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iPhone/Android Can Cast Screen to TV Without Chromecast [ 5 Methods ]

Screen mirroring is one of the best ways to fully enjoy your iPhone/Android device. This can be done through AirPlay or built-in screen mirroring in Apple. This is an iOS feature that lets you play movies and music or play from your iPhone to other devices with this feature.

Apple TV is an excellent and easy way to view the screen of your iPhone on your TV, but unfortunately, Apple TV is quite expensive. Therefore, if you are looking for practical ways to mirror your iPhone/Android on TV without Chromecast you need to read this article till the end to find out 5 methods to broadcast iPhone/Android screen to the TV.

iPhone/Android Can Cast Screen to TV Without Chromecast [ 5 Methods ]

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If you had enough of squinting on your smartphone while watching a movie, wouldn’t it be comfortable if you could play it on a bigger screen? Well, you can, but putting it on your big screen TV isn’t always the easiest process. There are many options to choose from; A popular being – Chromecast.

However, I would personally recommend a Chromecast ($35) to view the screen of your Android or iOS device on the TV; It is not the only option that exists. In recent weeks, we have tried different ways to mirror your smartphone on your TV. From Apple TV to Smart TV and MHL cable, each method has its pros and cons, so below you can find some of the best.

Also Read: 5 Best Methods To Mirror Android Screen To PC [ Windows & Mac ]

Method 1: Streaming device

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Do you have a smartphone and a simple TV with only one HDMI port? Well, guess what, Chromecast is not the only streaming device that can mirror smartphones to television. Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, etc. They all have built-in screen mirroring options.

Although the Amazon FireTV Stick ($39) is not as good as the Chromecast when it comes to screen mirroring, it still works. You can access the mirroring option and for that, you need to press and hold the Home button on the Amazon Fire Stick remote control. The rest of the exercise remains the same while both devices are on the same WiFi network. The third generation of Fire Stick apparently no longer supports this feature.

Roku 2017 and higher models also support screen mirroring for Android and Windows 10 users. To enable mirroring on your Roku, go to Home => Settings => System => Screen Mirroring. Once done, select your preferred form of connection. Next, on your Android smartphone, go to Settings and search for Wireless Display Options. You will see Roku’s wireless display there. Just click on it and then on the home screen to start the connection procedure.

Apple TV has one of the simplest smartphone mirroring options, but it has the limitation of being connected only to an iPhone or iPad (bad luck for Android users). You can simply click on the screen mirroring icon that you can see in the control bar by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and clicking on the name of your Apple TV. And not only that, you can even record the screen of your Apple TV with your Macbook. One important to keep in mind, since no other streaming device offers the screen recording function.

In general, when it comes to screen mirroring, Chromecast is the king and there is no other option that can replace it. It works for Android and iOS, without any delay. Although Roku, Apple TV, and Fire Stick are also a good option if you already have them.

PROS

  • Cost-effective
  • Reliable
  • Apple TV can record screen

CONS

  • Roku and FireStick are not recommended to mirror screen

Also Read: YouTube Returning To Amazon Fire TV, Prime Video To Google Chromecast

Method 2: Cast Android Screen to Smart TV

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But what if you don’t want to carry an extra dongle all the time? Well, that’s where the smart TV comes into play.

Most smart TVs are now equipped with Miracast, which means that you can directly connect the phone to the TV, without the need for additional hardware. For example, we have this LG smart TV with us, which supports the process of screen mirroring via Miracast.

If you are new to Miracast, it is a wireless standard, designed to mirror a smartphone, the screen of a Windows PC on a TV without the need for physical cables. FireStick and Roku use the Miracast standard and also most Smart TVs. For this reason, you will find that most Mirroring devices are compatible with Android and Windows computers but not with the devices of Apple.

Similar to Chromecast, Miracast also uses the peer-to-peer connection, which means that mirroring can be done safely and without an Internet connection. The Miracast hardware also supports HD and 4K transmission, we could play HD games and videos without problems, although the connection is wireless, there is no delay. And yes, for all those who wonder, Miracast broadcasts both audio and video.

However, there is a drawback to using Miracast. Unlike Apple AirPlay and the Chromecast from Google, which can collect the web video source directly (like when YouTube videos are released from the CC) Miracast, can only reflect a device’s screen. It means with Miracast; your phone’s screen will have to stay on all the time.

All in all, if you are looking for a long-term solution for your company, Miracast could make video conferences, presentations, and product demonstrations. For home users, Miracast offers an excellent way to stream high-definition video.

PROS

  • Works great on Android and Windows 8/10

CONS

  • No support for iPhone
  • Smart TV is costly and often not worth the investment
  • The screen of the phone has to stay ON while using Miracast

Method 3: Phone – Computer – TV

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If it is just one thing then we don’t recommend you to buy a smart TV for the purpose of screen mirroring, there are some much more cost-effective ways are available that you can consider using.

