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What are OLED TVs?

OLED pixels produce their own light, with no separate backlight. OLED TVs have the power to control the colors of each self-lix pixel for infinite color and contrast.

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What are Neo QLED TVs?

Samsung Neo QLEDs improve upon current QLED technology by replacing larger LED backlights with tiny Mini LEDs, each the size of a grain of sand, delivering a billion shades of color and our best contrast yet.

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What are QLED TVs?

QLED TVs contain a layer of Quantum Dots over the LED panel, delivering an extra jolt of brightness and color as you’ve never seen it.

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What are 4K TVs?

4K TVs have four times more pixels than traditional Full HD TVs, with exceptional vividness and detail due to their greater pixel density.

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What are 8K TVs?

Samsung Neo 8K TVs contain 33 million pixels powered by Quantum Mini LEDs, delivering four times more pixels than 4K TVs.

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What are HDR TVs?

TVs with High Dynamic Range (HDR) express a wide range of contrast and detail, letting you see on-screen content how it was intended—with true colors, highlights and shadows.

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Best Picture Quality TVs

When shopping for a TV with great picture quality, always look for the highest resolution. A TV’s resolution is defined by how many pixels are shown on screen.

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LED vs. OLED vs. QLED vs. Neo QLED

TVs

Which TV screen is right for you? Learn the difference between the technologies involved to bring the best picture possible picture to your home.

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What size TV should I get?

Learn how to choose the right screen size and dimensions for your next TV.

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Less than 50-inch TVs

Ideal for 4.5 ft to 5.5 ft viewing distance.

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55-inch TVs

Ideal for 5.5 ft viewing distance.

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65-inch TVs

Ideal for 6. 5 ft viewing distance.

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75-inch TVs

Ideal for 7.5 ft viewing distance.

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85-inch TVs

Ideal for 8.5 ft viewing distance.

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Samsung Lifestyle TVs

Find a TV that’s as adaptive as you are, whether you’re watching from home or streaming on the go.

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The Frame

Make an impact with a TV that’s also a work of art.

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The Serif

Designed by a renowned French design team, The Serif is the ultimate pairing of form and function.

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The Freestyle

Watch your favorite shows and movies anywhere with this smart portable projector.

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The Premiere

Bring the big screen experience home with this 4K triple laser projector.

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The Terrace

Take your viewing outside and enjoy an ultra-bright QLED 4K picture that stands up to the sunlight.**

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What are Smart TVs?

Smart TVs let you stream videos and music, browse the internet, access connected devices and more.

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Go green with SolarCell Remote

Our SolarCell Remote is powered by the sun and indoor lighting instead of disposable batteries.

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Work from home with a Smart TV

PC on TV1 gives you the flexibility to access your files, connect to your network, and use your TV to work remotely.

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Great TVs for gaming

Get a TV that can handle the most rigorous gaming demands, with lightning-fast refresh rates and smooth gaming performance.

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Great TVs for sports

From extra-wide viewing angles to anti-reflective screens, these are our best TVs for watching the big game with your crew.

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Our best TVs for sound quality

Treat yourself to an intensely cinematic experience with audio that’s as rich and immersive as the picture.

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Find your ideal soundbar

Take the quiz and answer a few simple questions to find the right soundbar for you.

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Samsung Q Series soundbars

Hear the difference between our Q Series soundbars and traditional TV sound—your ears will astonish you.

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Save on soundbar & TV bundles

Choose from our curated soundbar & TV bundles or build your own bundle to save.

Learn more

What are OLED TVs?

OLED pixels produce their own light, with no separate backlight. OLED TVs have the power to control the colors of each self-lix pixel for infinite color and contrast.

Learn more

What are Neo QLED TVs?

Samsung Neo QLEDs improve upon current QLED technology by replacing larger LED backlights with tiny Mini LEDs, each the size of a grain of sand, delivering a billion shades of color and our best contrast yet.

Learn more

What are QLED TVs?

QLED TVs contain a layer of Quantum Dots over the LED panel, delivering an extra jolt of brightness and color as you’ve never seen it.

Learn more

What are 4K TVs?

4K TVs have four times more pixels than traditional Full HD TVs, with exceptional vividness and detail due to their greater pixel density.

Learn more

What are 8K TVs?

Samsung Neo 8K TVs contain 33 million pixels powered by Quantum Mini LEDs, delivering four times more pixels than 4K TVs.

Learn more

What are HDR TVs?

