How to connect your TV and Android smartphone

To date, domestic and mobile appliances has a lot of ports, jacks, and wireless connectivity. Any interesting film or TV show (Yes or just a movie on video) can be found on the Internet. But agree, much more convenient to enjoy video content from the TV screen, sitting in a comfortable chair, and not to peer at the small display of smartphone. Now we will tell you how to connect your home TV and Android smartphone.

The Android devices have several options, including built-in functions of the operating system and third-party applications. Let’s understand in all this variety of options.

Google Chromecast

If you have a Chromecast device or TV with a built-in Chromecast support, no problems should arise. Almost all versions of Android support correct work with Chromecast. And, as a rule, many third party application also work without problems with Chromecast. Among them are Netflix, Hulu, Google photos, and dozens of others. Just make sure your device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your console, Chromecast or your Smart TV with Chromecast support.

Screen mirroring Android

This option is ideal for applications with creative content like Youtube. However, Netflix, for example, in this mode will darken the video and play only audio stream. Android supports screen mirroring with version 5.0 Lollipop.

In order to use this feature, install the Google Home. Go to “Account” — “screen Mirroring” — “Broadcast audio/video”. Your smartphone and TV, of course, must be on the same local network.

The connection with the cable

If you don’t have compatible with your Chromecast device or if your phone for any reason is not suitable for mirroring of the screen, you always have the good old way to use the cable, the benefit of HDMI is now on almost every TV. And to find the necessary USB-C or Micro-USB not a problem. In this case, the display will repeat what is happening on the screen. What a way to “Mirror display”, but not in Wi-FI and cable.

Streaming using DLNA

Finally, if the previous methods are not suitable for you, don’t despair: most web-connected TVs support streaming data transfer Protocol DLNA. Using this you can transfer media files from your phone or any other device to the TV.

However, keep in mind that any files you transfer may not have any functions of digital rights management (DRM), which means streaming services like Netflix will not be supported.

Stream using LocalCasts

LocalCasts is a simple free app that allows you to transfer music, photos or videos on a DLNA-device, smart TV or even a gaming console. It also supports streaming to Chromecast, which is handy if you want to share your files on the TV without mirroring the whole screen. When playing images on a Chromecast device you can even rotate and zoom your photos around, which makes this method very useful for presentations.

Stream with AllCast

This application is similar in many respects LocalCasts, but has a few extra bells and whistles, such as streaming files to multiple devices at once and improved support for modern consoles. AllCast also allows you to stream media directly from Dropbox.

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