Android phones usually come with a USB cable that supposed to be charging and file transfer to the computer. As time goes by, USB has become a versatile port ever. Now, it lets you connect the phone to TV.
Since every TV in the world has its configuration and port, connecting an Android phone to the TV may not as easy as people think. There are three different methods you can try to connect your Android phone to a TV via USB cable.
#1 If you have a smart TV, just plug it through a USB port
This method can be applied if you have a modern smart TV and Android phone with video output capability. Once connected, the phone can be used as a remote control and screen mirroring. You might need to select an input channel after it’s connected.
Please keep in mind that not all Android phones came with video output capability. Also, some older smart TV might not compatible with Android devices and can only read its storage. If that was the case, try other options below.
#3 Mirror Android to a laptop, then to a TV
In a nutshell, the video signal from your Android phone transferred to a computer or laptop, and then going through the HDMI cable and shows up on the TV.
Here are some recommended apps that would do the work.
- Vysor: This app is a Chrome-based service; hence you need Google Chrome on the computer to use it.
- MirrorGo: It is designed for the mobile gamer that wanted to play their games on the PC but also can be used for mirroring.
After the phone paired with the computer, connect it to the TV via HDMI cable. Most TV in the market today usually have an HDMI port. Now, on your computer, press Window+P shortcut and choose Duplicate to stream the phone’s display to the TV.
#3 Use specialized hardware to connect wirelessly
Alright, this is the last option. I admitted it actually out of topic and sounds misleading because it’s not employing USB cable, but probably this solution could help you.
The hardware I’m going to talk about is Chromecast and Miracast. These devices can be attached to a TV through an HDMI port. They have built-in WiFi so that you can stream the Android screen directly to the TV — no cable required.
Both Chromecast and Miracast priced around $20-$40 per unit. But you can also find a similar device from a different brand which may offer certain advantages. However, the main function is pretty much the same and works with any (modern) TV.
Finally, there are three options available to connect the Android phone to your TV:
- If you have a smart TV, you can connect directly via USB port
- Using computer software for mirroring phone’s screen to TV
- Taking advantage of Chromecast or Miracast
What do you think? Which method do you prefer the most? Let me know in the comment.