In today’s age of Smartphones, we can store everything in our pockets such as pictures, spreadsheets, documents, videos, music, and anything in between. And it has been slightly improved. Do you know that we can to connect our Smartphones to our Televisions? Now, the idea of connecting a smart phone to a TV is nothing so amazing, actually. There are several ways to connect your Android phone to your TV.
Here we have a summary of each method with their pros and cons. To connect an Android phone or tablet to a TV, you can use an MHL / SlimPort (via Micro-USB) or Micro-HDMI cable if supported, or wirelessly stream your screen using Miracast or Chromecast. In this article, we are going to discuss how to connect a smartphone or tablet to the TV.
Steps to Connect Android Phone to TV – Wired and Wireless Methods
There are two methods to connect a smartphone to the TV.
- Wired options.
- Wireless option.
To connect your Android phone to TV Wired options: MHL and SlimPort
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) is an industry standard for a mobile audio / video interface that enables the connection of mobile phones, tablets, and other portable consumer electronics devices (HDTVs) and audio receivers. MHL compatible products include adapters, car accessories, AV receivers, Blu-ray disc players, cables, digital TVs, stands, monitors, projectors, smartphones, tablets, TV accessories and Moreover.
MHL is a consortium of leading companies in the mobile and CE industries, including Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba. MHL is an adaptation of HDMI intended for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Unlike DVI, which is compatible with HDMI using only passive cables and adapters, MHL requires the HDMI jack to be MHL compatible, otherwise an active adapter (or dongle) is required to convert the signal to HDMI.
It has several aspects in common with HDMI, such as the ability to transmit uncompressed HDCP encrypted high definition video, eight channel surround sound, and remote control devices with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC). It uses your phone’s built-in USB port, along with a dedicated cable that essentially converts the display output to a TV-readable format on the other end. In other words: it’s a USB to HDMI cable. There are two different types of MHL cables: active and passive. Active cables are the most common type.
They work with basically any TV because they do the actual conversion, but in order to do that they need an additional power source (usually in the form of a built-in USB socket). Passive cables do not do any conversion themselves. Instead, they’re designed for use with an MHL TV, something that is becoming increasingly rare. Passive cables do not require a separate power supply.
SlimPort uses a single cable to deliver high-definition audio and video from your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device to a wide range of external displays, including projectors, PC monitors, and HDTVs. Whether you’re at home, on the road, or in the office, simply plug in your SlimPort compatible device and you’re ready to start games, give a presentation, or watch your favorite sports or sports team on any screen of size.
SlimPort products offer the unique ability to connect to all major display types (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA) over a single cable. They also offer high-bandwidth 1080p 3D video playback, low power consumption, and Mobility DisplayPort (MyDP) compatibility, with future video resolutions up to 4K.
Displaying content from your mobile device on a big screen has never been easier. SlimPort products connect with all major display types (HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and VGA). SlimPort products operate without external power, and their low-power designs help your mobile device’s batteries last longer. You can even charge your batteries while playing when using DisplayPort and HDMI adapters.
Steps for connect your phone Android to TV wireless options: Miracast and Google Cast
Miracast is a standard for wireless connections from devices (such as laptops, tablets, or smartphones) to displays (TVs, monitors, or projectors). It is roughly described as “HDMI over Wi-Fi,” replacing the device cable with the display. Miracast-certified devices can communicate with each other, regardless of manufacturer. Adapters are available that connect to the HDMI or USB ports, allowing devices without built-in Miracast support to connect through Miracast.
Miracast employs the peer-to-peer Wi-Fi Direct standard. It can send 1080p HD video (H.264 codec) and 5.1 surround sound (AAC and AC3 are optional codecs, mandatory codec is linear pulse code modulation – 16 bit 48 kHz 2 channel). The connection is created via WPS and is therefore secured with WPA2. IPv4 is used on the Internet layer. On the transport layer, TCP or UDP are used. On the application layer, the flow is initiated and controlled via RTSP, RTP for data transfer.
Miracast devices negotiate the settings for each connection, which simplifies the process for users. In particular, it eliminates worrying about formatting or codec details. Miracast is “effectively a wireless HDMI cable, copying everything from one screen to another using the H.264 codec and its own digital rights management (DRM) layer emulating the HDMI system”. The Wi-Fi alliance has suggested that Miracast could also be used by a set-top box wishing to stream content to a TV or tablet.
Google Cast, designed for consumer devices like Chromecast built-in, is a proprietary protocol developed by Google that allows mobile devices and personal computers to initiate and control the playback of audio / video content streamed over the Internet on a compatible device, as digital media Player connected to a high definition television or home audio system.
Google Cast receivers can deliver content through two methods: the first uses mobile and web applications compatible with Google Cast technology; The second allows the mirroring of Google Chrome browser content running on a personal computer, as well as content displayed on some Android devices. In both cases, playback is started via the “cast” button on the sending device.
It is possible to use Chromecast to mirror the display to your Android device, which allows you to start playback on a tablet and let the video (unprotected against DRM) start playing on your TV. The same goes for anything the screen can display, including apps, games, and photos. Apple users have an easier but more expensive time. The iPad and iPhone don’t support any open broadcast standards, so you’ll need to get an Apple TV. This supports AirPlay mirroring from iOS devices only and, like Chromecast, offers various streaming services including Skyflows and Sky offerings Sky Sports and Now TV.
This is the way we can connect our Android smartphone to the television (Television). We hope this article will help you to connect your Smartphone and TV devices. If you have any questions regarding connecting the two devices, let us know in the comments below.
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