If you are tired of squinting at your smartphone while watching a movie, wouldn’t it be convenient if you could play it back on a bigger screen? Well, you can, but putting it on your big screen TV isn’t always the easiest process. There are tons of options to choose from; one of the most popular: Chromecast.
However, I would personally recommend a Chromecast ($ 35), to cast your Android or iOS device’s screen to the TV; It is not the only option that exists. Over the past few weeks, we have tried various ways to mirror your smartphone to your TV. From Apple TV to Smart TV to MHL cable, each method has its pros and cons, so these are some of the best.
Cast iPhone / Android Screen to TV without Chromecast
1. Transmission device
Have a smartphone and a simple TV with just one HDMI port? Well guess what, Chromecast isn’t the only streaming device that can cast a smartphone to the TV. Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, etc. they have built-in screen mirroring options.
While Amazon FireTV stick ($ 39) not as good as chromecast, when it comes to streaming it still works. You can access the duplication option by pressing and holding the House on the Amazon Firestick remote. The rest of the drill remains the same as long as both devices are on the same WiFi network. Apparently the 3rd gen Fire Stick no longer supports this feature.
Year 2017 and later models also support screen mirroring for Android and Windows 10 users. To enable mirroring on your Roku, go to Start> Settings> System> Screen mirroring. Once there, select your preferred way of connection. Next, on your Android smartphone, go to Settings and search Wireless display options. You should see the Roku wireless display there. Just click on it followed by the streaming screen to start the connection process.
Apple tv It has one of the simplest smartphone mirroring options, but it comes with the limitation of being able to connect to an iPhone or iPad only (sorry Android users). You can simply click the screen mirroring icon on the control bar by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and clicking on the name of your Apple TV. And not only that, you can even record the screen of your Apple TV with your Macbook. Something to keep in mind, as no other streaming media device offers the screen recording feature.
Overall, when it comes to screen mirroring, Chromecast is king. It works for Android and iOS, without any lag. While Roku, Firestick, and Apple TV are also a good option if you already have them.
- Cost effective and reliable
- Apple TV can record screen
- Roku and FireStick are not recommended for screen mirroring
2. Cast screen from Android to Smart TV
But what if you don’t want to carry an extra dongle with you all the time? Well that’s where smart TV comes in.
Most smart TVs now come equipped with Miracast, which means you can connect your phone to the TV directly, without the need for additional hardware. For example, we have this LG smart TV with us, which supports screen mirroring via Miracast.
For the unknown, Miracast is a wireless standard, designed to mirror a smartphone, Windows PC screen onto television without the need for physical cables. FireStick and Roku use the Miracast standard, as do most smart TVs. This is why you will find that most Mirroring devices are compatible with Android and Windows computers, but not with Apple devices.
Like Chromecast, Miracast also uses peer-to-peer connection, which means that mirroring can be done safely and without an internet connection. Miracast hardware also supports HD and 4K streaming, we were able to play games and HD videos without any problem, although the connection is wireless, there is no lag. And yes, for everyone wondering, Miracast streams both Audio and Video.
However, using Miracast has a downside. Unlike Apple’s AirPlay and Google’s Chromecast, which can directly pick up the video source from the web (like when streaming YouTube videos from Chromecast), Miracast, on the other hand, can only mirror the screen of one device. That is, with Miracast, your phone screen would have to stay ON all the time.
In general, if you are looking for a long-term solution for your business, Miracast could host video conferences, slideshows, and product demos. For home users, Miracast offers a great way to stream HD video.
- Works smoothly on Android and Windows 8/10
- Not compatible with iPhone
- Smart TVs are expensive and often not worth the investment
- Phone screen should stay on while using Miracast
3. Telephone – Computer – TV
If it’s just one thing, we really don’t recommend buying a smart TV to mirror your screen, there is a much more effective and inexpensive way to do it.
For example, if you only want to mirror your Android to your TV for a unique presentation, there is no point in buying an expensive device. Instead, if you have a computer handy, you can use it as a bridge. Just connect your Windows computer to your TV using an HDMI cable and configure it to use as an external monitor. In this way, everything you see on your laptop will be streamed to your television.
