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How to Instantly Watch Videos from your Phone on Your TV [Update 2018]

02/07/2018

By the time you have read through this article, you will be completely informed as to how you can watch any video from your phone on your television. This could be videos in your camera roll, from apps like YouTube or media sent in instant messaging apps like WhatsApp.

Watch Videos from your Phone on Your TV

One of the things we all do on our phones most is watch videos, right? Your friends send you videos through every available messaging platform and you stream movies and the latest episodes of your favorite shows while you are out and about.

While the screens of smartphones on both iOS and Android are improving by great leaps with every new release, there is always a persistent problem with the size of the screen.

And yes, the size indeed matters.

Even a 10-inch screen can seem incredibly small at times. Think about all the videos in your camera roll from all of the special events you have been a part of.

We want to share these moments with our friends and family from the couch, streaming to our beloved home theatre setup.

Fortunately, it is very easy to connect your phone to any modern TV for a bigger screen experience.

Here is how to play videos from your phone to your TV easily, and without going crazy in the process.

Ready?

Let’s begin.

How To Connect Your iPhone To TV

There are two ways that you can hook up your iPhone to your television. The first is the cheaper of the options, but a little less convenient.

1. Use A Cable

By far, the easiest method is to directly connect your device to your television with either a USB cord or Apple’s Digital AV Adapter, which connects via your HDMI port. You will also need a standard HDMI cord for this approach, so you do not need to spend crazy money on a state of the art one.

Digital AV Adapter

The Digital AV Adapter has two models, so make sure that you choose the right one. One is 49 dollars and works with current iOS devices with a lightning port, the other for 39 dollars is intended for older devices with 30-pin ports.

Connect your device to the TV with the cable, and switch the input on the television to the appropriate port designation. Plug the USB end of your lightning cable into the adapter and plug the other end into an outlet, it will need power to play. Your television will mirror the screen of your device with 1080p HD.

Now you can stream all content available on your phone and through its apps. You can access Netflix, iTunes music and videos, or anything else you want on a bigger screen.

2. Use Apple TV

Maybe you do not want the wires to have to directly connect your phone to a TV. The easiest wireless solution is Apple’s own media hub/extender: Apple TV.

Apple TV

Once you set this up, you connect it to the same Wi-Fi network that your device uses. Swipe up from the bottom of your phone or iPad to reach the Control Center. Tap AirPlay Mirroring, then select your Apple TV. The hub will start streaming a mirror of whatever is on your device’s screen at that time.

Connecting Your Android Device To Your TV

There are three ways to accomplish this:

1. Get A Smart TV

It is surprisingly simple to connect your smartphone to a Smart TV via Wi-Fi. You can instantly stream media of your choosing, and there are lots of brands to choose from. You can find Samsung, Sony, Philips, LG, Panasonic and more Smart TV choices at all major retailers. Connecting via Wi-Fi is simple and effective this way.

Smart TV

Screen mirroring via direct wireless connection is an option on some newer Smart TVs out there, such as products from Sony and Samsung.

2. Google Chromecast

This is one of the most popular options out there. You can instantly stream from your Android phone through this hub to your television.

Chromecast

You need the run the Google Home app, which you can find for free in the Play Store, and plug the Chromecast hub into an HDMI port on your television.

In the Google Home app, choose Cast Screen/Audio, tap the blue button, and then select the device you would like to connect to.

3. Cable Connections (MHL)

You might not always have the option of streaming wirelessly to your television, so having a direct approach can be a welcomed thing at times. You can directly connect your device through an HDMI port.

HDMI

A compact HDMI output for tablets can be difficult to find, you will not need micro or mini HDMI cables for your phone. Most phones do not have the space for clunky adapters anyway. You can instead opt for a USB port expander, a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL). MHL 3.0 even allows HDMI transmission of 4k content from mobile devices to Ultra HD TVs.

Get The Most Out Of Your Videos

Once you have connected your device to your television, you might notice another issue: the quality is not what you hoped for.

Often times you want to see the videos you watch at maximum levels, yet the most important part of the equation is often overlooked: the screen.

You might pine over a smartphone, but quickly glance past all of the details about the quality of screens we use to stream to out there. It is an important investment for you to make as a streamer.

The screen is just as important as the actual smartphone is, and it directly affects your viewing experience. Here are some considerations to help you have a home theatre experience with videos from your phone.

Screen Size:

Make sure to choose a screen size and resolution that correlates with the distance you typically sit from the screen. We would suggest starting at 55 inches.

Screen Resolution: 4K or HD?

Full 1080p HD is the most common of resolutions today, but 4K is quickly catching up to being a standard as well. It is a better choice to “future-proof” your investment.

HDR: Get It If You Want The Most Colors

Don’t choose a set just for its HDR support because the standard here had not been settled. However, I you want the best, but an HDR set that is compatible with Dolby Vision, as this is a format rapidly gaining momentum.

Refresh Rate: Faster Is Better

Do not buy a TV with a refresh rate lower than 120 Hz.

Audio: Get A Soundbar

Movies and sports benefits from the addition of a soundbar.

I do hope that I helped you play your videos from your phone to your television with some ease, and helped you to better understand the important factors in the television that you use. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop a comment down below and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

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