Here’s How to Connect Your Phone to the TV

It’s easy to watch videos, play music, and more on the big screen.

In the past, your phone and TV were separate entities. If you wanted to share a viral video with a group or show off some footage of the kids' big game, everyone would have to gather around a small screen. Not anymore. Now, you can display the content on your smartphone on your TV's screen in a variety of ways. Best of all, it's easy enough that anyone can do it. To learn how to connect your phone to your TV, check out this overview from SIMPLE Mobile.

Man watching TV

How to connect with a streaming stick or set-top box

Once your streaming device is set up, you'll be able to control apps with your phone.

You may have heard of Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or Roku. While they’re each a little different, all of these devices connect to your home’s Wi-Fi in order to mirror content from your phone on the TV. These devices are available from a wide range of retailers at affordable price points, and in general their easy setup makes them a great choice for most users.

Once your streaming device is set up, you'll be able to control apps with your phone and pause, play, or adjust the volume with a simple tap. While there are a large number of streaming apps available, including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO Now, and many more, keep in mind that each requires a paid subscription.

How to connect your phone to a smart TV

If your HDTV has smart capabilities, there are a few easy ways to enjoy content from your phone on its screen. Many phones feature outputs that allow you to connect to your HDTV with a cable for a quick and easy solution. Wired connectivity options may include:

  • MHL
  • SlimPort
  • USB
  • And more…

To avoid cable clutter, you may wonder how to connect your phone to a TV wirelessly. If your smartphone and HDTV are both DLNA-enabled, you can mirror videos from the phone wirelessly on the TV's display using your home Wi-Fi network. Many smart TVs also feature built-in screen mirroring technologies – check the user manual to determine compatibility with your phone and how to connect.

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