Samsung Galaxy S4 is the latest flagship device from Samsung and is another device from the manufacturer which has set the standards for the year in the Android smartphones market. The device has some new and unique features along with a beautiful HD screen. Even though the S4’s screen looks quite crisp and works well for videos and graphics, smartphones are generally small and cannot give out a TV-like HD experience. The great thing is that you can connect most Android smartphones to your TV in order to do everything that you do on your smartphone, on your HD TV. Use this article to learn how to connect Samsung Galaxy S4 to TV.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a full HD 1080p display and you can easily enjoy the experience on your TV. Learning how to connect Samsung Galaxy S4 to TV is quite simple and the process is straight forward. However, you might need some additional plugs if you don’t already have them lying around in your house. Here are the methods you can use to connect Samsung Galaxy S4 to TV and enjoy the experience on the big screen.
Method 1: Wired Method
This method uses HDMI cable. A lot of Android smartphones have this feature and most of them do come with HDMI ports. However, the Galaxy S4 doesn’t have a direct HDMI port, so use another plug in order to connect it to your TV.
Firstly, buy a MHL adapter with 11 pins and an HDMI cable if you don’t have them lying around at your place. You might be able to get the MHL adapter for around $10 from Amazon. You can also use an unbranded cheaper version of the cable if you can find it. Make sure that you only buy an 11 pin adapter as there are older models still sold as well, which won’t work with the Galaxy S4.
Next, connect the MHL plug of the adapter to your Galaxy S4.
Now, connect a micro USB device charger to your adapter. You will see a micro USB port included on the adapter just as you have on your Galaxy S4 for charging. This is a recommended step, as powering a HDMI cable directly through your device will consume a lot of battery on your device.
Now, plug one side of your HDMI cable into the MHL adapter which is connected to your Galaxy S4. Plug the other side of the HDMI cable in your television. That’s it! You have successfully connected your S4 to your TV and you can now enjoy videos and games from your android phone directly on your TV. For improving audio quality on your TV, simply go to the Settings app in your phone and go to the My Device tab. Then, go to Accessory/Audio Output and choose Surround.
Method 2: Wireless Method
This is another easy method for connecting your Galaxy s4 to your HD TV. This method uses Samsung’s Screen Mirroring feature to “mirror” the phone’s display on the TV without the need for any wires. This is the perfect option if you want to play games or play videos while lying down far away from your TV, avoiding the need for different wires and adapters. This method is ideal if you have a Smart TV from Samsung as you won’t need to buy any additional tools to connect your device. However, you can also use this method on a TV from another manufacturer, as long as you buy Samsung’s Allshare Cast Wireless Hub, which is a bit expensive.
Firstly, buy the Allshare Cast Wireless Hub if you are not using a Smart TV from Samsung. You can buy it from Amazon for $65. If you have a Smart TV from Samsung, proceed to Step 3.
Next, use an HDMI cable to connect the Hub to your HD TV. The indicator on the Hub device should turn red after a couple of seconds. If the red light indicator starts blinking, simply press the reset button and the red light will become stable. This means that the Hub device is successfully connected to your TV.
Next, open the Settings app on your Samsung Galaxy S4. Click on the Connections tab. Now, tap on Screen Mirroring and enable it by flicking the button to the right.
After enabling Screen Mirroring, you Galaxy S4 should scan for the available devices and would list the Allshare Cast Hub which you connected to your TV earlier. Simply tap on the device name when you see your device after your Galaxy S4 has scanned for the available devices. Your Galaxy S4 should now be connected to your TV and you can enjoy content from your smartphone on your TV.
Using Android smartphones is a great way to enjoy content on the go as you can watch movies and play games. Previously, the screens on these Android devices were of relatively poor quality with low screen resolutions. However, today, most premium Android smartphones feature a 1080p HD display, similar to some of the best TV screens. Still, the things you can do on your Android smartphone are limited due to the screen size. Connecting your Android device to a TV is, therefore, a great way to enhance your smartphone experience. The Galaxy S4, no doubt, is a brilliant device and you can easily enhance your device experience by connecting it to your TV using one of the methods above. Make sure that you follow all the instructions carefully and feel free to ask any questions below!