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There are several reasons you might want to connect your tablet to your TV- for playing games on a larger display, displaying photos stored or taken on your tablet, or controlling a Smart TV’s functions or other devices via Bluetooth, among others. If you’re wondering how to connect a tablet to a TV, the good news is that you’ve got a good amount of options depending on your tablet, your TV, and other peripheral devices.
There’s no reason if you’ve got any Android, Google, iOS, or another tablet from the past several years why you can’t connect with your top-rated TV– Smart or otherwise- in one way or another. Alternatively, if you have one of the best TVs for an Xbox One X, you can also use that Xbox to stream your favorite shows and movies.
There are a few ways you can connect a tablet, whether it’s an iOs, Android, or other brand or Os, to a standard TV, depending on what you want to do with the tablet and your budget.
Probably the cheapest, easiest, and most direct way to connect your tablet to your TV is by connecting it to one of your TV’s HDMI inputs using a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable.
Probably the cheapest, easiest, and most direct way to connect your tablet to your TV is by connecting it to one of your TV’s HDMI inputs using a Micro HDMI to HDMI cable. Many tablets come with these cables, but they’re readily available and shouldn’t cost you more than $15-25. Once you’ve connected your tablet, it’s as simple as choosing the HDMI input you’ve connected to from your TV’s inputs submenu under “Settings.”
Your tablet should then be mirrored on your TV, and most TVs will automatically detect your tablet’s display resolution.
Micro USB to HDMI connections will also work for many- but not all tablets. You’ll need a Micro USB-HDMI cable, which isn’t quite as common as Micro HDMI to HDMI but are still widely available and shouldn’t cost you more than $25.
You can also connect your tablet to your TV using a streaming device, much as you would with your smartphone. Popular streaming devices and dongles include Roku, Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast. Though the specifics will change somewhat from device to device, the general steps will be similar. Note that for this method, your tablet and your device will both need to be on the same secure WiFi network.
Though almost any streaming device can interface with any tablet for this purpose, Google’s Chromecast is the most inexpensive option starting at $40, and probably the best to cast to a TV with, though it doesn’t offer streaming access to Netflix, Hulu, and others that the Firestick or the Roku does. If are wanting to stream, we have you covered as well with our guide on how to stream TV. Also, remember to clean the TV screen as you enjoy your favorite shows.
Micro USB to HDMI connections will also work for many- but not all- tablets.
Can you connect an iPhone or iPad to a TV with a USB?
Newer iPhones and iPads (iPhone 5 and newer) don’t have a USB port, but you can connect to most TVs using a Lightning to HDMI adapter, which is available online at various vendors.
Why use a USB to connect my smartphone or tablet to a TV?
Though options for mirroring mobile devices to TVs wirelessly are widely available via streaming devices, the main benefit of connecting via Micro USB to HDMI is the low latency of a physical-digital connection, which can also mean higher quality audio and video than a wireless connection.
How do I connect my tablet to my TV via screen mirroring?
Any mobile device like a tablet can mirror to a TV via a streaming device such as a Roku, Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, or Google Chromecast.
STAT: HDMI offers significantly larger and faster data transfer than any wireless connection (source)