Whether you’re streaming a movie, taking part in a video call or playing a favorite game, mirroring your smartphone’s display to your television set is incredibly handy. Not only does casting your phone’s screen to your television make for a more comfortable viewing experience, but it also makes it possible to view photos or watch videos with friends or family members on a larger screen.
Start with an Android phone running Android 5.0 or later. That version of Android was released in 2014, so odds are your phone is running a newer version of Android. You can check by opening the Settings app and going to About phone and looking for Android version.
If you have the latest version, the most reliable and consistent way to mirror your Android phone’s screen is to use the Google Home app. You likely already have it installed. If not, you can download it from the Play store.
With the Home app installed, here’s what you need to do:
- Open the app and select the Chromecast device you want to use.
- Select the Cast my Screen button at the bottom of your screen.
- Accept the prompt that reminds you that whatever is on your phone will be visible on the TV. You may see a second prompt that warns you if your device isn’t optimized.
To stop casting your screen, tap on the button labeled Stop mirroring in the Home app.
iPhone users can use a similar process to cast their phone to an Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.
- Connect your device to the same Wi-Fi network as your smart TV.
- Find the video that you want to stream.
- Tap the “mirror” icon in the upper-left corner of your screen.
- Choose the TV you wish to cast to.
Keep in mind that when you’re mirroring your screen, anything and everything that shows up on your phone or tablet’s display will also show up on the TV, so any alerts and notifications, along with their contents, will be broadcast for all to see.
But the added convenience of viewing your device’s contents on a larger platform offers a terrific way to make your smartphone even more user-friendly anytime you need it to be.