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How to Connect Your Android Phone to Your TV

How to Connect Your Android Phone to Your TV Your Android phone makes a great media player, but sometimes you want to put what you’re watching on
 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest How to Connect Your Android Phone to Your TV There are times when you're watching something on your phone and you want to share it with the room, or just see it on a bigger display. Those with Android devices have a few options, including built-in features and third-party apps. Let's break down your choices, from simple to more complex. Cast With Chromecast Cast With Chromecast If you have a Chromecast dongle or a TV with built-in Chromecast support, your best bet is to see if the app you want to watch on TV supports casting. If so, you can send content from your phone to the TV with a few taps. Supported apps include Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Google Photos. Just make sure your device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast/smart TV. Then tap the cast icon in the app, and choose the compatible device to which you'd like to cast. This option is ideal for apps with copyrighted content, which often block traditional screen mirroring. Netflix, for example, will black out the video and only play audio if you try to play something while screen mirroring. Android Screen Mirroring Android Screen Mirroring Screen mirroring, however, is good for apps without a Cast button. Note that while Android has supported screen mirroring since version 5.0 Lollipop, some phones are better optimized to use it than others. There are two ways to do this. On some Android phones, you can pull down the settings shade and find a Cast button with the same icon you'd find inside your apps. Tap this and it will share your entire screen. If not, install the Google Home app. Navigate to Account > Mirror device > Cast Screen/Audio (above) to cast your display to a compatible device. Samsung Galaxy Smart View Samsung Galaxy Smart View Samsung's Galaxy phones, meanwhile, have something called Smart View, which allows you to connect and share to and from your mobile device