The screens of mobiles and tablets are getting bigger and of higher quality, but obviously they are not the same as a monitor or a television. The solution is through mirror screen from your mobile to be able to see what you see on your mobile, on TV.
Probably the most popular way to mirror the screen on an Android mobile or tablet is using a Chromecast or similar, there are many other methods. Some require you to buy some additional cable or gadget, while others are purely software.
How to mirror the screen on TV
The methods to display the content of your mobile screen on television vary depending on the manufacturer of your mobile and its characteristics, the version of Android and if your TV is smart or not. Let’s see what they are the main methods.
With Chromecast and other HDMI sticks
HDMI sticks are a super easy way to make your TV smarter, even when it isn’t. They connect to the HDMI input from TV and from your mobile you can send content to be played on TV.
Chromecast is the most popular, but it is not the only one. In any case, the process is always similar. In an application that supports Google Cast (over 2000 and up), the button to submit content. When pressed, choose the device in the drop-down menu and you’re done.
In applications that do not have support to send content by streaming or to send the screen of your mobile, as is, you can use the function of share screen present on Android natively from Android 4.2 or the official Chromecast application, called Google Home
In the Google Home application, on supported mobiles, all you have to do is touch the device to which you will cast (such as a Chromecast) and press Send my screen. You will need to confirm your intention again before it starts broadcasting.
With devices other than a Chromecast you can use the native Android feature in Settings – Display – Wireless display, although the name and location of the menu may change depending on your manufacturer.
Finally, you will always have the third party apps. The most complete and popular is AllCast, compatible with Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Applet TV, Xbox, Roku, WDTV and Samsung, Sony and Panasonic Smart TVs.
With a Smart TV
If your television is “smart”, you are in luck because sending content from your mobile to television is quite easy Y without needing any device additional. Now, in general it is more limited than using a Chromecast, so one thing does not take away the other.
Although the applications available to download on Smart TVs are not too many, some of them allow you to send content from its Android version, as is the case with YouTube and Netflix. The method is identical to sending via Chromecast, with the only difference that you must choose TV from the drop-down menu.
Don’t be put off by the limited range of applications available, as once again you can use AllCast and similar applications to easily send photos, music and videos to your TV. In the same way, the manufacturer of your Smart TV almost certainly has its own app to duplicate the screen of your mobile and, if not, you will always have the native shipping from Display – Wireless display.
With a cable
You can also watch mobile content on TV via a cable on some mobiles, although it depends on what type of connector you have available. Generally we will find three of them, HDMI (rare), micro USB or USB type C.
If your mobile has a HDMI connector you are in luck as it is one of the easiest ways to duplicate the screen. In this case, all you need is a power cord. MicroHDMI to HDMI (or MiniHDMI, if it is the case of your mobile or tablet) and use it to connect the mobile to the TV.
If your mobile has a connector microUSB, it is also possible but you need to remember two keywords, which correspond to two standards for transmitting audio and video, SlimPort and MHL. You will need both your television and your mobile to be compatible with MHL. Although many televisions are compatible, it is increasingly difficult to find mobiles that are.
If so, you will need a MicroUSB to HDMI, or USB-C to HDMI. Otherwise, you need a small adapter, which in any case does not cost much more than an HDMI cable. Important that, before buying any cable, check that both your mobile phone and the TV meet the requirements.
How to mirror the screen in Windows
While on TV we are very limited in what we can use because we hardly have control over the software, in Windows it is the opposite, which greatly opens the range of possibilities. It is therefore not surprising that there are so many applications capable of displaying your mobile screen in Windows, like the following:
AirDroid is an application that became popular for allowing you to manipulate various aspects of your Android mobile comfortably from the web browser on a PC, but installing AirDroid for Windows has its advantages, such as being able to use Air Mirror and view the screen content on your PC in real time.
With Root you can see the screen of your mobile without cables, but without Root you must connect the mobile to the PC through it as long as you connect it with a USB cable and activate the debugging mode on mobile.
AirDroidVaries by device
Another big name in the Android to PC screen sharing world is Mobizen. Like AirDroid, you need to install the application on both your mobile and Windows, and then connect them. Mobizen is offered in two flavors: normal Mobizen and Mobizen for Samsung, although its authors have announced that there will be one more soon, called Mobizen Mirror, a trimmed version without the other functions present in Mobizen.
Also in this case you must connect the mobile to the PC via USB and activate USB debugging. Then you just have to open the application from Windows to view and control your mobile from the PC. The truth is that works quite well.
MobizenVaries by device
Users of Samsung phones have their own solution to manage the phone from Windows that includes the remote control on the screen, among other functions such as playing music on the PC or checking notifications.
SideSync’s screen sharing works very well and with little lag, as well as having a mode to full screen. If your mobile is from the brand, this is probably your best option to duplicate the screen.