How to Connect a Projector to Your Smart Phone (Android, iPhone & Windows)

In today’s age, smartphones have become the primary mode of entertainment for most people, and you can watch almost everything through the phone. However, the area where they lack is the big-screen experience.

But what if I tell you that there are many ways to connect your smartphone (Android, iPhone, or Windows phone) to a projector?

Sounds good, right. With some simple methods, you can seamlessly connect your android phone and iPhone to the projector and share the content on a big screen for entertainment or presentation purposes.

If you are a lecturer and want to project some videos or slides from your phone to a projector for classroom presentations, this guide will definitely help you.

However, there are numerous ways to connect your phone to a projector, and it would be a bit confusing for new users.

In our article, we have tried all the major ways to connect your Android and iOS phone to a projector.
Connect iPhone, android and windows phone to Projector

So without further ado, let’s start with all the important processes;

Connect iPhone to a Projector

Well, if you own an iPhone and wish to connect iPhone to a projector, then it might seem like a daunting task to you, but in reality, it is quite simple.

Hardware Required to Connect iPhone to Projector

The most straightforward way to hook your iPhone to your new projector is by using an adapter cable. You can use these hardware to connect iPhone to projector:

  1. Lightning to HDMI
  2. Lightning to USB Type C
  3. Lighting to VGA
  4. Lightning to AV adapter

No only iPhone. You can use these to hook any of your iOS devices like iPad, iMac to the projector.

connect iPhone to projector
Since the iPhone doesn’t come with the standard video ports so you will have to invest in an adapter to connect it.

Nowadays, almost every projector offers the option to project contents from smartphones, so you won’t have to worry about compatibility issues.

To connect iPhone to a projector, first, you need to decide which adapter you want to use. We recommend you to use HDMI or VGA adapters as every projector offers HDMI and VGA port options.

Here is the Step by Step Process to connect iPhone to projector

  1. In the beginning, you need to connect the data cable (generally Type-C cable) of your smartphone to the Lightning port of the adapter.
  2. Once you have hooked it to the adapter, you just have to connect the other end of the adapter to the HDMI or VGA port of the projector.
  3. Your projector will automatically detect your iPhone as a video source and will help you cast your movie or presentation.

You should check the video guide as well:

However, connecting a projector to your iPhone using an adapter doesn’t offer great feasibility and convenience. The only way to ditch cables is by pairing your iPhone to the projector wirelessly.

Most modern projectors come with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi facilities, so you can easily connect your iPhone to project contents.

The exact process might change from model to model, but they are relatively easy, and many projectors even offer instruction.

In case you don’t have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, you can use an HDMI Wi-Fi dongle to connect the projector wirelessly.

Connect Android Phone To A Projector

According to statics, over 127 million people of the USA uses android phones. That’s quite a large number, isn’t it?

Connecting an Android to a projector is somewhat a simple task, and it lets you easily project your favorite content on a large screen.

However, there are different ways to connect your android phone to the projector, and the best way to judge is the type of port available in your projector.

All the processes of connecting an Android phone to a projector is simple, and you won’t have any hard time connecting them.

Connect Android Phone to Projector Via USB

Probably the easiest and hassle-free way to hook your Android phone is by using the USB  port. Nowadays, every projector comes with a USB port as a standard option, so you just have to use the right cable to connect both the devices. You can buy this USB to HDMI cable from Amazon. It supports both micro USB and Type-C.
usb to HDMI cable

Here is the Step by Step Process to connect Android Phone to projector with Cables

  1. Take a regular type USB or type-c USB to HDMI cable
  2. Connect the USB end to the android phone and then the other end to the projector.
  3. Make sure the projector is in the correct input mode

If your android phone doesn’t support USB to HDMI cable, go for a MHL facility. Read bellow to learn more about it.

However, while connecting through USB, you will have to make sure that the projector is switched on and it is in the correct input mode.

The micro USB of the smartphone acts as an adapter that helps the phone to send video signals to the projector.

However, if you don’t find any compatibility to connect your phone through a regular USB cable, then you can use the USB Type-C cable for connection.

You will find USB-C to HDMI adapters that will let you stream your favorite content through the large screen of the projector.

However, not all smartphones support this kind of adapter, so you might have to use an MHL facility.

You just need to purchase MHL to HDMI adapter and connect it to the micro USB port of your phone to complete the connection process.

Although some old-generation projectors might not support MHL, it serves as a convenient option to send video signals to the projector with a single cable.

