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How to Cast Your Phone to a nearby TV

23 Jun 2020
Joseph

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amaysim's tech geek

While many smart TVs have built-in apps that let you watch your favourite content using only your television remote, not all televisions have the capability.

Even if your TV is just a few years old, you might not be able to access certain shows directly through the TV interface. Fortunately, you can access them via your smartphone by casting streaming apps directly from your phone to a nearby TV.

Learn how to set up your connection so you can binge the latest Netflix TV shows and movies wherever you may be.

Using Google Chromecast to cast to your TV

The Google Chromecast device has become a household staple. The device connects to your television via an HDMI port, allowing you to cast all kinds of media straight to your TV.

The full list of apps that are compatible with a Google Chromecast is extensive and available on both Android and iOS devices.

How to connect a phone to the TV with Chromecast

  1. Purchase your Chromecast from the Google store or an electronics retailer.
  2. Plug your Chromecast into an available HDMI port on your television and plug the Chromecast’s power cord in
  3. Turn on your TV and switch to the HDMI source your Chromecast is plugged into.
  4. Download or open the Google Home app, available on iOS and Android devices.
  5. Using the Google Home app, set up your Chromecast device and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
  6. Open the app you want to cast media from to your TV and look for the cast icon, it looks like a small TV with a Wi-Fi symbol on it.
  7. Select the cast icon and select the Chromecast from the available devices.
  8. You're good to go!

How to Connect an iPhone to a TV using AirPlay

If you’re wondering how to connect an iPhone to a Smart TV, you’ll want to use AirPlay.

Open the media you want to cast onto your TV and look for the share icon. Once you open the share menu, tap AirPlay and then select the device you want to stream to your TV - if your TV doesn’t come up, it might not be compatible with AirPlay.

If it is compatible, you should be able to AirPlay your iPhone’s content. Just make sure both devices are on the same network, otherwise, they won’t be able to see each other.

You can also use Apple TV to connect your phone to your TV. Apple TV has a lot of built-in apps that let you stream directly without connecting your phone, but it can also let you use AirPlay to cast to the TV if you couldn’t before. This can be handy if you already have a video or a song on your phone and don’t want to pull it up on the Apple TV interface.

There are other ways to connect iPhones to TVs but if you’re wondering how to connect an iPhone to a TV wirelessly via screen mirroring you might be in for some bad luck. Apple sells cables to connect your iPhone to your TV to screen mirror an iPhone to the TV, which can be handy.

There are some apps to help you with your iPhone screen mirroring, but they’re not developed by Apple and you'll need to download them onto your phone and television as well, which means you need a smart TV that’s up-to-date enough to download the app.

How to cast an Android screen using screen mirroring

Android users face fewer limitations than iPhone users, especially if they have a modern, Smart TV, that’s Wi-Fi enabled

With a new enough TV, you don’t need cables or extra devices if you’re interested in screen mirroring your Android device. Try searching in your phone’s settings to find screen mirroring, and then connect to your television if it’s available.

You’ll just to check that both your TV and mobile device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. For example, when trying to cast a Samsung phone to the TV, first put your TV into screen mirroring mode, then activate Smart View on your phone. You should then be able to connect the two.

This might seem less useful than just trying to cast your phone to the TV, but some apps on your phone won’t have the functionality to cast, so screen mirroring is the best way to watch your content on the big screen.

Older televisions won’t be able to receive the connection, so you’ll need an external device like a Chromecast if you want to cast your Android screen to a nearby TV.

You're now one step closer to smart home automation. Just don’t get distracted and try to open social media while screen mirroring since it’ll appear on the TV too!

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Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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