There are several ways to stream content from your phone screen or display it on your TV. You can use a USB cable or HDMI cable, but cables are not always convenient. Your cable may not be suitable for connecting your phone to your TV, or it may not connect from your device to your TV, making it completely useless.
An easier and faster way is to connect your phone to your TV wirelessly. Whether you want to stream YouTube streaming or live Zoom meeting, this guide will explain how you can connect your Android phone or iPhone to your TV wirelessly.
How to Connect Android Phone to TV Wirelessly
There are various ways to wirelessly connect your Android phone to your TV. These include using Google Chromecast, Android Screen Mirroring, Smart View, and Roku.
You can use a media streaming device like Google Chromecast to mirror content from Android phone to TV. If your device doesn’t have a Micro HDMI port, Google Chromecast is an affordable alternative that lets you connect your Android phone to your TV wirelessly.
There are many cool things you can do with Chromecast, besides streaming YouTube videos, Netflix videos, or casting your entire desktop Chromecast uses your Android device to cast your phone screen to your TV.
After you connect your Chromecast dongle to your TV, set the Google Home app to detect the Chromecast and establish a connection to help you set it up. The Google Home app helps you display your Android phone screen on your TV, but for apps like YouTube or Netflix, you can tap the broadcast icon or logo on your phone screen to broadcast.
Our step-by-step guide to setting up Google Chromecast explains everything you need to know about setting up Chromecast and casting content from your device.
Android Screen Mirroring
Android also supports screen mirroring, which works for apps that don’t have a cast button. You can use the screen mirroring feature in the Google Home app, or check for the cast button by pulling down the settings panel on your Android phone.
To install the Google Home app, go to the Google Play store to download and install the app. Once installed, launch Google Home, sign in with your preferred account, and then select the device, room, and Wi-Fi network you will use to connect.
After setting up the Google Home app, you can tap the device you want to stream, in this case your Android phone, and then tap Cast My Screen to display the content on your TV.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, you can use Smart View to wirelessly connect your phone to your TV. Choose where you want to see your phone screen and check if there is a screen mirroring device nearby that you can use to connect your phone to your TV.
Samsung Galaxy phone users can wirelessly connect to a Samsung Smart TV and display or stream content to the TV. However, if your TV supports Samsung to Samsung mirroring, you can also connect your Samsung phone to your TV. Go to the TV menu, select “Network” and search for “Screen Mirroring” to check if the TV supports mirroring function.
Alternatively, open the settings panel on your Android phone and check if Screen Mirroring or Smart View is enabled to connect to Smart TV and cast your phone screen.
Roku is a media streamer that can be used to wirelessly connect your phone to your TV. Roku supports streaming and has a built-in screen mirroring option. However, Roku does not work with Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
To use Roku for these purposes, open Settings on your Android phone and tap Display> Broadcast. Your phone and Roku device must be on the same Wi-Fi network for the connection to work and stream successfully.
If your TV doesn’t support Samsung-to-Samsung mirroring, you can use the DLNA app to stream media files from your Android phone to your TV. However, the files should not have any DRM (Digital Rights Management) features like Netflix videos that are DRM protected.
Other apps like LocalCasts and AllCast let you stream music, videos, and photos to your Smart TV or console. With AllCast, you can stream media from Dropbox to your TV instead of downloading the files to your phone first.
You can also use the Plex app to select the media you want to stream and send it to your TV via DLNA.
How to Connect iPhone to TV Wirelessly
AirPlay is a feature on Apple devices that lets you stream music, photos, videos, and more from iPhone / iPad to TV. You can connect your iPhone to your TV wirelessly using AirPlay if the devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
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Apple TV supports AirPlay, which means you can connect your iPhone wirelessly to your TV and stream audio and video content. Connect your iPhone and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network, then connect to your Apple TV through Control Center
If you have a Smart TV that supports DLNA, you can connect your iPhone / iPad to your TV wirelessly using a compatible DLNA app. You can install a DLNA-compatible iOS app such as 8player Pro, TV Assist, or ArkMC on your TV, but visit the app developer’s website to learn how to use the app with your TV.
If you have a Samsung TV, you can wirelessly connect your iPhone to your TV using the free SmartView app or the Mirror app for Samsung TV.
To use the SmartView app on your iPhone, download and install the app on your iPhone, and make sure your iPhone and Samsung TV are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Open the Samsung SmartView app on your iPhone. Enter the code that is displayed on the TV screen, enter the PIN, and your iPhone will automatically connect to the TV.
Painless Streaming without Cables
HDMI can still be the best way to connect your phone to your TV. If you don’t have an HDMI cable, any of the above methods can help you achieve the same goal wirelessly. If you have any other ways to wirelessly connect your phone to your TV, share them in the comments.