There are several ways to connect an Android device to your TV. First, you can use MHL / SlimPort or a HDMI cable. Then, you can also do it wirelessly through devices like Chromecast or Miracast. Why does the content on the Smartphone need to be shared to the TV screen? TV and phone screen sizes are much different, so the enjoyment of watching content is also different. Smartphones are more for personal use. If you want to display content to others, it would be more convenient if the content is broadcasted to the TV screen, so that more people can enjoy it. In an age of streaming, entertainment content of various genres can be streamed on Netflix, Hulu, and other services. An integration of devices is needed so you can be more comfortable watching videos.
The latest TV models usually have an HDMI port on board. Other devices such as game consoles and set-top boxes also have similar functionality. The advantage of connecting it this way is full support for HD quality video and audio. You don’t need to worry about watching a video yet the audio only comes out of the Android tablet. HDMI ports are available in different variants. The first one is regular HDMI or Type A. This type is easy to find on large devices like game consoles and laptops. There are also other versions such as mini HDMI / Type C (available on Smartphones and tablets) and micro HDMI / Type D.
Miracast / Chromecast
Miracast can be a solution for those who want to broadcast Smartphone content to a television screen. Miracast is a wireless device that serves to bridge connections between 2 devices. All it takes is an Android device and a set-top box that already supports Miracast. More TV models now support Miracast without requiring users to purchase additional devices. Miracast uses H.264 for video transmission, which means image quality is also incredible when displayed on a TV screen. Another advantage is that Miracast supports DRM, so the Youtube content can be displayed easily. Another good alternative is Chromecast from Google. The price is not too expensive, around $40. With this device, we can mirror an Android screen on the TV. That means any content you access on your Smartphone, a similar view will appear on the TV. This applies to photos, games, and apps. (Also read: How to Set Up a VPN on Android)
MHL and SlimPort
Although HDMI is easy to use, not all Android devices have this port. But don’t worry, there are other options that allow you to connect an Android device to your TV. These options are MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) and SlimPort. Both enable us to connect broadcast content via a microUSB port. Another advantage is support for video and audio. Before connecting, please buy a MHL signal converter first. It is not too expensive, but at the same time compatible with various series of Smartphones and tablets.
SlimPort has the same price range, please choose one. To check the availability of MHL on your TV, try checking on the back. If there is a MHL logo right on the HDMI port, then it means you can use this type of connection. Another adapter isn’t needed because the HDMI cable will take over the role. If there is no logo in question, you need to purchase an additional adapter. Another difference between MHL and SlimPort is about power consumption. MHL 3 requires 10 watts, while SlimPort needs a smaller power supply. That was how to connect an Android device to your TV.