Connect an Android device to your TV as a smartphone or tablet, useful for sharing photos or watching videos on a larger screen with better audio. For not simple with languages likeMHL is SlimPort, Miracast and other methods as you don't always know which cable or device to use for the connection. For this reason I have prepared this guide to explain everything you need to connect Android device to the TV.
Connect Android device to the TV
There are several ways to connect an Android phone or tablet to a TV. You can use systems like MHL / SlimPort (via micro-USB) or a Micro-HDMI cable if supported, or use wireless mode using Miracast or Chromecast. In this article we will see the various options that will allow you to view the screen of the phone or tablet on the TV.
Tablets are perfect, lightweight devices with long battery life, brilliant screens that make the user pleasant, from watching movies to taking pictures. Despite this, larger screens are preferred to watch a good video. So we'll see how to connect the tablet to the TV without spending a fortune or drowning in a sea of cables.
Tablet users live a golden period, full of content: video streaming applications like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Instant Video and other services. The problem with the tablet screen: perfect for one or two people, but too small with a crowd of five or more people wanting to watch a video. This is doubly true for small tablets or smartphones.
The good news is that you probably already have a device in the living room that is perfect for the purpose. The TV has a big screen, bright and there is an ever-increasing number of methods to reflect videos and images from the smartphone on it. From simply connecting a cable – often more expensive – to the wireless option. Here we will explore both options to connect Android device to TV, as well as services that will allow you to share photos and videos on the big screen.
Even if we talk mainly about Android tablets, the method to connect Android device to TV is the same for Android tablets and smartphones.
Connect Android device to TV: HDMI
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) the standard interface of the moment. If the TV was purchased in the last ten years it certainly has an HDMI port, as well as almost all set-top boxes, game consoles and a decent number of cameras and camcorders. The advantage of the HDMI connection, in addition to its ubiquit, which allows with a single cavos the HD video connection that audio, allowing you to connect devices without worrying about watching a movie in full HD or settle for the speakers of the tablet. An HDMI output is an advantage that many Android tablets have, unlike the Apple iPads.
HDMI cables are available in three sizes. Normal HDMI cable (or type A, to the left) are the full-size doors that you will find on devices where space is not a problem: think of TVs, laptops and game consoles. The attacks you will find on tablets and phones, most likely they will be type C (also known as mini HDMI, in the center) or type D (micro HDMI, to the right). Of all these, the micro HDMI, or type D, the small attack. Whatever the type of tablet port, to connect an HDMI socket does not cost much: the price to pay well below 10 for a cable HDMI to Mini or the cable micro-HDMI .
Connect Android device to TV: MHL / SlimPort
The HDMI connection easy to understand how it works: a door that does only one thing. The disadvantage is that not all tablets or smartphones have an HDMI output. The good news is that there are other widely supported standards that allow Android device owners to connect to external displays using their microUSB port.
The standards in question are MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) and the most recent SlimPort and both are very similar in operation.
Like the HDMI attack, both the SlimPort and MHL support video and audio simultaneously, with up to eight channels of surround sound. Both normally require a breakout box: a small dongle between the device and the TV that converts the signal from the smartphone to an HDMI compatible device. The price to pay for this dogle varies from 10 to 15 for either SlimPort than for the signal converter MHL. This method is a bit more expensive than a tablet with an HDMI port, but MHL in particular supported by a wide range of phone and tablet manufacturers.
An advantage of the MHL port that has the support of several TV manufacturers: look at the back of the TV, and if the HDMI port has an MHL logo above it, you can use an HDMI-micro-USB cable to connect the two devices – the cable HDMI will switch the power supply to the tablet or phone, which means that there is no need for additional adapters or cables.
If your TV does not support MHL, or you have a SlimPort device, you will need an adapter. If you are using MHL it is likely that you will need an external power source: MHL can absorb up to 10 watts from your host device. With SlimPort no external power is needed (it takes a small amount of power from the device), making the installation more simple.
The MHL and SlimPort supports vary enormously. With three different versions of MHL available, as well as for SlimPort, you need to check the specifications of the device before buying an adapter. Microsoft Surface and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 support MHL, while the Google Nexus 5 supports SlimPort.
Be careful, because newer devices are no longer compatible with MHL support. With smartphones like HTC 10, LG V20 or Samsung Galaxy S8 you need to use the SlimPort adapter.
Connect Android device to TV: Wireless
The possibility of being able to watch a video directly from untablet or smartphone to the TV is tempting. The good thing about Android is that there is more than one way to do it. Miracast a wireless standard that creates an ad-hoc network between two devices, usually the tablete a set-top box that supports Miracast. A growing number of televisions support Miracast without the need for additional hardware. Miracast uses H.264 for video transmission, which means efficient and dignified compression, full HD image quality. Better yet, Miracast supports Digital Rights Management (DRM), which means that services like iPlayer and YouTube can be sent to a TV.
A Google Miracast Chromecast alternative. The "dongle" plugs into an HDMI port on the TV and connects to the wireless network. Chromecast growing, which means that content from services like iPlayer, Netflix, BT Sport and others can be played with Chromecast, which does the job on your tablet, and that's good news for battery life. July 2014, you can use Chromecast to project the display of the Android device by running it on your TV. The same goes for anything, you can view apps, games and photos.
Which devices support Chromecast mirroring?Chromecast, initially it was compatible with just a few devices, but now any phone with Android v4.4.2 or higher capable of supporting the function to project the screen of the device on the TV.
How TV mirroring works
The streaming video from the smartphone or tablet on the TV depends on the method you use. If you use a physical connection via cable, such as HDMI, MHL or SlimPort, the content on the tablet's display is shown on the TV simply once the cable is connected. This simple but has some disadvantages. First, the tablet sends a signal only when its screen is on. It means that the battery life will be rapidly undermined, so it is likely that you will need to plug in the charger to avoid the risk of it being turned off half the time.
If the video has the tablet in the form of non-DRM files, mirroring will work fine, and the same applies to the various commercial services, including Netflix, ITV Player and iPlayer. Not always so simple. As users are well aware, some content providers ask for the payment of an extra fee for the convenience of TV streaming. Sky, for example, charges subscribers an extra fee if they want to watch their Sky subscriptions in another room in their home. If you want to view the contents of your Sky subscription on a tablet, there is no cost; in fact, it is possible to add two mobile devices per account (read how to enable new devices on Sky Go). If you go to connect an HDMI cable or try to use Miracast, you will find the limits of Sky's generosity: the Sky Go display output to a television or an external projector is prohibited.
If you use the wireless method to connect Android to TV, Miracast is currently the best option for mirroring, as it simply reflects the screen content of your Android device in wireless mode. So, as with a physical connection, for example HDMI, if you upload a photo on the tablet screen, it appears on the TV. The same is true for many applications: iPlayer, YouTube and Vimeo are all known to be compatible with Miracast. The disadvantage for Miracast is the same as for a cable connection: the tablet display must be running for the duration of the video to make it work.
If you own a Samsung device, you may also be interested in this guide on how to connect Galaxy S5, S4, S3 to HD TV.