Have you ever needed to connect your phone to your television, computer or other electronic devices? You may want to show your friends and family pictures on a big screen, stream video content or remotely access your PC. Here we look at several ways you can connect your smartphone to other devices.
Connect Your Phone via Screen Mirroring
Screen mirroring is an innovative way to view content on your phone via your TV or computer screen. This allows you to look at photos, watch videos, stream TV shows or movies and scroll on social media through a bigger screen. Many smart devices now have the capability to use software which allows you to mirror this content wirelessly, such as Apples ‘AirPlay’. This mirrors what’s on your Mac or iPhone onto a connected Apple TV.
Does your tech not have this capability? Don’t worry, there are ways you can connect your phone with your TV using cables. Firstly, you can use an HDMI to micro-USB cable to connect your TV to your phone. You can also use a USB cable to connect the two, depending on the available ports on your TV. Companies such as RS Components offer a variety of cables and connectors for computers and televisions.
Remotely Connect To Your PC from Your Phone
Have you ever realized that you need an important file from your computer, but you don’t have it with you? Have no fear! There is a really simple way to access your computer remotely using your smartphone.
If you use Chrome, you can do this through Chrome Remote Desktop. This extension is available on most devices including Mac, Windows, Android and iOS and is easy to use. The most important thing to remember is you will need to download and install this onto your desktop before you can access the computer remotely.
Firstly, head to the Chrome Remote Desktop website to install the extension. During set up, you will need to enter your computer name as well as create a unique PIN. Make sure this is something memorable, as you will need it each time you need to remotely access your PC. Once you have this setup, download the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your phone. The app will list any devices that have remote access installed and you will be able to instantly connect.
Alternatively, you can install the desktop app in your browser via the Chrome Web Store. Once you have done this, you can launch the app and enable remote connections. You will also need to choose a PIN during set up.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to connect your devices quickly and easily. If you have any other tips, share them in the comments below.