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How to Connect an Android Phone to an HDMI Monitor

A popular feature on several Android phones is the ability to connect the phone to an HDMI monitor. The phone must have an HDMI connector, and you need to buy an HDMI cable. After doing so, you can hunt down an HDMI monitor or computer and then plug the two gizmos into each other. In mere moments, you can watch a Gallery app slideshow or full-screen videos or movies, or simply enjoy the thrill of playing Angry Birds on the big screen.

HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface.

Here are the specific steps for doing the HDMI thing with your Android phone:

  1. Attach the HDMI cable to the HDMI monitor or TV set.

    If it’s an HDMI TV, make a note of the port number so that you can switch to that input channel for viewing the phone.

  2. Plug the HDMI cable into the phone’s HDMI jack.

    The jack looks similar to the micro-USB connector, and it may, in fact, be found right next to it.

  3. Choose which option you want for HDMI viewing.

    Among the options you find displayed on the phone screen:

    • Gallery: The Gallery app opens. You can start a slide show by choosing My Library and then pressing the Menu soft button and choosing the Slideshow command.

    • Music: The Music app starts. Choose a playlist, an album, or an artist, and enjoy watching the Music app on the big screen. (The sound should play from the TV’s speakers.)

    • Mirror On Display: The screen output on your Android phone is duplicated on the HDMI TV or monitor. This option is the one you choose when you want to watch a full-size rented movie.

  4. Disconnect the HDMI cable when you’re done.

    There's no need to give any commands or officially touch a button; just unplug the cable.

If you change your mind about your choice in Step 3, pull down the notifications and choose the item Connected to HDMI Cable. Choose another option from the menu.

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