How to Mirror an Android Device to TV Without WiFi
Mirroring your Android device to your TV is a great way to let others see your device’s screen. Doing this without a Wi-Fi connection, however, isn’t as simple as it may seem.
That said, there are ways to get around the problem. In this article, we’ll show you how to mirror your Android device to your TV without a Wi-Fi connection.
Using the Built In Screen Mirroring for Smart TV’s
Some of the newest Smart TV’s come with the Screen Mirroring feature. This option connects to an associated device using Bluetooth, and thus doesn’t need a Wi-Fi connection to work. Not all devices support this, and both your TV and Android device must be Miracast compatible for this to work properly.
Major manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, and LG, among others, have these features by default on their newest sets. If you want to find out if your TV supports Bluetooth, check the manufacturer’s specifications.
Once you know that both your devices support the feature, enable Bluetooth on both. Then proceed to the settings on your TV. Most Smart TV’s will have this choice under the Input menu. If you see either Bluetooth devices, or Screen Mirroring choose that and then find your Android device from the Screen Mirroring list.
Your Android device may prompt you that your Smart TV is trying to connect to it. Agree to the connection, then proceed to mirror both devices. While mirrored, any actions done on your phone will be reflected on your Smart TV.
If you wish to stop Screen Mirroring, you can choose to disconnect the feature either from your Smart TV or from the Android device.
Connecting Using a Bluetooth Dongle
If you don’t have the latest TV, or if your model isn’t Bluetooth capable, you may still take advantage of the feature through a Bluetooth dongle. A Bluetooth dongle connects through a USB port and sends out a Bluetooth signal that your Android device can then use to sync with the TV.
Once you’ve connected the Bluetooth dongle to your TV, enable the Bluetooth feature on your Android device. Wait for your Android to detect all the Bluetooth signals in the area, then when it finds your TV, choose Pair with device.
Connecting the Devices Using the HDMI Port
The simplest way to connect an Android and a TV is through cables. All of the newest TV models will have HDMI ports to connect to, and even the older models should have at least a USB port. You can use a USB to HDMI or a USB to USB cable to connect both devices together.
Remember that if you want to go this route, you’ll need to enable USB debugging on your Android device. If USB debugging is turned off, your device may just end up charging itself when connected to the TV.
To enable USB debugging, follow these steps:
- Open your phone Settings, then search for About Phone.
- Scroll down the menu to find the Build Number, then tap on it seven times.
- A prompt will appear that tapping further will enable Developer Options. This is a standard warning. Continue tapping in the Build Number.
- Once Developer Options is enabled, it will show as a separate menu under System Settings.
- Open Settings, System Settings, then Developer options.
- Scroll down until you find USB debugging.
- Tap on the switch to enable USB debugging.
Once USB debugging is enabled, you can now connect the Android device via cables to the TV. Screen mirroring should occur automatically once the two are connected. Depending on the length of your cable, this could be an ideal solution if you don’t have the Bluetooth feature for your TV.
If you wish to stop mirroring your screen, all you have to do is unplug the cable from any of your devices.
A Troublesome Situation
Not having Wi-Fi when you’re trying to connect your Android to your TV is definitely a troublesome situation. But there are a few ways to get around this limitation and broadcast your phone to a larger screen. Knowing how to do this is certainly a handy piece of info to have.
Do you know of other ways on how to mirror an Android device to a TV without Wi-Fi? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.