What makes a smartphone really smart is its compatibility with other gadgets around the house. If you’re burnt out by watching content on your smartphone, you can switch it up and improve your viewing experience by mirroring your smartphone’s display to a TV or even a projector. We’ve talked about how you can connect your phone to your TV, you can read more about it here. Now, let’s turn our focus to projectors. In this article, we bring you the 4 best ways to connect an Apple or Android device to any projector.
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The easiest and most reliable way to connect your smartphone to a projector is by using a Chromecast adapter. A Chromecast streaming adapter can plug into any device with an HDMI port. You can use it for your TV as well as a projector. Once the Chromecast device is plugged into the projector you can use the Google Home app on your smartphone to stream on it. Simply go to Google Home>Profile>Mirror Device>Cast Screen/Audio to mirror your smartphone’s display on the big screen using the projector.
Use WiFi Direct
You may not need to splurge extra cash on a Chromecast streaming adapter if your projector supports WiFi Direct. Most new devices will have this feature. Check your projector’s user manual or look up its model number online to see if it has this functionality. Once that is out of the way, go to Settings>Connections>WiFi>WiFi Direct on your smartphone and let it scan for nearby devices. Once you see your projector’s name on the list, tap on it and begin streaming content from your smartphone.
Use your manufacturer’s streaming support
If you’re using an Apple device, you can connect to your projector using AirPlay. Most modern projectors have integrated support for AirPlay, making them easier to connect to iPhones and iPads. Samsung users can use the Smart View feature on their phones to connect to any projector wirelessly. It should be noted that your projector and smartphone must be connected to the same WiFi network.
There are plenty of ways to establish a cabled connection between your smartphone and projector for streaming, but your choices eventually boil down to the ports you are working with. Mobile devices with USB-C ports can connect to a projector using a Type-C to HDMI Cable. If your projector has a USB-C port, then you’re in luck as you can stream the contents of your smartphone using a Type-C to Type-C USB cable while charging it at the same time.
Some users also go for the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) cable, but its biggest drawback is that it offers micro USB instead of USB Type-C support. If you own an iPhone, you use a lightning-to-HDMI adapter to connect it to your projector with an HDMI cable. Here are the 5 best lightning to HDMI adapters you can buy in the US right now.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I connect my Android phone to my projector?
You can either connect your Android phone to your projector wirelessly using WiFi Direct or go for a cabled connection using a Type-C to HDMI cable.
How do I connect my phone to a projector using USB?
If you want a USB connection between your phone and projector, you have a few options. You can either use an MHL cable which plugs into a micro USB port and HDMI port or you can use a USB Type-C to HDMI cable for modern smartphones. If your projector has a Type-C port, you can use a USB Type-C to Type-C cable as well.
How do I connect my iPhone to a projector?
To connect your iPhone to your projector, you will need a Lightning Digital AV Adapter. Once you’ve plugged in the adapter to your iPhone’s lightning port, use an HDMI cable to connect it to the projector. For an easier, wireless connection, use AirPlay.
These are the 4 best ways to connect your Apple or Android device to any projector. Using a wireless connection is by far the easier option, but it can suffer from some latency issues at times. For a more consistent and stutter-free playback, use a cabled connection. If you’re planning on mirroring your phone for a long time (in case you’re playing a movie), make sure you use an MHL or Type-C to Type-C (if your projector allows it) so your phone can charge while it is connected to the projector.
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