In today’s world, it’s easy to assume that all TVs are “smart,” equipped with built-in streaming apps and internet connectivity. However, only some have upgraded to a smart TV, which is okay! Connecting your phone to your non-smart TV and enjoying all your favorite streaming content, photos, and more on the big screen is still possible. In this post, we’ll go over the different methods you can use to connect your phone to your non-smart TV.
One of the most straightforward ways to connect your phone to your TV is to use a physical HDMI cable. Most newer smartphones, including Android and iPhones, have a built-in HDMI port or an adapter that allows you to connect an HDMI cable. Once you have the cable and the necessary adapter (if needed), follow these steps:
- Locate the HDMI port on your TV. It will typically be located on the back or side of the TV.
- Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your TV.
- Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to your phone’s HDMI port (or the adapter if needed).
- Turn on your TV and set it to the correct HDMI input.
- Go to the “Settings” app on your phone and select “Display.” From here, you should see an option to “Cast Screen.” Select this option and choose your TV from the list of available devices.
Your phone’s screen should now be mirrored on your TV. Remember that this method only works if your TV has an HDMI port and your phone has a compatible HDMI port or adapter.
Another option for connecting your phone to your TV is to use a Chromecast. Chromecast is a small device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” content from your phone to your TV. To use Chromecast, you’ll need to install the Google Home app on your phone and be connected to the same WiFi network as your Chromecast. Once you’ve set up your Chromecast, follow these steps:
- Open the app or website on your phone that you want to cast to your TV.
- Look for the “Cast” icon, a rectangle with a WiFi symbol in the corner.
- Tap the “Cast” icon and choose your Chromecast from the list of available devices.
Your content should now be displayed on your TV. Remember that not all apps and websites support Chromecast, so you may need to try a different method if the app you want to use isn’t compatible.
If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port or you don’t have a Chromecast, you can still connect your phone to your TV using screen mirroring. This method uses your WiFi network to “mirror” your phone’s screen on your TV. To use screen mirroring, your TV must be compatible with the technology, and you’ll need to have both your phone and TV connected to the same WiFi network. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the “Settings” app on your phone and select “Display.”
- Look for an option to “Cast Screen” or “Screen Mirroring.” Select this option and choose your TV from the list of available devices.
- Follow any prompts on your TV to accept the connection.
Your phone’s screen should now be mirrored on your TV, so test the connection.
In this post, we’ve gone over three different methods to connect your phone to your non-smart TV: an HDMI cable, a Chromecast, and screen mirroring. Depending on your TV and phone capabilities, one of these methods should work for you. Whether you want to watch streaming content, share photos with friends and family, or use your phone on a bigger screen, these methods will allow you to do so.
Can I connect my phone to any TV using these methods?
Not all TVs are compatible with these methods, so it’s best to check the specifications of your TV and phone to ensure they can connect.
Do I need an internet connection to use these methods?
An internet connection is required for the Chromecast and screen mirroring methods but not for the HDMI cable.
Can I use my phone as a remote control for my TV when it’s connected?
Yes, using any of these methods, you can use your phone as a remote control for your TV when it’s connected. Download a remote control app on your phone to control your TV.
Are there any additional costs associated with these methods?
The HDMI cable method has no additional costs, but the Chromecast and screen mirroring methods may require you to purchase a Chromecast device or pay for a subscription service (such as a streaming app). Overall, checking the cost of any additional equipment or services before proceeding is best.