Connecting the cell phone to a TV that is not smart is possible with the help of some accessories. It is enough that the television has an HDMI or USB port. Depending on the method, the user can mirror the Android or iPhone screen and watch movies, photos and apps on the big screen.
shows you 5 ways to connect your cell phone to your TV that anyone can do. Choose your favorite.
Chromecast is Google's streaming device that lets you turn any television into a smart TV. The device is capable of transmitting the screen of the Android or iOS smartphone or tablet to any monitor with an HDMI input. Even that TV of yours without internet connection.
Just make sure your phone and Chromecast are connected to the same secure Wi-Fi network. The app runs apps installed on your smartphone. If the programs are compatible with the technology, it is possible to continue using the device normally while watching content on television.
Otherwise, the device is mirrored on the big screen and everything done on the phone is broadcast on television. The latest version of the dongle on sale in our country, the Chromecast 3rd Generation, weighs displays images with 1080p quality at 60fps and has Wi-Fi 802.11ac connectivity (2,4 GHz/5 GHz).
If you want to know more about the Google device, check out our guide How Chromecast works and turns your TV into a smart one.
Miracast is a standard protocol for wireless transmission of multimedia content. The technology is present in many newer devices such as TVs, cell phones, e-readers, computers, etc. These devices can connect to each other using Wi-Fi Direct, which does not require an Internet connection.
If your TV has options like Smart Share, All Share, Screen Share and the like, it probably has the feature. When in doubt, you can search for your device on the Wi-Fi Alliance consortium page.
If not, there are sticks that can be connected to the TV via the HDMI input, which add the function to the device. AnyCast is one of them. The dongle has built-in 802.11n (2.4GHz) Wi-Fi as well as DLNA.
Unlike ChromeCast, which has compatible apps that run while using the phone, Miracast only guarantees screen mirroring. That is, everything that is done on the mobile device will be shown on the television.
AirPlay is the wireless multimedia streaming technology created by Apple, which is restricted to the company's devices. For your iPhone to the TV, it is necessary that the device with AirPlay is connected to it, through the HDMI input. And both must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
The main option is the Apple TV, the brand's set-top box that has 802.11ac Wi‑Fi connectivity with MIMO technology (2,4 GHz and 5 GHz). The accessory allows you to mirror the iPhone screen on the TV, reproducing everything that happens on the smartphone on the big screen.
As it has its own storage (32GB or 64GB), memory and processor, the apps are installed on the Apple TV itself. In case you're not willing to invest that much, the AnyCast dongle also supports AirPlay. Simpler, it only allows you to transmit what is done on the iPhone to the big screen.
4. HDMI cable
Most flat screen TVs have at least one HDMI input. This port guarantees the transmission of video and audio content at the same time from the same source.
To mirror your smartphone screen, you will need a cable that is compatible with your cell phone and television. There are three options currently on the market. One of them is the Slim Port cable, which offers microUSB input and HDMI output, but also VGA, DVI and DisplayPort.
The MHL cable has an HDMI port and a Mini HDMI or Micro USB port. Depending on the MHL standard supported by your mobile device, you may need to keep your phone connected to a power source while the accessory is in use.
Some companies already produce cables with HDMI and Micro USB Type C outputs. However, they are usually more expensive and difficult to find. If your device has this input, which has been increasingly used by manufacturers, the most practical alternative may be to buy an adapter.
5. USB cable
The old familiar USB cable can also be used to display photo files stored on the cell phone on TV. For this, it is enough that the television has the USB input. So, it's connecting the two devices and reviewing special moments on the big screen.
Should I buy a smart TV?
To decide whether or not it's worth buying a smart TV, you need to consider a few aspects. Those who have dongles like ChromeCast or a set-top box like Apple TV will probably not miss the features offered by the TV.
These accessories have pretty much everything a smart tv has. With the difference that they can be controlled by smartphone. It even makes it much easier to search for a movie on Netflix or a video on YouTube than moving the cursor letter by letter with the remote.
However, you cannot deny the practicality of turning on the TV, selecting the app and watching what you want. Not to mention that the direct connection to the internet makes loading content more efficient. Especially for those who don't have a spectacular Wi-Fi network.
If you connect via cable, it is worth thinking about what pays off the most for you. If you prefer the comfort of having apps ready to use as soon as you turn on the TV. Or if you like the savings brought by the effort of connecting a device to it, performing the integration between both and, only then, start using it.
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