How to Connect Your Android Phone to A Projector (The 2-Step Guide)

Today you’re going to learn how to connect your android phone to a projector.

This goes a long way to ease your presentation work for either a sales seminar, school defense, business meeting and others.

And you’re going to learn all this in 2-simple steps.

Let’s get started!

Why Do You Need to Connect Your Phone to a Projector?

You must have heard people say, “who needs a laptop when your smartphone can do everything for you”…

Perhaps, it is a movie that you want to watch, or you want to present a PowerPoint presentation to a larger audience, you can do all these by simply connecting your android phone to your projector. The projector you use determines the number of options you have as different projectors come with different connectivity ports and features.

Some projectors come with an HDMI port, some USB, VGA or in-built Bluetooth. In terms of quality for picture or video connect, HDMI ports connection is the best.

Factors that Affect the Connection of an Android Phone to a Projector:

Connecting your Android phone to a projector depends on two major factors, and they include:

  1. Connecting options (USB cable, or HDMI, or Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
  2. Android phone brand

You have to know the connection options that the projector gives you. You may be lucky that your projector has a USB port which for everyone is the easiest and most convenient way to connect your android phone to a projector.

You simply connect your android phone to the projector using the USB cable and ensure that the projector is set to the correct input channel and voila!!! You have connected your android phone to a projector.

Also, the type of connection your android phone allows has so much influence whether you can connect it to a projector. Some new Samsung smartphones support an adapter which allows you to send picture or video content from the USB port of your android phone to the HDMI port of your projector.

Some phones support Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL).

But you have to know the version of Mobile High-Definition Link your android phone supports and adapter that supports that version before buying.

It’s best you avoid generic adapters and use the right cables and peripherals especially those built for your phone model.

Some people are not a fan of cable connections as they can make your workspace messy. An android phone can also connect to the projector wirelessly. The simplest way to connect your android phone wirelessly to a projector is to use Miracast or Chromecast. Both require an active Wi-Fi network and a specific adapter to work.

How to Connect Your Android Phone to A Projector Wirelessly

This is done either:

  • Using a Miracast
  • Using a Chromecast

#1: How to Connect My Android Phone to a Projector Wirelessly Using Miracast:

You can connect your Android phone to a projector wirelessly once both devices(i.e the Android phone and projector) supports Miracast. All you require is a Miracast video adapter which will be attached to the projector via the HDMI port.

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Miracast Adapter

To connect your android phone to a projector wirelessly using a Miracast, follow the steps below:

  1. Connect your projector to a power supply and turn it on.
  2. Plug the Miracast video adapter to the projector via the HDMI port and power the adapter connecting its USB to the projector via the USB port.
  3. Tap on the cast button which you can see on your phone’s notification bar to connect your android phone to the Miracast.
  4. Tap on the name of the Miracast and wait until your android phone is mirrored to your projector.

#2: How to Connect My Android Phone to a Projector Wirelessly Using Chromecast:

Chromecast is one of the easiest ways to connect your Android phone to a projector as all that you require is a Chromecast streaming adapter.

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Chromecast Adapter

To connect your android phone to a projector using Chromecast, follow the instructions listed out below:

  1. Plug the Chromecast to a power supply and connect it to the HDMI port of the projector.
  2. Next, connect your android phone and Chromecast to the same Wi-Fi network
  3. Avoid putting your android phone on power saving mode while connected to prevent reducing the quality of the connect shared to the projector.
  4. Go to google play store and download the Google Home app
  5. After installing the Google Home app, Tap the menu and cast screen
  6. Then select the Chromecast device.
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5.1 – Open the installed Google Home App and tap the Profile tab in the bottom-right corner.
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5.2 – Select “Mirror Device”

Now you may get prompted with the message below:

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5.3 – Note that ticking the “Don’t show me this again” and tapping OK shouldn’t prevent you from casting your phone screen to the projector.
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Click on “Cast Screen/Audio”

If a $35 Chromecast is not available for you, you can use the connect app on Windows 10 computer and project the screen of your Android phone to the computer and from there to the projector.

Conclusion

When learning how to connect your android phone to a projector, whether using a cable connection or just wirelessly, it’s very important to take note of the things that would affect your connection.

You don’t want your connection to go offline in the middle of a business or a very important presentation.

Now I’d Love to Hear from You:

  • Which would be your most preferred way of connecting your android device to your projector – cable connection or wireless?
  • And why?

Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below!

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