Today it is not difficult to display the image from the phone to the TV screen. Such a useful feature is indispensable when viewing a home album of photos or videos. For a picture to appear on the screen, you only need to connect the two devices together. There are several methods how to do this. Each user chooses a convenient option for himself.
When is it needed?
It’s convenient to watch photos, videos and any other content through the TV. The screen makes it possible to get a large picture, see what is happening in detail. The image from the smartphone to the TV is transmitted without interference and delays, but only if the connection is made correctly. And if you complement the TV screen with a wireless mouse and keyboard, then this can successfully replace the computer.
This method is used for different purposes. Some people prefer to communicate on social networks and display video calls. Others take the opportunity to play their favorite game, watch streaming, or even read a book in large format. It is very convenient in this mode to work with documentation.
The specifics of the connection depend on the type of devices used. There are phones that do not have an HDMI port. It is better to use a wireless method. In general, there are only two types of connection between a phone and a TV: wired or wireless.
Regardless of the connection option, a minimum of effort is required to display the picture on the screen.
Wired Connection Methods
It’s easy to guess which connection is called wired, and how it differs from wireless. Using it is very easy to transfer the image from the phone to the screen of a large TV in a matter of minutes.
To project a picture this way, you need to use HDMI. Today, this type of connection is considered the most popular, since the specified port is present on the case of most models. Your phone must have micro-HDMI in order to view photos or videos. If it is not there, this is not a problem. Modern manufacturers have come up with a special adapter that allows you to display the picture in the same quality as if the smartphone was connected directly.
In any electronics store, a specialist will surely pick up the necessary goods. Visually, such an adapter is similar to a USB port. The HDMI Type is located on one end of the cord, and the micro-HDMI Type D on the other. To pass the image through the cable, you will need to disconnect the devices. After the phone and the TV communicate with each other, you can turn them on. At the second stage, you will need to go to the TV menu and manually set the signal source there. Without this action, viewing the image will be impossible. The signal source is the above HDMI.
On expensive models of modern technology, there may be several such ports. From the menu you only need to select the one you need. When the second stage is completed, you need to select the desired function in the smartphone. This will duplicate the image on the TV screen. In the process of such a connection, no problems should arise.
It is important to remember that not every application has the function of automatically dubbing video to two screens, so the adjustment is manual. There is always an item in the phone’s menu that is specifically responsible for the HDMI format. Unless it's a very old model. The frequency of automatic updates is also set right there. This is very convenient if you do not want to waste time setting up components again.
Even if a micro-USB-HDMI adapter is used during the connection process, the process remains unchanged.
Via USB cable
If you use this method specifically, it becomes possible to additionally access the memory and files stored on the phone. Through the specified cable, you can transfer videos, photos and even documents. Playing files of a valid format takes very little time. You can purchase a cable in an electrical store. One end is connected via micro-USB to a smartphone, the other to a TV via a standard USB port.
The user may encounter a situation when the phone asks for the type of connection. It’s easy to make a choice, you will need to select the item with the appropriate name. To see the necessary content on the TV, you also need to make minimal settings. The reading mode should be marked “media files”.
Depending on the TV model, the described step of connecting the smartphone will be different. Some manufacturers provide the multimedia function on their equipment, while on other TVs, you will need to enter the Home or Source menu item. The file to be opened will be displayed on the TV screen. Be sure to change the signal source. The phone connected to the TV is charging.
Wireless Transmission Options
There are several wireless options for connecting a smartphone to a TV. You can share via Wi-Fi or duplicate the image by another method. This may require the installation of additional software. Finding it is not difficult if you have an account on Google.
For Android, connecting to a TV over a wireless network is always done through a special application. So, you can play not only photos, but also videos, and the signal will come without interference. There is a Screen Cast application on the Playmarket, through which it is easy to transfer a picture to a TV screen. Users identified several main advantages of this software:
- simple menu;
- easy and quick installation;
- extensive functionality.
The main task of this program is to duplicate information displayed on the phone screen. To send a file, you must observe the only condition - to connect to the network. Devices work through a router. In some cases, you need to create a new access point. You can switch the image to the big screen by pressing the "Start" button, which is displayed after the software is launched.
Before the user, Start Now is displayed.
So that each time the application does not request permission, it can be transferred to automatic mode. To do this, check the box next to Don`t Show Again, which means "Do not ask again." Then the browser will provide a link where you need to register the port address and the specified code. For convenience, you can use the on-screen keyboard. After that, information from the smartphone is displayed on the TV screen.
Problems using the application should not arise. The developer has provided the ability to reconfigure settings, including security. If you wish, you can put a password on the broadcast.
Using the wireless screen function on Smart TV
You can transfer images to the big screen and through programs such as Intel WiDi and AirPlay. Any user will say that in some cases using a cable is not always convenient. Software for wireless content transfer solves many problems. It is applicable not only to phones, but also to computers, and even tablets. Intel WiDi technology from the eponymous and world famous company is based on the use of Wi-Fi.
But to connect devices, it is imperative that each of them supports the technology used. Among the advantages, there is no need to use additional equipment in the form of a router, access point or router. You can find out if the TV supports WiDi from the list of technical capabilities indicated by the manufacturer in the passport.
In principle, the activation of technology on all TVs is similar. The user will first need to open the menu. It is located on the remote control, it can be designated as Smart or Home. Here you need to find and open Screen Share. This is how WiDi is activated.
