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Steve in Lake Villa, Illinois listens to the podcast and is calling via the App and asked: “I have a friend whose mother does not have cable or Wi-Fi, but she does have a smart TV. He wants to be able to stream his YouTube videos from his phone to the TV. Can he do this without Wi-Fi in the house, and the smart TV obviously not connected to Wi-Fi?”
Steve, we cant tell you for sure without more information but its almost certainly a no.
Depending on the phone your friend is using, it may be possible to connect it using a cable between the phone and the TVs HDMI port, but the smart functions of smart TVs typically assume and require WiFi.
Most smart TVs dont even feature any out of the box mirroring for phones, so thats already a potential hurdle, but even the ones that do normally require WiFi.
It may be possible to get around that using the phones own hotspot (this also depends on the specific phone), but he will still have to deal with mirroring not necessarily being a feature of the smart TV itself.
Since most smart TVs have access to a YouTube app the most viable solution may be to connect the TV to the phones hotspot and rather than mirroring the video just allow the TV to play it natively through its own app.
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