Stream Video from Smartphone to TV (Screen Mirroring)
Do you have a video you want to watch on your smartphone, but wish you could view it on a larger screen? Despite the capabilities our smartphones offer us, nothing beats watching videos on a big television. Through screen mirroring, you can now stream videos from your smartphone directly to your television. Problem solved!
With screen mirroring, you can have a more enjoyable viewing experience of your favourite videos in any room in the house. Whether it’s on your living room television or in your bedroom, you can connect your smartphone to your television instantly and view any media that you want to.
So, let’s see how you can stream videos from your smartphone to your television.
Check Compatibility Between Your Smartphone & TV
It’s easy to get started, but first of all you have to check whether screen mirroring from your smartphone to your television is possible. In other words, your smartphone has to be able to send out data and your television must be able to capture this data and play back to you.
A simple Google search can find out if your devices support screen mirroring and then you will be ready to try it out. Try searching “(your smartphone model) screen mirroring”
A lot of new smart TVs available today have screen mirroring as an option already, which means you can easily stream videos from your smartphone over the internet to your television.
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Media Streaming Devices (Set-Top Boxes & Dongles)
If you don’ have built in screen mirror screening on your television, don’t worry; all is not lost. Instead, all you have to do is choose a media streaming device and connect it to your television via the HDMI port in the back or side of your television. This could be a set-top box or smaller dongle.
You can use a Chromecast or Miracast to stream videos, as well as Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV and Apple TV. There are a lot of options to choose from.
Pairing Compatible Systems
Of course, while there have been many advancements in technology, not all smartphones and televisions work together.
The general rule we like to stick to is that usually devices by the same manufacturer will be compatible. For example, if you have an iPhone, you should choose Apple TV to stream your videos, as well as view your photos, music and other apps.
Windows and Android devices will not work with Apple TV but are quite flexible and will work with a variety of set-top boxes and dongles mentioned above.
Once you have your screen mirroring set up and ready to go, all you have got to do is choose what you want to watch.
On your smartphone, you can select the app that you need or video you want to show on your television. Normally, there will be a screen mirroring option that you can select and you should see your video pop up onto your television. Now all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite videos!
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