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How to view a mobile screen on TV

ByAdan Flannigan 2019-08-06 1138

Let's explain how to watch your mobile screen on TV, both through Google Cast and connecting both devices through a cable. These are two fairly effective methods, but the first one will work as long as you have a Chromecast or other Google Cast compatible device, and it also works with iPhone. In our tests we have been able to send screen and mobile sound without problems.

And no, we don't mean to send the content of an application and that's easy because almost all have the option to send to Google Cast. What we mean is to send the entire screen of your mobile itself, so that you can see your desktop and everything you do on it as it looks on the device itself.

Project screen to your Chromecast

 view a mobile screen on TV 

The first method we are going to explain to you is sending the TV screen through Google Cast, so you will need to have a Chromecast or compatible device connected to the TV. Then, open the Google Home application and click on the profile button at the bottom right with the icon of a bust inside a circle. Google Home is the application where you will have configured your Chromecast and other devices connected to your Google account.

 view a mobile screen on TV 

Once in the category of your profile, you will see the data of all connected devices and some settings. Here, click on the Project device option that you'll see under the Additionals category.

 view a mobile screen on TV 

Almost certainly, when you click on the option for the first time you will be informed that the device is not optimized, so the experience may vary. This does NOT mean that you can not send content to Chromecast, but being a mobile not optimized for it could not be a smooth experience as with the specific applications for it. Click on OK to continue, and think about checking the box so that this message is not always repeated.

Once you have passed the previous screen, you will come to the projection options. All you have to do here is click on the blue Send Screen/Audio button in the center of the screen.

 view a mobile screen on TV 

When you click the Send Screen/Audio button, a window with the available devices will appear. Here, all you have to do is click on the device you want to send the screen to, such as a Chromecast or compatible devices such as Xiaomi Mi Box. If you prefer, you also have the option to send only the audio from your mobile to a Google Home.

 view a mobile screen on TV 

And that's it, once you choose to send the screen to the Google Cast device you have connected to your screen, your mobile will be seen on it. Keep in mind that if the mobile is vertical, it will also look like this on TV, so if you want to see things better don't forget to put it horizontally from time to time.

Use a cable to connect

The other main method of viewing mobile content on TV is to connect a cable from one device to another. However, if you are going to do it you must take into account all the type of connector you are going to need.

On the one hand, one of the extremes has to take out an HDMI, since it is the one that will use the TV to receive image and sound. But the other end depends on which connector your phone uses. It can be microUSB or USB C-type on Android, and Apple Lightning if you have an iPhone. Therefore, you will have to buy an adapted cable.

If your mobile has an HDMI connector you are in luck, because although it is not very common is one of the easiest ways to duplicate the screen. In this case, all you need is a MicroHDMI to HDMI cable (or MiniHDMI, if your mobile or tablet) and use it to connect the mobile to the TV.

If your mobile has a microUSB connector, it is also possible but you need to remember two keywords, which correspond to two standards for transmitting audio and video, SlimPort and MHL. If your TV is MHL compatible, all you need is a MicroUSB to HDMI cable. Otherwise, you need a small adapter which in any case does not cost much more than an HDMI cable.

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