My Samsung TV won't recognize my LG 20 phone to play movies TV Maybe too old but it had the ports for it

roddevilla

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I'm trying to connect my LG phone to my Samsung TV with a micro USB HDMI MHL cable... the TV is a Samsung 50-inch plasma TV at least 10 years old but it do has a port for the it
 

Barty1884

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Can you clarify exactly how it's connected? If I'm reading it correctly, your LG is connected with micro-USB, which runs to HDMI wMHL support on the other end (into the TV)?

Provided your phone can output to HDMI over mUSB, this setup should just "work". The TV has no way of distinguishing between a phone/cable box/DVD player etc.

Video "out" via microUSB isnt widespread though AFAIK. MHL was designed by Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba, and adopted by them. Others can implement, but not 100% convinced all (most?) do. Typically, competitors microUSB port is limited to "input" to the device; of either power, or sometimes external storage.

I don't believe the issue is with the TV though, more likely in the phone's abilities.
 

Barty1884

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Can you clarify exactly how it's connected? If I'm reading it correctly, your LG is connected with micro-USB, which runs to HDMI wMHL support on the other end (into the TV)?

Provided your phone can output to HDMI over mUSB, this setup should just "work". The TV has no way of distinguishing between a phone/cable box/DVD player etc.

Video "out" via microUSB isnt widespread though AFAIK. MHL was designed by Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba, and adopted by them. Others can implement, but not 100% convinced all (most?) do. Typically, competitors microUSB port is limited to "input" to the device; of either power, or sometimes external storage.

I don't believe the issue is with the TV though, more likely in the phone's abilities.
 

dark_lord69

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I'm assuming you mean USB (Type-C) not micro USB.
That's the type of connector your phone has.

1. Did you switch the input on your TV?
2. Try enabling Airplane Mode on your phone.
 
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