The first question to be answered is whether a phone has HDMI Alt Mode. This is most likely if you have a USB-C (micro-USB port used for charging) port. You can check the phone’s specifications or contact the manufacturer to determine. Or you can use a compatibility checker tool.
If yes, you can consider the next choices.
What Type Of Input Does Your TV Have?
If the TV has an HDMI input (which I doubt here) then the easy way to do so is to get an adapter to convert USB–C to HDMI along with an HDMI cable. I found adapters on line for less than $10 and basic HDMI cables for $5-$10.
The USB-C Composite (audio and video) adapter was a bit more expensive (around $30) if the TV only has RCA inputs (white–yellow–red). RCA cables are under $5.
One consideration is to consider the drain on the battery to watch a long video using this connection. The phone should be fully charged.
According to Microsoft Bing Chat (AI):
“One way to charge your phone while streaming is to use a wireless charging pad. You can place your phone on the charging pad while streaming to keep it charged.”
Judy came up with an alternative – using a first generation Roku. The Roku 1 connected to TVs via RCA cables. They are no longer available through ROKU but I found several used units on eBay for under $25.
These should also work on laptops.
Note: Newer cellphones have a micro-USB charging port for direct charge from an electrical outlet. The small connector at one end of the cord plugs directly into your phone. The cord terminates at a plug you insert into the outlet. If you disconnect the cord from the plug you’ll see the cord actually terminates at a standard USB connector.
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