How to Connect Google Pixel to TV

How to Connect Google Pixel to TV [Works with Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL]

Do you count on your Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone to watch videos and movies but want to see them on a bigger screen? You can connect your smartphone to your TV.

The process is easy if you have the right software and can usually be done in a few steps.

How to Connect Google Pixel to Your TV [Works with Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL]:

Wireless Connection Using Chromecast

You can use Google’s Chromecast to stream content from your phone to your TV.

You plug the media streaming device into your TV’s HDMI port. Once you do so, you can use your smartphone or tablet to stream shows, movies, music, games and more. Chromecast works with Apple and Android devices, Mac and Windows computers and the Chromebook.

If your TV does not have an HDMI port, there are converters that may work.

You want to make sure that the Chromecast and Google Pixel are connected on the same WiFi network. You will also want to install the Chromecast app on your smartphone.

Here are the steps.

Step 1: Plug Chromecast into your TV’s HDMI port.

Step 2: Download the Google Home app to your Google Pixel or Pixel XL.

Step 3: Use the wizard to set up Google Pixel with your TV.

Step 4: Open an app that supports Chromecast.

Step 5: Tap the Cast button within the app to initiate the screen mirror function.

Wireless Connection Using Miracast

If you have a rooted device, you can connect your smartphone to your TV using Miracast. Miracast won’t work with your Google Pixel or Pixel XL unless it’s rooted.

What is Miracast? It’s a form of wireless HDMI. It lets a device display its screen on a TV or monitor wirelessly. The difference between Miracast and Chromecast is that Miracast doesn’t need an internet connection to work. It forms a direct connection between the two devices.

If your TV does not support Miracast, you may need to get an Amazon Fire TV box, Roku or a Miracast Video Adapter.

You also have to enable Miracast on your phone. To do so, you edit the build.prop file. Here’s how to do that.

Step 1: Install the Build.Prop editor.

Step 2: Go to the upper right corner and tap Add>New.

Step 3: Set your property name to “persist.debug.wfd.enable” and set the value to “1”.

Step 4: Reboot your Google Pixel.

Step 5: Enable Miracast by doing the following: Go to Settings>Display>Cast>Menu>Enable Wireless Display.

USB-C to HDMI Not an Option

The Pixel and Pixel XL do not support VESA Display Port Alternate Mode, which means it will not work with USB Type-C to HDMI adapters.

The USB Type-C to HDMI adapter features a male USB Type-C connector on one end and a female HDMI port on the other. It mirrors devices’ screens onto larger screens or TVs. Google created such a dongle to be used with the Pixel C tablet and Chromebook Pixel, but it doesn’t work with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones.

That means you’ll have to try one of the other solutions above to mirror your phone’s screen onto your TV.

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