With the containment that results from COVID-19, the popularity of video calling has surged. According to the American telecom provider Comcast, Internet traffic related to voice and video calls has tripled since the start of the pandemic.
Both for telecommuting and to keep in touch with loved ones, we use applications like FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Zoom, Google Duo, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams and Houseparty. More and more social activities are done by videoconference, from 5 to 7 to yoga classes, including dinners with family and friends.
In most cases, a phone, tablet, or computer can do the trick. But if you prefer to sit comfortably in front of the TV to chat with your loved ones, it is possible, provided you have the necessary equipment.
You'll need an iOS mobile device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) and an Apple TV or TV with built-in AirPlay 2. Another possibility is to combine an Android device and a Chromecast.
In all cases, you will need to use the screen mirroring function, which allows you to reproduce the screen of a phone or tablet on a TV. Your mobile device and your Apple TV or Chromecast will need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. You can use the video conferencing application of your choice.
The phone or tablet should be placed in landscape mode under the TV, ideally on a support. Obviously, for your interlocutors to see you well, you will have to sit close enough to the TV.
Procedure for iOS users (Apple)
Device required: iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Screen required: TV connected to Apple TV or TV with built-in AirPlay 2
On its website, Apple explains how to use the "Screen mirroring" feature, a procedure that we will resume briefly here:
1. Open the control center:
– On iPhone X or later, or iPad with iOS 12 or later, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen.
– On iPhone 8 or earlier, or iOS 11 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of any device screen.
2. Touch Copy from the screen.
3. Select your Apple TV or AirPlay 2 compatible TV from the list.
4. If an AirPlay access code appears on your TV screen, enter it on your iOS device.
5. Start the call with your preferred video conferencing app.
Procedure for Android users
Device required: Android phone or Android tablet
Screen required: TV connected to Chromecast
On its website, Google explains how to cast the screen from your Android device to Chromecast. Here's how to do it, in short:
1. Open the Google Home app.
2. Tap the Chromecast to which you want to stream your screen.
3. Tap Cast my screen, then tap Cast screen.
4. Start the call with your preferred video conferencing app.
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