TVs with High Dynamic Range (HDR) express a wide range of contrast and detail, letting you see on-screen content how it was intended—with true colors, highlights and shadows.

Learn more

TV Picture Quality

To choose the best picture quality TV, always look for the highest resolution. A TV’s resolution is defined by how many pixels are shown on screen.

Learn more

LED vs OLED vs QLED vs Neo QLED

Which TV screen is right for you? Learn the difference between the technologies involved in bringing you the best picture possible.

Learn more

What size TV should I get?

Learn how to choose the right screen size and dimensions for your next TV.

Learn more

Less than 50-inch TVs

Ideal for 4.5 ft to 5.5 ft viewing distance.

Learn more

55-inch TVs

Ideal for 5.5 ft viewing distance.

Learn more

65-inch TVs

Ideal for 6.5ft viewing distance.

Learn more

75-inch TVs

Ideal for 7.5ft viewing distance.

Learn more

85-inch TVs

Ideal for 8.5ft viewing distance.

Learn more

Samsung Lifestyle TVs

Find a TV that’s as adaptive as you are, whether you’re watching from home or streaming on the go.

Learn more

The Frame

Make an impact with a TV that’s also a work of art.

Learn more

The Serif

Designed by a renowned French design team, The Serif is the ultimate pairing of form and function.

Learn more

The Freestyle

Watch your favorite shows and movies anywhere with this smart portable projector.

Learn more

The Premiere

Bring the big screen experience home with this 4K triple laser projector.

Learn more

The Terrace

Take your viewing outside and enjoy an ultra-bright QLED 4K picture that stands up to the sunlight. **

Learn more

What is a Smart TV?

Smart TVs let you stream videos and music, browse the internet, access connected devices and more.

Learn more

Go green with SolarCell Remote

Our SolarCell Remote is powered by the sun and indoor lighting instead of disposable batteries.

Learn more

Work from home with a Smart TV

PC on TV1 gives you the flexibility to access your files, connect to your network, and use your TV to work remotely.

Learn more

Great TVs for gaming

Get a TV that can handle the most rigorous gaming demands, with lightning-fast refresh rates, zero lag, and even smoother gaming performance.

Learn more

Great TVs for sports

From extra-wide viewing angles to anti-reflective screens, these are our best TVs for watching the big game with your crew.

Learn more

Our best TVs for sound quality

Treat yourself to an intensely cinematic experience with audio that’s as rich and immersive as the picture.

Learn more

Find your ideal soundbar

Take the quiz and answer a few simple questions to find the right soundbar for you.

Learn more

Samsung Q Series soundbars

Hear the difference between our Q Series soundbars and traditional TV sound—your ears will astonish you.

Learn more

Save on soundbar & TV bundles

Choose from our curated soundbar & TV bundles or build your own bundle to save.

Learn more

Explore TVs by type

Check out the newest Samsung TVs or browse all of our TVs by type.

Transform your home into an art gallery

With The Frame and Samsung Neo QLED TVs you can upload and display your NFTs, personal artwork, family photos and more.*

Still have questions?

1 PC on TV is available on 2021 Samsung Neo QLED 8K models only. TV and computer must be connected to a network. Available on PCs with Windows 10 OS or higher. And the operation system must be a Professional or higher edition. PC accessories such as mouse and keyboard are sold separately. PC must be set up to allow Remote Access to make remote connections. Auto-recognition of office PC requires valid Samsung account and Easy Connection to Screen app installation on PC (Mac OS not supported). “Advanced” PC on TV is available on 2021 Neo QLED 8K models.

*TV stand is sold separately.

**Applies to The Terrace Full Sun (LST9T) only.

Which 2023 Samsung TV Should You Buy?

Samsung is the leading TV brand worldwide, and it sells more sets in the U.S. than any other company. That means you’re likely to at least consider a Samsung TV if you’re shopping for a new set.

But which Samsung TV should you consider? That’s a complicated question because of the sheer number of TV models the company offers each year.

This year, Samsung’s TV lineup includes two QD OLED TV series, including a new lower-priced line; three new series of Neo QLED TVs, which all have Mini LED backlights; and three new mainstream QLED lines, which have quantum dots but not Mini LED backlights. Samsung also has two new series in its Crystal Vision sets, which are value-priced, entry-level models with tried-and-true technology. Prices range from about $400 for a 43-inch Crystal Vision set to more than $5,000 for the largest flagship Neo QLED set.

In addition, Samsung has a limited number of 8K TVs, and a new, smaller version of its modular Micro LED “Wall TV” technology.

