Are you tired of watching series on your smartphone? Can’t / can’t hold your tablet for an hour and a half to watch a movie?
To display your Android screen on your TV and make the most of all your programs (Canal Play, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube videos) then follow this tutorial! We explain how to connect your Android to your television.
Connect your Android to your TV with an HDMI cable
An HDMI cable (which stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface in French) allows you to connect almost any video source to a television screen. If your TV is less than 10 years old, then it has an HDMI port.
HDMI cables have the advantage of ensuring the transmission of HD videos and sound. So you don’t have to worry about losing video quality or having to use speakers since the sound will come directly from your television.
Unlike Apple products, many Android devices have an HDMI output (or one of its miniature versions).
Three sizes of HDMI jack are commonly used.
Type A (left) is standard . It is often present on large devices, such as televisions, computers or game consoles.
Type C (middle), also known as Mini HDMI , and Type D (right) generally referred to as Micro HDMI , are found almost exclusively on tablets and smartphones.
Connect your Android to your TV with an MHL or SlimPort adapter
If you don’t have an HDMI output on your Android phone or tablet, you can use an MHL or SlimPort adapter .
Both plug into the microUSB port of Android and both use a small box to convert the image / sound signal and transmit it to the TV.
The MHL standard offers 4K resolution, like the SlimPort standard, but has the benefit of being compatible with more televisions.
Note that if the HDMI socket of your TV has an MHL logo above, it means that when you connect your MHL adapter to it using an HDMI cable, the latter will provide electricity to your smartphone or tablet. This feature is very popular since MHL can use up to 10 watts and thus drain your battery.
In comparison, SlimPort consumes very little electricity, so there is no need to plug your phone or tablet into a power outlet when using it.
Check the compatibility of your Android and your TV before purchasing any of these adapters, as this varies by brand. The Microsoft Surface tablet and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, for example, work with MHL while Google Nexus 5 works with SlimPort.
For Apple enthusiasts, it’s simpler, but more expensive. The only way to connect your iPad to your TV is to buy the brand’s lightning HDMI AV adapter for € 55 (there is a version for older iPads ).
Connect your Android to your TV wirelessly
It is strangely satisfying to be able to transfer videos directly from your tablet to your television, and that without having to make any connection and therefore have to worry about yet another cable.
This is notably possible thanks to Miracast technology, which makes it possible to establish a P2P-type wireless connection between two devices. Your television turns into a mirror of your Android.
Its only flaw (the same as MHL and SlimPort) is that your tablet needs to stay active when you share content, if its screen turns off, so does your TV.
Miracast is compatible with Android 4.2 and a growing number of televisions. It allows you to watch videos in HD and stream players like YouTube.
To connect your Android to your TV you can also use Google’s Chromecast . Chromecast plugs into your television (and mains) and then works over your Wi ‑ Fi. The device allows you to create a connection between your TV, your tablet and your phone and gives you access to MyCanal, YouTube, etc.
For Apple enthusiasts, it is (still) simpler but (still) more expensive. To connect your iPhone or iPad to your television wirelessly, you will need to get Apple TV .