Usually, we are connecting the PC or laptop to the projector, but that is no longer the only option. With better performing processors, you can also use phones and tablets to share your screen with others.
In fact, connecting a device with an Android operating system to a projector is relatively easy to process.
However, it might be a little bit confusing for a non-tech person who is planning to do it for the first time.
Here are the easiest ways to connect to a projector, either with wire or wirelessly.
Connect An Android Device To A Projector: Wirelessly
Let’s start with the easiest method to connect any Android device to a projector. Android and Chromecast are both Google´s devices, and therefore their compatibility is guaranteed.
To use Chromecast, your projector must support HDMI connections (which most new models do). You also have to invest in a Chromecast adapter (around $35) and can be purchased at any retailer with electronics.
STEP 1: Turn on the projector.
STEP 2: Plug-in the Chromecast into the projector via HDMI port.
STEP 3: Plug the power cord into the projector’s USB port.
STEP 4: Download and install the Google Home app from Google Store to your Android device.
STEP 5: Connect the Chromecast to your Android phone or tablet.
STEP 6: Open the Home app, and then click the Accounts tab in the right bottom corner.
STEP 7: Scroll down and click on the Mirror device option.
STEP 8: Tap Cast Screen/Audio button and then select your Chromecast to connect to it. Now, your Chromecast should display the content through the projector.
Miracast is a technology for anyone who needs to wirelessly share content on one screen to another. It wirelessly mirrors what is on the screen of one device onto another screen without requiring any physical HDMI cables.
This display standard is designed especially for smartphones, tablets, PC, or laptops screen to a projector or television. With Miracast, you can send up to 1080p HD video as well as 5.1 surround sound.
To use this method, both your Android device and your projector must support Miracast. If your projector doesn’t support this technology, you have to purchase a Miracast receiver.
STEP 1: Turn on your projector.
STEP 2: Plug-in the Miracast into your projector through the HDMI port.
STEP 3: Plug its power cord into the USB port of the projector.
STEP 4: Connect your Android device to the Miracast, just tap the Cast button in the program.
If you are lucky, your projector has some smart capabilities built-in. Companies such as LG, Samsung, and others are adding video streaming support to their projectors. Take a look at the model number of your projector and check out the manufacturer’s website. Look for streaming or wireless device mirroring support.
If your projector is supporting this method, go to the Google Store and search for the specific app.
How To Connect Android Phone To Projector Via USB
Wireless connection isn’t always an option, you might use an old good wire. Since all smartphones and tablets have either a micro-USB or USB-C port, you can connect your Android device to a projector with the right cable.
Most new projectors come with an HDMI port. You shouldn’t have to do anything other than connect the Android device to your projector using the USB-C to HDMI adapter. However, before you choose this method, check your manufacturer to see if the device supports using an adapter for HDMI video out.
This method can be applied only on Android devices with a micro-USB port. MHL, Mobile High-Definition Link, uses special HDMI cables to transmit the video signal and also power your device at the same time. If supported, you will need to purchase an MHL to HDMI adapter.
To use the connection via MHL, you shouldn’t have to do anything special on your Android device. Just connect it to your projector with an MHL to HDMI adapter.
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