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How to Connect Phone to a Projector with HDMI?

What if you wanted to show your family and friends that hilarious video that made you laugh uncontrollably? You’re in luck! Did you know you can connect your phone to your projector so that everyone can see it together? There are multiple ways of connecting your phone to a projector. In this post, we’ll discuss how to connect your phone to a projector with an HDMI cable.

Casting the screen from Phone to Projector using Streaming Devices

This is the easiest option that is available to us to connect our mobile to a projector. For this, all you need is a streaming device like Chrome Cast, Netflix or Amazon Prime.

  • Connect the Streaming Device to Projector and switching it on
  • On your projector select the Streaming Device as input
  • Go to the settings of streaming device and make sure that it connect to your home WIFI
  • From your phone connect to the same WIFI network to which you connected the streaming device. It means that both phone and streaming device must be on the same WIFI
  • Install corresponding app of your streaming device, for example, Netflix app is to be installed on your phone if you have connected a Netflix streaming device to projector
  • Then browse through your media collection in that steaming device app and play your favorite movie
  • Press the “Cast” symbol, this will present the video on your phone to the projector
cast icon
Cast Symbol

Connect an MHL Enabled Phone or Tablet to MHL Supported Projector using an MHL cable

Many projectors do not have Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) inputs. But, almost all of them with MHL support will have at least one HDMI input labelled MHL. So check that first.

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Once you checked your projector whether it supports MHL input. Check if your phone is MHL enabled phone or not.

Once you are confirmed that you have MHL enabled device and supported port on the projector, all you need is a good authorized MHL cable preferably with an MHL logo on it.

  1. The smaller end of the MHL cable should be connected to the MHL device.
  2. The larger end (HDMI) of the MHL cable should be connected to an HDMI input on the projector that supports MHL.
  3. Make sure both devices are turned on.
  4. To automatically select the MHL input on your projector when you connect an MHL compatible device, select the Auto Input Change (MHL) option on the Projector’s menu. When using an MHL-compatible device that does not support Auto Input Change, it is possible that the setting will not work.

Connect an MHL Enabled Phone to a Projector that doesn’t support MHL using an MHL-to-HDMI Adaptor

In case your Projector does not have an MHL input but your phone or tablet is MHL enabled, you can use an MHL-to-HDMI adapter.

  • Connect the MHL device to an MHL-to-HDMI adaptorConnect the MHL-to-HDMI adapter’s USB cable to a USB power supply
  • Connect the MHL-to-HDMI adapter’s socket to one end of the HDMI cable, and another end of the HDMI cable is to be connected to your projector
  • After a connection is established successfully, the MHL icon appears on the device’s notification bar
  • On your Projector switch to the corresponding HDMI input
  • Follow the instructions on the screen of the MHL device to view media files on the Projector
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Connecting a Slimport Supported Phone to a Projector

There was a time when Samsung Galaxy phones use to support this nice feature, but no longer now. But, if your phone or tablet is equipped with Slimport, you can connect it to a projector directly using a Slimport adapter.

  • Connect your phone to Slimport adapter using your charging wire
  • Power up the Slimport adapter using the provided charging wire. Connect one end to the Slimport adapter and the other end to either a power socket or USB Port of projector
  • Connect an HDMI wire into HDMI port of Slimport and other end of the HDMI will go into the projector

Connecting via Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter

So you have an iPhone and want to connect it to a projector. You can do this with the help of the Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter.

  • Connect one end of Apple Lightning Digital adapter into phone
  • Take an HDMI cable and plug one side of it to the Digital adapter
  • Other end of the HDMI cable needs to be plugged into the projector