According to Statista, Samsung shipped nearly 300 million smart phones in 2018 that use the Android operating system. Many of those customers – and the millions of other Android phone users will probably want to share their phone content with a projector at some point. Sounds simple – but like many things in life, it can be more complicated than it appears once you start.
Nearly every Android device has a USB-C video output port. Most projectors still use HDMI as their standard input port, but a simple adapter such as this one from Monoprice can enable you to connect to your projector with a simple cable. Once you get the cable connected – all you need to do is change the source to start screen mirroring from your Android phone to a projector.
If you have a Chromecast receiver, this is an easy way to connect your Android to your projector. First, you will need to set up with your projector through HDMI connections. Assuming that the two devices are on the same network, you can cast your screen to the projector using your Chrome browser to enable you to share your screen. This is a nice option when you are want to show photos or videos on your device, or for occasional use.
If, on the other hand, you are looking to use this in a traditional collaboration setting such as a classroom or a meeting room, then you may want to look at a wireless screen mirroring system to enable faster switching between presenters – or multiple presenters sharing the same screen.
If you want to have more than one person share content from an Android phone to a projector, then you will want to look at a purpose-built wireless screen mirroring system such as a BenQ InstaShow.
While these are more expensive than a Chromecast receiver, they can facilitate better collaboration – and pay for themselves in time savings alone. Here are some of the reasons you may want to use this to connect to your projector:
There are also other reasons to look at these systems – including both security and managing network bandwidth.