Android phone usually comes with a USB cable that supposed to be charging and file transfer to computer. As time goes by, USB has become versatile port ever. Now, it let you connect the phone to TV. But, how to connect Android phone to TV using USB cable? Does it feasible?
Unfortunately, there’s no single answer either yes or no. Since every TV in the world has its own configuration and Android phone manufacture giving you different features, connecting the phone to the TV can be feasible and impossible.
Therefore, I have several options you can try below and probably one of them will works on your TV (hopefully).
Method 1: Just plugged in
This method can be applied if you have a modern smart TV and Android phone supported video output. At least these two requirements will launch mirror your Android display to the TV seamlessly.
The TV should be already with a standard USB port. Once it connected, the phone can be used for remote control, as well as video streaming. You might need to choose input channel at the early step.
Remember, not all Android phones come with video output capability. So, no matter you have a high-end smart TV, mirroring unsupported Android phone are useless. Some older TV only read the phone as a storage device, not channel input.
Method 2: Using Software
In this method, USB cable still takes a place, yet you need an additional device such as laptop or desktop PC plus HDMI cable. This is also to be a good option assuming your Android phone has no video support.
In a nutshell, the signal display would be transferred to a computer, and then it going through HDMI cable and shows up on the TV. Here, I’ve some reliable apps for display mirroring:
- Vysor: This app is Chrome-based service, hence you need a Google Chrome on the computer in order to use it. Overall, pairing Android to the computer by this app can be performed smoothly.
- MirrorGo: It is actually designed for the mobile gamer that wanted to play their games on the PC. But, its features also can be used for streaming videos.
After the phone paired with the computer, connect it to the TV via HDMI cable. The most TV in the market today has an HDMI port generally. Now, from the computer, press Window+P shortcut and choose Duplicate to stream display to the TV.
Method 3: Using Hardware
Alright, this is the last option available. I admitted it actually out of topic and sounds misleading because its totally not use USB cable, but probably this gonna helps you.
The hardware I’m gonna talking about is Chromecast and Miracast. These devices attached to the TV by HDMI port. It has built-in WiFi, so you can stream Android screen without any cable directly to the TV.
Both Chromecast and Miracast priced at $30-$40 per pieces. But you can also find the similar device from many brands which offer less price. However, the function is pretty same and works with any (modern) TV.
So, how to connect Android phone to TV using USB cable? Well, if you have a smart TV and the Android phone utilized with video output, you can connect it anyway through USB cable.
Yet, other than that it requires a laptop as well as HDMI cable to mirror the Android screen to the computer, and then TV. You also have an option to use screencast device but it will cost more.