Occasions may arise in which we want to show a video, photo or document from our smartphone to our family or friends and that, sitting on the sofa, the most comfortable thing is to watch the mobile on TV. Even at work, viewing mobile content on the TV in the meeting room can be faster and more efficient for presenting social media reports, for example.
Did you know that this is possible? In fact, there are many ways to do it, both for iOS and Android devices. In today’s article we tell you how to view the contents of your device on television. Do not miss it!
What you must take into account to be able to watch the mobile on TV
Technology trends are constantly evolving, so manufacturers of electronic devices such as mobile phones and televisions must always keep up to date and adapt to changes. The interest in watching mobile phones on TV has been around for a long time. The manufacturers of the first smart TVs detected it and got down to work to make it possible.
There are several ways to watch the mobile on TV, but the most effective is through a Smart TV with the “Screen Mirroring” option of the mobile device. This function allows you to share the entire screen of the smartphone on the television in a simple way. This can be very useful, for example, if you use apps to exercise at home , since you can see each workout in a larger size.
To share the content of the mobile device on other screens, whether on a television or a PC, you must take into account the versions of your devices to know if the options that we are going to mention are compatible. First of all, we are going to focus on the possible alternatives to watch the mobile on a Smart TV with Android or iOS devices.
Watch mobile on TV: Android devices
The Android operating system is usually compatible with most platforms and connection protocols, in fact, the mobile device itself can connect to your smart TV natively, if both devices are compatible with the “mirroring” option.
To check it, go to “Settings” where you will find the option of “mirroring”, “Google Cast”, “wireless screen” or “screen sharing”, names that vary depending on the model and the version of the operating system. This feature may also appear in the notification settings panel.
Once you find the “mirroring” functionality on your Android device, you must press the “Connect” option and a list will open with the available smart TVs, which are those that are connected to the same WiFi network as your mobile device. It is possible that in order to make the connection you will have to activate the “Screen sharing” function on your television in the “Source” button on the remote control.
If none of these options are displayed on your Android device or television, we offer you two applications to do it very easily.
Apps to watch the mobile on TV with the mirroring function
- Apower Mirror
This application allows mirroring the screen of an Android phone on a smart TV, Mac or PC. This stream includes audio, so you can stream videos, show apps, share meeting content, or play Android games from PC or Mac in full-screen mode. Its score is 4.3 on Google Play.
- Screen Stream Mirroring
Like the previous one, it allows you to duplicate any type of smartphone content on other screens, it even allows you to record video files or direct Twitch, YouTube or Facebook Live, among others. The free version of this app has a time limit for each run of the app. Its score on Google Play is 4.3.
Applications such as Google Photos or YouTube allow us to share only the content that we are viewing in this app, not the screen itself, so that they cannot be seen on television, for example, the notifications that you receive on your device.
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
DLNA is a file sharing system where you can’t mirror your smartphone’s entire screen, but you can view photos and videos on your phone or play live videos through compatible apps.
The interesting thing about this system to watch mobile on TV is that it is compatible with many televisions and mobile devices. In order to use it, both must be connected to the same internet network.
The connection method is simple:
- You activate the “DLNA” option in “settings” of the Android device (in “connections” or “wireless options”) and in “settings” of the Smart TV.
- Open the photo or video gallery app and choose the “Share” option.
- An option of connected devices will appear and it will detect the TV.
- Press “Play” to watch the content on your TV.
Watch mobile on TV: iOS devices
AirPlay is Apple’s native connection system and is the native technology of the iPhone or iPad that allows you to share your mobile on TV. Recently, Apple has developed AirPlay 2, which is already compatible with Samsung, Sony or LG Smart TV brand smart TVs.
To check if your television is compatible with AirPlay, you must enter “Settings”, “Control Center” of your iPhone and click on the “Screen Duplication” option that you will find in it. On this screen you can see the compatible smart TVs. Tap on the one you want to mirror your screen and you will start to see all the content of your screen instantly on the TV.
If your Smart TV is not compatible with AirPlay, the best option will be to use external devices or a cable.
Share content to TV through other devices and via cable
We have mentioned the options to mirror the screen of your mobile device to a Smart TV without the need to buy other devices or use a cable. If your TV isn’t smart or its version simply doesn’t have the options mentioned above, the best option will be to use devices like Chrome Cast, Apple TV, or Fire TV Stick, among others.
Watch mobile on TV with external devices
There are devices that, in addition to allowing you to duplicate the screen of your smartphone, turn a non-intelligent television into one that is, through its HDMI connection.
The best known external devices are Google Chrome, Apple TV or the Amazon Fire TV Stick. They are all compatible with iOS, Android and any television that has an HDMI connection port.
Mirror screen with a cable
Finally, the cheapest option would be to connect via a USB – C to HDMI cable in the case of Android devices or a “Plug and play” cable in devices with an iOS system. It is very important that in both cases a compatible cable is purchased, to achieve good transmission speed and quality. In addition, for greater comfort, the ideal is for the cable to be at least 5 meters long, so that you can watch the mobile on TV from the sofa.
We hope that these options have been useful to you to watch the mobile on TV. We invite you to keep up to date with our tips and news through our blog or on our social networks: Facebook and Instagram .