Next, all you need is a way to mirror your Android screen to your computer. Although there are many applications that do that, we recommend the Airdroid application, just install Airdroid on your smartphone, connect it to your computer using a web browser. Then when you click on the screenshot button, you can see that it will start casting your Android to your laptop, which will then send it to your Android (video-tutorial)
Once done, you can turn off your laptop screen (but keep the computer running) and cast the Android screen to your TV. In our tests, there was a bit of a lag in screen mirroring, no videos or games can be streamed and there is no audio either. In general, this method is a quick fix but not viable in the long term.
- Cheap, no need to buy additional hardware
- Works only for Android
- No audio
4. AnyCast: cast screen to TV with WiFi
Like the previous method, this one is also more of a hack than a real solution. Instead of getting a Smart TV, a better solution is to get a cheap Miracast dongle from Amazon. Consider it a cheaper alternative to Chromecast. They come from a local brand and support 3 modes, Airplay / DLNA / Miracast. Which means that it not only works for Android and Windows PCs, but is also compatible with the Apple ecosystem.
To get started, simply plug the Anycast dongle into your TV’s HDMI port and power it up with the USB cable that came with it. You will then see the AnyCast page in your WiFi settings, connect it to your WiFi network and it should start casting your smartphone screen to the larger TV.
One thing to note is that some streaming apps (like Hotstar and Jio TV) don’t support screen mirroring while using the Miracast standard. So before making a purchase, be sure to read the reviews to find out what works and what doesn’t.
While screen mirroring is good without delay, the only problem is that a Miracast Dongle It will cost you between $ 15 and $ 20. You can easily buy a Chromecast for $ 35, which offers a lot more features than the Miracast dongle. And let’s be honest, though it’s handy to spend an extra $ 15 and get a Chromecast instead.
- Stream both Android and iOS
- Transmits audio and video with almost no delay
- A bit pricey and not good value for money.
5. MHL Cable – Cast screen to TV without WiFi
So wouldn’t it be amazing if we could get screen mirroring for little money? Well that’s where the MHL cable comes in. In fact, they are the main reason we come up with this topic.
For those who don’t know, the MHL cable is a cable that can cast your smartphone screen to a larger screen.
MHL cable support screen directly mirrored out of the box. Simply connect one end of an MHL cable plug to your phone’s micro USB port, while the other will connect to an HDMI port on a television or monitor. There is another USB end, which acts as a power source, you can plug it into your TV’s USB port (like you do with Chromecast or Firestick) or put it into a wall adapter.
Although MHL cables are readily available in Amazon For less than $ 10, we decided to try our luck at the local stores. And guess what, it was our lucky day, we got the cable for Android and iOS, for less than $ 7.
To connect an Android device to a TV, simply insert the HDMI end into the HDMI port of your TV and also turn on the USB, then insert the other micro USB end into the Android. And that’s it, it will start airing from the first moment.
Similarly, to connect the iPhone to the TV, you can get a similar cable with a lighting connector, although we had to add our television as a reliable device to make it work.
In terms of performance, there is almost no lag and it can also stream audio. Making it perfect for commercial and home use.
The only downside is that MHL requires an MHL-compliant device. So before you buy an MHL cable, google if your devices support MHL. In our experience, most Samsung devices do, as does the iPhone with a lightning port.
- Very cheap compared to the alternative.
- Available for Android and iOS
- Can stream audio and video
- Works only on MHL compatible devices.
- Unfortunately MHL is slowly dying, very few manufacturers support it now
Conclusion: iPhone / Android cast screen to TV without Chromecast
In general, there are many ways to mirror your smartphone screen to a large TV. In most cases, streaming devices are the best option, especially Chromecast. Smart TV is also a good option if you are looking for something permanent. And finally, if you are looking for a cheaper solution, go for the MHL kit, although before buying make sure it is compatible with your device.
So this was our take on how to mirror your smartphone screen to TV, what did you guys think? Do you have a better method that we miss? Let us know in the comments below.