LG Tribute Empire Screen Mirroring / Cast to TV lmx220pm

There is wired Screen Mirroring via MHL cable, Wireless Screen Mirroring & Screen Casting.

 

 

Is the LG Tribute Empire MHL compatible?

The old form of Screen Mirroring is using a wired connection without the need for Wifi internet connection. For this to work, the device should be HDMI / MHL / Slimport compatible.

The bad news is that the Tribute Empire is not compatible with MHL. I cannot find an HDMI adapter that can mirror the Tribute Empire screen to a TV.

Does LG Tribute Empire have Screen Mirroring / Miracast?

 

For Wireless Screen Mirroring, we have to check whether the Tribute Empire is Miracast enabled or not.

Let’s search for the “Cast” option in Settings.

I couldn’t find  “Cast” anywhere on the LG Tribute Empire.

However, that doesn’t mean we cannot mirror our Tribute Empire Screen to TV.

 

Let’s check out the other ways to enable Screen Mirroring on Tribute Empire –

How to Screen Mirror on LG Tribute Empire

We can use Google Chromecast to mirror our phone screen to the TV. It uses the Google Home app for Screen Mirroring.

Attach the Chromecast device to your TV.

It says to download the Google Home app on our phone.

Let’s download and install the Google Home app via the Play Store.

Open the app after installation is done.

Tap “Get Started” and add a Google Account to proceed further.

 

It’s looking for a nearby Chromecast device.

We need to give access to the Location services.

It has found a Chromecast device with id 5115.

Wait for it to establish a connection with the Chromecast.

Now, it says connected.

The TV screen shows a code S3N4

 

The phone also shows the same code. It’s the right Chromecast we are connecting to. Tap “Yes” to move ahead.

Set the Chromecast device location.

I’ve chosen my device location as “Office”.

At this time we have to choose the Wifi connection we are going to use with the Chromecast.

 

The Chromecast is connecting to the chosen Wifi network.

We are all done. The Office TV is ready.

Select your Chromecast device which is named “Office TV” in my case.

We can adjust the TV volume from this screen.

I’ve reduced the volume to 73%.

You can see the Volume bar on the TV screen.

Select “Cast my screen” and then “Cast Screen” to initiate Screen Mirroring.

The phone screen is mirrored to the TV Screen.

This is the Tribute Empire Home Screen on TV.

 

This is the Tribute Empire Software Information Screen.

My Tribute Empire is running on Android Oreo 8.1 and the Software version is X220Pm19a.

Let’s Mirror a Youtube Video to the TV Screen.

We also get the cast option on the Video Screen.

If we cast this video, the video will keep playing on the TV screen while we are doing something else on the phone screen.

Here is another Tribute Empire Bootloader Video being played on the TV screen.

Now let’s play a video stored in the Tribute Empire Video Gallery.

 

Here is another still from the video. We have to use the phone to control volume etc.

We also get an option to Dual Play on the Tribute Empire. This way we can do something else on the phone while the video is being played on the TV screen.

We can “Stop Mirroring” using the Google Home app as shown above.

LG Tribute Empire Screen Mirroring without Chromecast

What if you’ve some other Miracast Device other than Chromecast. It can Be Roku, FireStick, Microsoft Wireless Adapter, Samsung Smart TV, etc.

In such a case we have to rely on a 3rd party app for Screen Casting. Let’s see how to do this.

In Screen Casting, we have to connect our Tribute Empire and the Miracast Device to the same Wifi network.

I’ve connected my phone to the Home Wifi network.

The above picture shows the Firestick User Interface.

 

I’ve connected my Firestick to the Same “Home Wifi” network.

Web Video Caster – 

I’ve tried several Screen Mirroring / Casting apps and shortlisted 2 apps that are worth trying.

The first one is “Cast to TV XCast” and the other one is “Web Video Caster”.

You can get these apps from the Google Play Store.

Let’s start with “Web Video Caster”.

Launch the app and tap the “3 bar” icon on the top-left corner.

The option in the dropdown list is “Browser”. Let’s explore this.

 

We can search for videos over the web and stream it on our TV screen.

When on the video page, tap the small “Play” button located on the top as marked in the above screenshot.

This gives us the video list with different screen resolutions. Tap “videoplayback” to play this video on the TV screen.

It says, we have establish a connection at first.

Tap “Connect” and look for your device in the device list.

Tick your device and hit “DONE”.

It scanned the available devices.

My device is visible as “Philips’s Fire TV Stick”.  Select your device to establish the connection.

Now it’s loading the media on the TV screen.

We get the video control options on the app screen.

 

It hardly takes a second to load the video. It depends on your Wifi internet speed.

The video is being played on the TV screen.

The second option below the Browser is “Phone files”.

Using this option we can play the local media files store in the phone memory / SD Card.

I’m trying to play a documentary titled “Strange Animals of Asia”.

It’s loading the media on the TV screen.

The video has started playing.

This is a  Nat Geo Video.

Here is another still from the Video.

We can also play audio files stored on the device.

The MP3 file is being played on the TV screen.

Cast to TV – XCast – 

I found “Cast to TV”, more refined as compared to “Web Video Caster”.

Download and launch the “Cast to TV” app on your Tribute Empire.

As a first step, it scans for the available devices.

It has detected the “Philips’s Fire TV Stick”.

Tap on the device to establish a connection.

It says “Device is connected”.

Tap the “3 bar” icon for more options.

The first option in the dropdown list is “Video”.

