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Screen Mirroring a Phone, IPad, or Laptop to TV: How to Push Your Phone to The Big Screen

The majority of people will have a screen in their pocket by 2022. However, if you’re at home, your smartphone’s small screen is not enough to show you photos or videos. This is where screen mirroring comes in. It’s likely that your TV is 32 inches or larger, and has a resolution of at least 1080p. This makes it ideal for displaying content. There are many ways to mirror your TV screen to modern TVs.

This article will show you how to mirror your smartphone, tablet or computer screen to your TV. It uses a variety of methods including an HDMI cable or Chromecast, Airplay or Miracast.

Screen Mirroring: How to connect a laptop to a television (using an HDMI cable)

You will need an HDMI cable that is compatible with your TV and an adapter to convert your video output to HDMI.

How to connect Windows 10/11 Laptop to TV with an adapter or cable

To use your Windows laptop you will need a USB-C or mini HDMI cable. There are cables that can be converted to a particular video output connection.

It is still recommended to buy an adapter to allow you to switch between mini HDMI and USBC to SVGA, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort and HDMI. An adapter can often provide more options for video displays, and allow you to connect to other video connections.

 

Connecting your Windows 10 Laptop to Your Television

Once you have the right adapter or cable, it’s time to connect your TV.

  1. If you have one, locate the HDMI adapter and the USB-C/DisplayPort HDMI cable.
  2. The HDMI cable should be connected to the adapter, if applicable. Finally, connect the HDMI cable to your TV or any other video source.
  3. Your TV should be set to the right input channel or HDMI. After the settings are set, your laptop will briefly blink.
  4. Windows should recognize the TV’s output settings and adjust accordingly. If this doesn’t happen, you can access your options under “Settings” to fix it.

How to connect Macbook Laptop to TV with an Adapter/Cable

To use your Mac you will need a Thunderbolt 1or 2 or Thunderbolt 3or 4 (USB–C) to SVGA. DisplayPort and HDMI adapters depend on the model of your Mac, available options, and the source’s input capabilities.

Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 1 are compatible downwardly, respectively. Thunderbolt 4 and Thunderbolt 3 are compatible downwardly. It is better to choose the latest option for each of these connections.

  • Amazon Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI adapters
  • Amazon Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI adapters

Amazon sells adapters for thunderbolt 4 and HDMI, as well as many other products for Windows and Mac laptops. Most retail stores also carry them.

Connecting your Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air Laptop with Your TV

Once you have the right adapter or cable, it’s time to connect your Mac with the TV to extend or mirror the screen. Here are the steps.

  1. The video adapter should be connected to the appropriate input such as the DisplayPort Thunderbolt 2, or the USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. You can also use a cable to connect the adapter to the appropriate port on your Mac.
  2. Connect the HDMI cable and adapter to your TV.
  3. Your Mac will automatically configure the TV for the right input. This will allow you to mirror or extend your screen.
  4. You can access System Preferences to access the Displays settings. You may be using the wrong cable or adapter.

How to wirelessly mirror or extend your laptop display

You can mirror and extend your smart TV’s display with wireless display capabilities if you have a Windows 10 laptop, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air.

Wirelessly mirror your laptop to your TV

We’ll start by showing you how to use any laptop to mirror your TV. No matter if you own a Mac or a PC, the Chrome browser can wirelessly mirror your screen. Here’s how:

  1. Your TV and computer can be connected to the same WiFi network. Next, open the Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Click the three vertical dots located in the upper right corner of the browser.

  3. Click Cast.

  4. Choose your TV from the available options.

  5. Click Sources.

  6. Select Desktop.

This is technically casting, not mirroring. However, the Desktop option allows you to display your entire screen on your TV.

Wirelessly mirror or extend your Windows 10 laptop to your TV

  1. Click the “Notifications” icon at the bottom-right.
  2. Choose “Project”, or «Connect». Select your device from the available wireless displays.

  3. You may still be able cast to your device even if it isn’t listed in the Chrome or YouTube listings.

The majority of modern laptops can connect to a TV using either USB-C, or HDMI. Some laptops have mini-HDMI ports or DisplayPort connections. The best functionality is provided by adapters, which allow you to use different video sources. A cable with USB-C and HDMI is sufficient. If your TV supports Miracast, you can also use the wireless option. Only thing left to do is decide if you want mirror or extend your current display. Both macOS and Windows support this.

Mini-DisplayPort is another option. This can also be connected to an HDMI TV with the correct cable or simple adapter. You might also be able connect your TV to a Thunderbolt port in a Macbook, iPad or other Apple device.

 

DisplayPort and HDMI connections can transmit sound and vision. A single cable will do the job, but you might need to manually switch audio devices in order to have audio play through your TV. This can be done by right-clicking the volume icon in Windows system tray and selecting “Playback devices”. The pop-up menu will allow you to select the correct device and then click “Set default.”

How to wirelessly mirror an Android device to your TV

Screen mirroring has evolved from an Android device to a TV. You may need to enable it in your device’s settings, or use a third party app.

For Android 10 devices with limited functionality, we often use allCast and another screen mirror app. These steps can be used if you have an older Android device.

