Sharing photos with friends and family can be difficult from your phone when everyone has to hover over your shoulder to see the screen. Fortunately, technology exists that lets you “mirror” your small phone screen to the larger screen of your TV. In other words, whatever you’re seeing on your smartphone’s screen, you can display on the big screen.
Screen Mirroring: What it is and How to Use it
You may have heard screen mirroring also referred to as screen sharing. These terms are the same thing. Screen sharing or mirroring is when you replicate the content on a mobile device screen (such as a phone, tablet, laptop or computer) onto a TV screen.
There are two ways to do this:
- Wired connection screen sharing
- Wireless connection screen sharing
While using a wired setup offers a reliable connection, you can also successfully screen share with a wireless setup and get rid of the need for cables.
How to Share Photos from your Smartphone with Wired Screen Mirroring
Wired screen mirroring your smartphone to your TV requires cables. Whether you have an Apple, Samsung or other Android phone, these cables can differ.
With an Android, you need a mobile high-definition link (MHL) cable. If your TV is MHL compatible, all you have to do is connect the Android phone to your TV with the MHL cable. If your TV is not compatible, you will need to use a mini HDMI or macro HDMI cable instead. Since Apple products are designed to be compatible with other Apple devices, you will need to get a lightning digital AV adapter to connect your device to a TV.
Regardless of the smartphone, wired screen mirroring involves connecting one end of the HDMI, MHL cable or adapter to your smartphone and the other end to your TV. Once the two devices are connected, you can pull up photos that are on your smartphone, open photo apps or social apps, and the pictures will appear on your TV screen.
For Samsung phone users, unfortunately, the MHL cable is discontinued. However, there’s still a way to screen share by wirelessly displaying your photos and content.
It is important to check your smartphone’s compatibility before purchasing cables.
How to Wirelessly Share Photos from your Smartphone
Wireless screen mirroring technologies, such as Miracast, or Apple’s AirPlay, let you effortlessly share your phone screen with your TV. Because they are wireless, they do not require an HDMI cable. Make sure to check if your phone is compatible with these wireless technologies.
A wireless display adapter like Actiontec’s ScreenBeam Mini2 uses Miracast technology. This means it is automatically works with Android 4.2 (or newer) and other Miracast-enabled smartphones. And it’s easy. Simply plug the receiver in to your TV. You’ll then connect and be ready share your photos and any other content from your smartphone on your big screen.