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How to connect your device to a TV

Want to connect your new device to your TV? We show you how

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Drowning in a sea of chargers, cables and ports? Figuring out what goes where can be a real headscratcher – especially when all you want to do is connect your device to your TV.

Luckily, most smartphones and tablets use Wi-Fi to connect to your smart TV, but there are some instances where you might need to use a HDMI cable. ‘HMDI!?’, we hear you cry. No fear – read on for our easy-to-follow explainer.

Why would I want to connect my smartphone to my TV?

It’s a valid question. Your smartphone can do it all, after all – it’s already pretty smart! But there are some things you might do on your phone that are just better on the big screen – think watching your favourite YouTube video and controlling it right from your phone, rather than faffing with the awkward remote control.

You can cast streaming sites like Netflix right from your smartphone or tablet, so if you want to switch from the small screen to your TV, you can pick up right where you left off.

Got an incredible sound system connected to your TV? Use it as a speaker for your favourite streamable tunes by connecting your phone to your TV. And if you’ve just come back from an epic all-inclusive holiday, there’s no better way to showcase your snaps than a huge 4K display.

How to connect your phone to your TV

If you’ve got a smart TV, it’s easy peasy. It probably already has apps like Netflix and YouTube installed, so it might be as simple as opening the right app on your phone and clicking a button.

As long as your smart TV is already connected to the internet, there are a few ways you can get things up and running…

How to connect your tablet to your TV

Your tablet’s screen might be large, but sometimes you need an even bigger screen to enjoy your favourite film or series. But good news - connecting your tablet to your TV is just as easy as connecting your phone.

How to connect your laptop to your TV

There are loads of reasons why you might want to connect your laptop to your TV. Whether you want to watch a movie on the big screen or turn your smart monitor into an extra workspace, make sure you’ve got the best HDMI cable for the task.

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