How iPhone/Android Can Cast Screen to TV Without Chromecast? If you’re tired of peering at your smartphone while watching a movie, wouldn’t it be suitable if you could play it on a larger screen? There are lots of options to choose from one popular one being – Chromecast.
iPhone/Android Cast Screen to TV Without Chromecast
Chromecast is not the only streaming device that can cast a smartphone to the TV. But many other devices like Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, etc all have screen mirroring options built-in.
While Amazon FireTV stick ($39) is not as good as chromecast, when it comes to streaming, it still works. You can reach the mirroring option by holding and pressing the home button on the Amazon Firestick remote.
Roku support screen mirroring for Windows 10 and Android users.
Apple TV has one of the simplest smartphone mirroring options but it comes with a limitation of being able to be connected to only an iPhone or iPad only. Just click on the screen mirroring icon in the control bar by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and clicking on your Apple TV’s name. You can even record your Apple TV screen with your Macbook.
- Apple TV can record screen
- Roku and FireStick are not recommended for screen mirroring
Cast Android Screen to Smart TV
Most smart TV’s equipped with Miracast. Which means you can connect the phone to the TV directly. LG Smart TV supports screen mirroring via Miracast.
Miracast is a wireless standard, designed for mirroring a smartphone without requiring any physical cables. Roku and FireStick both use the Miracast standard, and so does most Smart TV.
Like Chromecast, Miracast also uses the peer-to-peer connection. It’s hardware also supports HD and 4K streaming. You can easily play games and HD videos without any issues, even though the connection is wireless, there is no dally.
- Work flawlessly on Windows 8/10 and Android
- Doesn’t support iPhone
- Smart TV is expensive and often not worth the investment
- Phone’s screen has to stay ON while using Miracast
Phone – Computer – TV
If it’s just a one-time thing, we don’t recommend getting a smart TV to get screen mirroring, there is a much cheaper and effective way to do that.
For example, if you just want to mirror your Android to your TV for a one-time presentation then it makes no sense to buy an expensive device. You can also use a computer as a bridge. Simply connect your Windows computer to your TV using an HDMI cable and set it up, to be used as an external monitor. This way, everything that you see on your laptop will be cast to your TV.
Mirror Android Screen To Computer:
Many apps do that, but we recommend the Airdroid app. All you need to do is to install Airdroid on your smartphone. Connect it to your computer using a web browser. Next, when you click on the screenshot button, you can see it’ll start casting your Android to your laptop, which further casts it to your Android.
- no need to buy extra hardware
- Not reliable
- Work only for Android
- No audio
AnyCast – Cast Screen to the TV with WiFi
This method is also more of a hack than an actual workaround. Instead of getting a Smart TV, a better solution is to get a cheap Miracast dongle from Amazon. You may consider it as a cheaper alternative to chromecast. They come from a cheap brand and support 3 modes, Airplay/Miracast/DLNA. Meaning it’ll not only work for Android and Windows PCs but also support the Apple ecosystem.
Simply plugin the Anycast dongle to your TV HDMI port and power it on with the USB cable that comes along with it. Next, you will see the AnyCast page under your WiFi settings. Connect it with your WiFi network and it should start casting your smartphone screen to the bigger TV.
- Cast both iOS and Android
- Cast both video and audio with almost no lag
- A bit expensive and not value for money
MHL Cable – Cast Screen to TV Without WiFi
What is MHL cable?
MHL cable is a cable that can cast your smartphone screen to a larger screen. It support screen mirroring right out of the box. Just attach one end of an MHL cable plug into the micro USB port on your phone while the other end will plug into an HDMI port on a TV or monitor. There is another USB end, that acts as a power source, you can either plug that to the USB port of your TV or put it on wall adapter.
If you want to connect an Android device to a TV:
- Insert the HDMI end to the HDMI port of your TV and power on the USB as well.
- Then insert the other micros USB end to the Android.
- And that’s all, it’ll start cast right out of the box.
- Very cheap
- It is accessible for Android and iOS
- Can cast both Audio and Video
- Works only on MHL compatible devices.
- Unfortunately, MHL is slowly dying, very few manufacturers support it now
So there are the following ways to mirror your smartphones. Which method do you go for it? Let us know in a comment section below!