For example, if you are just looking for a way to mirror your Android on your TV for a unique presentation, it doesn’t make sense to buy an expensive device. On the other hand, if you have a computer at hand, you can use it as a bridge. Simply connect your Windows computer to your TV through an HDMI cable and configure it for use as an external monitor. This way, everything you see on your laptop will be cast to your TV.

So, all you need is a way to mirror the Android screen on your computer. Although there are many apps out there that can do this, we recommend you to install the Airdroid app, just install Airdroid on your smartphone, connect it to your computer through the web browser. So, when you click on the screenshot button, you’ll see that it will start sending your Android to your laptop, which will then be cast on your Android.

Once this is done, you can turn off the laptop screen (but make sure that the computer is running) and watch the Android screen on the TV. During our testing, there was a bit of a delay in the process of mirroring. It is not possible to launch videos or games, nor audio. In general, this method is quite a quick solution but not viable in the longer run.

PROS

  • Not costly as there is no need to buy any extra hardware

CONS

  • Not reliable
  • Work only for Android
  • No audio

Also Read: How To Use Showbox with Chromecast | 2019

Method 4: AnyCast – cast screen to the TV with WiFi

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Similar to the previous method, this one is more of a trick than a real solution. Instead of getting a Smart TV, a better solution is to get an inexpensive Amazon Miracast dongle. Consider this option as a cheaper alternative to Chromecast. They come from a local brand and it has support for 3 modes, Airplay / Miracast / DLNA. That clearly means it does not only work for PCs with Android and Windows but also supports the Apple ecosystem.

To start this, simply connect the Anycast adapter to the HDMI TV port and turn it on with the USB cable. After that, you will see the AnyCast page in your WiFi configuration, connect it to your Wi-Fi network and you should start converting your smartphone screen into a larger TV.

There is one thing that you need to keep in mind is that some streaming apps such as Hotstar and Jio TV do not support screen mirroring while using the Miracast standard. Therefore, before making a purchase, be sure to read the comments to find out what works and what doesn’t.

While screen mirroring is good without delay, the only problem is that a Miracast dongle costs between 15 and 20$. You can easily buy a Chromecast for $35, which offers many other features as compared to Miracast dongle. And let’s be honest, though, it’s a good practice to spend another $15 and get a Chromecast instead.

PROS

  • Cast both devices Android and iOS
  • Cast both Audio and video without lagging

CONS

  • A bit expensive and not value for money

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Method 5: MHL Cable – Cast Screen to TV Without WiFi

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So, wouldn’t it be surprising if we could get screen mirroring at a low cost? Well, this is where the MHL cable comes into play. In fact, they are the whole reason why we are including it in this topic.

For those who don’t know about this, the MHL cable is a cable that can transform the screen of your smartphone into a larger screen.

MHL cable supports screen mirroring directly from the box. Connect one end of an MHL cable plug to the phone’s micro USB port, while the other will connect to an HDMI port on a TV or monitor. There is another USB end, which acts as a power supply, you can connect it to the USB port of your TV (such as you do with Chromecast or Firestick) or insert it in the wall adapter.

Although MHL cables are readily available on Amazon for less than $10 and you can also try your luck to purchase the cable at local stores. I am sure you will get the cable for less than 10$.

To connect an Android device to a TV, simply plug the HDMI end into the TV’s HDMI port and also turn on the USB, then insert the other end of the USB microphones into Android. And that’s all, it will start immediately.

Similarly, to connect the iPhone to the TV, you can get a similar cable with a lighting connector. However, we had to add our television as a reliable device to make it work.

If we take into account its performance, there is almost no delay and you can even cast audio. Makes it perfect for business and home use.

The only drawback is that MHL requires an MHL compatible device. So, before purchasing an MHL cable, search on Google if your devices are MHL compatible or not. In our experience, most Samsung devices do just like the iPhone with the lighting port.

PROS

  • Cheap compared to other alternatives
  • Available for both devices; Android and iOS
  • Can cast both Audio and Video

CONS

  • Works only on devices which are MHL compatible
  • Unfortunately, MHL is slowly dying, very few manufacturers support it now

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Final words

In general, there are several ways to mirror the screen of your smartphone on a bigger TV screen. In most cases, streaming devices are the best option, especially Chromecast. Smart TV is another good option that you can consider if you are looking for something permanent.

And finally, if you’re looking for a cheaper solution, choose the MHL kit, even if before buying, make sure it’s compatible with your device.

The methods that are mentioned above are the most effective tools that you can consider to use right away to cast iPhone/Android Screen to TV Without Chromecast. They have the same functions in terms of mirroring or casting mobile device to the TV.

Try all these methods and lets us know in the comments which method best suited you.

Till then enjoy watching your favorite Android/iPhone content on the bigger screens as we will back soon with another interesting topic to share with you.

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