How To Connect Phone To Projector In 2021

In this article, you will learn to choose a right Connector, Adaptor or Wireless Technology and connect your phone to projector within 2-5 minutes!
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Watching smartphone content on a projector screen is super fun.

Gone are the days when people used to struggle connecting a phone to the projector.

In 2021, projectors have become more advanced and flexible in terms of connectivity and compatibility. It should take only 5 minutes (maybe less than that!) to connect anything to a projector.

You just need appropriate connectors, adaptors, and the knowledge of configuring screencast.

This article explains ways of connecting a smartphone to any projector. Do not worry because they are not limited by the brand/manufacturer of either device.

Table of Contents

  1. How to connect a phone to a projector
  2. Steps to connect phone to projector using adaptors and connectors
  3. Wirelessly connecting phone to projector
  4. Final Words

Now without any further ado, let’s begin.

How To Connect A Phone To A Projector

There can be two ways of doing this,

  1. Using wires
  2. Wirelessly

#1 – Using Wires

Using wires means using connectors and adaptors.

You need to look at type of port available on your phone. Ex. A old Mini-USB or the latest Micro-USB Type-B or Type-C.

Then look over the connectivity options offered by the projectors. Mostly an HDMI port is preferred, but a USB and sometimes VGA port is also good to go.

#2 – Wirelessly

Wirelessly connecting the phone to the projector is a breeze.

If your projector and phone are Wi-Fi enabled, it should take only 2-5 minutes to connect them.

Don’t worry if your projector does not support Wi-Fi because few devices like Google ChromeCast will solve this problem.

Many projectors in 2021 come with built-in screen mirroring feature.

Steps To Connect Phone To Projector Using Wires (Adaptors and Connectors)

Various connectors and adaptors (listed below) are available in the market at a reasonable price.

But before buying, look for the quality and reviews so that you won’t end up with the low-quality Chinese special deal.

Step #1 – Identify the type of connector available on your phone

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It should be one of the following,

  1. Mini USB (generally found in old phones)
  2. Micro USB Type-B
  3. Micro USB Type-C (all of the latest phones has this type of connector)

If you have got the latest android device, then it must have a Type-C connector.

Step #2 – Look for the connectivity options available on your projector.

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Most of the projectors have one of the following ports,

  1. USB
  2. HDMI
  3. VGA

An HDMI port is reliable because it delivers excellent picture quality in contrast to others listed above.

However, many people prefer to use USB adaptors while connecting an android phone to the projector.

If your projector doesn’t have HDMI or USB port, then it would have a VGA port that you can use.

Step #3 – Choose a Connector

Depending on the ports identified in Step #1 and Step #2, you can choose any of the following connectors to connect your phone to projector.

1. HDMI to Type-C Connector

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If your phone and projector has a USB Type-C and HDMI connector respectively then use this connector.

Also, after connecting, make sure that your projector is set on the correct input channel.

In case, if your phone doesn’t communicate with the projector, try restarting any one of the devices (keep the cable connected).

2. USB to Type-C Connector

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If your projector lacks an HDMI port, then verify if it has a USB port.

Also, after connecting, make sure that your projector is set on the correct input channel.

3. VGA to Type-C Connector

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Most of the latest projectors are supposed to have either an HDMI or USB port. If this is not the case with your projector, then it must be having a VGA port.

Wirelessly Connecting Phone to Projector

If you have recently purchased a projector, then it would have a screen mirroring feature.

Others can use Google Chromecast to cast screen from smartphone to projector.

It is the easiest and fastest method of connecting a phone to a projector.

Let’s discuss how we can do this,

1. Screen Mirroring (Miracast)

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Miracast is a popular app used to cast content from a smartphone to TV or projector.

You can download it from Google Play Store by clicking here.

But for it to work, your projector must support Miracast.

While skimming through your projector settings, if you will find anything like “Screen Mirroring,” “Screen Casting,” or “Device Mirroring,” then that means it supports screen casting.

If all is set, then it should take only 2-5 minutes to connect the android phone to the projector using Miracast.

Also note that Miracast is not supported by iPhones (iOS devices).

If your android phone supports Miracast and the projector doesn’t, then don’t worry. You can buy this Anycast Video Adaptor and plug it into the HDMI port of the projector.

2. Google Chromecast

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The price of this device starts at $35.

This adaptor is connected to the HDMI port of the projector. It receives video and audio signals from your phone.

Google Chromecast is the oldest method [device] for sending wireless signals.

Make sure that the Google Chromecast and your android device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network before casting the screen.

Final Words

You might have realized connecting the phone to the projector isn’t that difficult.

But if you fail to cast the screen of your phone on the projector, don’t panic but try restarting one of the devices, either phone or projector.

If then also it doesn’t work, then comment below. We would love to help you.

Note that we have suggested connectors/adaptors for the smartphones with a USB Type-C connector because most modern smartphones have a Micro USB Type-C connector. Old devices have a Mini USB connector, so choose a connector/adaptor accordingly.

Ryan Krock
Ryan is a tech enthusiast working for a Robotics E-commerce Company. He is an engineer and digital marketing manager. Loves to read the news, share his expertise and write. By being a technology geek experimenting with the mechanical and electronics stuff around him, he has gained a plethora of knowledge about how things work (and how to make things work!).