The screens of mobiles and tablets are getting bigger and higher quality, but obviously they are not the same as a monitor or a television (with the permission of the Galaxy View). The solution is to duplicate the screen of your mobile to enjoy Android in a big way.
Although the most popular way to duplicate the screen on Android is through Chromecast, there are many other methods. Some require you to buy some extra cable or gadget, while others are purely software.
How to duplicate the screen on TV
The methods to display the content of your mobile screen on television vary depending on the manufacturer of your mobile, the Android version and whether your TV is smart or not.
With Chromecast and other HDMI sticks
The HDMI sticks are a very easy way to turn your smart TV, even when it is not. They connect to the HDMI input of the TV and from your mobile you can send content to be played on TV.
Chromecast is the most popular, but it is not the only one. In any case, the process is always similar. In an application that supports Google Cast (more than 2000 and up), the button to send contentwill automatically appear . When you press it, choose the devicein the drop-down menu and you’re done.
In applications that do not have support to send content by streaming or to send the screen of your mobile, as is, you can use the screen sharing feature present in Android natively from Android 4.2 or the official application of Chromecast, now called Google Home
In the Google Home application, on supported mobiles, all you have to do is open the menu and choose Send screen or audio , and then choose your Chromecast from the drop-down menu, after you search for devices.
With other devices that are not a Chromecast you can use the native Android function in Settings – Screen – Wireless screen, although the name and situation of the menu may change depending on your manufacturer.
Finally, you will always have third-party applications. The most complete and popular is AllCast, compatible with Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Applet TV, Xbox, Roku, WDTV and Smart TV from Samsung, Sony and Panasonic.
With a Smart TV
If your television is “smart”, you are in luck because sending content from your mobile to television is easy enough and without needing anyadditional device . Now, in general it is more limited than using a Chromecast, so one thing does not take away the other.
Although the applications available for download on Smart TV are not too many, some of them allow you to send content from its Android version , as is the case with YouTube and Netflix. The method is identical to sending via Chromecast, with the only difference that you must choose the TV in the drop-down menu.
Do not be discouraged by the limited offer of available applications, once again you can use AllCast and similar applications to easily send photos, music and videos to your TV. Similarly, the manufacturer of your Smart TV almost certainly has its own application to duplicate the screen of your mobile and, if not, you always have the native shipment from Screen – Wireless Screen.
With a cable
You can also see the content of the phone on TV through a cable, although it depends on what type of connector you have available. Generally we will find three of them, HDMI (rare), micro USB or USB type C.
If your phone has an HDMI connector you are in luck because it is one of the easiest ways to duplicate the screen. In this case, the only thing you need is a cable from MicroHDMI to HDMI (or MiniHDMI, if it is the case of your phone or tablet) and use it to connect the phone to the TV.
If your phone has a microUSB connector, it is also possible but you need to remember two keywords, which correspond to two standards for transmitting audio and video, SlimPort and MHL. If your television is compatible with MHL, you will only need a MicroUSB to HDMI cable . Otherwise, you need a small adapter that in any case does not cost much more than an HDMI cable.
Finally, if your phone has a USB Type C connector, you can do with a USB-C to HDMI converter like this, to which you must connect another normal HDMI cable to and from the TV.
How to duplicate the screen in Windows
While on TV we are very limited as to what we can use because we hardly have control over the software, in Windows it is just the opposite, which opens up enormously the range of possibilities.
It is therefore not surprising that there are so many ** applications capable of displaying your mobile screen in Windows **, as the following ones.
AirDroid is an application that has been popular for allowing you to manipulate various aspects of your Android mobile comfortably from the web browser on a PC, but installing AirDroid for Windows has its advantages such as being able to use Air Mirror and see the content of the screen in your PC in real time.
With Root you can see the screen of your mobile without cables, but without Root you must connect the mobile to the PC through the USB cable and activate the debug mode.
Another great name in the world of sharing screen from Android to PC is Mobizen. Like AirDroid, you need to install the application on both your mobile and Windows and then connect them. Mobizen is offered in two flavors: Mobizen normal and Mobizen for Samsung although its authors have announced that soon there will be one more, called Mobizen Mirror , a cut out version without the other features present in Mobizen.
Also in this case you must connect the mobile to the PC via USB and activate the USB debugging. After you just open the application from Windows to see and control your mobile from the PC. The truth is that it works quite well.
Users of Samsung phones have their own solution to manage the phone from Windows that includes remote control of the screen, among other functions such as playing music on the PC or consulting the notifications.
The shared screen of SideSync works very well and with little delay, in addition to having a full screen mode. If your mobile is of the brand, this is probably your best option.
Of course, the list is not exclusive and there are other applications, devices and methods to enjoy the content of your mobile on larger screens, both on PC and TV.