While watching videos on your Android phone or tablet can be convenient, you should also use your big-screen TV when you return home. This is how you connect your smartphone screen to your TV’s display wirelessly.
Connecting and mirroring Android to TV
Screen MIrroring terms and steps to activate can vary depending on the brand of your phone, TV or bridge device.
- Go to Setting on your TV, phone or bridge device (media streamer).
The Android phone will be on the left, while the TV screen will be on the right.
- Allow screen mirroring to be enabled on both the TV and phone. The term used by the TV in the above example is WiFi Direct.
- Look for the TV or bridge device. You may also find it on a list. Select the Android tablet or phone from the TV screen mirroring menu.
- After your Android tablet or phone and bridge device recognize and find each other, initiate a connection procedure.
Screen Mirroring Setup Menus: Other Examples
Different devices use different visual motifs:
How to use Screen Mirroring
Screen Mirroring activates and everything that you see on your Android smartphone or tablet screen will be shared on your TV screen or video projector screen. But, the Android device will still display what you see mirrored on its TV screen.
For most apps, you will see the same view on your TV screen if you flip your Android phone horizontally.
You will mirror your Android phone’s content and the settings options on your tablet or Android phone on your TV. You can continue using your phone to navigate the menus and apps.
Pros of Screen Mirroring
- Convenience – Screen Mirroring allows you to easily view your Android phone’s screen on a larger TV screen.
- No network required: Android video/image-sharing is not affected or hampered by network traffic.
- Device Availability Screen mirroring is also available on Android devices. This includes select video projectors, Bluray players, cable/satellite box, media streamers and laptops.
- Classroom and Business Application: You can wirelessly display your classroom or business presentation on large screens by using an Android tablet or phone and a bridge device with screen mirroring.
Cons of Screen Mirroring
- While content is being mirrored, you can’t do other tasks with your phone. You can stop the content from playing by tapping another app or icon. The next function will be activated.
- Screen mirroring your phone to smart TVs is possible using a compatible screen-mirroring bridge device. However, setup and connection are not guaranteed.
- The best luck is when the tablet/phone is from the same manufacturer as the TV or bridge. Samsung Android phones come with Samsung TVs/Blu Ray Disc players, and Kindle Fire Tablets are available with Fire TV sticks/Fire Edition TVs.
- Without installing an additional app like Airmore, Mirroring 360, you can’t mirror Android phones or tablets to an Apple TV.
Screen Mirroring vs. Casting
Casting is another way to view content on an Android device. Although Screen Mirroring is similar to Casting, there are some differences.
- Casting requires that the Android device as well as the TV be connected to the same Wi Fi network.
- Casting works for photos and videos that you have made yourself, as well as certain apps.
- You can still watch some Cast content on your TV but you can also use your Android device to perform other tasks or turn it off.
- An additional app may be required for your Android device. Before Casting can work, you will need to plug in a Chromecast on the TV.
Some devices, such as the Roku sticks/boxes/TVs and Samsung Smart TVs/Bluray players, Fire TV Stick/Fire Edition TVs, allow you to cast selected apps directly from your Android phone without the need of an additional app or Chromecast.
- Cast Logos will be displayed on android devices that are compatible with Casting .
An Android phone can be connected wirelessly to a TV
Screen Mirroring is one way to view Android phones on TV. This capability is available on almost all Android phones, including most smart TVs and media streamers.
Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast are some media streamers that allow screen mirroring to Android. Apple TV doesn’t support screen mirroring on Android.
Screen Mirroring shows everything on Android’s screen (including email and streaming services, platforms like KODI, videos and photos) wirelessly on your TV (no need for a router).
Two wireless connections are available to screen-mirror an Android device on a TV.
- Directly from an Android device to a TV.
- An Android device can wirelessly connect to a “bridge device” (such as a media streamer or smart Blu-ray player). The “bridge” sends the mirrored content to a TV via HDMI, or another compatible connection.
Screen mirroring is often called Miracast. It is based upon WiFi Direct technology. Screen Mirroring can also be called: Depending on whether the Android phone or TV is a “bridge” model,
- Wireless Display
- Display mirroring
- HTC Connect
- SmartShare (SmartShare)
- SmartView (Samsung)
- AllShare (Samsung)