The screen share function on Android is not news anymore. We can simultaneously display on the TV what runs on our smartphone. It is an extremely useful function and we will talk about it today. We can see our video clips or photos without using cables, or we can play any game by mirroring the picture on the phone onto the screen of our TV.
You don’t need a router or internet cables because the connection is done on Wi-Fi Direct between the phone and the TV. We can edit documents and read info on the internet, all we are working or view on our smartphone is displayed the screen of the TV which is much bigger.
On Samsung phones this extremely useful function is called All Share Cast.
What do we need to use the Screen-share feature on a Samsung phone?
Firstly, we need a Samsung phone with at least Android 4.1.2 which has the All Share Cast setting implemented. On first usage we will probably update this app. We also need a new generation Smart TV or a USB dongle that supports All Share Cast.
Most Samsung TV series this year have Screen-Mirroring so they are compatible, and it is the same with the D series Smart TVs from last year (only the Top models such as ES8000 or ES7000)- see comments .
All 2014 Smart Tv models have Screen Mirroring activated ( from H5203 to H9500 ) .
This feature works just as well on LG TVs which have the Miracast /Direct Wi-fi or Sony TV’s which also support Screen Mirroring/ Wi-fi Direct.
If we don’t own a compatible TV we can purchase a USB adaptor from Samsung – called Samsung All Share Cast Dongle which allows connecting and sharing the picture on the TV screen and of the content which is being run on the smartphone.
For the other TV brands there are a sort of USB adaptors (dongle) which are compatible with Miracast/direct Wi-fi and which will solve the problem.Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player – view on Amazon
Amazon Fire TV Stick – view on Amazon
Let’s see how we can set up the Samsung smartphone to connect to the TV and use All Share Cast.
On the phone, in the upper part of the main screen we have an icon for All Share Cast which we have to activate. The Samsung smartphone will begin a search to find the compatible devices. If we own a smart TV, a Samsung F series Smart TV (or an ES7000 or ES8000 last year series) then press the Source button and we go to Screen Mirroring and select this option. The TV will start a search and will find the smartphone.
On the smartphone we select our TV as pairing device, and in the smart-tv menu we choose to connect to the smartphone (it will appear on the screen and we can choose it from the list of compatible devices). In a couple of seconds what we see on the Samsung smartphone we will also see on the TV.
If we own a LG smart TV all you have to do is go to Settings/Network and from there activate the Miracast/Wi-Di option. Once you have activated this option open Allshare Cast on your smartphone and after a short search the TV will be discovered.
From there follow these steps:
Accept synchronization of both devices and start to watch on the bigger screen of the TV what you are doing on your smartphone. It has to be mentioned that when we connect a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone through All Share Cast to a LG Smart TV with Miracast there was a one second delay from what is displayed on the phone screen and what is displayed on the TV. The same Samsung S3 phone synchronizes perfectly with what is displayed on both screens with a Samsung F5500 Smart TV.
Maybe it was just a momentary error upon connecting Allshare Cast on the LG Smart TV or possible incompatibilities. We will test this aspect further.
The same method applies for Sony or even Phillips TV’s.
The name of this feature are different in the menu of the TV, that is why you need to read the instruction manual and I am sure you will be able to use it.
All Share Cast on Samsung smartphones works with any other TV brand which stands the before mentioned standards.
As for compatible USB dongles , these come with clear instructions about how they can be used. Even if you do not have a Smart, with less money you can transform your TV to run files from your phone with such a USB device.
These are the basic things that should be known. Certainly, the feature is available on other phones models with Android 4.2 and up as well.Samsung WI-FI All-Share Cast Hub, Wireless HDMI Display Adapter (Black) – view on Amazon Belkin Miracast Video Adapter (Supports HDMI 2.0)- view on Amazon
How to use screen sharing on Android ?
We can use the portrait mode for our display or the landscape mode – we just need to mention that the pictures will be shown (from your smartphone to the TV) in full screen only in landscape mode.
We access Gallery, we select the clip that we want to see and it will instantly run on the TV displayed at satisfactory quality. It is easy to watch your favorite movies or videos from YouTube in this way.
As for games, it is very interesting even if the display resolution on the TV is lower and the pictures appear to have more pixels than a new generation gaming console.
I played games such as: racing, shooters or action and everything worked fine, there were no noticeable lags and the game play is pretty good. We can say we have a free mini gaming console, using just your phone and the TV.
It is probably the most interesting feature introduced by Android and Smart TV’s in previous years.