Don’t you enjoy watching movies on a big screen? Who doesn’t want to do that? It’s always entertaining to watch your favorite streaming service on a large screen television. However, there is one minor snag. A smart TV is not available to everyone.
Smart TVs include built-in Wi-Fi, allowing them to connect wirelessly to your home network and play any streaming video.
That is never a possibility with non-smart TVs. They don’t have built-in Wi-Fi. As a result, you have the choice of using your phone/tablet or your laptop/desktop.
While you may be quite happy with these devices on your own, the problem arises when your entire family wants to view the same stuff you are.
Is there a way out?
Mirroring your phone or tablet to the TV is a great way to save money on cable. But how do you do it? That’s exactly what we’ll tell you about today!
Mirror Android Screen to Non-Smart TV – Use Chromecast
Google’s Chromecast is a popular device that was released a few years ago. This tiny device allows you to mirror the screen of your Android phone or tablet to your non-smart TV for a modest price.
Basic Requirements to Mirror Android Screen to Non-Smart TV
In order for Chromecast to function, you must meet a few basic prerequisites. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll need:
- A HDMI port is required on your television. It’ll almost certainly have. How do you know? Your TV must have at least one HDMI port if you have a set-top box connected to it.
- You must have access to a Wi-Fi network at home. Yes, this is required. If you have a wired connection on your computer (the Internet cable is attached directly to the back of your computer or CPU), you will need to purchase and configure a router. It will be set up for you by your Internet provider.
- Google Home must be downloaded and installed on your phone or tablet. It’s a Google Play Store application.
- You need to have a power source near your TV so that you can keep your Chromecast connected to the power source. The device does not come with any internal battery and hence, it will need an external power source to operate.
Setting up Chromecast to Mirror Android Screen to Non-Smart TV
Step 1: Plug in the Chromecast to your TV’s HDMI port.
Step 2: Plug in the power cable at the back of your Chromecast device and plug in the adapter to a wall outlet.
Step 3: Turn on your TV and leave it. Chromecast will show you different screen on your TV and will say that the device is not connected to any network.
Pairing Chromecast and Android Phone to Mirror Android Screen to Non-Smart TV
Step 4: Go back to your phone or tablet and install Google Home.
Step 5: Once installed, Google Home will try to access your phone’s Wi-Fi network and will also try to turn on the location service. Allow both. Google Home needs both to work.
Step 6: Sit back and wait for Google Home to connect to Chromecast and set up everything on its own. When the connection is successful, a code appears on the screen of your phone or tablet. The same code can be shown on your TV screen as well.
Step 7: When you see the same code on both your TV and phone/tablet screen, tap on Yes button on your phone or tablet.
Step 8: Google Home will prompt you to choose a location for your Chromecast device on the following screen. Select the position of your television. It is usually your bedroom or living room. Select the right option and then press the Next button.
Step 9: Select a Wi-Fi network (the one you’ve set up for your home) on the following screen, then hit the Next button and wait until you see the screen that says “Connected.”
Step 10: Tap on the Hamburger menu (three horizontal line on top left of your phone or tablet screen) to pull out the menu and tap on the first option which reads ‘Cast screen / audio’.
Then press and hold the ‘CAST SCREEN / AUDIO’ button. A little popup will appear, stating ‘connect bedroom TV’ or whatever room you chose. Wait until your phone screen is reflected on your TV screen after tapping on that popup.
That’s it! Anything you do on your phone now appears on your TV screen. Everything you do on your TV screen will be mirrored, whether you’re looking through your photo gallery, listening to music, or watching a movie.
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