A few years ago, a lot of Android devices offered a lag-free wired screen mirroring with the help of an MHL adapter. The best part is that wired mirroring works without Wifi. At one time even the budget LG phones offered Slimport/HDMI support such as LG Volt 2.
However, nowadays the HDMI ALT mode or USB-C to HDMI support is offered only on high-end smartphones. Being a mid-ranger LG Stylo 5 lacks HDMI ALT mode support.
So, how to mirror LG Stylo 5 screen to the TV?
For wireless screen mirroring, the phone should offer Miracast support. Let’s find out whether the Stylo 5 is Miracast enabled or not –
Does LG Stylo 5 have Screen Mirroring?
For Screen Mirroring the phone should be Miracast enabled. Let’s see if can find an option related to the screen mirroring or casting on LG Stylo 5.
Let’s search for it in the Settings app.
I searched for the terms, cast, screen sharing, mirroring, smart view, etc, but couldn’t find anything related to mirroring anywhere on the phone.
So, now we are left with only 2 options –
1. Screen Mirroring without Chromecast using a 3rd party app from the Play Store
2. Screen Mirroring with Chromecast (It uses Google Home app for Mirroring)
So, let’s check out both the options one after another –
LG Stylo 5 Screen Mirroring without Chromecast – Boost Mobile / Cricket / Metro / T-Mobile / Tracfone
If you don’t have Chromecast but some other Miracast device such as Roku, Firestick, etc, you need to download a 3rd party app from Play Store for Screencasting.
I’m going to use Amazon’s Fire TV Stick for Screen Casting.
First of all, we need to connect both the phone and firestick to the same Wifi network.
Let’s open the Stylo 5 “Settings” app and turn on Wifi as shown above.
My LG Stylo 5 is connected to the “Home Wifi” network.
Let’s connect the Firestick to the same Wifi network.
This is the Firestick Settings page. Let’s choose the “Network” option.
The FireStick is also connected to the same “Home Wifi” network.
Now, let’s open the Play Store app and search for “Cast to TV” as shown above.
Download the “Cast to TV-XCast” app and launch it.
The Cast to TV app has detected the FireTV. It’s listed under the available devices as “Philips’s Fire TV Stick”. Let’s tap on it to establish the connection.
Now, we are ready for ScreenCasting.
Hit the “3 bar” icon on the top-left corner for more options.
We can Cast the Media stored on the device such as Photos, Videos, and audio files.
We can also cast web content to the TV screen.
First of all, let’s try to cast a Video.
I’m trying to cast a documentary video, Strange Animals of Asia.
There is a 1 second buffering & then the video starts playing on the TV screen.
Buffering on the TV screen.
The video playback was quite smooth. You can notice the watermark “Cast from XCast”.
Another still from the same video.
During screencasting, we can use the phone for other tasks. The video will keep playing on the TV screen.
We get the video controls on the phone screen.
Likewise, we can cast photos on the TV screen.
Even while casting photos, there is a slight delay.
Another photo being cast on the TV screen.
We can also cast audio files on the TV.
An Mp3 audio file being cast on the TV screen.
Now, let’s check out the “Web” option. It lists the popular video streaming apps.
We are going to try the Youtube app.
When on the video page, you need to tap the “Red Play Button” to select the video resolution.
I’ve chosen “720p” as the video resolution.
The Youtube video is streaming fine on the TV screen. For smooth playback, the internet speed should be good enough.
What we did using the “Cast to TV” app was ScreenCasting. It’s different from Screen Mirroring. As the name suggests, mirroring is cloning the phone screen to the TV.
To mirror our Stylo 5 to TV, we need Chromecast –
LG Stylo 5 Screen Mirroring with Chromecast – Boost Mobile /Cricket/Metro/T-Mobile
As Screen Mirroring also works over a Wifi connection, let’s connect our Stylo 5 to a Wifi network.
Open the Settings app and turn on Wifi.
My phone is now connected to the “Home Wifi” network.
I’ve connected Chromecast to TV. It says we need to use the Google Home app for setup.
Let’s download the Google Home app from the Play Store.
Open Google home and tap “Get Started” to begin the setup.
We need to select a Google account to proceed further.
Now, it’s asking for “Location access”. Tap “Next” to move ahead.
Tap “Allow” to accept the location access request.
Now, it’s looking for the Chromecast devices nearby.
A Chromecast device with id 3668 is found. Tap “Yes” to set up this Chromecast device.
To make sure we are connected to the right Chromecast device, we need to match the code.
The code on the phone screen is S3N4
It matched with the code on the TV screen.
In the next step, we need to select the Chromecast device location.
I’ve chosen “Office” as the location of my TV.
Now, we need to Choose the Wifi network we are going to use with the Chromecast. I’ve chosen the “Home Wifi” network for Chromecast.
Now, the Chromecast is connecting to the chosen Wifi network.
The setup is almost done.
Hit “Next” to proceed further.
Follow the on-screen prompts and keep moving ahead.
Now, it says the Office TV is ready. Hit continue to move ahead.
Now, we need to tap the Chromecast device we just set up i.e “Office TV” as shown above.
We can control the TV volume from this screen. I’ve reduced the volume to 63%
Tap “Cast my screen” & then “Cast Screen” to begin screen mirroring.
The Stylo 5 screen is mirrored to the TV.
This is the Stylo 5 home screen on the TV.
A video being played on the TV screen.
Another still from the video. The video playback is quite smooth.
Now, let’s try to mirror a Youtube video.
I’m streaming an LG K40 Download Mode video on the TV screen.
For a lag-free experience, the internet speed should be good enough.
To end Mirroring, open the Google Home app and tap “Stop Mirroring”.
A confirmation text flashes on the screen “Casting to Office TV has ended”.
How was your Screen Mirroring experience on LG Stylo 5? Please share your experience in the comment section below.