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How to connect your phone to the TV

Looking to connect your phone with the TV? Our homes are more crowded with gadgets than ever, and knowing how to easily share content between devices can save you a lot of hassle.

Linking up your telly with your smartphone or tablet opens up a number of handy ways to stream and cast media. You might want to get up some holiday snaps for the family to see, stream a YouTube clip or video file in higher resolution, or keep playing the Netflix show you were watching on your commute on the big screen.

Most TVs nowadays are smart TVs – that is, they’ll come connected to internet apps like Netflix, YouTube and the like already – while you can also use streaming sticks or set top boxes to get up most of the video or broadcasting content you would usually want to access.

But if you’re getting files specifically from your phone or tablet, want to use an app that’s only available on mobile, or would rather keep a play session on your phone going – rather than get up the respective app on the TV – we’ve got the answers for you here. Read on for how to connect your phone to the TV, either over cabled connection or wirelessly.

Connect to the TV with HDMI

The most reliable way to get your phone hooked up to the TV is with an HDMI cable. Practically every TV will have an HDMI port of some sort, which is used to transfer both audio and video from the same source. (Some TVs are starting to get HDMI 2.1, but you only need the more common HDMI 2.0 standard if you’re not handling 8K content.)

Your phone won’t have an HDMI port, but there are handy adaptors that will bolt HDMI ports onto your phone’s USB Type-C, micro USB, or lightning ports.

Some Android tablets will have mini HDMI or micro HDMI ports, which can connect directly to HDMI over a single cable. Whatever port you’re hoping to connect from, make sure your cable is compatible with that connection.

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