  1. To open its menu, tap on the widget “Settings”.
  2. Next, tap on the “Media Output” menu. This might be labeled with another name on your device.
  3. Select the device that you wish to mirror.

Screen Mirroring: How to connect a PC/Android Phone/Android Tablet with a TV (via Chromecast).

Google’s Chromecast plugs in to the back of your TV. It mirrors web pages from Chrome browser using your home wireless network.

Chromecast allows you to stream any internet-based video or files locally. Drag them onto a Chrome Tab and cast it. Chromecast streams 1080p at most, and it provides smooth, stutter free video in most cases.

However, this isn’t the end of Chromecast’s capabilities. It is possible to display all of the content on your Mac or PC’s desktop if you have to show an app on your TV.

Screen Mirroring: How to connect a PC and a TV (via Miracast).

The WiFi Alliance has launched the Miracast wireless display standard. It uses peer-to–peer WiFi Direct to allow point-to–point connections between devices, without the need for a router.

Miracast devices can stream up to 1080p video with surround sound and 5.1 audio. The connection is protected using WPA2 encryption. Miracast devices stream content directly from your device. Miracast devices, unlike Google’s Chromecast, do not require an external internet connection. It’s HDMI over WiFi.

 

It sounds great but how do I use it? First, your devices must support Miracast. While this should not be an issue with the newer devices, older devices might need a Miracast adapter. This adapter can be plugged into both HDMI and USB ports.

You will need Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 as your operating system. Android 4.4, BlackBerry 10.2.1 or higher are also required. Miracast is not compatible with OS X or iOS, since Apple uses its AirPlay technology. Most TVs made in the last few years will include Miracast support on the receiving end. You will need a Miracast dongle if your TV is older than that.

It is a smart choice to buy an adapter that matches your tablet, phone, or laptop’s make. However, the Miracast connection will work on all devices, regardless of brand.

Screen Mirroring: How to connect an iPhone or iPad with a TV (via AirPlay).

Apple’s AirPlay system allows you to wirelessly mirror your Mac’s display onto a TV if you have a Mac that was released after 2011. It’s a very simple system. When mirroring is enabled, the AirPlay icon (a square with triangle pointing in it) appears on the menu bar. Click on it to open the dropdown menu. This will allow you to choose to enable or disable mirroring. AirPlay allows you to use your TV as a secondary screen. This means you can watch videos at the native resolution and still have your MacBook or iMac display for desktop applications.

AirPlay must be connected to an Apple TV box. This is because it detects the box and tells OS X how to display the icon. AirPlay is still very simple and responsive. Although there is some visible lag, it is much more responsive than WiDi. AirPlay works with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Screen Mirroring from a PC to TV: Other Cable Connections

You still have options if your computer doesn’t have one of these ports. You can hook up your TV or laptop to a standard 15-pin VGA socket. VGA doesn’t support audio. You will need to connect a second cable to your TV from your computer’s audio output socket.

You may also be able to connect via DVI. You can connect your DVI-I socket PC to the TV using a simple DVI to VGA adapter. Then, connect the sound through a separate cable.

If it has a DVI/D socket, it means that it is digital-only. To plug it into an HDMI socket, you will need a DVI/HDMI adapter cable. Although this may seem more convenient than VGA, DVI doesn’t carry audio and your TV won’t be able to display HDMI video while also playing audio from external sources. If you need sound, you’ll need a separate amplifier or your laptop’s internal speakers.

If four pinholes surround the DVI-I socket, you can determine what type of DVI socket it is. It is DVI-D if the flat hole sticks out by itself, without any other holes.

Use the “Cast” Icon

The Cast icon now appears on multiple devices and in many apps. Let’s take Facebook as an example. If you scroll through your Facebook newsfeed, you will see the icon. Tap it to connect to your TV. This is a simple option for tablets and smartphones because it doesn’t require any tools (both devices must connect to the same WiFi network).

After you tap the cast icon, the device will search nearby for the content. Click on the option for your TV or a Firestick, gaming console, or other device connected to your TV. The content will then display on the larger screen after a brief pause.

This doesn’t work for every TV. You may not be able to cast on streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+. You can use Chrome’s native mirroring feature on your device or a third party mirroring app such as AllCast to resolve the issue.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

These are more questions you might have about mirroring.

It’s difficult to get my devices to connect. What’s Happening?

If you are trying to mirror your device from another device, check your internet connection. The problem is usually caused by two different networks. Go into your WiFi settings and make sure they are both on the same band (2.5Ghz or 5Ghz).

If you are using one of our HDMI cables, make sure that all ports work and that the cable is properly fitted. You may need to enable developer options on some devices before casting the screen. If this is the case, check with the manufacturer.

Can I lock my phone’s screen while mirroring?

Mirroring can drain your battery life, so it shouldn’t surprise you. You may be wondering if you can lock your phone’s screen so that mirroring does not take up any of the battery life. While most phones can’t do this, there are third-party apps that can. For example, SecondScreen.

To find an app that has received positive reviews, head over to the App Store and Google Play Store.

 

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