I believe you have wished to connect your phone to your television using a USB cord, but you don’t know how to go about it, help has come your way.
Truthfully, it is not as simple as it sounds, but is it entirely impossible?
The big answer is No!
You just need to get some things straight.
Whether you want to stream Netflix, enjoy your downloaded videos, share photos, use your television for official purposes of projecting what is on your phone, whatever your need might be,using the right USB cable Is a convenient way to do that.
The process for connecting an Android device or an iOS phone or even a tablet will slightly differ because they have different operating systems. Nevertheless, a Universal Serial Bus(USB) cable is usually the common factor between all of them.
“USB,” an acronym for universal serial bus, is a plug and play interface that gives a computer the ability to detect and communicate with auxiliary devices, peripheral devices, and hardware, which can either serve as an input or output device.
They usually come in a mother and daughter form; The port and the cable.
A USB port is a standard cable interface that allows USB cables to be inserted into it to enable the connection between USB devices that are connected and will allow the transfer of data between the links.
They can also be a source of power as they supply electric power across the cable to devices that need it to keep them charged as long the connection remains.
A USB cable is a pluggable cable with a transfer speed of up to 480 Mbits/s that enables computer to connect to peripheral devices such as cameras, printers, scanners, phones, etc.
TYPES AND VERSIONS OF USB
USB cables come in different types as well their ports. Each specific is meant to fit into a unique port of it’s cable type.
There are 3 main known USB types as there are also 3 main known versions of USB standard.
This is the most popular type of USB standard. They are what you usually plug into a computer USB port when you want to transfer data, use an external keyboard for typing or to connect a mouse to your computer.
They are mostly found on connections with desktop computers, gaming console etc.
This type of connector is mostly square. They are in a printer cable or an external drive or most smartphones.
This is the new baby in the USB world, with its latest variant on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. Unlike other connectors, it is reversible, which means it can be plugged in upside down.
It offers data transfers of higher speeds, and are on devices like Samsung Galaxy M21, Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro, Oppo Reno 3 pro, etc.
USB Version 2.0
This version which came into existence in April 2000 with a high speed of 480 Mbit/s.
USB Version 3.0
This version was released on Nov 2008, and functions on a super-speer transfer mode of 5.0 Gbit/s.
USB Version 3.1
Released in July 2013 as the new standard for USB connection with a notable superspeed+ of 10Gbit/s.
WHY YOU SHOULD USE USB TO CONNECT YOUR DEVICE TO YOUR TELEVISION
It’s true that you might have heard that you can also connect your device by using the “cast” feature on your phone but there are added advantages why you should use a USB for connection.
One of the advantages include signal strength. Using the cast feature will be rather annoying especially if you want to mirror your phone to a television to play game but with a low-latency signal, using a USB connection is way better as it reduces lag and you will have nothing to worry about Wi-Fi connection.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO CONNECT YOUR DEVICE TO YOUR TV
- USB Type C cable with Display port.
- A USB Cable with MHL.
- USB Cable with slim port.
- Lightning Connector
HOW TO CONNECT ANDROID PHONES AND TABLETS TO YOUR TV
- Connecting using USB Type-C to HDMI Television.
Simply connect the USB Type-C cable to your Android, then connect to any suitable adaptor then to your HDMI part on your television.
- Connect Phone to TV using USB with MHL
MHL which means Mobile High-definition link is one of the most common ways to connect your phone to your HDMI TV.
To do this you can browse through the manufacturer specifications for your mobile device or you can search for your device on http://www.mhltech.org/devices.aspx
After confirmed, you’ll need an MHL cable that is compatible with your device.
Hook up your phone using an MHL adapter.
The adapter will require power most from the connection through the USB port and the cable or an external source.
It’s advisable to use an MHL 2.0 as it bypasses the need for power, as it draws power from the mobile device.
Connect your phone to your television with the MHL cable. There will be a pop up on your TV screen with display of what is on your phone; it is called plug and play, with that you are good to go.
- Connecting phone to TV using USB Slimport.
You can use a Slimport when you are connecting to older monitors and Televisions that do not have digital inputs.
In using the Slimport, you must confirm that your phone is compatible. Then plugin the Slimport adapter to your phone.
Attach the Slimport to your television using the proper cable(HDMI, DVI, Display port or VGA) as specified by your television.
You should be able to view your phone’s screen when this connection is done.
CONNECTING AN IPHONE OR IPAD TO TV USING USB.
Truthfully, you can’t connect your iPhones and iPads using a USB connection as they don’t have USB ports.
But this connection can be done using a cable.
Apple devices like Iphone5 and above have a lightning connector.
This is a small connector on your device that is used to charge your phone and also connects your phone to a computer.
To connect your iPhone to your TV, you will need the lightening digital AV adapter for HDMI output or VGA apapter depending on which display your television runs on.
Plugging in your phone to your adapter, then hook it up to your video output on your television, then enjoy your second view.
It is true that you can also connect your phone to your Television by simply connecting your USB cable from your phone to your TV.
Change the input on your television to USB and on your Android, change your USB settings to Transfer files or Transfer photos(PTP)
But this doesn’t work with all Televisions.
It is beautiful and like a trophy won if you were able to successfully connect your device through the tutorial, don’t forget there are also wireless ways to connect your phone to your television conveniently.