Watching videos on your Android phone or tablet is handy when you’re on the go, but when you get home, why not put your widescreen TV to good use? Here’s how to mirror your Android screen on your TV screen.

Mirroring Android Phone Screen to TV

One way to view Android phone on TV is through Screen Mirroring . Almost all Android phones have this feature built in, and most smart TVs , media streamers and smart Blu-ray players .

Media streams that support Android screen mirroring include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast . Apple TV does not natively support Android screen mirroring.

Screen Mirroring displays everything on your Android screen (including email, streaming services, platforms like KODI, photos, videos, and web pages) on your TV wirelessly (no network connection to a router required).

There are two ways to wirelessly mirror an Android device to a TV:

  1. From your Android device directly to your TV.
  2. From an Android device wirelessly to a «bridge» device (such as media streamer, smart Blu-ray player). The bridge sends the received mirrored content to the TV via HDMI or other compatible connection.

Screen mirroring is commonly referred to as Miracast which is based on technology WiFi Direct . Depending on the make and model of your Android phone, TV, or «bridge», Screen Mirroring may also be referred to as:

  • Wireless display
  • Mirror reflection
  • HTC Connect
  • SmartShare (LG)
  • Smart View (Samsung)
  • AllShare (Samsung)

How to Mirror Android to TV

The exact terms used for «Screen MIRroring» and the steps required to activate it may differ from those below depending on the brand of phone, model or model of phone, TV or bridge.

  1. Go to settings on your phone, TV or bridge device (media streamer).

    In the following steps, the Android phone is on the left and the TV screen is on the right.

    HTC One Android Phone and Samsung TV Screen Mirroring Step One
  2. Enable screen mirroring on your phone and TV. In the example shown, the term used by the TV is WiFi Direct .

    HTC One Android Phone and Samsung TV Screen Mirroring Step One
  3. Find your TV or bridge device. It may also be in the device list. From the TV screen mirroring menu, select your Android phone or tablet.

    HTC One Android Phone and Samsung TV Screen Mirroring Step Two
  4. Start the connection procedure after your Android phone or tablet and TV or bridge device detect and recognize each other.

    HTC One Android Phone and Samsung TV Screen Mirroring Step Three
  5. The Android screen is displayed on the TV screen after the connection procedure is completed.

    Examples of Android screen on TV using Fire TV

Other Screen Mirroring Setting Menu Examples

Different devices use different visual motifs:

Screen mirroring

Samsung UBD-K8500 Screen Mirroring Selection

Wireless display

Leeco TV Wireless Display / Mirroring Option

Mirror reflection

TV screen mirroring option

How to use screen mirroring

After activating the «Screen Mirroring» function, everything that you see on the screen of your Android phone or tablet becomes available on the screen of your TV or video projector. However, what you see mirrored on the TV screen is still displayed on the Android device.

Roku Screen Mirroring Example

If you turn your Android phone horizontally, you should see the same image on your TV screen for most apps.

Roku TV mirroring example with KODI

In addition to content, in most cases, you also mirror the on-screen menus and settings options you have on your Android phone or tablet to your TV. This means that you continue to use your phone to navigate your phone’s menus and applications.

Screen Mirroring Pros

Cons of Screen Mirroring

Screen mirroring vs. casting

Another way to watch content from your Android device on your TV is through Casting . Screen mirroring and casting are similar, but there are differences, including:

Some devices (Roku sticks/boxes/TVs, Samsung Smart TVs/Blu-ray players, and Fire TV Stick/Fire Edition TVs) allow you to cast individual apps from Android phones without the need for an additional app or Chromecast.

An example of the Cast logo in the app

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