How to Mirror your Android Phones and Tablets on your TV

Whether you are streaming a movie, playing a game on television or showing off holiday photos, mirroring your Android phone display to your TV is very easy. Give your friends a break. Instead of asking them to huddle around your Android phone so they can see photos from your recent trip or watch the latest viral videos, you can use a Chromecast device to mirror your Android phone’s display on your TV.

This will not only result in a more comfortable viewing experience but will also make it easy to play some of your favorite mobile games on your TV. Let's take a look at what you need, in addition to several different ways of mirroring your display.

These are what you need

You can start with an Android phone or tablet with Android 5.0 (2014 released) or later. Google has a support page for all the optimized devices, although it is not updated regularly. For example, both the Google Pixel 4 and Galaxy Note 10 are supported devices, but only Note 10 is listed. So if your cell phone is not on the support list, you can as well follow the steps below: you may see a warning about performance issues. Galaxy S10 has this warning, but I have not experienced any issue when testing.

Also, for Android devices, you will need a Chromecast, either a TV with a built-in Chromecast device or a smart screen like Google Nest Hub. If you are not sure whether your TV has a built-in Chromecast device, the best way to verify it is to see if it appears as an available casting device by following any of the methods below.

Use the Google Home app

The most consistent and reliable way to mirror the screen of your Android phone is to use the Google Home application. If you have set up any of your Google smart speakers or Nest Wifi or Chromecast devices, you may have already installed them. But if not, you can download it from Play Store.

After installing the Home app, the following is what you should do:

1. Open the app; choose the Chromecast you want to use.

2. Click the cast my screen button at the bottom of the screen.

 3. Accept the message that reminds you that everything on your phone will be visible on the TV. You may notice a second warning if your device is not optimized.

To stop casting your screen, click on the button labeled Stop mirroring in the Home app. There is the easiest method, but it depends on your Smartphone

The home app is not much work, but there is the easiest method, to use the Casting shortcut in the quick settings panel:

1. Swipe down from the top of the Android phone to show the Quick Settings panel.

2. Find and select the button labeled screen cast.

3. A listing of Chromecasts devices on your network will display. Select the device connected to your TV and, after a few seconds, the Android phone screen will appear.

4. To stop casting your screen, you need to follow the same steps and select Disconnect when prompted.

If you cannot find your Screen Cast selection in the Quick Settings section, click on the pencil icon to modify the available options and add a Screen Cast button.

Don’t forget that a Chromecast not only allows mirroring, but you can also play your favorite shows from streaming apps on your TV. It is not clear why some phones like the Galaxy S10, lack the cast button on the settings panel. If your phone does not come with the shortcut option, don’t give up. You can still mirror your phone with the Home app.

And lastly, note that whenever you are mirroring your screen, everything and anything that shows on your tablets or phones will also appear on your TV screen. That is, any notification or alert, along with its content, will be display for all to see.

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