If your Android’s screen size isn’t cutting for the task at hand, here are a few different options to easily connect your Android device to a projector. Here are the ways to connect to a projector both wirelessly and with a cable.
Wirelessly Connect an Android Device to a Projector
Using wireless streaming adapters and built-in projector mirroring support, you can get your Android device on the big screen. Typically you’ll need an app to get this working (see below).
Most wireless streaming solutions require you to have access to the wireless network on premises, whether at home or work. If you don’t have access to the wireless network, be sure to check out our wired solutions for alternatives.
One of the easiest options for getting your Android phone or tablet connected to a projector wirelessly is through the use of a Chromecast streaming adapter. Costing around $35, the small device plugs into any projector with an HDMI port and can be picked up at most electronic retailers.
Chromecast has become a powerful part of the Google ecosystem and many applications including Spotify, and Netflix feature one-click buttons for casting. Alternatively, you can cast your entire device’s screen using the Cast Screen button in the Android navigation menu.
Your projector just might have smart capabilities built-in. Companies such as Samsung, LG, and others, have begun including video streaming support with their projectors and televisions. Look up the model number of your particular projector on the manufacturer’s website to see if streaming or wireless device mirroring support is available.
If your project does indeed allow you to connect devices, such as your Android phone, check the Play Store for the needed application. Different manufacturers handle streaming solutions in slightly different ways, but having a smart projector is a quick way to get set up for fast streaming.
If you own a Roku device that is connected to your projector, you can stream content to it using a Roku streaming app from the Play Store.
Connect an Android Device to a Projector via Wire
Wirelessly connecting your Android phone or tablet to a projector isn’t always an option. You might not have access to a wireless network to facilitate the connection between the projector and your laptop, or you might want a quick plug and play solution, with wires being of little concern.
Most projectors have an HDMI port built-in for supporting a hardwired video connection. Some Android phones will have a Mini-HDMI port on their exterior, although this is rare, which can be used to easily connect to said project with an affordable Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.
Additionally, many USB-C devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9 are able to use a USB-C to HDMI adapter to support the connection. If your Android phone or tablet has a USB-C port, check with your manufacturer to see if the device supports using an adapter for HDMI video out.
HDMI supports audio in addition to the video, meaning that the single HDMI cable can be used to supply both video and audio to your projector for a cleaner connection.
Knowing what devices support MHL can be tricky at first glance, but thanks to MHL tech, you can view all devices that support the standard in one easy-to-view page. Unfortunately, more recent phones appear to have dropped the standard in favor of utilizing USB-C as mentioned in the HDMI section above.