If you’re looking for a way to connect android phone to tv via USB, i’ve three different methods which are perfect for your smartphone.
Thanks to smartv, one can now connect its android phone or tablet to a TV, and instead of looking at the phone, you can opt to look at your TV connected to your phone.
I’ll guide you through two different ways which you can connect android phone to Tv through via USB, so you’re sure to learn a way that’s easy and convenient for you.
1. Connect android Phone to TV via USB to HDMI Cable
If you buy a new large screen high definition TV these days, we’re 99.9% sure it will have an HDMI input port. This is the easiest way to use if you want to connect your phone to your TV using a micro USB to HDMI cable.
HDMI, short for High-Definition Multimedia Interface, is a really convenient standard for viewing videos on your TV because the standard supports is high definition – meaning that the quality of videos shown through this interface is relatively good.
The first thing you need to make sure of is if your Android phone supports HDMI output. Most people assume this will be the case, but there are only a number of smartphones that have this feature.
You will see that there are basically two types of HDMI output ports on Android devices. Most of the newer smartphones use the USB-C port as the HDMI output port. Some phones use an Micro USB MHL port – that is, a Mobile High-Definition Link port.
Micro USB to HDMI Cable (MHL Cable)
If you have a phone that has an MHL port, like the LeTV Le Max Pro, or the older HTC One or HTC One XL – it would usually come with a Micro USB to HDMI cable (MHL Cable). That’s what you would need to connect an MHL-enabled Android phone to your TV.
Connect the Micro USB to HDMI cable (MHL Cable) to your phone, and then connect the other end to the HDMI input port on your TV, and you are good to go.
USB Type-C to HDMI Cable
For smartphones with HDMI output through the USB-C port, the HDMI output cable is not usually provided by manufacturers and you would have to purchase either an official accessory cable or a third-party accessory.
Once you have the cable, it will be as simple as connecting the cable via your phone’s USB-C port and the other end to the HDMI input port of your TV.
Connecting android phone to tv using MHL
MHL is a technology that allows smartphones, tablets, and other MHL-compatible connect to TVs, projectors, and other displays. To foster this connection, the following are required:
- A USB-to-MHL adapter
- An HDMI cable
- A TV with an HDMI connection
- Your Smartphone
- Plug-in the MHL adapter to your phone’s USB port
- Hook the adapter up to a power source. Some newer adapters do not require an external power source, though.
- Connect your phone to your TV by inserting an HDMI cable into the adapter and to your compatible TV
- That’s it. You can proceed to start watching movies and playing games on your TV.
If your phone comes with a USB-C or lightning port (for iPhone), you’d need an extra Micro-USB to USB-C adapter. Better yet, buy an MHL converter with the port your device comes with.
Some Samsung Phones also require special types of MHL adapter/converter due to the pin configurations of their ports. Ensure you buy cables and adapters specific to your phone.
Additionally, ensure that your TV is compatible with the MHL interface before using this method. You can check the compatibility of your devices on MHL’s official website.
Connecting your Smartphone with USB using SlimPort
Like MHL, SlimPort is another technology that allows you send audio and visual signals from your smartphone to your TV using a wired connection.
However, compared to MHL, SlimPort is better in that its supported video output isn’t limited to HDMI only. SlimPort supports the transfer of signals to TVs and monitors with DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA input.
To add, SlimPort adapters and converters do not require an external power source as they draw needed power from the connected smartphone.
The requirements for this method include:
- Slimport adapter/cable
- A Television
- HDMI/DisplayPort/VGA/DVI cable
- Insert the SlimPort cable or adapter to your smartphone
- Link your smartphone to your TV by inserting one end of the appropriate (HDMI/DVI/VGA/DisplayPort) cable to the adapter, and the other end to your TV
- Change the input source of your TV and you should now see your phone’s screen on your TV
Before anything, ensure your smartphone is compatible with SlimPort. You can check that here. If your smartphone is supported, proceed to purchase the required adapters and cables.
Otherwise, use the MHL method. Also, the adapter and cables you purchase will depend on the port of your smartphone (Micro USB, USB-C, or Lightning port) as well as the supported/preferred video input of your TV (DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, or VGA).
Some SlimPorts are also compatible with laptops. You should likewise check the compatibility of the cables and adapters before making a purchase.
The USB-C to VGA SlimPort below, for example, is compatible with USB-C laptops and supports the following Samsung devices: Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus and Note 8.
Thats how to connect android phone to tv via USB, if you have any suggestions or questions, i’m here to assist you.