Across several series, the best Samsung TVs in 2023 are getting a new, more powerful processor the company says can help deliver higher brightness, more accurate colors, and better AI-assisted upscaling of lower-resolution content to the set’s 4K resolution. For gamers, some top models in multiple series get a 144Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) for PC games, faster response times, and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro certification. (We provide specific details on all the new TVs and models below.) Most sets also get an auto low-latency mode (ALLM) that reduces input lag.

More TVs this year include Dolby Atmos/DTS: X 3D audio, as well as Samsung’s Object Tracking Sound (OTS), which helps localize sounds to onscreen action. Almost all of the TVs also support Q-Symphony, which lets you pair the TV’s built-in speakers with your Samsung soundbar for a more immersive experience.

Every year Samsung updates it Tizen smart TV system. There are a ton of new features in 2023, including some focused on telehealth and in-home health monitoring, and the ability to chat in real time on your TV. One promising feature, called Relumino Mode, is designed to help those with limited vision enjoy TV shows. Enabled by a click on the remote, the mode uses AI to dynamically outline the edges of onscreen elements and rebalance colors to make people, objects, and even text easier to see.

Also, Samsung says it will support Matter, a technical standard that should help smart home devices from different companies work together more easily.

Here’s are details on each major model family in Samsung’s 2023 TV lineup:
QD OLED TVs
Neo QLED TVs
QLED TV
Crystal Vision TVs
MicroLED and Lifestyle TVs

In 2023, Samsung will offer a new, less pricey S90C QD OLED TV series, as well as a new 77-inch screen size; last year’s QD OLED sets topped out at 65 inches.

I’ve put together a deep dive into QD OLED technology, but in short here’s why QD OLED is such a big deal. It marries the traditional benefits of OLED TVs—rich, deep blacks, high contrast, and unlimited viewing angles—with quantum dots, which can produce a wider range of more vibrant colors. Because these TVs don’t use color filters in front of the light source, QD-OLED TVs have the potential to reach higher peak brightness levels without losing any contrast. (If OLED TVs in the past had a weakness, it was their relatively low peak brightness.)

S95C QD OLED TVs
This year, the flagship models are in the S95C series, which replaces last year’s S95B sets. Like the new S90C sets below them, they’re offered in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch screens sizes. Samsung says these flagship models will be even brighter than last year’s sets, with more vibrant colors and improved HDR performance. (Samsung sets support HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG, but not Dolby Vision.) They’ll also include a new “Auto HDR Remastering” feature, which can analyze and apply HDR effects to SDR content. We’re currently testing one of these sets, so we’ll soon be able to see for ourselves.

All the S95C sets have speakers arrayed around the screen—including some that fire upward for a sense of height—and support for 4.2.2 Dolby Atmos and OTS+sound. These models come with Samsung’s external One Connect box for connections.

S90C QD OLED TV
The S90C models are similar, though they lack the One Connect box, don’t get quite as bright, and have a slightly less premium audio system. Sets in both series have up to 144Hz refresh rates for PC gaming (otherwise they are 120Hz) and Samsung’s Gaming Hub (shown below) and Game Bar 3.0. The latter is an overlay feature that gives you access to game and sound modes, settings, a mini-map zoom feature, and a virtual targeting effect that enhances the crosshairs in first-person shooters for better accuracy.

Both the S90C and S95C TVs come with ATSC 3.0 tuners for receiving Next-Gen TV over-the-air signals when they become available in your area.

Prices are subject to change, but right now the 55-inch S95C set is about $2,500, the 65-inch model is $3,300, and the 77-inch set is about $4,500. The 55-inch S90C set costs about $1,800, the 65-inch model is around $2,600, and the 77-inch version is about $3,500.

Samsung’s 2023 sets have a dedicated Gaming Hub that offers access to a variety of streaming game services, no console required.

Photo: Samsung
Photo: Samsung

Samsung is also making improvements to its top-tier Neo QLED TVs, which are quantum dot sets that use Mini LED backlights. Without getting too technical, Samsung says it’s improving brightness and contrast by increasing the number of dimming zones in the Mini LED backlight, with better algorithms for controlling them.

Samsung’s 2023 Neo QLED models get the new “Neural Quantum” processor found in the QD OLED sets, which supports 14-bit processing and AI upscaling. They also get the Auto HDR Remastering feature, which uses AI deep learning technology to analyze standard dynamic range content and apply HDR effects.

