How to mirror your smartphone or tablet on your TV

Mirror, Mirror: How to Cast Your Smartphone or Tablet to Your TV

Ever wanted to watch a funny video from your phone on the big screen? Or maybe you want to show off vacation photos with friends and family gathered around the TV? Mirroring your smartphone or tablet to your TV allows you to display your device’s screen on your television, making it a great way to share content or enjoy mobile apps on a larger scale.

There are a few different ways to achieve this, depending on your devices and TV capabilities. Here’s a breakdown of the most common methods:

Using Built-in Screen Mirroring:

Many modern TVs come with built-in screen mirroring functionality. This feature, often called “Screen Mirroring” or “Cast,” allows you to connect your device to the TV wirelessly.

  • Check your TV’s manual or settings menu to see if it has a built-in mirroring option. The exact steps may vary depending on the brand and model, but you’ll typically find the setting under “Network” or “Connected Devices.”
  • On your Android device, swipe down from the top of the screen to access the quick settings panel. Look for an icon labeled “Screen Cast” or “Smart View” (Samsung devices). Tap the icon and select your TV from the list of available devices.
  • For Apple devices with iOS or iPadOS, open the Control Center and tap the “Screen Mirroring” icon. Similar to Android, choose your TV from the list to initiate the connection.

Using a Chromecast:

If your TV doesn’t have built-in mirroring, a Chromecast device can be a great solution. This small dongle plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to cast content from various apps and devices, including smartphones and tablets.

  • With your Chromecast set up and connected to your TV, unlock your Android device and open the Google Home app (download it for free if you don’t have it already).
  • Tap the Chromecast device you want to cast to, then select “Cast my screen” and “Cast screen” to begin mirroring.
  • For Apple devices, download the Google Home app and follow similar steps. However, due to compatibility limitations, direct screen mirroring from iPhones or iPads to Chromecast devices might not be supported. There might be workarounds using third-party apps, but these can be less reliable.

Using Miracast:

Miracast is another wireless screen mirroring technology similar to Chromecast. However, it requires both your TV and smartphone/tablet to support Miracast for it to work.

  • Enable Miracast on your TV (consult your TV’s manual for specific instructions).
  • On your Android device, access the quick settings panel and look for a “Cast” or “Screen Cast” option. If your device supports Miracast, you should see a compatible display listed. Tap to connect and begin mirroring.

Wired Connection:

For a more reliable connection, especially for streaming video content, you can use a wired adapter. This method requires a specific cable depending on your device’s port (usually USB-C) and an HDMI cable to connect to your TV.

  • Find a compatible USB-C to HDMI adapter for your device.
  • Connect the adapter to your phone/tablet and then connect an HDMI cable between the adapter and your TV’s HDMI port.
  • Your device’s screen should automatically be mirrored on the TV.


  • While most methods are wireless, a stable Wi-Fi connection is recommended for a smooth mirroring experience.
  • The specific steps and terminology may vary depending on your device model and TV brand. Refer to your device’s user manual or TV settings for detailed instructions.
  • Certain apps might have restrictions on mirroring content due to copyright or licensing.

By following these steps and considering the different methods available, you can easily mirror your smartphone or tablet to your TV and enjoy your mobile content on the big screen!