How to Watch Cell Phone Videos on Your Television
By Nicole Martinez
Digital televisions have made it increasingly easy for you to connect them to your desktop or laptop computer as a larger display, especially if your computer and television already support the same digital formats. You can use your computer as a go-between to further connect your television and cellular phone to enjoy your photographs or family videos on the larger screen, even if your phone does not have digital outputs such as the high-definition multimedia interface.
Turn off your computer and disconnect the monitor from the tower. Alternatively, if using a laptop, you can keep the computer powered on and press the appropriate key combination to switch from the integrated display to an external display.
Connect your computer to your TV via VGA, HDMI or DVI ports. The ports will vary depending on your network card and television model. VGA ports are typically blue with three offset rows of horizontal pins, while the DVI port is usually white and has three long rows of pins next to four pin-holes in a quadrant shape. The HDMI port is long and narrow with a distinct look from the other ports.
Press the button on your television set or remote control to tune to the appropriate input (VGA or S-Video, for example). You will see your desktop configuration on your television.
Connect your phone to a computer with the phone's USB cable. Typically, phones use a Micro-A or Micro-B connection and you can purchase these cables from many retailers if your phone did not include one.
Open your phone as a drive on your computer. On a Windows system, go to "Computer" or "My Computer" and look for your phone on the drives list. Navigate to the folder that contains your video file. Depending on where you save files, the video may be on the phone's hard drive or a memory card.
Double click your video file to open it in your default media player. Alternatively, you can right-click (if using a Windows computer) and select "Open With" to choose a media player from your programs list.
- If your video is on a memory card and you have a compatible integrated or external card reader on your computer, you can connect the card directly to the computer to transfer the file.
- You can purchase adapters to switch between DVI and HDMI or HDMI and DisplayPort technologies if your computer and television do not have the same ports.
- The optimum configuration for watching content on your television is with a straight cable (such as HDMI or DisplayPort) that is the shortest possible length between the source and your TV.
- Cell phones such as the Nokia N8 have an HDMI output port so you can connect the phone directly to your TV via an HDMI cable. Simply tune your television to the corresponding HDMI channel after connecting the cable between the devices.
- DisplayPort technology is similar to HDMI and carries both audio and visual data.
- S-Video, DVI and VGA cables carry only video data so you will not hear audio with your cell phone video on your television if you do not use a separate audio cable, such as a coaxial or RCA cable. Alternatively, you could use your computer's speakers instead of those on your television.
Nicole Martinez began writing in 2010 and has since been published on various websites. She primarily writes about computer- and internet-related topics, especially those concerning website maintenance and programming.