Imagine you could watch the videos made with your smartphone on a really big screen?
How good it would be to share these videos with your friends and relatives on a family gathering, or a birthday party, or a big occasion like wedding?

When we talk about big screens, we think 2m to 12m wide screens, which require projectors. These screens are meant for big audiences, from 30 to 3000 people.

You could show a video on this screen from your smartphone. Show Youtube videos, movies you stream from iTunes or from your favourite free online services.

And of course, you could show short videos of your children, family, and friends, as well as photos and videos from your recent adventure or holidays.

You can also turn your phone into a game console or a controller, and it is so much easier to share your game with friends around you. You surely know how teens and older children get around a tiny screen to watch their friend playing.

Pair your smartphone or tablet with the streaming device, connected to the projector, and let them see the same game on a big screen in high definition.

The good news is – thanks to the new technology, all of the above is possible. There are several technical options available.

Use a MHL Micro USB to HDMI cable

Use MHL – Mobile High Definition Link, which is built into the HDMI connector in the projector. This option is valid if your projector has HDMI input. MHL allows you not only to watch videos, but also play mobile games on the big screen, charging your phone at the same time.

How to connect Android to a projector
– Check if you phone is compatible with MHL technology. If your Android phone is compatible, all you would need in order to connect your phone to the projector is an MHL cable. Android to HDMI cables are available from office suppliers or electronic stores.

Later model Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7 dropped MHL so you would need to connect them wirelessly only.

How to connect an iPhone to a projector – Use lightning connector to HDMI cable for some iPhone models, and Thunderbolt to HDMI for some phones and iPads.  Check with Apple for precise model.

Use Wi-Fi and Streaming Device

You can connect your phone to your projector with Chromecast, Apple TV, or any other streaming device.

You would need to connect Apple TV or Chromecast to the projector (or SmartBox, if you are using a complete professional outdoor cinema from Smart Digital), with an HDMI cable, turn Wi-Fi on your smartphone, and ensure it is connected to the same network as your streaming device.

Now you can mirror your small screen with the projector to watch your content on a big screen.

What If There’s No Wi-Fi?

You can any a wireless router with you and connect it to your smartphone and Apple TV/Chromecast.

Not much to say – it’s that simple!

Use a Projector with Built in Wi-Fi and OS

In this case, you don’t need to buy any extra devices, just use the app on your phone, like Airplay or Chromecast, and ensure both your smartphone and projector are connected to the same Wi-Fi.

This solution is the easiest and would be the best if you are looking for a truly portable outdoor cinema with no strings, wires, or extra devices attached.

No need to buy DVD or Blu-Ray discs – just mirror your phone and hit play. Sounds good? Then have a look at the new Android projector which just became available in Australia – CRE X3001 Android projector which is 3000 lumen bright and has WXGA native resolution. Hybrid light source (LED plus laser) ensures high brightness of the images, while built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 8GB flash memory give you the freedom to entertain the way you like it.

With this projector, there’s no need to use a separate play-back device, so all you need for a portable cinema, is a projector, a smartphone, a sound system, and a projection screen. You can purchase a complete HandiTheatre Home Theatre System with the Android projector upgrade.

Now pair your smartphone and let the show begin!

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Olga Kustova

Olga Kustova

Marketing guru, event organiser and blogger, passionate about all things outdoors: hiking, camping, outdoor movies and entertainment.
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