Is it possible to connect a Android phone display to a TV or PC Monitor?

  • Is it possible to make the display on a Android phone to a TV or a PC Monitor?

    What are the methods that I can connect the Android phone to a TV (e.g. plasma TV) or a PC Monitor and then modify some configuration in the phone so that the display will be shown in the TV or the PC Monitor screen?

  • user26287

    user26287 Correct answer

    8 years ago

    Yes, you can connect an android phone to a TV or a computer monitor. At least if you have a new enough TV or monitor, and not a ten year old TV like I do. :-) My android phone came with a HDMI cable to use when connecting phone to TV. I have connected it many times to my computer however, using a mini USB cable. But I would be able to use the HDMI as well, depending on what I want to do.

    I am for sure no expert, but I have a Sony Ericsson experia arc S and I have used it for over a year. I hope that this answer is good enough to offer some help.

    For newer phone, you may wish to use the following:

    Micro USB to HDMI® MHL Adapter enter image description here

    Reference link: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=108&cp_id=10833&cs_id=1083314&p_id=8675&seq=1&format=2

    Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P5tJl_a_wcc

    In the reference link, it include information such as Compatible Mobile Devices (which you can retrieve from this link - http://www.mhlconsortium.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=5055)

    May I have a illustration of the mini USB cable that you are referring to? Also, I notice that most Computer Monitor have a VGA port, a HDMI port and a DVI port. So, I am a bit puzzle how you can use a mini USB cable to connect to a computer monitor. And also, does the user do not need to modify any settings on the phone and the display on the phone will be projected / shown on the TV or a computer monitor with just a simple step by connecting the cable itself? (I am just surprise that the answer is so simple. Too shock to be true.)

    On many recent phones/tablets, the "micro USB" port is actually a hybrid USB-MHL port. An appropriate adapter (like this monoprice unit) will connect this port to a standard HDMI port.

    @Compro01 That a good link. I updated the answer to include that useful information.

    @Compro01 By the way, I notice that the adapter that you refer does not cover all the recent phones (e.g. Samsung Galaxy S III Mini), so are there other ways for such phones that is not compatible?

    It is worth noting that not all devices support MHL. I remember that Samsung Galaxy Nexus supports, but the Nexus 7 tablet doesn't.

    @jack - For unknown reasons, Samsung opted not to include MHL support in the GS3 mini. About the only way I can think of to move video to screen on non-MHL devices would be DLNA (which would require appropriate hardware on the TV side) or similar.

    @user26287 What things would I need to connect my VGA-cabled CRT TV ?

    As @DenilsonSáMaia said, MHL support is mandatory for this to work. No MHL? No party! Don't buy any cable/adapter if you don't have MHL support on either your USB port or dedicated mini-HDMI port.

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