This can be used to play video files stored on your Phone.

Let’s select a video file.

It buffers for a second and loads the video on the TV screen.

We get the control options on the phone screen.

Screen Mirroring is successful. There is a watermark on the video “Cast from XCast”.

Another still from the video.

Now Let’s try the “Web” option.

It lists popular video streaming apps in one place.

Let’s try the Youtube app.

 

On the Video page, we have to select the “Red Play Button” as shown above.

Now select the Video Resolution and wait for it to load on the TV screen.

The video has started playing on the big TV screen.

Another still showing backs of Tribute Empire & Dynasty.

 

Were you able to mirror your Tribute Empire screen to TV? Please share your experience via the comment section below.

LG Tribute Empire Dark Mode – How to turn on

The Dark Mode on LG Tribute Empire is like a Dark Theme with a Black Background. Some users prefer Dark Theme over the light one. The earlier versions of Android Upto ICS offered Dark background which was changed to white in Android Lollipop.

On your Tribute Empire running Android Oreo, we can easily enable the Dark Mode in 2 ways. Let’s find out with the help of the below screenshots –

How to turn on Dark Mode on LG Tribute Empire

We can turn on the dark mode by activating the maximum mode or by enabling the High Contrast screen.

First Method – Maximum Battery Saver Mode

LG Tribute Empire Dark Mode

Open “Settings” either from the home screen or by hitting the “settings icon” in the notification panel.

 

Dark Mode lg tribute empire

We are now in Settings.

Hit the “General Tab” and select “Battery” as shown above.

Now click on “Battery Saver”.

lg tribute empire maximum mode

There are 2 kinds of Battery Saver Modes – Extended & Maximum.

For Dark Mode, we need to enable the Maximum Mode.

You can see the Maximum Mode doubles the battery life as compared to the normal mode. Refer to the above screenshot.

Tap “Maximum” to enable this mode. It says to save battery, “phone performance will be reduced and some features will be restricted”.

When the confirmation pop-up appears hit “TURN ON” to enable dark mode.

 

In the Maximum Battery Saver Mode –

  • Vibration is disabled
  • Wifi, Bluetooth & Location Services are restricted
  • Background activity & Data is restricted
  • Maximum Brightness is reduced to 80%
  • Frame Rate is reduced

Tap “Edit Mode” if you wish to change something.

 

You can bring in some changes in Maximum mode as per your requirement. Any change is going to affect the rated battery life.

As long as the Battery Saver Mode remains enabled, it shows up in the notification bar.

 

This is how the Dark Mode looks like.

Even the Keyboard theme is changed.

To disable Dark Mode, Go to Settings < Battery < Battery Saver  & tap “Off” as shown above.

Second Method – High Contrast Screen

There is a second way to enable the Dark Mode on Tribute Empire.

Open Settings < General Tab < Accessibility as visible in the above screenshot.

On the Accessibility page, Select the first option i.e “Vision”.

Now look for “High contrast screen” and tap it to enable.

The High contrast screen disables Maximum Mode and the Current Theme.

Hit “TURN ON” to enable High Contrast Screen.

 

This Dark Mode looks similar to the Maximum Mode. The only difference is we don’t get an enhanced battery life.

To disable High Contrast Screen, Go to Settings < General < Accessibility < Vision and tap High Contrast Screen.

 

The Dark Mode in the form of Maximum Battery Saver Mode is more preferable and we get to double the battery life.

 

For any query related to an LG Tribute Device, feel free to leave a comment below.

LG Tribute Empire Developer Options & USB Debugging – lmx220pm

The Developer option is present in every android phone and is made available for Android Developers. It contains a huge list of options that can do more harm than good if messed with. So, It’s kept hidden by default.

The good thing is that we can enable it quite easily. The 2 useful options found in the developer options are USB Debugging & OEM Unlock. To unlock the LG Tribute Empire Bootloader, we need to enable both of these.

In this post, we are going to turn on Developer Options, USB Debugging & OEM Unlock as follows –

How to turn on Developer Options on LG Tribute Empire

lg tribute empire developer options

First of all, we have to open “Settings”.

Pull down the notification bar and click on the “settings icon” as shown above.

In Settings, choose the “General” tab and go down to the bottom of the page.

Hit the last option i.e. “About Phone”.

 

lg tribute empire usb debugging

Now click on “Software Info”.

On the Software Info page, we have to hit on “Build Number”.

 

 

developer options lg tribute empire

Tap the “Build Number” 7 times.

It says “You are now a developer!”.

We need to go 2 steps back using the back key.

lg lmx220pm developer options

 

On the main Settings page, you’ll notice a new option above “About Phone” i.e. Developer Options.

We have enabled the “Developer Options” on Tribute Empire. Select it to open.

 

how to turn on developer options on lg tribute empire

Accept the Warning pop-up by hitting “OK”.

On the Developer Options page, scroll down and look for “USB Debugging”. Hit this option to turn it on.

 

usb debugging lg tribute empire

Accept the request to “Allow USB Debugging” by hitting “OK”.

 

lg tribute empire oem unlock

Now look for “Enable OEM Unlock” and turn it on as well.

 

enable oem unlock lg tribute empire

As long as the OEM Unlock option remains enabled, Google’s Factory Reset Protection (FRP) remains disabled.

Now that we have enabled USB Debugging & OEM Unlock, let’s try to unlock the LG Tribute Empire Bootloader.

 

For any query related to an LG Tribute Device, feel free to leave a comment below.