How to Connect Any Phone or Tablet to Your TV Using USB
Connecting your phone or tablet to your TV is a great way to enjoy your favorite media content on the big screen. However, you don’t necessarily need to have a smart TV or a streaming device to do this. Many modern smartphones and tablets can connect directly to your TV using a USB cable, giving you access to all your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to connect any phone or tablet to your TV using USB:
Step 1: Check Your Phone and TV Compatibility
Before you begin, you need to make sure your phone or tablet is compatible with your TV. Most modern TVs have a USB port, but not all support USB connections with every phone or tablet. Check your TV’s user manual or specifications to see if it supports USB connections with your phone. Additionally, make sure your phone or tablet has a USB port, and that it’s compatible with USB OTG (On-The-Go) technology.
Step 2: Get the Right USB Cable
Once you’ve confirmed compatibility, you need to get the right USB cable. There are different types of USB cables available, and they come in various sizes and types. You need to get a USB cable that fits the ports on both your TV and phone or tablet. Some Android phones use micro USB while others use Type C. Some iPhones use lightning to USB while older models use 30-pin to USB. So, you may need to purchase a special cable if your devices don’t have the same ports.
Step 3: Connect Your Devices to Each Other
Once you have the right cable, connect your phone or tablet to your TV using the USB cable. Plug one end of the cable into your phone or tablet’s USB port and the other end into your TV’s USB port. If it doesn’t work, try the other USB ports on the TV.
Step 4: Set Up Your TV for USB Input
After connecting the devices, you need to set the TV to USB input mode. Press the source or input button on your TV remote and select the USB input mode. Depending on your TV make and model, the name of the input may vary. If you’re unsure, consult the TV manual.
Step 5: Navigate Your Phone on the TV
After selecting the USB input mode, your TV will display your phone or tablet’s screen. Your TV may display a message inviting you to grant permission to access the device. Grant permission if prompted to do so. You can now navigate your phone on the TV, launch apps, stream videos, and play games on the big screen.