In this article, we’ll show you which MHL adapter you’ll need for your smartphone.
In general, MHL adapters are backwards compatible, so you can use newer adapters with older phones. Therefore, for each new MHL generation, we’ll list which new phones it supports, and which new features it adds.
To save time, you could just get this Lindy MHL 3.0 adapter, as it’ll work with any phone with MHL support… but be warned that Samsung discontinued support for MHL in 2015, so you can’t use it with phones like the Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy A-series.
MHL 1.1 (2011)
New features: 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution
New devices supported: Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2011)
Adapter store link: discontinued
MHL 1.2 (2012–2013)
New features: 11 pin connector
New devices supported: Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Mega 6.3
Adapter store link: Samsung MHL 1.2 adapter
MHL 2.0 (2013–2014)
New features: External power is no longer required
New devices supported: Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy S4 Active, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5
Adapter store link: Samsung MHL 2.0 adapter
MHL 3.0 (2014)
New features: 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution
New devices supported: Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5 Active, Galaxy S5 Sport, Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2
It’s also possible to use the Lindy MHL 3.0 adapter with non-Samsung devices, including models from HTC and Sony. You can find the full list of supported devices here or here. (For the second link, it may be helpful to ‘narrow your results’ and choose device type ‘mobiles’.)
Samsung dropped MHL support for their 2015 and later devices. For these devices, you’ll need to connect wirelessly to stream video from your phone.
For more information, see our article:
Devices without MHL support: Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9
Alright, that’s it! Let us know in the comments below if your phone’s model wasn’t listed, or you’re still not sure which MHL adapter will suit your needs (hint: it’s probably the Lindy MHL 3.0 adapter). You can also contact Mobile Fun customer service, or tweet us @mobilefun.