While connecting the phone through MHL, you will have to switch the input option to the MHL HDMI port, and your projector will automatically detect the Android phone.

If your projector lacks HDMI or MHL option, then there is another way to hook the smartphone is by using USB-C to VGA adapter.

It might seem like a convenient option, but it is quite rare to find in the market. However, if you manage to get one, then you simply have to connect the USB-C end to your phone and use a VGA cable to hook the adapter to the projector.

Connecting Via Bluetooth

If you want to get out of the hassle of connecting your smartphone to the projector through the wire, then a wireless connection would be a perfect choice.

In a wireless connection, Bluetooth is probably the most utilized medium, and you can easily connect the projector without any issue.

Before you begin, you will have to make sure that your projector comes with inbuilt Bluetooth technology. If your projector has Bluetooth, then you simply need to switch on the Bluetooth on the projector and put it in discoverable mode.

Then switch on the Bluetooth settings on your phone and find the projector by its name. After finding the Bluetooth connection of your projector, you just have to pair them, and you will be ready to cast the contents wirelessly.

Connecting Via Other Methods

Miracast

Connecting the projector to the Android via Miracast is another excellent option, and it also serves as a safe bet because you won’t have a compatibility option.

To set up the connection, either your projector must have inbuilt Miracast, or else you will have to use a Miracast dongle to connect it to the HDMI port.

If you are going for a Miracast dongle, then plug-in the device to the HDMI port and connect the power cord to the USB port located on your projector.

Once you have connected, you just have to connect your phone to the Miracast by clicking on the Cast or Screen Sharing button on your phone.

It might take some time for connection, but it will comfortably mirror your phone on the big screen of the projector.

Chromecast

Chromecast is another suitable option from Google that will assist you in casting contents from your android phone to the projector seamlessly.

Chromecast is well known for high-quality content in all the standard resolutions, and that too without compromising on quality.

Like Miracast, most projectors don’t come with inbuilt Chromecast, so there is a high chance that you will have to buy it separately.

chromecast home for connecting to projector
chromecast panel for connecting to projector
chromecast button for connecting to projector

The Chromecast comes with an HDMI port, and you will have to hook it to the HDMI port of the projector. After hooking it to the HDMI port, put the phone and Chromecast in the same Wi-Fi connection so that you can sync them properly.

Now download the Google Home application on your phone and then go to its menu to click on the Cast Screen option.

After clicking the Cast Screen, you will have to select the name of your Chromecast, and soon your phone will be mirrored on the big screen.

Wi-Fi Direct

If you are not comfortable with investing in a Chromecast or Miracast, then you can utilize the Wi-Fi Direct feature from your Android phone.

You won’t have to invest in any device, and you can easily connect the projector without much fuss. However, the method of connection may vary from the Android OS version, but the basic process is quite similar.

The main important thing you need is Wi-Fi Direct compatibility from the projector. If the projector has Wi-Fi Direct, then you need to go to the “settings” menu of your phone.

Then move to the Connection or Network & Internet option and click on the Wi-Fi menu. Switch on your Wi-Fi and then move to the Wi-Fi Direct menu.

However, on some phones, you will have to move to the Advanced menu to access the Wi-Fi Direct menu.

When the Wi-Fi Direct option is switched on both the devices, your phone will automatically detect the projector and set up the whole connection.

Connect Windows Phone To A Projector

Microsoft wireless display adapter
If you wish to connect your Windows phone to the projector, the most preferred way to connect is by using a Microsoft wireless display adapter.

Connecting a Windows phone isn’t easy since nowadays only a few people use them, and only a handful of options are available.

So first, you need to buy a Microsoft wireless display adapter and then put the HDMI end into the HDMI port of the projector.

You will also have to connect the USB cable of the adapter to the USB charging port of the projector.

Now you will have to connect the other end to the specified port in your Windows phone. Then download the adapter app from the Microsoft app store and open it once it is downloaded.

Through the app, you will have to choose the projector, and it will mirror your phone on the big screen. Always keep the app up to date as Microsoft frequently provides new updates to improve the experience.

Final Thoughts

As a new user, it is not easy to connect a phone to a projector, so we are hoping that this guide will help you to fulfill your requirement.

We have adequately explained the process and hardware you will need to complete the connection. While going through the process, you should properly assess the compatibility; otherwise, it will be a futile attempt.

Before going to the final step of finalizing the connection, double-check the connectivity to make sure the wires are correctly connected.

If you face any complicated issue while connecting your phone to the projector, then you can contact us, and we will try to solve your problem.

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