It is common knowledge that no one likes to watch multimedia content on their phone’s small screen. We all want to watch videos and pictures on a big screen for a relaxing visual experience. This is where the connectivity of your phone and your TV comes in. Let us know more about How To Connect Android Phone To Smart TV Without Wi-Fi
Connecting an Android phone to a TV is “usually” done via a Wi-Fi connection that the TV and phone are connected to. However, one might find themselves without a Wi-Fi connection due to many reasons such as the connection being down, or just a total lack of access to a Wi-Fi connection. This, however, does not limit or restrain you from establishing your phone to TV.
Outlined below are a few ways one can be able to cast their phone to their TV without necessarily using a Wi-Fi connection:
- Using an HDMI cable
- Google Chromecast
Ways to Connect Android Phone to a Smart TV without Wi-Fi
- Using an HDMI cable
You can use an HDMI cable to make a connection between your Android phone and TV. This requires an HDMI cable, USB cable, and an MHL adapter. You can then proceed to confirm whether your device is compatible with and supports HDMI and MHL cables. One can then proceed with the following steps:
- Plug one end of your HDMI cable into the TV’s HDMI port
- To the other free end of the HDMI cable, plug one side of your USB cable
- To your phone, connect one side of your MHL adapter
- Connect the other end of the USB cable with the free end of the MHL adapter
- Set HDMI as the input mode of your TV
This is a casting feature that enables connection between your Android phone and TV using “Wi-Fi-direct” technology to be able to transfer audio-visual signals without a wired connection. It is available to Android phones (Android 4.2 and above) and many other devices such as smart Televisions, computers (Windows 8.1 or above), projectors, and many more.
It comes in form of an application program whose proprietary name is different depending on the software developer and device using the program. The various names include “AllShare Cast”, and “Smart Share” among others.
How does Miracast work?
The Wi-Fi-direct technology Miracast uses establish a direct connection between two devices wirelessly without a router or other third-party device. The term “Wi-Fi” in its name is in stark contrast to its mechanism, being that it does not require a Wi-Fi connection.
How do you enable it?
This is by simply turning on the application or setting on your Android device and TV and pairing them. This will only work if both devices have the Miracast setting.
This is a device developed by Google that is designed to fit into the Television’s HDMI port. It usually requires a Wi-Fi connection to operate, but one can maneuver around this stumbling block in the following ways:
- Use 4G data on your Android phone and switch on the Wi-Fi hotspot and cast to the TV. This is done in the following detailed steps:
- Connect the Chromecast device to a USB cable connected to a power source
- Reset the Chromecast device by long-pressing the Power button until the blinking light becomes continuous
- To the TV’s HDMI port, connect the other end of the Chromecast
- Turn on mobile data and Wi-Fi hotspot on your Android device
- Connect the TV to your phone’s hotspot
- Open the “Google Home” app on your phone, select your email address, choose the “Add another Home” option and name it
- The app will start searching for nearby devices automatically and then prompt you to connect to your Chromecast. Select “Yes”
- Verify on your phone screen and TV screen using a code generated by the App
- Proceed to select your mobile hotspot network as a Wi-Fi connection for your Chromecast
- Select any streaming application such as YouTube and watch your preferred content
- View previously downloaded content on your phone using a third-party application
Sometimes you might want to view content on your phone without having to use mobile data. In such a situation, Chromecast comes in handy when used hand-in-hand with a Third-party application such as “AllCast”.
You can then set up Chromecast as was described previously, launch the AllCast application and play videos or audio from your media gallery without a Wi-Fi connection.
With the advent of emerging technological innovations, it is becoming increasingly tricky to cast your mobile phone to your TV without a Wi-Fi connection as even devices such as Chromecast requires some sort of internet connectivity. However, with the various hacks discussed above, one can bypass various challenges in the connection between your Android device and your TV.