How to connect mobile, laptop and iPad to your TV
We’ve prepared the ultimate guide to connect TV to all your mobile devices.
Ever had a great photo you just had to show other people — something so good it had to be shared immediately?
Don’t limit yourself to the smaller screens in your world. Here’s our foolproof step-by-step guide for connecting your laptop, phone or tablet to the TV, no matter whether you’re team Apple or team Android.
Option 1: Cable it
Yes, the humble HDMI connection remains the simplest way to connect your devices and TV. How you do it will depend on what device you’re connecting.
Your notebook computer will almost definitely have an HDMI port of some description, be it full size, mini, micro or some variety of DisplayPort. If your laptop didn’t come with an adaptor, your local electronics store will stock what you need — usually at a very reasonable price. Simply connect the other end of your HDMI cable to the back of your TV and select the HDMI option using your TV remote, often hidden under the Input function.
Apple users can grab an HDMI adaptor for the Lightning port, which will easily connect your iPhone or iPad to your TV.
Some Android devices have an HDMI port, but even if they don’t you can use something called a MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) adaptor, which will convert a Micro-USB port into an HDMI. If you’ve got a new phone or tablet that’s using USB-C, that’s even easier to find an HDMI adaptor for.
Option 2: Go Wireless
Nearly all modern TVs support a way to connect to devices wirelessly — a sort of over-the-air HDMI. Depending on your TV, you might see it called Anyview or Miracast or just plain old Screen-Mirroring. You’ll have to have both devices connected to the same home network, but chances are that’s already happened.
On Windows machines, this couldn’t be simpler. In the Action Centre that swipes in from the right there is a little button called ‘Project’. Tap that and you’ll be presented with option to duplicate the screen, extend so that you’re across both screens, or just use the second screen. Tap the one you want, hit Connect to a Wireless Display and select your TV.
It’s a little more complex because of the differing user interfaces you’ll get depending on your tablet or phone manufacturer. You’ll usually find it called something along the lines of screen share or dual screen or screen cast. Once again, this is a simple matter of ensuring your mobile device and TV are one the same network, then selecting your TV from the list of accessible devices.
Because of all the differences between devices, wireless screen sharing can be a little tricky at times and it might be easier to go with our next suggestion.
Option 3: Invest in a Smart TV
Smart TVs now can access content and programming via broadband, which is all built into the software. The Hisense 7 Series 4K ULED TV isn’t just fully equipped with Stan, Netflix and Freeview Plus, there’s also easy access to Youtube, so you’ll never have to worry about connecting your device to your TV again.
To learn more about Smart TVs, click here and select your preferred TV size.
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