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Michael asked: “I have a Galaxy S6. When I try to hook my Galaxy S6 phone to my TV through an HDMI connection, my S6 does not recognize the connection, however my old S5 still does. Wondering if there’s any way to fix that.”
Michael, yes, but unfortunately not a free way…
Samsung does offer the WI-FI All-Share Cast Hub, but it is bulkier and more expensive than a Chromecast, so you may be better off just getting one of those.
Unfortunately, the S6 just doesn’t support HDMI like its predecessor did, which probably makes sense for most people, hardly anyone plugs their phone to a TV to watch content these days, everyone just Casts, AirPlays, WiDis, or any other of the many alternatives.
Unfortunately, your cheapest, reliable option, is probably a Chromecast, you won’t be able to get the phone to support HDMI through an app, or anything of the sort.
One thing you should know is that Samsung’s screen mirroring is proprietary and it will not work with Chromecast, it will just work with some Samsung TVs, so if you’re looking to mirror your phone’s screen, that may be harder, if you just want to watch your videos on TV, Chromecast should help.
One additional consideration is, if you get a Chromecast for your TV, then you can cast to it from an Android phone or from a Chromebook. Given that Chromebooks will soon be able to run Android apps as well as web apps, it might be a great time to consider whether a $35 Chromecast combined with a sub-$200 Chromebook might be the best streaming setup money can buy, leaving your phone for more important things.