I can’t count the number of times that I’ve been watching a movie or show on my phone and wished that I could watch it on a larger screen. Now, it’s possible. You can cast your Android display to the TV!
There are different ways for you to see your Android screen on a much bigger display. And no, it does not require you to upgrade your phone or get something with a larger screen (although nothing is stopping you from doing that either!).
So if you want the short and easy answer, buy the ever-popular Chromecast, which is an extremely easy-to-use device.
Chromecast isn’t your only option. There are other alternatives, such as using other casting services and screen mirroring.
Is Screen Mirroring Different From Casting your Android Screen to the TV?
Screen mirroring, just like its name, mirrors everything you do on your phone to a TV. Casting, on the other hand, allows you to view content on another device without sharing the display on your smartphone.
Although screen mirroring and Android casting differ slightly in their procedures, both of them let you view content from your smartphone on the TV.
So, without further ado, let’s explore the different methods to cast your Android to the TV.
How to cast Android screen to TV without Chromecast?
- Native casting – Tap on Smart view on your phone and select your smart TV, check the notification tray to confirm casting
- Screen mirroring apps – Install screen mirroring apps like LocalCast and iMediaShare on your phone and TV
- Streaming devices – Roku Streaming Stick and Amazon Fire Stick to cast your phone to TV
Method 1: Native Casting
As long as your phone is running Android 4.2 or higher, casting its screen to most smart TVs isn’t a problem even without the need for Chromecast or any external devices.
Just make sure that your TV comes equipped with Miracast, a wireless standard that establishes a secure link between two devices without having an Internet connection.
It is ideal if your Android device and TV have the same manufacturer (LG, Samsung, and Amazon, for example).
The screencast feature is readily accessible on your Android phone‘s Quick Settings tray.
Here’s how you can access it:
Step 1: Go to the Quick Settings Tray
Swipe down on your phone to access your notification drawer. One more swipe down, to find the Quick Settings buttons.
Look for the screencast feature. On the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, for example, the screencast feature is called Smart View.
Step 2: Look for your Smart TV
After enabling the screencast feature, find your TV on the list of compatible devices near you that popped up. If nothing’s showing up, make sure that your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network first.
Select your smart TV on the list. After a few seconds, your TV will then mirror your phone’s display.
Step 3: Enjoy!
After connecting your phone to the TV, check the notification tray for a message indicating that you’re casting your screen. When you’re ready to stop mirroring your display, turn off the feature through this notification.
With Miracast, mirroring your phone’s display and sound in all its HD and 4K glory isn’t a problem. Just remember that it can’t pick up any video sources from the web, so your phone needs to be turned on all the time; meaning that it’s not exactly the best for your battery usage.
Method 2: Screen Mirroring Apps
In case you run into any problems with native casting, you also have the option to download apps that make screen mirroring between your phone and TV possible.
As long as you install the app on your phone and smart TV, you’re good to go.
Method 3: Streaming Devices
Media streaming devices have brought Android into the living room. You plug it into your TV and voila, go stream and watch all kinds of content.
These devices are excellent alternatives for those who don’t own a smart TV. While I’m listing ways in which you can cast your phone display without Chromecast, there are other streaming devices for you to consider.
1. Roku Streaming Stick
Roku, which is the pioneer when it comes to streaming devices, offers an easy way for you to see your Android screen on a bigger screen. The stick itself has built-in screen mirroring options, so all you have to do is enable it.
- As always, connect both devices to the same wireless network first. Then, plug the Roku streaming stick on your TV.
- On the Home page, navigate to Settings > Systems >Mirroring. From here, go and choose your connection method.
- To enable casting on your Android device, follow the steps indicated in the Native Casting section above.
2. Amazon Fire Stick
Unfortunately, the 3rd generation Fire TV Stick 4K no longer supports native screen mirroring. If you’re using any of the previous generations, though, you’re still good.
- Again, before anything else, remember to connect your phone and TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
- To start casting, press and hold the Home button on the Fire Stick remote to enable the mirroring option.
- To do the same on your Android device, follow the steps listed in the Native Casting section above.
Bigger Screen, Better Experience
While phone screens are getting bigger and better, there are still benefits to using a much larger screen like a television. Casting or screen mirroring makes this pretty easy and achievable, as long as you have the right devices.
Chromecast is a big player when it comes to mirroring your phone’s display on a TV. In case you’re not fond of using the device, or you’re looking for something else, at least you’ll have some sound and reliable alternatives.
And besides, if all else fails, there is no shame in connecting your smartphone to the TV using your old cables.
Do you have any other screencasting methods in mind? Leave a comment below!
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