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What is MHL and how to best use it?

This is how you can mirror a phone’s screen on TV with a wired connection also known as MHL.

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If you want to screencast the screen of your phone to a TV and enjoy playing games on a bigger display you need smart devices for a smart TV right? Wrong! MHL is a technology that has been around for a while and with this tech, you can screencast to a TV with a wired connection. Today, we will teach you what is MHL and how to best use it.

What is MHL?

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What is MHLMHL stands for Mobile High-definition Link, MHL uses a five-pin connection to deliver up to 1080p picture quality, 192khz sound quality, and 7.1 channel surround sound. You can connect your smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices to a TV or a monitor and share the smartphone’s display on it. In short, it is a wired form of Google Chromecast that lets you screencast to a TV with some wires. The plus point here is that since it is a wired connection there is zero latency between the phone and the screen.

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How to use MHL

There are a few items required if you want to screencast with the help of MHL.

  • The source device (smartphone, tablet, or any other phone) and the display device (TV or monitor) must have an MHL connection feature. If it doesn’t then you can also use an MHL-to-HDMI adaptor. You can check out if your device supports MHL or not by clicking here.
  • An MHL cable.
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And that is it, with these items you can screencast to a TV with MHL.

Now that you have all the items required it is just time to Plug and Play! Just connect one end of the HDMI cable to the adapter and the other end to the TV. 

Now connect your smartphone with the MHL adapted using the micro USB or Type-C port on the adapter (depending upon your phone type). Once you have connected everything you will be able to see your smartphone’s display to your TV.

And it is that simple to get used to MHL technology, this can be a very useful hack if you do not have a smart TV or Google Chromecast at your home. MHL cables are freely available in markets and also on Amazon.

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