How to Mirror Android to TV & Why Do You Need a VPN for This

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The idea of mirroring the screen of your smartphone to a TV seemed impossible or rather silly just a decade ago. Today, our mobile devices, Android phones in particular, contain so much quality content that it is close to obligatory to hook them up on a large scale TV screen. Additionally, you can get secure access to even more content, including blocked and geo-restricted. Simply connect to our unlimited VPN service and enjoy your streaming adventures!

Connecting Android to TV

There are multiple approaches allowing to connect an Android device to a TV screen. For example, you can use Chromecast or Miracast to wirelessly mirror your smartphone.

However, these technologies are found to produce unstable screen mirroring effects. The best possible quality can be ensured by the wired connection, namely through the HDMI port. This way, you will evade such issues as low latency and unwanted dropouts, and will get quality sound reproduction and maximum convenience of use.

If HDMI port is missing on your Android phone, then you should use MHL instead. Keep in mind that the MHL support is far from being a standard feature on Android, but luckily the MHL integration is pretty big. For example, it is present in the Samsung Galaxy (S and Note series), Sony Xperia, LG Optimus, and HTC lines.

Important: Do not confuse micro HDMI with MHL. If we recall, several years ago Android devices used to have a tiny micro HDMI port that looked similar to micro USB. Collocated with the data/charging ports, micro HDMI ports are easy to use in accordance with a general outline, yet it requires purchasing a micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable.

If you have confirmed that your Android phone supports MHL, all you need is an appropriate cable to ensure the smooth sailing. Buying the wrong type of cable will cause you a headache. There are several MHL cables on the market, including the standard micro-USB-to-HDMI adapter and the Samsung micro-USB-to-HDMI adapter. Also, there is a passive MHL cable that does not initiate an active signal adaptation but it still can be used for the job.

Note: Make sure to pair the MHL cable with a suitable USB Charger.

Plug in Process Made Easy!

It is worth mentioning that MHL and HDMI do the rest of the connecting process extremely easy like plug and play. Luckily, there is no need for additional updates, software upload, drivers, or playing around with numerous applications and file permissions. There are also no advanced Android tricks or rooting involved, just a few simple steps:

1. Plug the male HDMI cable into the television or other selected display system

2. Plug the male micro USB cable into the Android device

3. Connect the male USB cable with a USB charger

Note: If you use a passive cable, the setup is identical.

As soon as the connection is established, the screen will show whatever is on your mirrored Android device. But now you will view it with a greater pleasure on the large, pleasing to the eye external display.

The same procedure is applicable if you are connected to VPN Unlimited with the only difference that you will be able to digitally select your location, opening up the door to the territory-restricted content. In addition, our unlimited VPN service encrypts all your internet traffic, making it absolutely unreachable for anyone else. Turn on your VPN app, connect to the desired location, and enjoy your favorite shows available in different time zones.

By the way, our VPN service allows you to go further in streaming geo-restricted content. You can install it on most streaming devices and platforms, like Android TV, and watch whatever and whenever you want!


  1. I have your vpn, but it doesn’t let me screen mirror. Apparently you can still use it with a wireless connection and it should work but it doesn’t?

    • Hi Hannah,

      Thanks for reaching out! You can configure VPN on your router to cover all devices within the wireless network. To do this, use the relevant guide from the Routers section on our Manuals page. Or feel free to contact our customer support team via [email protected], we’ll be glad to assist you!

  2. I’m gonna try your VPN

    • Hey David,

      We are so happy to hear it! Our team is looking forward to receive your feedback about our app 🤗

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