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    A few days ago I wanted to take a look at the photos from our holidays. Since I have an Android phone, I decided to cast those images to my living room TV only to realize the Wi-Fi wasn't working. Thankfully, after a couple of tries, I was able to connect and mirror my phone to the TV without Wi-Fi.


    In fact, there are several ways to do this, from setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot to using proprietary hardware like Samsung DeX. Of course, each method has its pros and cons. But before we go through them all, let's start with the built-in option that helps users connect their phone to TV without Wi-Fi network.



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    1. Miracast

    Unlike Chromecast which requires Wi-Fi to cast to TV, Miracast uses Wi-Fi Direct to connect two devices wirelessly without Wi-Fi. As long as your TV and Android phone support Miracast, you're good to go.

    To get started, you need an Android phone with Android 5 or later and a Smart TV that supports Miracast. To check if your TV supports Miracast or not, open the App menu and look for options like Screen Mirroring, Screen Sharing, Miracast, Screen Cast, etc. Or you can do a quick Google search to check if your TV supports Miracast or not.


    Most TV models from LG, Samsung, Panasonic, etc. supports Miracast. Few streaming services like Amazon's Fire TV come bundled with Miracast. If your TV doesn't support Miracast, you have the option of getting a Miracast receiver from Amazon for around $ 20 - $ 40. Just plug the receiver into your TV and plug it into a power outlet.



    Once you have found the option or completed the receiver configuration. Here's how to mirror phone to TV with Miracast.

    How to mirror phone to TV with Miracast

    1. Find and open the Miracast option on the TV which will activate Wi-Fi direct allowing access to the screen mirror on the TV.
    2. Now on your Android phone, go on Settings> Display> Wireless Display is active Display wireless. If you can't find the option in Display Settings, open Settings> Bluetooth and Device Connection> Cast e turn on Enable wireless display. It will start looking for nearby options to broadcast which include your TV.
    3. Just select your TV to start casting your screen to your TV. To disable, go to the same screen again and disable Wireless Display.

    Banco Pro


    • Can use the built-in broadcast option on Android
    • There is no need to get additional hardware if your TV has Miracast built in

    Cons

    • It doesn't work with iPhone
    • It does not support DRM protected apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Bank Apps, etc.

    2. Hotspot Wi-Fi

    If Miracast isn't available on your TV and you don't want to get a receiver, the best option you have is to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. This way, you can use the built-in Chromecast and Airplay option to mirror to your TV. Unlike Miracast, this option also works on the iPhone.


    To get started, you need two phones: one to turn on the hotspot and another to connect to it and the screencast. You also need a TV with built-in Chromecast to work with Android or built-in AirPlay to work with iPhone. If your TV doesn't support it, you can get any Android TV or Apple TV device respectively.



    How to mirror phone to TV with WiFi hotspot

    1. On a phone, turn on Wi-Fi hotspot. On Android, open Wi-Fi e rete > Hotspot e tethering > Hotspot Wi-Fi and activate the Wi-Fi hotspots. Your iPhone, vai su Settings> Cellular> Personal Hotspot and activate it.
    2. Now connect to that Wi-Fi on the other phone and TV.
    3. Once connected to the same Wi-Fi:

    Its Android, vai su Settings> Display> Wireless Display is active Display wireless. If you can't find the option in Display Settings, open Settings> Bluetooth and Device Connection> Cast is active Enable wireless display. It will start looking for nearby options to broadcast like your TV.

    On iPhone, open the Control Center and tap the option Screen Mirroring. Here you can find the TV connected to Wi-Fi. Click on it.

    4. That's it. If your TV supports Chromecast or AirPlay, you don't need to do anything on the TV. It should work now.

    Banco Pro

    • It works on both Android and iOS
    • It can use the Chromecast option in services like Netflix and YouTube. But it uses the data on the phone to stream content on TV.

    Cons


    • Only works with devices with Chromecast or AirPlay built in

    3. MHL cable

    The Miracast option only works on TVs with built-in Miracast and the Wi-Fi hotspot option works on TVs with built-in Chromecast or AirPlay. But the MHL cable option works on any TV even if it's not a smart TV.

    MHL is a high definition mobile link. Put simply, an MHL cable is used to connect your Android or iPhone to a TV. They are also quite cheap and readily available on Amazon for under $ 10. However, before you buy an MHL cable, make sure your Android smartphone supports MHL. You can do this with a simple Google search or visit these websites or download one of these Android MHL Checker apps. 


    To get started, you need an MHL cable, a TV and a phone that supports the MHL cable.

    How to mirror phone to TV with Mhl cable

    To mirror your phone to TV via MHL cable, simply connect the HDMI end of the MHL cable to the TV and type the C end into your Android smartphone. 

    If you have an iPhone, you can get an MHL Lightning cable and connect the Lightning end to the iPhone and the HDMI end to the TV. To supply power to the MHL cable, you can plug the USB into a good wall charger, in case the USB on the TV is too weak. 

    And this is all. The moment you plug in all the cables, you should see your Android or iPhone screen on the TV. To disconnect, just unplug the cable and you are good to go.

    Banco Pro

    • It works with both Android and iOS
    • Screen mirroring delay is less than other options

    Cons

    • Not all phones support MHL. But if you're using any flagship phone, you should be good to go.

    4. Samsung DeX per Samsung

    Finally, the last option to connect the phone to the TV without Wi-Fi is to use Samsung DeX.

    DeX is a special feature on flagship Samsung phones that you can use to connect your phone to any monitor or TV and turn it into a desktop setup. This has obvious advantages over streaming content or screen mirroring when using the entire display. Plus, you can connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to use your phone in full desktop mode.

    You can enable Samsung Dex in 3 ways and all of them don't need a WiFi connection.

    Connect with MHL cable for Samsung DeX

    1. You can simply use the MHL cable, also known as an HDMI to USB-C cable, to connect your TV to your phone. Screen mirroring of the phone connected to the TV will start.
    2. To turn on DeX, swipe down the notification panel where a notification from Samsung DeX will appear. Touch to launch Samsung DeX.
    3. You will get another notification that says Use your phone as a touchpad. Tap it to start using your phone as a touchpad if you don't have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

    You can also get Samsung's Dex cable and use it as an MHL cable for Samsung Dex.

    Connect with Miracast Wireless for Samsung DeX

    1. You can also connect your Samsung phone to a TV with Miracast. Once screen mirroring has started, tap on the Samsung DeX notification just like in the case of MHL.
    2. Once Samsung DeX is enabled, tap Use your phone as a touchpad to use your phone as a touchpad if you do not have a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

    Connect with proprietary DeX hardware

    Samsung also offers proprietary hardware for DeX such as DeX Pad and DeX Station. This makes the process even smoother. Just place your phone on the DeX pad or Station and start using it instantly. You can also connect a wireless or wired keyboard and mouse to the DeX Pad and Station, so you can start using them right away without connecting to your phone.

    The only difference between the DeX pad and Station is that you can use a phone as a touchpad while using the pad, but that's not the case with the Station.

    Banco Pro

    • Works on any TV with proprietary hardware attached
    • Ability to use the phone in desktop layout
    • It also works with DRM-supported apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Bank Apps, etc.

    Cons

    • Only works on flagship Samsung phones

    Summary: Connect your phone to the TV without Wi-Fi

     All methods are similar to each other. It all depends on the hardware you have access to, such as the MHL cable, Miracast-supported TV, or a DeX-capable Samsung phone. But during our tests, I found the MHL cable had lower latency while DeX had more options like support for DRM protected apps.

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