Saturday, February 18, 2017

How To Mirror Android To TV


Android devices have made life so much easier. So if you now want to know how to mirror Android to TV so that you can enjoy the benefits of a larger screen when using some of your apps then you are not the only one. A lot of our readers have been asking for ways in which they can mirror Android to TV and we have decided to outline the basics for you. There are lots of options that you can explore for screen mirroring your Android device. While most of the latest TV models have built-in mirroring technology, others may rely on third party products for successful mirroring. We will talk about the screen mirroring options available for you and tell you how to use each of them to mirror your Android device to your TV.

Ways To Mirror Your Android Device To TV

TV with built-in mirroring

If you own one of the newer models of flat screen TVs that come with built-in mirroring, then things are going to be a lot easier for you. If you are not sure then check your TVs manual to find out if wireless mirroring is included in it. If it is, then the manual will include steps to help you cast your Android screen to your TV. You will be required to download one of their proprietary apps like Panasonic that has a screen mirroring app for its Viera TVs. Similarly, Samsung TVs that support screen mirroring will work only with limited Samsung Android devices. If you have everything that is required to use the built-in mirroring technology then follow the manual and complete the process. If not, then there are other options that you can use.

Set-top boxes

Some set-top boxes like Apple TV, Roku TV, and Amazon Fire TV also support mirroring. Apple TV users will be able to take advantage of AirPlay which is one of Apple’s proprietary technologies that allows users to connect their iOS device wirelessly. But if you own an Android device then you can use AllCast to make sure your content is casted from your Android phone to your TV. The free version will not give you complete access. So you must pay $5 for the upgrade to make sure that you can enjoy unlimited mirroring when you share your Android device’s screen onto your TV.
Roku TV users will be able to mirror Android to TV by using a supported app like AllCast on both the Android device and the TV. You will be required to update the AllCast app to the $5 version so that you can enjoy unlimited mirroring or else you may end up watching just a few minutes of video playback.

Amazon Fire TV users will also find the AllCast app to be useful in mirroring their Android device to their television screen. While there are other apps that can do the work as well, you may want to check the reviews before you pick one of the apps to make sure that it will work effectively.

Dongles

Some users will find dongles like Chromecast and Miracast to be useful in casting their Android screen to their TV. Most Android devices running Android OS 4.4.2 or higher will be able to use the Chromecast app. The latest version of the app should be installed on your Android device so that you can enjoy casting your Android to your TV. You just need to click on the cast icon and choose the device you want to mirror to so that you can begin the mirroring.
Miracast is a lesser popular option when it comes to mirroring Android to TV. It is great for a number of Android devices, but unlike Chromecast, it ends up leeching the battery of your device relying on the internal resources to ensure that the mirroring works as expected.


Gaming Consoles

Another way of ensuring that you will be able to mirror your Android to your TV is by using a console like Xbox or PlayStation. They will also rely on various apps to ensure that they work effectively.

These are the different options that you will come across when it comes to casting Android screen to TV. Most of these options will depend on the use of a third party app or a proprietary app. You will be required to download and install the app to your Android device and your TV as well. Remember to check the minimum specifications for both the Android device and the TV to make sure that you will be able to use screen mirroring. If your TV or your phone does not support the app or it does not allow mirroring, then you will not be able to use mirroring.
While wireless mirroring is usually found to be the most popular method of screen mirroring, other ways to cast the screen are to use an HDMI cable or an MHL cable if your TV does not work with wireless options. Your TV should support MHL technology for you to be able to use a cable to connect your Android device to your TV. You should also have a cable that can connect two devices. A standard Micro-USB to HDMI adapter can help you connect any phone to your TV. Samsung offers a similar adapter which will work with Samsung phones only.

Conclusion
Connecting your Android device to your TV is not so difficult after all. You have a lot of options to consider. Whether it is a dongle, a set-top box or a gaming console that you are using, you will be able to find a way to connect your smartphone and TV. For those who have the latest TVs which support mirroring, things get even easier. If nothing else works, you can still explore the option of connecting your device using a cable to help you cast Android screen to TV. If you know of more ways in which screen mirroring can be made easy, then tell us about it in the comments.

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