Make your Tv a Smart TV
Mirroring, share or casting features are far from being something new on most Android platforms. We can simultaneously watch the content of our smartphone both on its screen and on the TV screen. We can watch videos and photos wirelessly or play any game by duplicating the view on the phone and stream it to the TV. We can also edit documents, read Internet articles – everything shown on the smartphone is also displayed on the way more generous TV screen.
What kind of TV and smartphone do I need for mirroring?
First of all, you need a smartphone with built-in mirroring feature. Most high-end smartphones come with this by default (Samsung, LG, Huawei, etc.). Cheaper models may not have a mirroring function so you will need to acquire a mirroring device (or casting device).
You will also need a Smart TV – usually, these are the only ones coming with Screen Share or Screen Mirroring functions. If you don’t have a Smart TV, you may turn your regular TV into one by using a cheap gadget such as Chromecast. We will talk more about towards the end of this article.
Samsung smartphones feature the same screen mirroring feature under various names, depending on the phone model and Android version. This way, you might find it under: AllShare Cast, Screen Mirroring or Smart View (on the latest models). The feature can be quickly activate from the quick settings menu by swiping down the upper screen ribbon.
Which Samsung smartphone can stream its contents to a TV?
Most Samsung Smart TVs are capable of using Screen Mirroring or Smart View. In the same manner, this function works on LG TVs that come with Miracast/Wi-Fi Direct or Sony TVs with Screen Mirroring / Wi-Fi Direct. Philips and Panasonic also allow screen mirroring on most of their Smart TV models.
How do you mirror smartphone screen on newer models? (Galaxy S7, S6 Edge and others)
For Android 6 or newer smartphones, the mirroring function is renamed to Smart View. Swipe down the upper screen settings ribbon and activated the option as shown in the picture. Your smartphone will search available TVs and if everything works right you will find your model in the list. Select it and then pictures will be streamed on your TV. Make sure to select the proper signal source on your TV.
How do you configure other TVs to receive media from a smartphone?
If you own an LG TV, go to Settings – Network and activate Miracast / Wi-Fi Direct. Once activated, open AllShare Cast on your smartphone. After a brief scan, your LG TV will be detected. Follow the following steps: agree to synchronize both devices and start watching your smartphone’s screen content on the TV.
For Web OS (Smart) TVs it’s even easier to activate mirroring features. Choose the Screen Share app from the Web OS menu and then pair the two devices.
The same method applies for Sony and Philips TVs. The names of the feature might differ according to the TV menu, so it’s a really good idea to read the user guides and manuals. I’m confident you will be able to use AllShare Cast from Samsung smartphones on any other TV brand that supports the above-mentioned standards.
What smartphone media can you cast to your TV?
The short answer is, mostly anything. We may directly mirror the screen, watch online movies, play games or view TV shows.
Tap on Gallery, select the movie clip you want to see and it will instantly stream on your TV at a decent quality. It’s quite easy to check your favorite movies or Youtube videos this way.
How do you mirror your smartphone without a Smart TV? What if my smartphone does not have Screen Mirroring or Screen Cast?
If you don’t own a Smart TV, you can use Chromecast to stream media. Chromecast is a gadget offered by Google which allows smartphone mirroring. Chromecast connects to your TV via HDMI cable and is powered either from the wall outlet or from your TV’s USB port.
What can Chromecast do?
It can mirror your smartphone’s screen on the TV screen, you can use it to play games developed for Chromecast or run various apps such as HBO Go, Netflix or Youtube. The device has all these functions, won’t drain your phone’s battery and it’s rather cheap (around $50). So, if you do not own a Smart TV or your smartphone is not capable of mirroring, Chromecast is the easiest and cheapest way to make your TV Smart. Read a full guide here.
You will need a personal wireless network in order to operate Chromecast.