QN95 Neo QLED TVs
The flagship 4K Neo QLED sets are found in QN95C series models, which do away with last year’s One Connect box and come with a detachable webcam for video conferencing, fitness, and telehealth monitoring services. In addition to the features mentioned above, these TVs include a 4.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos/OTS+ sound system.

These sets are offered in 65-, 75-, and 85-inch screen sizes, with prices running from about $2,800 to $5,800.

Samsung has Neo QLED TVs at several price levels.

Photo: Samsung
Photo: Samsung

QN90C Neo QLED TVs
Below the flagship Neo QLED sets are the QN90C models, offered in screen sizes ranging from 43 to 85 inches. Prices range from about $1,200 to 4,800. The main difference between these and the QN95C sets are fewer local dimming zones, a bit less peak brightness, and a slightly less powerful 4.2.2-channel OTS+ sound system. (The smaller 43- and 50-inch sets get a lower version, called OTS Lite.)

Both the QN90C and QN95C TVs come with ATSC 3.0 tuners for receiving Next-Gen TV over-the-air signals when they become available in your area.

QN85C Neo QLED TVs
Samsung’s entry-level Neo QLED models are found in the QN85C series. Once again, the big differences as you move down to these sets are fewer local dimming zones, a bit less peak brightness, and a less powerful (2.2.2-channel) Dolby Atmos sound system with OTS (rather than OTS+) audio.

These sets are offered in screen sizes from 55 to 85 inches, with prices ranging from about $1,500 to $3,800.

8K Neo QLED TVs
In terms of 8K, still waiting to gain any kind of momentum here in the U. S., the flagship series will be the QN900C series, which boasts up to 4,000 nits of brightness and up to 1,000 local dimming zones, according to Samsung. These sets have an ultra-thin frame design with a 6.2.4-channel array of speakers, plus support for Dolby Atmos and the company’s top OTS sound system, called OTS Pro.

You’ll still pay a premium for 8K in 2023—the 65-inch QN900C is currently selling for about $4,500, and the 75-inch model is $6,300.

There’s also a QN800C series below it with fewer features and a lower price. For example, it doesn’t get quite as bright, and it has a 120Hz rather than 144Hz refresh rate. There’s also a slightly different design, and a less powerful 4.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos/OTS+ (instead of OTS Pro) sound system. It, too, features the One Connect box.

The 65-inch 800C costs about $3,500, while the 75-inch version sells for about $4,000.

TVs in both 8K series come with ATSC 3.0 tuners for receiving Next-Gen TV over-the-air signals when they become available in your area.

Samsung’s 4K QLED sets are its mainstream TVs for 2023, offered in three series. These sets offer some step-up features, such as quantum dots, at more affordable prices. However, you do have to give up the Mini LED backlights.

These sets have the slimmest design of all the QLED models, and all (except the 50-inch set) support 120Hz VRR gaming and Freesync Premium Pro. The TVs also support Dolby Atmos audio but have a 2.2-channel speaker system and include a less premium version of OTS sound, called OTS Lite.

Q80 QLED TVs
The top QLED series this year are the Q80 sets, which have full-array LED backlights with local dimming. (This works much like the Mini LED backlights, which are divided into zones that can be separately illuminated and dimmed, but the LEDs are larger so there are fewer of them.)

The Q80 sets are offered in a very wide range of screen sizes, from 50 to 85 inches, with prices starting at about $1,000 and running up to $3,300. There is also a 98-inch Q80C set, which is selling for about $8,000 right now. (TCL is the only other TV brand we’ve seen with a regular 4K TV this size; it’s currently selling for about $6,000.)

Q70 QLED TVs
The big change when you drop down to the Q70 sets is that you lose the full-array LED backlight, which can help improve black levels and contrast and reduce halos around brighter objects when they’re displayed against a dark background. Instead, you get edge LED backlights with full-frame dimming, meaning the whole backlight is dimmed rather than individual zones. These sets also have a less powerful OTS Lite audio system. You also get a different processor (Quantum Processor 4K), though it, too, as AI-assisted upscaling.

These models, offered in 55-, 65-, 75-, and 85-inch screen sizes, support 120Hz VRR, ALLM, and Freesync Premium Pro. Prices range from $1,000 to $2,500.

Q60 QLED TVs
The entry-level 4K QLED sets are found in the Q60 series, in screen sizes ranging from 32 to 85 inches, with prices starting about $500 and running up to $2,000 for the largest models.

