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How to mirror your Android device to your TV

Ever find yourself wishing for a bigger screen while watching videos, playing games, or working on apps with your Android device? Well, I’ve got good news for you. Mirroring your Android phone or tablet to your TV can elevate your experience to a whole new level. In this guide, I’ll walk you through the simplest methods on how to mirror your Android device to your TV.

Prerequisite to cast an Android device to TV

Before you start mirroring your Android device’s screen to your TV, make sure that you meet the requirements mentioned below:

1. Same Wi-Fi network

It’s essential for both your TV and your Android device to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This allows both the devices to communicate and establish a mirroring connection.

2. Android 5.0 or later

Screen mirroring generally requires your Android device to be running version 5.0 (Lollipop) or later. Older Android versions might not have this built-in functionality.

3. Smart TV or Chromecast

Your device must be a smart TV or have Chromecast support.

  • Smart TV: If you have a smart TV directly supporting screen mirroring, that’s perfect!
  • Chromecast: If your TV isn’t a smart TV, a Chromecast dongle is an excellent and affordable way to turn it into a screen-mirroring-capable TV.

Also read: How to install APK files on Android.

1. Use the built-in casting feature in apps

Many popular Android apps (like YouTube, Netflix, or Spotify) have a built-in casting feature that lets you wirelessly send content to a compatible TV or streaming device. This is often the easiest way to mirror your Android device to your TV, as it requires no extra cables or setup. Follow the steps below to do so:

1. Open the app on the Android device you want to cast from.

2. Go to the picture or video you want to mirror on your TV.

3. Look for the Cast button and press it.

4. Choose your TV in the pop-up window that appears.

5. Wait a bit; your device will automatically connect to your TV.

2. With the Cast feature in the Notification center

If your TV has Chromecast built-in or you have a separate Chromecast device connected, you can easily mirror your Android device’s screen using the Cast feature in the Notification Center. Adhere to the steps below:

1. To access all Quick Settings on Android, swipe down twice from the top of the screen.

Note: If you swipe down only once, you may not see all the options, including the Cast button.

2. Find and tap on the Cast, Screencast, or Smart View button on your device.

3. A list of available devices on your Wi-Fi will show up. Now, choose your smart TV from the list to cast your screen.

Also read: How to turn off read receipts on Android in Google Messages.

3. Mirror your Android device from the Google Home app

Another convenient way to mirror your Android device to your TV is through the Google Home app. I’ve provided the detailed instructions below to describe how to use the Google Home app to mirror your Android device to your TV:

1. Download and install the Google Home app.

2. Launch the Google Home app on your Android device.

3. Tap on the Chromecast device or Chromecast-enabled TV you wish to mirror your Android screen too.

4. You should find a Cast my screen button at the bottom of the device’s control screen. Tap on it.

5. Select the Cast screen option in the pop-up that appears. Now, you can see your Android screen on your TV.

FAQs

Q. What should I do if my mirroring is laggy or the video quality is poor?

If your screen mirroring is lagging or the video quality is not up to par, then you can try reducing the distance between devices, strengthening your Wi-Fi signal, closing unnecessary apps on your Android device, or considering getting a faster router.

Q. Can I control my Android device from my TV while mirroring?

No, you can’t control your Android device from your TV while mirroring. However, some specialized mirroring apps or smart remotes may allow limited touch-like control using your TV remote.

Q. Can I still hear the audio coming from my Android device while the screen is mirrored?

No, you can’t hear the audio coming from my Android device while the screen is mirrored, as the audio will switch to the TV when mirroring is active.

Q. Can I mirror my Android device if I don’t have a smart TV?

Yes, you can use a streaming device (Chromecast, Roku, Firestick, etc.) connected to any TV with an HDMI port.

Screen mirrored!

I hope the article above helped you learn how to mirror your Android device to your TV. Ditch the small screen and upgrade your viewing experience. Whether you’re streaming content, browsing photos, or presenting from your phone, it’s all better on the bigger display.

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Chhavi Tomar is a dynamic person who works as an Editor for The Writing Paradigm. She studied B.Sc. Physics and is currently doing a B.Ed. She has more than three years of experience in editing, gained through freelance projects and contributions to platforms like iTechQueue. Chhavi is skilled in technology editing and is actively improving her abilities in this field. Her dedication to accuracy and natural talent for technology make her valuable in the changing world of digital content.

Chhavi Tomar is a dynamic person who works as an Editor for The Writing Paradigm. She studied B.Sc. Physics and is currently doing a B.Ed. She has more than three years of experience in editing, gained through freelance projects and contributions to platforms like iTechQueue. Chhavi is skilled in technology editing and is actively improving her abilities in this field. Her dedication to accuracy and natural talent for technology make her valuable in the changing world of digital content.

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