How to Play Media Files on Smart TV With WiFi Direct [Android]

If you like capturing pictures on your smartphone, then you must have a load of them stored on your device. Showing those pictures to your friends and bragging about your photography skills is a great thing. But listen, could they see those little things you have included in your picture? Probably not if you have got a small screen smartphone. The best way to show off your skills or your content to your friends is to play media files on Smart TV. The content will look much crisper and maybe you will get some claps as well. Connecting your WiFi enabled device to your Smart TV is a kid’s play if you know the right stuff.

Since we will be using the WiFi Direct functionality to stream content over to your Smart TV, your device should have that inbuilt.

Both of your devices should be on the same WiFi network.

It really is not possible to provide steps for setting up streaming for each of the Smart TV available in the market. The general steps would be to connect your TV to your WiFi network and then enable the WiFi Direct option on the same.

Enabling the WiFi Direct option on your Android device is very easy. Open your App Drawer and tap on the “Settings” icon. It will open the Settings menu from where you can change all the settings of your device.

Once it opens up, tap on the “Wi-Fi” option. It should be the first option in the Settings menu.

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The next screen should show you all the available WiFi networks. Tap on the option that says “Wi-Fi Direct”. It will let you manage your WiFi Direct settings.

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On the next screen, you will see all the WiFi Direct enabled devices that are in the range and can be connected to your device. Tap on the name of your Smart TV and it should try to connect.

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If the connection was successful, you will have a screen that looks like following. It says your device has been successfully connected to your Smart TV.

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You are all set to stream content from your Android device over to your TV. Let’s start with streaming some music:

To listen to your favorite music from your device to your TV, open the Music Player app.

Tap on any track you would like to listen and you will be taken to the Now Playing interface in your music app.

Tap on the little WiFi Direct icon available in the top-left corner and it should start streaming your music to your TV.

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If YouTube is where you watch your favorite videos, you would like to play them on your TV. Fortunately, the WiFi Direct functionality works with YouTube as well.

To watch YouTube videos on your TV, fire-up the YouTube app on your device.

Search for any video you would like to watch and let it play.

Tap on the little WiFi Direct icon available before the Search icon in the top-right corner. As soon as you tap it, it will immediately start streaming the video to your TV.

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The steps for streaming other videos and pictures would be same, you just need to play the content and then hit that little icon and it will start streaming to your TV. That’s all there is to it.

With the existence of technology like WiFi Direct in the market, you will no longer need any cables to hook up your device to your TV. Everything can be shared over WiFi with just a few taps of your fingertips without messing-up with wires.