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How to connect your Android phone to a TV

Smartphones are great – you can browse the web, play games, scroll through social media and just about anything else you could think of. The thing is, sometimes things look better on a TV than on a smartphone screen, so how do you connect your Android phone to your TV?

Thankfully, as long as you’ve got a Chromecast-enabled TV or a Chromecast dongle, it’s a simple process that takes only seconds to set up, allowing you to binge your favourite Netflix series or squeeze in a game of Call of Duty Mobile on the big screen.

It’s worth noting that the process varies slightly depending on the manufacturer of your phone, but all broadly follow the same steps. 

With that said, here’s how you can wirelessly connect your Android phone to a TV using Chromecast. 

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What you’ll need: 

  • An Android smartphone
  • A Chromecast-enabled TV
  • A Wi-Fi connection

The Short Version 

  1. Turn on your Chromecast-enabled TV.
  2. Swipe down on your smartphone to access Quick Settings.
  3. Tap Screen Cast.
  4. Tap the name of the TV you’d like to connect to.
  5. Tap Start Now.
  6. Open the app or game that you’d like to mirror.
  7. Tap Disconnect in the notification shade when you’re done.
  1. Step

    Turn on your Chromecast-enabled TV

    The first step is to turn on your Chromecast-enabled TV. If you’ve got Chromecast tech built into your smart TV, this is all you need to do. If you’re using a Chromecast dongle, however, you’ll need to switch the source on your TV to Chromecast. Roku TV and apps

  2. Step

    Swipe down on your smartphone to access Quick Settings

    On your Android smartphone, swipe down from the top of your screen to access Quick Settings. This is usually nestled in the notification shade, but some phones – like those from Honor and Xiaomi – are separate, available from swiping down on the top-right of the screen. Android notification shade

  3. Step

    Tap Screen Cast

    From the Quick Settings, tap Screen Cast. This is a feature that goes by many names depending on your phone manufacturer; stock or near-stock OSs like those from Motorola and Google will have Screen Cast branding, while Samsung uses Smart View and Honor uses Wireless Projection. These are essentially all the same thing, and achieve the same goal using Chromecast or Miracast tech. Screen Cast in the Quick Settings menu

  4. Step

    Tap the name of the TV you’d like to connect to

    From the list of Chromecast-enabled devices nearby, tap the name of the TV you’d like to connect to.Select casting device

  5. Step

    Tap Start Now

    You’ll then see a pop-up explaining the cast technology. Read through it, and tap Start Now to mirror your phone screen to your TV. Confirm Chromecast connection

  6. Step

    Open the app or game that you’d like to mirror

    Once connected, open the app or game you’d like to mirror and enjoy the big-screen experience! YouTube with screen mirroring active

  7. Step

    Tap Disconnect in the notification shade when you’re done

    Once you’re ready to disconnect, swipe down to access your notification shade and tap Disconnect to end the casting session. Disconnect Chromecast


Can I connect my Android phone to my TV with wires?

Absolutely – simply pick up a USB-C-to-HDMI cable (as long as you’ve got a USB-C Android phone) and plug it in. You’ll also benefit from extremely low lag by using a wired connection, which is especially helpful when playing Android games on your TV. 

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