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How to connect Samsung Galaxy S3 to a TV set

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I’m always a fan of monster TVs… it amazes me. So, I understand why a lot of people would want to watch videos from their phones on a big screen. Mirroring videos and pictures is actually a nice Android feature and can be done without so much trouble, except if you’re using the Galaxy S3.

You may be disappointed to know that you will need a Samsung-branded HDTV Adapter specially built for the S3 to do what other smartphones can do. The phone has a different configuration so universal MHL adapters wouldn’t work with it.

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 HDTV Adapter converts MHL to HDMI so if your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, forget about mirroring videos or pictures from your Galaxy S3. Here’s what you need to have:

  • A TV set with HDMI port.
  • An HDMI cable.
  • Galaxy S3 HDTV Adapter.
  • A Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone.
  • Galaxy S3 USB charger.

How To Connect Galaxy S3 To TV

Step 1: Insert the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your TV and the other to the S3 HDTV Adapter. On your TV, select the correct input channel. For example, if there are two HDMI ports and you used HDMI 1, you should set your TV to HDMI 1 channel.

Step 2: Plug the charger to the power source on the wall and insert the other end of the USB cable to the microUSB port on the HDTV Adapter. At this point, the HDTV Adapter already has power and your TV is only waiting for the feed from your phone.

Step 3: Plug the short cable from the HDTV Adapter to the microUSB port on your Samsung Galaxy S3.

Step 4: Play videos or view pictures on your phone, they will be mirrored on your TV.

Videos and pictures will be mirrored; meaning you can still see them on your phone’s display but they will be enlarged on your TV’s screen. The audio, however, will totally be routed to your TV’s audio amplifier; meaning you can’t hear anything from your phone unless you unplug the microUSB cable plugged into it.

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  1. I have the new Galaxy tablet S3 I need the HDMI connection from the tablet to my Samsung television is this made and is it available and where could I buy it and what is the order number thank you for your assistance William Newman

  2. I have s 3 mini and want to watch movies from my fone on my tv which isn’t a smart tv? It’s so confusing! ! Mhl, dnla? ? I just want to know if there’s a lead to connect that will work!!

  3. I have bought and tried two different MHL/HDMI adapters for my Samsung Galaxy III mini. Neither work. One is a white official Samsung adapter. I notice that Amazon sells also a black one and there are several reviews saying it does not work with a S3 mini. Has anyone had success with an S3 mini please?

  4. How does one get the HDMI adapter? Is this provided by Samsung during purchase or is it an add on?
    I’d like to try this. I have tons of movies in my phone right now.;)

  5. Good thing you raised this up as I was planning to customized my old S3 to CM.
    I’ll keep my 4.3 version then.
    Another thing I noticed is that when I connected my S3 to a TV before and it drained the batteries really fast.

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