By Jacci Gruninger, MS, CIAYT, ERYT500

Are you tired of watching your teacher on your phone, tablet or laptop? Why not try putting us on your TV? There are basically two options — wired and wireless.

Wired is the more stable and straightforward.

Wired Option

Connect via HDMI
It’s best to have a long (at least 10 foot) HDMI cable. Find the port at the back of your TV and connect to your tablet or laptop/computer. If you don’t have an HDMI port on your device, look for an adapter that fits your device at Amazon or other computer stores. You can get an ipad/iphone HDMI adapter here. Just be sure you plug the adapter into a charger or it won’t work.

The sound will come through your TV so turn up the volume on your device and the television. Be sure to choose the correct “port” to watch your class. You might also need to turn your device horizontal for better viewing.

Wireless Option

Use AirPlay with Apple TV or AirPlay-enabled TVs
One of the easiest ways if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, is to use AirPlay and Apple TV. This will let you mirror your display on your TV via Apple TV. Mirroring is where a second screen shows what’s on the first screen.

For iOS Devices
First, make sure your iOS device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Apple TV otherwise it won’t work. Pull down the Action Center from the top right of your iPhone or iPad on Face ID-enabled iPhones or any iPads that are able to run iPadOS. You need to swipe up from the bottom on other Touch ID devices. Tap Screen Mirroring. Tap the name of your Apple TV that appears in the list. Your screen will then mirror to the Apple TV. Open Zoom and make the call.

Chromecast provides an ideal bridge between a device — your phone or PC — and the television. The Chromecast dongle connects to the TV via an HDMI giving you a way to control what you watch. Normally this would be Netflix or Disney+, but it also supports screen mirroring from Android phones, the Chrome browser or ChromeOS (Chromebooks). 

Setup your Chromecast, make sure your phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast. Find the casting option on your phone, scan for devices to share to. Tap your Chromecast and the phone’s screen will appear on your TV. Open Zoom as normal on your phone, rotating into landscape will give you the best view. The same process as above applies for laptops, but you need to cast the whole desktop rather than just the tab. That’s because Zoom wants to run in its own app and if you’re only casting a tab, you’ll just get that tab and not the actual Zoom app.

Using Your Firestick
You will need to configure your Firestick before starting to cast. Make sure your Firestick is plugged into your TV and you are logged into the device.  Make sure your Firestick and TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then press and hold the HOME button on your Firestick remote. Select the MIRRORING option from the screen. Next set up your computer for mirroring. Look for the Notifications icon on your computer running Windows 10. (Located at the bottom of your screen, near the date and time display) and click the same. Click the Connect icon. Now, you should be able to see your Firestick displayed as MT’s Firestick, where MT is the name on your Amazon Prime account. Click on that icon to connect your computer to the Firestick. Once the devices are connected successfully, then you will see the text Connected. By default, the projection mode will be set to Duplicate. i.e the exact replica of your computer screen will be displayed on your TV.

Connecting with Roku
If you have an Android phone and a Roku device, you’re probably good to go. Setup your Roku device as normal, make sure your phone is on the same Wi-Fi network. Find the cast or mirror option on your phone and scan for devices. You’ll see your Roku model, tap on it. You’ll have to confirm that you want to allow your phone to show on your TV. Open Zoom, rotate your phone into landscape and off you go.