireless settings.
Video: TV Connection Application
With this connection, you can only use the Photo Album application on your smartphone to view pictures. You won’t be able to watch videos. The display speed, especially large shots, is very low.
You can find out if your TV supports Wi-Fi Direct here by entering its model in the field Keywords:
6 DLNA: classic for Android
DLNA is one of the most common wireless standards. Most televisions that can connect to wireless networks support it. Users of the Android operating system will need a special BubbleUPnP application so that they can organize the transfer of music and photos from a smartphone to a TV.
The image resolution in this case depends on the receiving device, for new TVs it is usually HD or Full HD. Unlike Miracast and Airplay (we will talk about them below), DLNA does not provide versatility in displaying content. It only transfers music, photos and some video file formats.
7 Chromecast: simple but expensive streaming
Those who want to organize wireless broadcasting of media files from an Android mobile phone to a TV in the most simple way should use the Google Chromecast or Chromecast 2 streaming flash drive.
In this case, you will also upgrade your TV device if it did not have a network connection function.
By default, Chromecast adds a lot of media content to the TV, YouTube and the Chrome browser.
8 Lightning Digital AV Adapter: for iPhone and iPad
To connect Apple-made mobile devices to your TV, you need a special adapter. It happens both for the new Lightning connector, and for the old, 30-pin. According to a study by the Panic.Com portal, it turned out that the Lightning adapter does not transmit a native image in 1080p format, but converts it from less high-quality HD. Because of this, artifacts sometimes appear on the image when transmitting data.
May have HDMI, VGA, mini jack 3,5 mm jacks.
9 Wireless Data Transfer via Apple TV. AirPlay
Apple’s third-generation set-top box is currently the most convenient solution to display content from an iOS mobile device on a TV. The iPhone / iPad connection with the streaming attachment is quick and easy, the image quality is very good thanks to the support of the 1080p format. The delay is about half a second, so sometimes you can even play not very lively games.
10 Miracast: rival AirPlay
Android supports Miracast since version 4.2, Windows Phone. From version 8.1. This wireless standard came from Intel’s WiDi (Wireless Display) and was conceived as a competitor to AirPlay. But Miracast has not yet succeeded in implementing the plan: the delay in transmitting images from a mobile device to a large screen is too large.
Despite the resolution of 1080p, due to the large number of artifacts, the picture on the TV does not look very good. However: many new smart TVs support this standard.
In recent years, tablet computers are gaining more and more popularity among users due to its wide functionality. They easily replace laptops for work on the road or in school, they allow you to conveniently view photos and videos. At the same time, more and more modern TV models are produced with the function of displaying images on screens from a tablet.
This is convenient when working with video editing or watching movies, in addition, this option is ideal for working with presentations. Well, it’s quite understandable that outputting an image to a TV will provide more comfortable work in an Internet browser, in the absence of a laptop or a stationary computer.
In this material we will try to tell you as much as possible about how to connect an Android tablet (phone) to a TV and at the same time avoid software hardware problems.
What you need to connect Android to the TV
So, to successfully connect a tablet with Android OS to the TV, first of all, you need the TV itself that supports this function (check this information in the instructions or on the official website of the manufacturer). In addition, special devices for the tablet itself will be required.
It gives the best image, this is due to the fact that the HDMI interface:
- Allows you to display not only the highest quality image, but also no less high-quality sound (which is especially important for watching videos and movies) using only one cable, without loading the television receiver with many cords and connections.
- The digital signal transmission format used allows for superior quality.
- Due to its great popularity among users, it is present in most modern TVs and tablets of various manufacturers.
- It supports the technology of “display mirroring”, which allows you to “copy” to the TV what is happening on the screen of the tablet.
- It allows you to easily configure the connection with a maximum of two clicks (or even without them).
To connect the tablet to the TV using an HDMI cable, do the following:
- After connecting the gadgets with a cable, the video and audio signals should be transferred in the automatic setup mode.
- If this does not happen, go to the settings menu on both devices and on the TV, as the signal source (input, input, source.), select the HDMI port (if there are several, it is important not to make a mistake with the number), and in the tablet as the output (output ) indicate HDMI.
If the tablet is equipped with only “mini-HDMI” (micro-HDMI), then you need to pick up a cable with a plug of this type at one end or use a conductor.
In the absence of an HDMI connector in the tablet, you can separately purchase MHL or SlimPort. The disadvantage is that quite often when outputting images to a monitor using HDMI, there is no way to output sound if the TV does not have built-in acoustics. We fix the read:
This option does not provide a sufficiently high-quality image, since the transmission is carried out using an analog signal, but the advantage here is that absolutely all multimedia devices (including not quite “fresh” release) are endowed with the ability to connect via a composite cable (RCA), which is also called “tulip”. It should also be borne in mind that the transmission of sound and image will occur via separate cables. How is the connection:
- To make such a connection, you need an HDMI-RCA converter, to which, on the one hand, we connect HDMI-HDMI (the other end is sent to the tablet).
- On the other hand, three “tulip” cables are connected to the converter (yellow, transmitting the video signal and white with red for sound), and the other ends are connected to the TV connectors of the corresponding color.
Connecting a tablet via Wi-Fi connection is ideal for owners of Smart-TV, who have a built-in Internet distribution adapter. You can connect the tablet either using Wi-Fi Direct technology, or using special tablet applications that are selected individually for your equipment.
To use the Wi-Fi Direct function, it is necessary that both the TV and your tablet model support it.
- We go into the settings of the wireless networks on our tablet computer, we find and launch Wifi Direct.
- After a successful launch, in the television menu we find the “Network” tab, and in it Wifi Direct.
- After activating the connection, we wait until the end of the automatic configuration of both devices.
Wi-Fi using Miracast technology:
How to connect a tablet (smartphone) to a TV via USB
Unfortunately, using a USB connection to launch applications or watch movies on a tablet, alas, is impossible. The fact is that companies producing tablets have not yet figured out how, through this type of connection, to transfer functions that allow you to use the TV as an additional display.
But still, you can connect via a USB cable, only in this case, the gadget will function as a data storage device (simply put, a flash drive). Then, using the television interface, you can manage the media files stored in the memory of the Android device (for example, create a repository of your home movie library). In addition, in this way you can transform the TV into a kind of presentation board. To make a connection:
- We connect the device with a USB cable through the connectors designed for this.
- In the TV section “Settings”, select the signal source.
However, there is still positive news in this direction. The fact is that today there is already an HDMI interface that is built into the USB module. We are talking about the type of micro USB connection with support for the MHL protocol. Unfortunately, tablets with such a function began to be released quite recently, and if you are a lucky owner of such a gadget, then you’ll get cards in your hands!
Connection in this case will be carried out in the same way as described above, only an HDMI cable is required for connection to a television receiver and an MHL adapter.
I would like to believe that our material was able to fully satisfy your curiosity, and now, knowing how to connect Android to a TV, you can easily cope with the task.