Have you ever wondered if you can connect your Galaxy Note 8 to your TV, monitor or projector to watch TV or play games? Good news, you can — and with the new USB-C port on the Note 8, you have better options than ever before. Here’s what we recommend, including both wired and wireless methods.
1. Use an Official Samsung USB-C to HDMI Adapter
Samsung’s official Samsung USB-C to HDMI adapter is the easiest way to get your Note 8 connected to the big screen. Simply connect the USB-C adapter to your Note, then plug an HDMI cable between the adapter and your TV. Change to the correct input, and you’ll be away, enjoying film, TV, games and more on the biggest screen in the room.
Want to see it in action? Just watch the video at the top of this post to see just how easy it is to set-up and use.
2. Use a third-party USB-C to HDMI adapter
While Samsung’s USB-C adapter is the best-supported method, you can find less expensive adapters that will still do the same job. At the moment the best option we’ve found is the Olixar USB-C to HDMI 4K Adaptor, but you can take a look at our full range of USB-C to HDMI adaptors to see all the options for yourself!
3. Use Samsung’s DeX dock for the full desktop PC experience
Samsung have also produced a dock for the Note 8 called DeX. The dock allows you to connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse, and also turns on a special desktop mode for the Note 8. This lets you have multiple apps open in windows, see the desktop versions of websites, and generally use your Note 8 exactly like you would a desktop PC. If you want to get work done on your Note 8 — or even make the Note 8 your only computing device — this is the way to do it! You can read more about using DeX with the Note 8 here.
4. Use Miracast for a wireless connection
The Note 8 helpfully supports the Miracast standard, allowing you to connect to compatible smart TVs without needing a cable or wired adapter. You will be limited to 1080p resolutions at 30 frames per second, so you might consider a wired alternative if you need higher framerates or resolutions. To get personalised instructions on setting up Miracast on your TV, search online for the name of your TV and “Miracast” or “screen mirroring”. Good luck!
5. Stream using a Google Chromecast
Unsurprisingly, Google’s Chromecast dongle is one of the easiest ways to stream YouTube videos, play your Spotify tunes or just mirror your Note 8’s display to your TV. Just plug the Chromecast into your TV’s HDMI port and connect it to your Wi-Fi using the Google Home app. Once it’s ready, press the cast app to start streaming or open the Google Home app itself to mirror your Note 8 to your TV.
With these five methods, you should be able to find the best method for your situation. If you found this helpful or you have any further questions, let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!