By Chris Guld, GeeksOnTour.com
Many of us have data plans on our phones that have Unlimited on-device data. What this means is that as long as you are viewing online media on your phone, you can view as many hours as you want. But, if you turn on the hotspot feature for your other devices to share that data, there are definite limits and associated charges. Can you use your phone to stream movies on your TV?
So, let’s say you want to watch a Netflix movie. Just pull it up on your phone and watch, right? That’s kind of hard for other people to look over your shoulder, and it looks SO much better to watch and listen on your TV’s big screen.
If you use your Smart TV’s Netflix, it will need to connect to Wi-Fi and that will cost you. Or, if you cast your phone’s screen to the TV using something like Chromecast, that is still using Wi-Fi.
Here’s the answer
Play the movie on your phone, and connect your phone to the TV with a HDMI cable. In that case, the TV is just acting as an external monitor to your phone – no Wi-Fi involved! Your phone is streaming movies on your TV.
What you need
- A mobile device with an unlimited data plan: All iOS devices can mirror. My Samsung Note 9 Android phone can mirror. I’m not sure about other Android phones – you’ll have to just try it or look it up in your phone’s documentation, or read the guide linked below.
- An HDMI cable for your TV
- An adapter for your phone to the HDMI. The iPhone will need a HDMI -> Lightning adapter. My Samsung Note 9 uses an HDMI -> USB-C adapter
Now all you need is the popcorn!
Note: For lots more information on how to best use your phone for streaming video, check out this guide from our friends at MobileInternetInfo.com.
Chris Guld is President and Teacher-in-Chief at GeeksOnTour.com. She and her husband, Jim, produce a free weekly YouTube show called What Does This Button Do? They have been Fulltime RVers, popular seminar presenters at RV Rallies, and regular contributors to RVTravel.com, for many years.