Watching videos on an Android phone or tablet is convenient when you are on the go, but when you get home why not put your big-screen TV to good use? Here's how to connect your phone screen wirelessly to your TV's screen.
How to Connect and Mirror Android to TV
The exact terms used for Screen MIrroring and steps needed to activate may vary from those outlined below depending on phone, TV, or bridge device brand or model.
Go to Settings on your phone, TV or bridge device (media streamer).
In the following steps, the Android phone is on the left and the TV screen is on the right.
Enable screen mirroring on the phone and TV. In the example shown the term used by the TV is Wi-Fi Direct.
Search for the TV or bridge device. It may also be on a list of devices. In the TV screen mirroring menu select the Android phone or tablet.
Initiate a connect procedure, after your Android phone or tablet and TV or bridge device find and recognize each other.
The Android screen displays on the TV screen after the "connect" procedure is completed.
Other Examples of Screen Mirroring Setup Menus
Different devices use different visual motifs:
How to Use Screen Mirroring
After Screen Mirroring is activated, everything you see on your Android phone or tablet screen is shared on your TV or video projector screen. However, what you see mirrored on your TV screen is still displayed on the Android device.
If you turn your Android phone horizontally, for most apps, you should see the same view on your TV screen.
In addition to content, in most cases, you will also mirror the onscreen menus and settings options provided on your Android phone or tablet on your TV. This means that you continue to use your phone to navigate through the phone's menu and apps.
Screen Mirroring Pros
- Convenience: Screen Mirroring provides an easy way to view your Android phone screen on a larger TV screen.
- No Network Required: Android video/image sharing is not affected by network traffic or network connectivity glitches as no connection through a router is needed.
- Device Availability: In addition to Android devices, screen mirroring reception is available on TVs and select video projectors, Blu-ray players, cable/satellite boxes, media streamers, laptops, and PCs.
- Business and Classroom Application: With an Android phone or tablet and a video projector with bridge device that support screen mirroring, you can wirelessly display a business or classroom presentation saved on your android device on a very large screen.
Screen Mirroring Cons
- You can’t perform other tasks on your phone while content is mirrored. If you tap another icon or app, the content will cease playing and you will see the next function that is activated.
- Although you can screen mirror your phone to most smart TVs or using a screen-mirroring compatible bridge device that can be connected to any TV physically (preferably using HDMI), connection and setup are not guaranteed.
- You will have the best luck if the phone/tablet is the same brand as the TV or bridge device. Examples include Samsung Android phones with Samsung TVs/Blu-ray Disc players and Kindle Fire Tablets with Fire TV sticks/Fire Edition TVs.
- You can’t mirror an Android phone or tablet to an Apple TV without installation of an additional app such as Airmore or Mirroring 360.
Screen Mirroring vs. Casting
Another way to view content from an Android device on TV is through Casting. Screen Mirroring and Casting are similar, but there are differences including:
- Casting requires the Android device and TV to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Casting works for photos, self-made videos, and select apps.
- While selected Cast content is playing on your TV, you can perform other tasks on your Android device at the same time or even turn it off.
- Your Android device may require an additional app and plugging in a Chromecast on your TV before Casting can be used.
Some devices (Roku sticks/boxes/TVs, Samsung Smart TVs/Blu-ray players, and Fire TV Stick/Fire Edition TVs) allow casting of select apps from Android phones without the need for an additional app or Chromecast.
- If an Android smartphone app is compatible with Casting (YouTube and Netflix are two examples), a Cast Logo will appear on the android device screen
Connecting Your Android Phone Wirelessly to a TV
One way to view an Android phone on a TV is through Screen Mirroring. Almost all Android phones offer this capability built-in, as well as most smart TVs, media streamers, and smart Blu-ray Disc players.
Media streamers that support screen mirroring for Android include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. Apple TV does not support screen mirroring for Android natively.
Screen Mirroring displays everything on an Android screen (including email, streaming services, platforms such as KODI, photos, videos, and web pages) on your TV wirelessly (no network connection to a router required).
There are two wireless connection paths to screen mirror an Android device on a TV:
- From an Android device directly to a TV.
- From an Android device wirelessly to a “bridge” device (such as a media streamer, smart Blu-ray player). The “bridge” routes the received mirrored content to a TV via an HDMI or other compatible connection.
Screen Mirroring is usually referred to as Miracast, which is based on Wi-Fi Direct technology. Depending on the brand and model of Android phone, TV, or “bridge” device, Screen Mirroring may also be referred to as:
- Wireless Display
- Display Mirroring
- HTC Connect
- SmartShare (LG)
- SmartView (Samsung)
- AllShare (Samsung)
- How do I mirror from Android to Fire Stick?
To cast to a Fire Stick from an Android phone, power on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, press Home on the remote, and select Mirroring. Next, on your Android, go to Settings > Connected Devices > Cast, and select your Fire TV Stick.
- How do I mirror from Android to Roku?
To cast to Roku TV from an Android, open the streaming app you want to cast from on your Android phone, and select the cast icon in the corner of the screen. Select your Roku TV or Roku device to begin casting.
- How do I mirror from an Android phone to a TV without Wi-Fi?
If you don't have a Wi-Fi connection, try using a direct USB-to-HDMI cable. Plug the USB end of the cable into your Android phone, and then plug the HDMI end into your smart TV's HDMI slot to begin mirroring your phone's contents.