On the phone, you first need to download the appropriate application. After it starts, the wireless display is scanned automatically. As soon as the TV is found, the user will be prompted to connect to it. Now a few numbers will appear on the big screen. They must be entered on the phone. As soon as the connection is completed, the information on the smartphone screen will be displayed on the TV.
You can also use a tablet or laptop.
WiDi technology allows you to reduce the number of wires in the house. Often, a technique is used as a monitor to a computer. It becomes more interesting to play, the picture will be larger, and the experience will be brighter. But with the technology under consideration, not everything is as smooth as it might seem at first glance. Since the manufacturer took care of equipping only his product, then you can not use wireless communication on every device.
You will not be able to use WiDi even if you want to display a game image with high technical requirements on the TV screen. This is because processor graphics are scarce. If you look closely, it is difficult not to notice the delay in submitting pictures to the TV. In the case of video and photos, a delay of several seconds is almost not noticeable, but during the game it becomes uncomfortable. Where an immediate reaction is required from the user, it will not be.
From the list of significant advantages that the technology boasts, we can distinguish:
- lack of wires;
- the ability to play files with FullHD resolution;
- the ability to expand the screen.
Of the minuses, the delay described above and the ability to use the technology only on Intel devices are noted.
When using the AirPlay application, you will first need to connect all devices to a Wi-Fi network. After that, a video or photo is found on the smartphone, which is planned to be duplicated on a large screen. When you click on the icon, the specified TV is selected. File streaming starts.
Not all devices initially support this application, but it can be viewed on the App Store. It also happens that the broadcast starts automatically. This happens when both devices are compatible with AirPlay and no additional actions are required from the user.
If at the top of the running program there is an icon in the form of a TV, then the device is already activated.
When you need to change it, clicking on the indicated icon will display a complete list of devices available for use.
Miracast is one of the technologies most demanded by users. This is a completely new standard for wireless connectivity, which is based on the use of another technology - Wi-Fi Direct. The developers faced the task of simplifying the already having the ability to display pictures from the phone to the TV screen. It was possible to make innovative developments, and then to put them into practice.
Owners of smartphones whose technology supports this technology can easily transfer the picture to the big screen. To activate, you only need to click on the touch screen a couple of times. The synchronization of the devices used is quick and without numerous settings.
In order not to waste time, at first the user is recommended to make sure that the equipment supports wireless data transfer to the TV display. Not all Android models support this feature. If this is a mid-range phone or a cheap device, then it is unlikely that it will be able to connect via Miracast.
On the smartphone you will need to go to the settings, there is an item "Broadcast" or "Wireless display" . It all depends on the model of equipment used. The indicated item is activated manually, and if it is not there, then the phone model is not suitable for this type of connection. You can also find information on the availability of such a function in the quick settings menu, which is located in the section responsible for notifying the operating system. Usually, the function is not available on those phones where it is not possible to connect via Wi-Fi.
To activate wireless communication on a Samsung TV, you will need to find on the control panel the item responsible for setting the type of signal source. There, the user is interested in Screen Mirroring. Some models from this manufacturer provide additional options through which it becomes possible to activate screen duplication.
On LG TVs, Miracast is activated through the settings and the “Network” item. If Sony equipment is used, the signal source is selected through the control panel. Scroll to the item "Duplication". A wireless network is activated on the TV, while the phone must be active. With Philips models, everything looks much simpler.
In the settings, set the network parameters, then activate Wi-Fi.
It is worth remembering that manufacturers, when launching new models on the market, often make changes to these items. But in general, the connection procedure remains the same. The technology for transferring pictures to a TV screen has its own characteristics. First of all, they include Wi-Fi. After that, you can transfer data in one of two available ways.
In the settings of the gadget there is an item "Screen". By clicking on it, the user can see a list of devices ready to connect. After clicking on the phone screen, the connection starts. It will take a little while. It also happens that the TV asks for permission to connect. You just need to check the corresponding box.
Another method involves using a quick action list. They find a subsection with notifications from the operating system, then select the "Broadcast" item. When the connection source is found, you can start using it. These actions are enough to display a picture from the phone.
This technology is used not only to combine the phone and the TV. It is successfully used if necessary to connect two computers, a smartphone or laptop with each other. One of the main advantages is the absence of unnecessary wires, which only take up space and spoil the appearance of the room. It became possible to combine any devices by creating a single local network.
The necessary content is transmitted quickly, the picture is clear. Users loved the technology for its full automation. Settings are set independently, which is why a person does not require special knowledge in the field of software. Compared with the previously described Miracast, there is a significant difference - limited perception. What is meant by this?
If the screen is completely duplicated with Miracast, then only the file marked by the user is recreated with DLNA. To connect your phone to a TV, you must first make sure that both devices use the same Wi-Fi network. At the second stage, you will need to run DLNA software - it will scan the used gadgets. From the drop-down list, they select a TV and open the video on the phone.
Image transfer occurs immediately.
Most modern users prefer to use the wireless connection option. It has many advantages that are difficult to refuse if you value the free space in the apartment. Today, micro-HDMI, MHL are considered obsolete specifications, their developers do not duplicate on new smartphones. If there is no corresponding module, you can buy an adapter and a signal converter from the TV.
There are a lot of ways to transfer the image to the big screen in a quality manner, everyone chooses what he likes. However, you always need to proceed from the possibilities that the gadget used has.
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