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5 Ways to Connect Your Smartphone to Your TV

Smartphones are everywhere these days, and almost everyone has one. While they're great for many things, there are some things that smartphones are just not that good at. Sure, you can watch a movie on your smartphone, look at the great photos you've taken, or listen to some nice music on them. But how would any of that work if you're trying to share that experience with someone else? The answer is, not very well. However, one thing many people don't know is that your smartphone is smart enough that it can be hooked up to a device that does make sharing movies, music, or photos a good experience. Here are 5 ways you can connect your smartphone to your TV.

Chromecast

This method is one of the simplest ones as Chromecast is built into many popular smart TV brands already and so you may not even need to purchase the Chromecast dongle. However, if your TV doesn't have Chromecast built into it, here's how you can use your Chromecast dongle to connect your smartphone to your TV.

  • Step 1: Put the Chromecast dongle into one of the HDMI ports of your TV
  • Step 2: Open one of the many apps that support Chromecast
  • Step 3: Press the "Cast" button
  • Step 4: Select Chromecast

And viola! You can now use apps ranging from Netflix to Spotify on your TV. If you're not sure whether or not your TV already has Chromecast built in, please contact a Buckeye Brainiac and we'll check for you.

Airplay

If you just love Apple products and you have yourself an iPhone and an Apple TV, then you can easily connect your smartphone to it. Here's how.

  • Step 1: Go to the control center of your smartphone
  • Step 2: Press the AirPlay Mirroring button
  • Step 3: Select your Apple TV (be sure that both your Apple TV and your smartphone are connected to the same WiFi network or else your TV won't show up!)

Owners of newer TVs that aren't Apple TVs should know that TV manufacturers are just starting to support Apple's new Airplay 2 system. Please check with a Buckeye Brainiac to see if your TV is compatible with Airplay 2.

Samsung Smart View

Samsung is a leader of smartphones and TV products, so naturally they've made the process of connecting the two very easy for customers.

  • Step 1: Download the Samsung Smart View app (it's available on the App Store, Google Play, and Samsung Galaxy Apps as well)
  • Step 2: Select your TV (like Airplay, both the TV and your smartphone must be connected to the same WiFi network)

It's as simple as that. Sometimes, it's the things that seem easiest that ends up being the hardest. If you run into any issues while setting this up, please be sure to contact us and we'll give you a hand.

Roku

Roku is another easy way to connect your smartphone to your TV, but like Chromecast, it does require a physical add-on in the form of the Roku device. Here's an easy way you can connect your smartphone to your Roku connected TV.

  • Step 1: Go to one of the many apps that Roku supports
  • Step 2: Press the Cast Button
  • Step 3: Select Roku (your Roku connected device will also have to be on the same WiFi network as your smartphone)

And that's it!

An HDMI Cable

This is a more old-fashioned approach to connecting your smartphone with your TV but like the other methods, it's still a simple process. You will need to have an HDMI cable on hand and you will need an adapter that can connect with a smartphone. When choosing an adapter, you must make sure that it's capable of supporting HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection). If your adapter can't support HDCP, then many streaming apps like Netflix will not be able to work. If you're not sure about it, please contact a Buckeye Brainiac and we'll help you find an adapter that does support HDCP. Once you have all the necessary equipment, setting it up is a breeze.

  • Step 1: Connect the HDMI cable to the adapter
  • Step 2: Connect the adapter to your smartphone
  • Step 3: Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to your TV
  • Step 4: On your TV, switch to the HDMI input channel

This is a great way to connect your smartphone to your TV without having to deal with apps and WiFi and the like. But again, you will have to pay close attention to what adapter you choose or otherwise a lot of popular streaming services will simply not work!

These were 5 simple ways you can connect your smartphone to your TV. There are more ways out there and as products evolve, there will be more ways in the future, too. If you have any questions about any of these methods or anything else tech related, please be sure to contact a Buckeye Brainiac and we'll help you out. We can even help make sure your connection is the best to use these methods with our Smartnet option of internet monitoring.

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