Article ID : 00161803 / Last Modified : 27/08/2020

How to play back the content stored in a mobile device on the TV screen

    There are several ways to display the content of a mobile device on the TV screen. First, select the type of your TV.

    Android TV™ models
    Other TVs


    Android TVs

    The functions that are available vary depending on whether the TV is connected to the Internet.

    If the TV is connected to the Internet

    Chromecast built-in (Google Cast)


    Chromecast schematic

    Simply tap the Cast icon  to display videos such as YouTube or photos saved in apps on the TV screen.
    How do I use Chromecast built-in (Google Cast) on Sony's Android TV
     

    AirPlay (for Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad)


    Apple AirPlay schematic

    If you have an Apple device and your Android TV supports AirPlay, you can mirror your Apple device screen to the TV or stream content.

     

    Wi-Fi Direct (TV not connected to the internet)

    You can make a direct wireless connection between the TV and mobile device and send photos and videos to the TV.
    How to set up and use the Wi-Fi Direct feature of the TV with the mobile device

    For other methods, refer to Compatibility and other functions.
     


    Other TVs

    Make a direct wireless connection between the TV and mobile device.
    Functions that are available vary depending on the OS of the mobile device.

    Smartphone TV connection

    Android™ mobile device: Screen mirroring

    You can display the screen of the mobile device on the TV as is. How to use Screen mirroring
     

    iOS mobile device: Wi-Fi Direct

    You can send photos and videos saved in the mobile device to the TV.
    How to set up and use the Wi-Fi Direct feature of the TV with the mobile device

    For other methods, refer to the next section on compatibility and other functions. 
     


    Compatibility and other functions

    Compatibility for Android TV

    Functions

    Android OSiOS
    Chromecast built-in (Google Cast)
    AirPlay (for Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad)-✓*1
    Screen mirroring✓*2-
    Wi-Fi Direct
    Photo Sharing Plus--
    USB--
    MHL/HDMI✓*2✓*2


    *1 May not be supported depending on the model and region.
    *2 May not be supported depending on the model. Refer to the manual or specifications of the TV.
    IMPORTANT: Photo Sharing Plus, which was available for some Android TVs, is now unsupported for all Android TV models as of January 16, 2019.


    Compatibility for Other TVs

    FunctionsAndroid OSiOS
    Chromecast built-in (Google Cast)--
    AirPlay (for Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad)--
    Screen mirroring✓*-
    Wi-Fi Direct✓*✓*
    Photo Sharing Plus✓*✓*
    USB✓*-
    MHL/HDMI✓*✓*


    * May not be supported depending on the model. Refer to the manual or specifications of the TV.



    Other functions

    Photo Sharing Plus



    You can make a direct wireless connection between the TV and mobile device, and share photos and videos or save shared content to another device.
     

    USB connection

    You can make a USB connection between the TV and Android mobile device and share photos, videos, and music.
    How to connect a smartphone to the TV with a USB cable and display content

     

    MHL/HDMI connection

    • If the mobile device supports Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
      You can use an MHL cable to display the screen of the mobile device on the TV.
      How to connect an MHL device to a TV using an MHL cable
       
    • If the mobile device supports Micro HDMI
      You can use an HDMI cable to display the screen of the mobile device on the TV.
       
    • Not all TVs have an MHL input. If the TV supports MHL, at least one of the HDMI inputs on the TV will be labelled MHL.
       
    • Not all mobile devices support MHL or Micro HDMI. Check the specifications or the supplied manual.
       

    * iPhone, iPad, AirPlay, and HomeKit are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.