These sets also have edge LED backlights with frame dimming, and they’re the least expensive models that include the newest Game Bar interface. These TVs don’t get as bright as the sets above them, and they’re 60Hz sets so they don’t support 4K/120Hz gaming, though all the models except the 32-inch set support the Game Bar and ALLM. They also have a less powerful processor. Like the other QLED sets, these TVs come with Bixby and Alexa built in, along with a SolarCell rechargeable remote.

Samsung’s most affordable 4K models are its Crystal Vision sets, which lack the quantum dots found in all the company’s other series. This year, there are only two new series. The top models are in the CU8000 series, with screen sizes ranging from 43 to 85 inches, and prices starting at $400 and running up to $1,600. All the models except the 85-inch set are 60Hz TVs; the 85-inch has a 120Hz panel.

The CU7000 sets are offered in the same screen sizes, plus 58- and 70-inch models, with prices ranging from $300 to $1,300. These sets have a different, less slim design, and don’t include Samsung’s Bixby and Amazon Alexa voice assistants built in. They also don’t include Samsung’s solar-cell remote, which can be recharged using normal room lighting and that comes with the 8000-series sets. However, both series support both Q-Symphony and OTS Lite sound.

MicroLED TVs, in which every LED is its own lightsource—so there’s no backlight, just like in OLED TVs—remain prohibitively expensive ($100,000 and up) for the average consumer. MicroLED TVs are modular, in the sense that you can combine blocks of Micro LEDs to form specific screen sizes. The only real news for 2023 is that there will be a smaller 76-inch option, called the MicroLED CX, joining 89-, 99-, and 110-inch versions.

As for its lifestyle TVs, such as The Frame, The Serif, and The Sero, Samsung is introducing some minimal changes to the lineup in 2023. For example, the Frame gets new colored bezels, including a metal one, along with a new auto-rotating TV mount that lets you rotate from landscape to portrait mode (just like The Sero) with the click of a button. There’s also a new version of the 32-inch model that now includes a motion sensor, something already present in other screen sizes. It can be used to set up the TV to display art when the set is off.


James K. Willcox

James K. Willcox leads Consumer Reports’ coverage of TVs, streaming media services and devices, and broadband internet service. His focus ranges from the challenges of finding affordable internet service to emerging display technologies. A veteran tech journalist, Willcox has written for Business Week, Maxim, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, Sound & Vision, and others. At home, he’s often bent over his workbench building guitar pedals, or cranking out music on his 7.2-channel home-theater sound system.

7 ways to connect your phone to your TV

November 16, 2020

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USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi – take your pick and enjoy content on the big screen.

1. How to connect your phone to TV via USB

  • Which phone is suitable: Android smartphone, ordinary mobile phone.
  • Suitable TV: Any TV with a USB port.
  • What else you need: USB cable.

The easiest way to connect, allowing you to use your mobile device as a flash drive. True, only media files stored in the phone’s memory can be played: photos, videos and audio.

What to do

1. Connect your TV to your phone using the USB cable.

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2. Select the USB port as the Source on the TV.

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3. If necessary, confirm the connection mode on your phone.

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4. The large screen will display the folder structure or list of files that the TV has scanned and recognized. What exactly you see will depend on the device model.

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5. Use the remote to navigate and view.

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2. How to connect phone to TV via HDMI

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  • Suitable phone: Android smartphone, iPhone.
  • Which TV is suitable: any with HDMI-connector.
  • What else you need: HDMI cable or adapter compatible with your phone.

This option allows you to use your TV as an external display while playing games, watching movies and surfing the Internet. The picture from the mobile device is mirrored, that is, everything that happens on the smartphone screen is displayed on the TV.

Depending on the phone connector, you will need an appropriate adapter or cable for connection. On the one hand, it will have an HDMI connector, and on the other, microUSB, Lightning or USB-C. In the image broadcast mode, the device is quickly discharged, so adapters usually have a connector for charging.

Before purchasing a USB-C adapter, make sure that your smartphone supports display.

What to do

  1. Connect your smartphone and TV with a compatible cable. If you use an adapter, insert it into the gadget and connect a regular HDMI cable from the TV to it.
  2. Select the appropriate HDMI input as the TV source.
  3. The picture will automatically appear on the TV. If this does not happen, open the smartphone settings and change the screen resolution.

3. How to connect your phone to your TV via Wi-Fi Direct

  • Suitable phone: Android smartphone.
  • Suitable TV: with Wi-Fi Direct support.
  • What else do you need: nothing.

