How to wirelessly connect your Android phone to the TV

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One way to display an Android phone on TV is through screen mirroring. Almost all Android phones offer this capability built-in, as do most smart TVs, media streaming devices, and smart Blu-ray Disc players. These include media streaming devices that support screen mirroring for Android Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

But Apple TV does not support screen mirroring for Android natively. Screen Mirroring displays everything on the Android screen, including email, streaming services, platforms like KODI, photos, videos, and web pages on your TV wirelessly, and no router network connection is required.

Paths for wireless connection to display Android device on TV 

There are two wireless connectivity paths to display Android device on TV:

  • From an Android device directly to a TV.
  • From an Android wireless device to a “bridge” device such as a media player and smart Blu-ray player. The “bridge” routes received reverse content to a TV set via HDMI or other compatible connection.

Examples of nomenclature screen mirroring:

Screen mirroring is commonly referred to as (Miracast), which is based on Wi-Fi Direct technology. Depending on the make and model of the Android phone, TV, or “bridge” device, screen mirroring may also be referred to as:

  • Wireless display.
  • Reflection view.
  • HTC Connect.
  • Smart Share (LG).
  • Smart View (Samsung).
  • AllShare (Samsung).

The difference between screen mirroring and casting:

Another way to display content from an Android device to a TV is through Casting. Screen Mirroring and Casting are similar, but there are differences:

  • Casting requires that the Android device and the TV are on the same network (Wi-Fi).
  • Casting works with photos, DIY videos, and selected apps.
  • While playing the selected content on the TV, other tasks can be performed on the Android device at the same time or even turned off.
  • Your Android device may require an additional application and connect the Chromecast device to your TV before using the feature.
  • Some devices Roku sticks/box / TVs, Samsung smart TVs / Blu-ray players, and Fire TV Stick / Fire Edition TV devices allow sending selected apps from Android phones without the need for an additional app or Chromecast.
  • If an Android smartphone application is Casting compatible such as YouTube and Netflix, the Cast logo will appear on the Android device screen.