How to cast the Android screen on a TV and on Windows

Mirror Android screen on a TV

Connecting and transmitting the phone screen to the TV is incredibly simple, although many people still don’t know it. It is not necessary to make complex configurations or hard-to-find cables for it to work.

There are several ways to mirror the screen on Android on a TV

, with and without the need to use cables. In this article, we explain how to do this to achieve maximum image quality and ultimately the best experience when it comes to streaming mobile content on a TV.

There are times when the screen of our mobile phone is too small, although it exceeds 6 inches. It is in those moments when televisions and external screens come into play together with Android’s ability to transmit or mirror the content displayed on the screen on the TV.

If in the past it was crazy to think of connecting our TV and our phone together, now thanks to the evolution of wireless technologies, it is absolutely feasible and customary to do it even without cables.

Although the most popular way to mirror and cast your Android screen to tv is via Chromecast, there are many other methods. 

Mirror your Android screen on a TV: so you can do it with and without cables

We often prefer to save videos on our smartphones to play them wherever we are. However, there may be times when we want to watch the series with our friends, colleagues or family members.

Regardless of the reason, we always look for ways to cast the screen of our android phone to our televisions to view content on a larger screen.

Technologies like Miracast, DLNA or direct streaming via the local network are the way many users enjoy their content with just a couple of touches on the screen and a TV.

The methods for viewing the contents of your mobile screen on television vary depending on the manufacturer of your mobile phone, the version of Android and whether your TV is smart or not.

With Chromecast and other HDMI sticks

HDMI sticks are an extremely easy way to turn your TV into a smart TV, even when it isn’t. They connect to the HDMI input of the TV and from the mobile phone, it is possible to send content to play on the TV.

Chromecast is the most popular, but it’s not the only one. In any case, the process is always very similar. Through an application that supports Google Cast, the button to send content will automatically be displayed. When pressed, choose the HDMI device from the drop-down menu and you’re done.

With applications that do not have the support to send content via streaming or send the screen of your mobile phone, as it is, you can use the function sharing the screen present in Android natively by Android 4.2 or Chromecasts the official application, now called Google Home

In the Google Home application, on supported phones, all you have to do is open the menu and choose Send screen or audio, then choose your Chromecast from the drop-down menu, after searching for the devices.

With devices other than Chromecast you can use the native Android function in Settings – Display – Wireless display, although the name and position of the menu may vary by manufacturer.

Finally, there are always third-party android applications to broadcast the screen to the tv

. The most complete and popular is AllCast, compatible with Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Applet TV, Xbox, Roku, WDTV and Smart TV from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.

With a smart TV

If your television is “Smart”, you’re in luck because sending content from your mobile phone to the television is quite simple and without the need for any additional devices. In general, it’s more limited than using a Chromecast, so one thing doesn’t detract from the other.

Although there are not too many applications available for download on Smart TV, some allow you to send content from Android, such as YouTube and Netflix. The method is identical to sending via Chromecast, with the only difference that you have to choose the TV in the drop-down menu.

Don’t be put off by the limited offer of applications available, because once again you can use AllCast and similar applications to easily send photos, music, and videos to TV. 

In the same way, the manufacturer of your Smart TV almost certainly has its application to mirror the screen of your mobile phone and, if not, you will always have the native Android delivery present in the wireless screen sharing settings.

Transmitting screen with a cable

You can also view the contents of your mobile phone on your TV using a cable, although it depends on the type of connector you have available. Generally, we will find three, HDMI (rare), micro USB or USB type C.

If your phone has an HDMI video connector, you’re in luck because it’s one of the easiest ways to mirror the screen. In this case, all you need is a microHDMI to HDMI cable (or MiniHDMI, if that’s the case with your mobile phone or tablet) and use it to connect your mobile phone to the TV.

If your mobile phone has a microUSB connector, you must remember two keywords, which correspond to two standards for the transmission of audio and video, SlimPort and MHL. If your TV is MHL compatible, you will only need a MicroUSB to HDMI cable. Otherwise, you need a small adapter which in any case doesn’t cost much more than an HDMI cable.

Finally, if your phone has a USB Type-C connector, you can use a USB-C to HDMI converter, to which you need to connect another normal HDMI cable to and from the TV.

How to mirror the screen in Windows

While with TV we are very limited in what we can use because we barely have control of the TV’s internal software, in Windows it’s the opposite. In fact, there are many more possibilities.

It is therefore not surprising that there are many applications that can display your Android mobile screen on a Windows PC. Here are some very useful and easy to use.

AirDroid

AirDroid is an application that has become popular to allow you to comfortably manipulate various aspects of your Android mobile device from the web browser on a PC, and also the installation of AirDroid for Windows offers the possibility to use Air Mirror to see the contents of the screen android on your PC in real-time.

With Root, you can see the screen of your mobile phone without cables, but without Root, you have to connect the mobile phone to the PC using the USB cable and activate the debug mode.

Mobizen

Another big name in the world of Android-to-PC screen sharing is Mobizen. Like AirDroid, you need to install the application on both your phone and Windows, then connect them. Using Mobizen just install the version for windows.

Also, in this case, it is necessary to connect the mobile phone to the PC via USB and activate USB debugging. So you just have to open the application from Windows to see and control your mobile phone from the PC. 

SideSync

Samsung phone users have their own solution to manage the phone from Windows which includes the remote control of the screen, among other functions such as playing music on the PC or consulting notifications.

SideSync’s shared screen works very well and with little delay, as well as having a full-screen mode. If your cell phone is from the Samsung brand, this is probably the best option.

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