How to mirror your phone or tablet screen to your TV

These days we can do many cool things with with our mobile devices, things we never could have imagined doing a few years ago. Have you ever thought, “All these nice content (pictures, movies, video clips, etc) I enjoy on my mobile, how can I share it to my TV at home?”

This piece might just be what will set you on track, as we will look at a variety of products and technologies that will transmit content from your device screen to your TV screen.

Dongles:-

One of the cool ways of streaming your phone on your TV is by the use of dongles. Wikipedia defines dongle as:

…a small piece of hardware that attaches to a computer, TV, or other electronic device in order to enable additional functions such as copy protection, audio, video, games, data, or other services. These services are available only when the dongle is attached.

A good example of a dongle is Chromecast.

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Chromecast is a dongle that cost about $35 or less, and using it is simple. Just plug it in the HDMI port of your TV, connect it with your WiFi and cast apps straight to your big screen. There’s also a guest mode feature where your visitors won’t have to connect to your WiFi but can still share content. More details and purchasing is on its official page. You can also buy (cheaper) Chinese made dongles from sites like Aliexpress or other Chinese shopping sites.

Set-top boxes:-

What is a set-top box? Wikipedia says its:

….an information appliance device that generally contains a TV-tuner input and displays output connected to a television set and an external source of signal, turning the source signal into content in a form that can then be displayed on the television screen or other display device. They are used in cable television, satellite television, and over-the-air television systems.

This is a device that brings a different kind of content (or digital content) to your TV screens. This is what will be needed here in Nigeria, when our local channels go fully digital as they have proposed. These set-top boxes also support mirroring of your device screens to your TV’s . Apple TV for iOS lovers is a good example. It has a feature called Airplay for streaming iDevices to TV screens.

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There’s also another one called Roku which is multi-platform, supporting Androids, iOS, Windows 8 phones, Windows PC’s 8.1 and above, and any other hardware that supports mirroring.

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Directly from the phone:

I learnt that with some Samsung phones, you can directly mirror your phones screens to PC or TV. Thanks to Lord Belushi for providing us with this screenshot.

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Smart TV’s:-

TV’s we have now are getting smarter too, so check your new TV if it has any HDMI input labelled as MHL (Mobile Home Link). This feature is simply plug-and-play and requires you to use an MHL cable. Click HERE for more details on how to use the MHL cable . Also check your TV if it has wireless mirroring feature, this can be helpful as well.

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Some info sourced from Digital Trends

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9 comments

  1. Hi, you forgot to mention Slimport, it’s like an alternative to MHL, and Wireless display, some tablets support that. Some support HDMI directly through mini-hdmi ports. I’m sure other options exist as well.

  2. “…slaves to technology…”. Lol. That sounds like a line spoken by Socrates or Plato.

    How about phones with HDMI-out ports? Do they exist?

    1. Yes, a good example is Blackberry Z10. Notice the port beside the USB charging port. I believe its a HDMI out port.

  3. Wireless Display or Miracast under wifi alliance Android, Windows, iOS and Mac has it.

    On my Windows phone inside settings its called project my screen with appropriate hardware like Lumia 730&830 with a Smart Tv, once you turn on widi or Miracast on the tv its a breeze.

  4. @Chibex…Tanx for giving us an insight to this and I love the way Tech is advancing thus making task which used to be a complex setup to be quite easy whereby we don’t need any special assistance to achieve the end result.

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