To enhance your viewing experience, there’s nothing better than connecting your phone to the TV. Instead of just a small screen, it is possible to send content from your smartphone directly to your TV. Whether you’re with friends and want to share a video you’ve just seen, or with your family looking at photos from your last trip, connecting your phone to the TV is a real pleasure.
These are not the most optimized solutions in our opinion, but they work. Here are the two possibilities to connect your phone to your television set with a cable.
The new generation of micro-USB that has been gaining ground against its predecessor, much to the regret of many users, is finally proving its worth. With its speed, it is possible to broadcast live images from your phone on a TV. For this, you need a cable USB-C to HDMI.
It’s pretty much the same as the USB-C HDMI, except that here you connect your smartphone to a MHL adapter, which itself will be connected to a regular HDMI cable.
Wired solutions are good. Wireless connection is better. There are many ways to display your screen directly on a TV. If you have children, they will be the first to appreciate this option. Remember to install the parental control on your smartphone.
This is a feature introduced by Apple, allowing you to instantly stream content to your TV via your Wi-Fi. For this, you obviously need an Apple product (iPhone, iPad, etc.) and a compatible device, for example, the Freebox Revolution. However, in many cases, you need to get an Apple TV to use Airplay.
Airplay is very easy to use. Just open the iOS shortcut panel and start Airplay to a compatible device. The content of your iPhone or iPad screen will be displayed directly on your TV.
This small box created by Google allows you to connect your smartphone (Android and iOS) to your TV. It has a HDMI plug to connect to your TV, and a Wi-Fi transmitter. Once you have installed the Chromecast application, you will be able to “caster” your screen directly via compatible applications. Most of the interesting applications such as Netflix, Youtube or Spotify accept Chromecast.
Note that, some modern TVs are equipped with Android TV, and thus, have a default cast feature in their interface.
Google Chromecast is available from 34,99EUR, a much more modest sum than the Apple TV.
Developed by the Wifi Alliance consortium, Miracast allows you to duplicate the screen of your Android smartphone on your TV. The advantage of Miracast is that it has its own network, and does not require an Internet connection.
It is possible that your TV is not compatible with Miracast. If this is the case, use a Miracast dongle to connect to the HDMI port on your TV.
Miracast has one major drawback: you can’t lock your phone while using it. It reminds the bitter taste of the Youtube application. So if it’s to watch a video from the platform on your phone, at least it won’t change anything.
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) allows you to share media files across multiple devices. DLNA is not a device, it is a technology. It is becoming more and more widespread, however it is not yet present on all devices.
Sharing is done using the connectivity Wi-Fi of your TV, your Internet box or via a network storage server. The advantage of DLNA is that it can be used with a wide variety of devices in addition to your smartphone: Blu-ray player, external hard drive, camera, computer, tablet.
This application is to be downloaded on both your smartphone and your TV. It will allow you to display the content of your screen via a connection Wi-Fi. Follow the instructions that will appear on your TV screen to link the devices. Once they are linked, you will be able to stream to your TV screen as you wish.