Most of us make use of our smartphones to consume media items like music, pictures and videos. This is one reason why our smartphone screens have become so large. However, these smartphone screens are still no match for a large-screen TV when it comes to quality video experience. If you own a Chromecast, you can stream content from your Android smartphone to your TV easily. However, you can do the same with your PlayStation 4. Here’s how to stream media to your PS4 from your Android smartphone:
- First of all, download and install Pixel Media Server on your Android smartphone. You can find this app in the Google Play Store.
- Open the application and tap DMS Name to give a name to your device.
- Tap Share Folder to select which folder you want to share.
- Tap the Play button at the bottom to start Pixel Media Server
- Turn on your PS4 and ensure that it is on the same WiFi network as your Android smartphone
- Open the media player onyour PS4
- Select the Pixel Media Server drive
- Navigate the folders to locate and stream photos, videos and music files from your phone.
Pixel Media Server offers basic functionality. However, it does allow you to browse the entire folder structure of your smartphone and locate all your media. If you want an app with a little more refinement, you can try out Bubble UPnP and iMedia Share. Bubble UPnP is quite powerful, but you need to buy a full license to use it if you must stream for more than 30 minutes. The license costs $4.50 with an in-app purchase. iMedia Share is simple and it condenses all your streamable media into Photos, Videos, and Music folders when viewed on your PS4. However, it pulls in system images and audio sounds, which you probably don’t need to see. Therefore, Pixel media Server is your best bet for streaming to your PS4.