Naturally, with a device like this, you’ll want to expand its possibilities even further. Connecting your TCL TV to your smartphone would be a logical step in that direction.
This article will introduce the process of connecting your mobile phone with TCL TV. As a bonus, we’ll add some helpful tips on what you can do once you’re connected.
How to Connect Your Android Phone to TCL TV
The best way to create a direct connection between your TCL TV and your smartphone is through image casting or screen sharing.
The way you connect your phone to your TCL TV depends on whether your Android smartphone has Miracast. Miracast is the standard for wireless displays and exists in every Android operating system from version 4.2 onwards.
Connect your Android phone with TCL TV via Miracast
If your phone has Miracast, you can seamlessly connect to your TCL TV. Here’s what you need to do:
- Connect your TCL TV and Android smartphone to Wi-Fi. It is essential that both devices are on the same network.
- Make sure screen mirroring is enabled on your TCL TV
- On your phone, go to Settings, then Connect & Share.
- Find the “Wireless Display” option and tap to enter the menu.
- Click “Screen mirroring”. You should see mirroring now turned on.
- After enabling screen mirroring on your phone, you’ll see a list of available devices. Find your TCL TV and click on it to select it.
- Follow the instructions on your phone to connect the two devices. The exact steps depend on your hardware and software version and may include entering a password.
Connect Your Android Phone to TCL TV Without Miracast
If your phone supports Miracast but your TCL TV doesn’t, you’ll need a workaround to connect those devices. The easiest way to establish a connection is to use a wireless display adapter.
These adapters connect to your TV via USB. After installing the adapter, you can use the process above to connect your TCL TV to your phone.
Connect your iPhone with TCL TV
To connect your iPhone to a TCL TV, your phone needs to support AirPlay. This feature will be compatible with the latest Roku versions of TCL TVs, but may not work with earlier models.
If your iPhone and TCL TV are both compatible and support AirPlay, here’s how to connect them:
- Make sure your iPhone and TCL TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Go to Control Center on your iPhone.
- Find “Screen Mirroring” and tap it to activate the drop-down menu.
- Find your TCL TV in the list of available devices and click on it.
- Your TV will display a code that you need to enter on your phone. Once done, tap “OK” to complete the process.
Use a screen mirroring app
If you’re having trouble connecting your phone to your TCL TV using the methods above, there’s an alternative solution that might work better.
You can install one of the dedicated apps on your TV and smartphone. These apps are designed to allow screen mirroring even if the firmware on either device doesn’t. Of course, you’ll use different apps depending on whether you’re using an Android phone or an iPhone.
Screen Mirroring Apps for Android Phones
There are various screen mirroring apps available in the Google Play Store. However, not all apps are created equal when it comes to features and connection quality. Some can have noticeable lag, which can make the whole experience unpleasant or even frustrating.
We chose two apps that performed better than most: LetsView and ApowerMirror.
The connection process is the same for both applications. Here are the steps to complete the process:
- Download and install LetsView or ApowerMirror on your smartphone and TCL TV. Use the same app on two devices – LetsView and ApowerMirror are not compatible with each other.
- The TCL TV and the phone are connected to the same network via Wi-Fi.
- Open the screen mirroring app on both of your devices.
- You will see a QR code on the TCL TV. Scan it with your phone using the scan option in LetsView or ApowerMirror. The devices should now be connected.
If you need help choosing between LetsView and ApowerMirror, it pays to know the standout features of each app.
LetsView has advanced features usually reserved for advanced apps. This is a surprise, since LetsView is available for free. With this app, you can record your screen, capture screenshots, and even take advantage of some drawing tools. If you want to get creative with the material you are viewing and recording video, then this app is for you.
ApowerMirror, on the other hand, focuses on quality. The app provides premium mirroring with clear pictures and audio. Also, the connection will last for a long time and usually remain surprisingly stable. With ApowerMirror, you get a great tool for gaming, but the app is also great for watching movies, shows, or other video content.
Screen Mirroring Apps for iPhone
If you want to use screen mirroring to connect your iPhone with a TCL TV, you can use the MirrorMeister app.
Only use this app if your TCL TV supports screen mirroring but your iPhone does not. In this case, all you need to do is download and install the app on your iPhone, open it, and tap “Start Mirroring”.
A connection should be established automatically, and your iPhone’s screen should appear on the TCL TV. Of course, like all other methods, you’ll need both devices to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for this to work.
Keep Your Tech Connected
It is very convenient to connect your mobile phone to TCL TV. You can view content that might not look good on a smaller phone screen, play games, and even browse the Internet. This solution is ideal if you’re an avid smartphone user but want the benefits of a larger screen.
Now that you know how to connect your phone to your TCL TV, you can get the most out of both devices.
Have you managed to connect your phone to your TCL TV? Let us know in the comments below.