The two latest addition to the Pixel family of Google is Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. They are breaking the records of smartphones with their intelligence. According to the Android fans, these two phones are so far the best creations of Google. If we start listing their features, you’ll be amazed to know that there’s nothing this two brilliant one can’t do. We have picked up the most-talked feature of the Pixel family in this guide, i.e., connecting the display of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones to your television.
We know you are eager to reach the steps that will help you connect your Pixel display to your TV, but, before that, we would like to introduce you to Chromecast. Majority of you might be already familiar with it. For those who don’t, Chromecast is Google’s media streaming device that can be plugged into the HDMI port of the television, which will then stream your favorite TV shows, music, and movies from the Chrome browser on your mobile device or computer and cast it to the big screen of your home. In short, it works as a medium for your streaming shows to be displayed on TV.
Coming back to the point, in this guide we are describing two ways through which you can connect your Pixel device to TV; they are wired and wireless methods. So, let’s start how to connect Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to TV?
Method #1: Using a Wired Connection
To connect your Google Pixel 2/2 XL to your TV using a wired connection, follow the below-mentioned steps:
Step #1. You must have an Allshare Hub. If you don’t have one, get it online from Amazon or from any trusted store.
Step #2. Connect the Allshare Hub to your TV using a standard HDMI cord or cable.
Step #3. Connect the Allshare-Hub / TV to the same hotspot/wireless network your Google Pixel 2/2 XL is connected to.
Step #4. Next, go to Access Settings on your Pixel device.
Step #5. Choose Screen Mirroring; you will be able to see your mobile screen on TV.
Note: If you have a Google Smart TV, there is no need to buy the Allshare Hub.
Method #1. Using a Wireless Connection
For those looking for a wireless option to mirror Google Pixel 2 / 2 XL screen on TV, Google Chromecast is the solution. If you don’t have a smart TV that supports Chromecast, buy Chromecast and connect it to the HDMI port on your TV and follow the below-mentioned steps:
Step #1. Connect and install the Cast application. You will see a cast app icon that supports the standard just like Netflix and Google Play Music.
Step #2. Ensure that Chromecast and Google Pixel, both are connected to the same network.
Step #3. Download and install Chromecast app on your Pixel device.
Step #4. Follow the wizard to set up your device with your TV.
Step #5. Open any app that supports Chromecast and tap the Cast button on the app to initiate Screen Mirror.
There is one more method available which is both rooted as well as wireless, i.e., Miracast.
How to Connect Google Pixel 2/2XL to TV using Miracast?
Miracast is a standard established for wireless HDMI. Miracast doesn’t require an internet connection or router to connect to. It is a direct connection between the two devices being used, just that, both the devices must support Miracast. If your TV does not support Miracast, then you may need to get an Amazon Fire TV box, Roku or a Miracast Video Adapter or use a set-top box that supports it. Now as Miracast won’t work with Google Pixel 2/2 XL unless it is rooted, you need to do the following to enable it on your device first;
Step #1. Install the Build.Prop editor app on your Pixel device and launch it.
Step #2. Tap Add → New in the upper right corner of the screen.
Step #3. Edit the property name to “persist.debug.wfd.enable” and set the value to “1”.
Step #4. Reboot your Google Pixel device.
Step #5. Enable Miracast by doing the following:
Go to Settings → Display → Cast → Menu → Enable Wireless Display.
Note: It may not work on some versions of Android because Google has removed this feature in some, giving importance to Chromecast.
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You can make use of this fantastic feature of Pixel family and cast your phone display on to your TV using any of the above methods. Let us know which method you liked or tried in the comment section below or if you have any suggestions or thoughts, feel free to share it on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.