How to connect LG TV with mobile

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Today, operating LG devices has become one of the easiest tasks. For instance, you can seamlessly connect your phone to an LG TV without a glitch controlling the TV.

Connecting the mobile to the device makes it easier to operate the device and exchange data. Thus, you can play the videos on your phone on the LG TV or even access the video recording on your TV through the phone. Quite simple, right?

Even though this idea simplifies your work, you need to learn first how to connect LG TV with mobile?

The good news is that there are several ways to perform the connection and to simplify things for you, we will discuss a step-by-step process on the various options available to make this connection.

Roll up your sleeves, and let’s get started. 

What are the ways to connect mobile with LG TV?

As I stated earlier, there are several ways how you can connect; some are simple, while others may take you a few more minutes to learn.  

To choose the right connection method, there are several factors to consider.

For instance, if all you need is to transfer a file and disconnect the two devices, a USB connection will be suitable. 

However, if you want to play music using a mobile, the USB will not offer you flexibility because you will have to stay extremely close to the television due to the length of the USB. As a result, a Bluetooth connection is the most preferred in that situation. 

 Additionally, if your goal is to connect the two devices such that you can control the TV using the phone instead of the remote, you will need an LG app that will be paired between the two devices.

Let’s now dive deeper and discuss all the options for connecting an LG TV with a mobile. 

How to connect a phone to LG TV using USB?

Connecting the phone to LG using a USB is one of the easiest tactics to exchange data between the two devices. All you need for this process is high quality and compatible USB cable, LG TV, and your phone.

Fortunately, most LG TV usually has a USB port; thus, you will not need an adapter. 

  1. Check for the USB port on your flat screen. It is marked with a USB symbol to help you distinguish it in most cases. 
  2. Once you have identified the port, take the bigger end and plug it into the TV port and the other end into your phone. If you have done the connection successfully, the mobile device will start charging
  3. On the LG TV remote, press the source button, which will display a menu of items on the tv’s screen.
  4. On the menu, select USB Option.

That’s all you need to do to connect the phone to the tv using a USB. 

If you want to play a video from your phone, select and play it on your phone, and the results will be mirrored on the screen. You can also rotate the phone for the tv display to fill the entire screen.

If you have more questions, you can check out this video.  

How to connect a phone to LG TV using Bluetooth?

Of all the TV brands in the market today, LG outstands with most of its models supporting Bluetooth 5.0 and above. 

Considering that all mobile devices support Bluetooth functionality, you can connect an LG TV with a mobile phone. How do you do that?

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth on your mobile device

To begin, you need to turn on the Bluetooth functionality on your phone. 

Move to the home screen and swipe down to display the notification screen. On this screen, please search for the Bluetooth icon and tap it.

Similarly, you can navigate to the mobile settings, search for Bluetooth, and toggle the button to turn it on. 

Step 2: Enable Bluetooth on your LG device

The Bluetooth functionality is turned off by default. Thus, you need to turn it on first. How do you do that?

First, navigate to LG settings by clicking the gear icon on the remote or moving to the home screen and clicking on settings.

Click on the advanced menu to display more functionalities on the settings menu. 

If you have logged in to the sound menu, you can exit it by selecting sound out on the menu. After exiting the sound menu, a list of the devices connected to the LG tv will be displayed. 

Step 3: Pair the devices

Please search for your mobile device name and select it on the Bluetooth device list displayed on the screen.

After selecting it, a prompt asking you if to start the pairing device will be shown. Start the pairing process and follow the guidelines to establish a communication path between the two devices.

Note; Bluetooth functionality has distance limitations. Thus, you should have the two devices in close proximity.

This video might also be of help on how to connect LG TV with mobile via Bluetooth.

How to cast LG TV from android?

Another way of connecting an android device to an LG tv is by casting or mirroring the mobile device to the screen. This process takes advantage of webOS technology. Below is how to do it;

This video gives a visual demo of how to perform the connection.

Step 1: Navigate to the home screen

On your remote, press the home button to display the home screen.

Step 2: Search for the device connection icon

At the bottom part of your screen, scroll to the right, finding a blue icon with two plugs indicating two devices’ connection. Click on the icon to launch the device connector.

Step 3: Select the device to connect

After launching the device connector, you will be prompted to select the device you want to connect to your tv. Scroll down until you find the smartphone icon. Select it.

Step 3: Select the type of connection

WebOS offers different types of connections. 

They include; screen share, which allows you to view the smartphone content on the TV screen, content share connection used to control the smartphone content on the television, and tv control which lets you use the phone as wireless remote control.

Select the type of connection that is ideal; for you and follow the guidelines displayed on the screen to finish up the process.

How to connect a Samsung phone to LG smart TV?

Samsung phone is a product of the Samsung brand, also an electronic company. Due to the difference in manufacturers, you might have the fears that a Samsung phone would connect to an LG TV.

LG devices embrace a wide range of versatility and are compatible with most devices. Thus, connecting a Samsung device with an LG smart TV is possible.

To add icing to the cake, there are several ways how you can make this connection.

You can use the Bluetooth functionality, which is supported by both devices. Moreover, you can use your USB cable or even screencasting, as discussed in the above section. 

How to connect LG TV to a mobile hotspot?

If you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection in your house or prefer to use your phone hotspot instead of Wi-Fi on your TV, you have your way out.

The only thing that you check is that the mobile device has the hotspot feature.

Step 1: Navigate to connections on your phone

Open the settings menu on your phone and scroll down to select the connections tab.

Step 2: Select mobile hotspot and tethering

Scroll down to find the mobile hotspot and tethering on the current screen. Select this tab and continue.

Step 3: Activate the mobile hotspot

Toggle the button on the right side from OFF to ON to activate the mobile hotspot

After activating the hotspot, click hotspot to display your device’s name and the password. Take note of these details and keep your phone aside. 

Step 4: Open Network settings on the LG TV

Next, you need to open the network settings on your tv.

Press the settings icon to display various LG TV settings. On the left side, select Network using the remote controls.

Step 5: Wi-Fi network

On the other menu displayed on your right, after selecting Network, select Wi-Fi connection to display the available Wi-Fi networks.

Step 6: Select your mobile hotspot

If you have successfully activated the mobile hotspot, you should see your mobile hotspot displayed on the available Wi-Fi connections. Click on it.

Step 7: Enter details to connect

You will be prompted to enter the mobile hotspot password displayed on your phone. Use the remote controls to key in and press enter when you are done.

If you have entered the password correctly, the tv will take a few minutes to establish the connection. Your LG TV will be using the phone’s internet when it is done. 

Final words 

If you have been wondering how to connect your mobile device with the LG TV, we have settled your troubles. 

There are multiple ways to get this task done, and even better, some of them do not require a Wi-Fi connection. Such techniques include USB, Bluetooth, and WebOS technology for screencasting.

Apart from that, we have discussed how you can use the mobile internet on your LG TV via the hotspot. So, you have all you need to use your mobile device on an LG TV seamlessly. 

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