Like Christmas, the plans for New Year’s Eve for many Portuguese had to change due to the pandemic of COVID-19. However, through technology, you can “connect” to your loved ones and keep communication even at a distance.
If there is more than one person at home, trying to position them all in front of the computer or smartphone to see what’s going on in a video call, turns out not to be a very practical solution. Connecting your computer, smartphone or tablet to the TV can be a better bet, just after placing the equipment in a place where your camera can capture it and your family.
The option can also prove to be useful if you are planning a cinema session at home or when you want to show, for example, the collection of funny videos and memes that you have kept throughout the year. And why not prepare a more digital “New Year’s Eve” with livestream one or more online concerts in close up on your TV?
The connection options are multiple, however, you should always consult the specifications of your TV in order to check if it is compatible with the technologies in question.
Click on the gallery to discover 4 ways to connect your computer or smartphone to television
1 –Connection via HDMI cable
An HDMI cable is one of the simplest and most direct ways to mirror your computer’s contents. You just need to connect both devices with the cable and then select the image source in the TV menu.
If you have, for example, an ultralight laptop you may have to use a special adapter, the same situation applies to cases where you want to directly connect your Android or iOS smartphone.
2 – Connection via devices such as Chromecast, Miracast and AirPlay
Both Chromecast, Miracast and AirPlay allow a connection from the computer to the television, although in different forms. For example, using Google technology, in addition to being able to show what’s happening on your PC screen, you can also connect your smartphone, following instructions from Google and remembering that the equipment must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Through Miracast, you can use the TV screen as a second monitor for your Windows computer or as a second display for your smartphone. For those who prefer the products of the apple company, AirPlay is the option to choose, allowing content to be streamed from the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac computers, as well as projecting what is happening on the equipment screens.
3 – Connect the computer to the TV via Plex
Although it is not able to mirror what is happening on the computer, the free Plex software can be used to show your favorite content on television, being compatible with several Smart TVs and systems, from Android TV to Apple TV.
To start using it, you need to download the program through of the Plex website and configure it on your computer. The software will make a kind of “catalog” of the contents present in the equipment, preparing them to be reproduced on the TV. One thing to remember is that your computer will always need to be connected to the Wi-Fi network.
4 – Connect your smartphone to your TV via an app
Thinking of those who want to take advantage of the New Year’s Eve to remember all the photographic or video memories that are on the smartphone with their family, in particular, we also remember some solutions for this purpose.
Among them you can find the ApowerMirror, which has a TV version that allows you to mirror the Android or iPhone screen, making it easier to view videos, photos, presentations, games, among other multimedia files and giving you the possibility to use your smartphone as a remote control. Still in the mirroring solutions, we highlight the AirMore, for Android and iOS, or even Screen Mirroring, only for Apple equipment. The AllCast and the LocalCast, stand out when it comes to content streaming.
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