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How to Connect a Phone to a TV

by Edwin Liu | May 14, 2013 16:12 PM
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Before that i wrote an article talking about how to "How to Connect a Laptop to a TV?", then how about the phone? To hook up a phone to TV and enjoy playing videos and games on a big screen TV have become many peoples’ big concern recently. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to connect your phone to your TV. Here you are provided three ways to complete the task:

The HDMI connection is the best solution to transfer HD video losslessly. Many android phones like Motorola and Samsung have HDMI port. To connect your smartphone to TV allow you to enjoy the synchronic play of your phone and TV. To do so, you need: a mobile phone with HDMI port, micro USB to HDMI connector suitable for your phone model, HDMI cable, smartphone power cable and a TV with HDMI jack. The specific connecting process is:

Plug the micro USB to HDMI connector into your phone and then insert one end of HDMI cable into the connector and the other end into your TV. You also need to connect your phone charger to the micro USB to HDMI connector, or it will not work. Now you can turn on your TV and change the input source to HDMI and both the video and audio from your smart phone will play on your TV.

Pros: lossless transmission with HD quality, synchronic and real-time playback.
Cons: Phone has to be with a HDMI port, a cable is also needed to complete the connection.

2. USB
This is the most ordinary and easiest way to connect your phone to TV. As long as your TV supports USB playback, you can simply connect you phone to TV via USB port. In this way, we can say that the phone functions as external hard drive and we can view pictures and videos stored in your phone through the local playback function of your TV.

Although the USB playback function of a TV has appeared for several years, the decoding ability of each brand and even each model are different. For instance, TV of Japanese brand are unable to support RMVB and other most common format.

Pros: easy to operate
Cons: depend on the USB playback of a TV, support limited video formats and also need a cable to connect

DLNA or Digital Living Network Alliance is a way to get content from your phone to your TV or other DLNA-enabled device wirelessly.

When the mobile phone and TV access to the same network, you can open the DLNA option and then the two devices can view each other’s video, audio, pictures and other content in storage space. In short, this is similar to LAN sharing network neighborhood play on PC.

You have to make sure that both your phone and TV have DLNA function. Otherwise, this will not work. At present, the supported formats of DLNA multimedia transmission are still very limited. It can’t recognize videos encoded by H.264 and VC-1 and doesn’t support GIF, PNG, or TIFF image files format.

Pros: wireless connection
Cons: both TV and mobile phone have to support DLNA; need connect network and few supported file formats.


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