A wireless connection that connects a mobile device and a compatible TV via Wi-Fi directly, without the need for a router. TV in this case acts as an access point to which the smartphone is connected. And you can transfer media files to the big screen using the standard “Send” menu.

What to do

  1. Open the network settings on your TV and enable Wi-Fi Direct.
  2. On your smartphone, go to Settings → Wireless & networks → Wi-Fi → Wi-Fi Direct.
  3. After scanning available devices, select your TV.
  4. Use the Share menu on your smartphone to send photos, videos, and audio to your TV.

4. How to connect your phone to your TV via DLNA

  • Suitable phone: Android smartphone.
  • Suitable TV: Any with DLNA support.
  • What else do you need: nothing.

This time the connection is through a router. At the same time, the TV can be connected to the home network with a cable, and the smartphone can be connected via Wi-Fi.

DLNA features allow you to view media files stored on your mobile device on a large screen.

What to do

  1. Make sure your TV and smartphone are connected to the same network.
  2. Activate the DLNA function in the TV settings.
  3. Launch Android’s stock gallery and open the desired media file.
  4. Go to “Menu” → “Select player” and click on the name of your TV in the list.
  5. For advanced settings and streaming files from other programs, install the media server app from Google Play. For example, the popular BubbleUPnP.

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  • Suitable phone: iPhone.
  • Which TV is suitable: any.
  • What you need: Apple TV.

This is the most convenient way to connect your iPhone to your Apple TV. The proprietary AirPlay function provides the transfer of content to Apple TV over the air. And you can give presentations, play games, view photos and videos.

What to do

  1. Make sure your iPhone and Apple TV are connected to the same network.
  2. Open Control Center on your smartphone and tap the Screen Mirroring button.
  3. Select an Apple TV from the list.

6. How to connect your phone to TV via Miracast

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  • Suitable phone: Android smartphone.
  • Suitable TV: Any with Miracast support.
  • What else you need: nothing or a special adapter.

Miracast technology is also designed to mirror the screen of mobile devices on TV and works similarly to AirPlay. On Smart TV it is supported out of the box. And with the help of a special adapter, it can be added to any TV with an HDMI port.

What to do if you have a Smart TV

  1. Open the network settings on your TV and turn on Miracast.
  2. On your smartphone, go to “Settings” → “Display” → “Wireless Monitor” and enable the function.
  3. Select your TV from the list of found Miracast devices.
  4. The image from the smartphone will appear on the TV screen immediately after connection.

What to do if you need an adapter

  1. Buy a compatible adapter. It is advisable to choose universal models that support Miracast, Chromecast and AirPlay.
  2. Plug the adapter into the HDMI port. If required, connect power to it using a USB cable.
  3. Select the HDMI socket on the TV to which the adapter is connected.
  4. Download the application using the QR code on the screen and connect through it.
  5. Or use the standard Android function by activating it in the menu “Settings” → “Display” → “Wireless Monitor”.

7. How to connect your phone to your TV via Chromecast

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  • Suitable phone: Android smartphone, iPhone.
  • Which TV is suitable: any.
  • What else you need: Chromecast.

And one more technology of wireless broadcasting of media content, but from Google. To use it, you need a proprietary set-top box that connects to any TV via an HDMI connector.

You can then view videos from the gallery and various applications, as well as play and give presentations by mirroring the screen of your mobile device. There is a regular version with Full HD resolution and a more expensive version with 4K support.

What to do

  1. Buy a Google Chromecast.
  2. Plug the set-top box into the HDMI socket on your TV and connect the USB cable for power.
  3. Switch to the set-top box’s HDMI port and connect it to a Wi-Fi network.
  4. Download the Google Home app for Android or iOS on your smartphone.
  5. Open the app and complete the initial setup by logging in with your Google account.
  6. Play content in a compatible app, click the cast icon, and select your Chromecast device from the list.

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Which connection method to choose

USB, DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct are obsolete, but they can be used as fallbacks. Now relevant are the connection via HDMI cable or wirelessly via Miracast, Chromecast or AirPlay. Which one to choose depends on your smartphone and TV.

If you have an Android smartphone and Smart TV, just connect via Miracast. If your TV is regular, buy a Miracast adapter, Google Chromecast box, or a compatible HDMI cable. Fallback options are USB cable, DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct.

If you have an iPhone, buy an Apple TV, a Miracast-AirPlay-enabled universal adapter, or a Lightning to HDMI digital adapter.

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