DroidBOX T8 Game Screenshot Screen Mirroring Miracast

If you’ve heard of Miracast (occasionally referred to as WiFi Display) but never dipped your toes in, this post is for you!

Miracast Logo

We’ll start with the basics…

Miracast allows you to send video and audio from your phone or tablet (if they support it) to another device. So if you imagine that a successful Miracast connection is like having an invisible HDMI cable between two devices, you’re half way there already!

To use Miracast you will need two compatible devices, one to send the data, and another to receive it. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be using a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone to send, and a DroidBOX® T8 to receive the data and display it on a TV. Screen mirroring is the term Samsung use, other manufacturers will use different names, or even different protocols and call it screen mirroring, so you will need to check your manual or online support resources for your phone/tablet to check exactly how the connection is set up.
More recent Android phones/tablets that run Marshmallow (Android 6.0) will not likely support Miracast (though it is worth checking your manual) as Google now prefer to push their own Chromecast hardware and protocols instead.

 

KitKat Based DroidBOX Models

T8 Launcher Homescreen With Settings Highlighted Screen Mirroring Miracast
First, (with your DroidBOX and TV already turned on, in Android if you have a dual boot device), click the Settings icon on your DroidBOX’s homescreen (normally one or two cogs).

 

DroidBOX T8 Settings Advanced Tab Miracast Highlighted Screen Mirroring Miracast
Click the Advanced tab, then the Miracast entry. Click on Definition Settings and change it to HD.

 

QuickSettings Samsung Galaxy S5 Swipe Down Settings Samsung Galaxy S5
Settings Connections Samsung Galaxy S5 Screen Mirroring Device Selection Samsung Galaxy S5
Next bring up the Quick Settings area on the S5 phone (swipe down with two fingers) and click the Screen Mirroring icon to turn the feature on. You can also access it via the normal notification drawer (swipe down with one finger).
(If you have customized your phone and removed the “Screen Mirroring” shortcut, you can click the cog to enter the full Settings area, scroll to the “Connections” area, then almost at the bottom you’ll see the Screen Mirroring link to click).

The phone will now scan for any nearby devices that support Miracast. If none appear, try rebooting both your phone/tablet and the DroidBOX.

 

If At First You Don't Succeed Screen Mirroring Device Selection Samsung Galaxy S5
The first time you attempt a connection, it may fail. If this occurs, click Search Device on the DroidBOX with the phone/tablet set to try and connect again.

 

DroidBOX T8 Miracast Opened Screen Mirroring Miracast
Once a connection is possible, you will be asked to confirm you want to the screen mirroring to actually start (to prevent other people from forcing you to look at their phone/tablet!)

 

Screen Mirroring Miracast Connected Device Selection Samsung Galaxy S5
You should now see a message on the S5 confirming the connection has been made.

 

DroidBOX T8 Miracast Device Selection Portrait Screen Mirroring Miracast DroidBOX T8 Miracast Device Selection Landscape Screen Mirroring Miracast
If you rotate your phone or tablet, the screen will alter accordingly on your TV.

 

DroidBOX T8 Samsung Homescreen Screen Mirroring Miracast
Some screens will have a fixed rotation, such as Samsung’s launcher.

 

DroidBOX T8 Game Menu Screenshot Screen Mirroring Miracast DroidBOX T8 Game Screenshot Screen Mirroring Miracast DroidBOX T8 Samsung ES File Explorer Screen Mirroring Miracast
You can now open your application or game.

 

DroidBOX T8 Samsung Screen Lock Screen Mirroring Miracast

If your phone or tablet is left alone, it may lock the screen and then woken up, present an unlock screen. The Miracast system will show the lock screen shown above.

 

Swipe Down To Reaccess Screen Mirroring Miracast Connected Device Selection Samsung Galaxy S5 Disconnect Confirmation Screen Mirroring Miracast Connected Device Selection Samsung Galaxy S5 DroidBOX T8 Disconnected Screen Mirroring Miracast
To end the Screen Mirroring connection, swipe down the notification drawer and click on the Screen Mirroring enabled entry. Click the End Connection button at the bottom, and you’ll be asked to confirm. If your phone or tablet is using the battery (not connected to a charger), don’t forget to disconnect when you have finished with Miracast, as the process consumes a fair amount of power.

 

 

Lollipop Based DroidBOX Models

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First, (with your DroidBOX and TV already turned on, in Android if you have a dual boot device) bring up the Quick Settings area on the S5 phone and click the Screen Mirroring icon to turn the feature on.
(If you have customized your phone and removed the “Screen Mirroring” shortcut, you can click the cog to enter the full Settings area, scroll to the “Connections” area, then almost at the bottom you’ll see the Screen Mirroring link).

The phone will now scan for any nearby devices that support Miracast. If none appear, try rebooting both your phone/tablet and the DroidBOX.

 

Click the DroidBOX entry, and you should see

 

  • SpreadTheWord

    I have a projector. Can I use this feature the other way around? i.e. use a miracast dongle in my projector to receive FROM my Droidbox, thus doing away with an HDMI cable?

  • Andrew

    Hello,

    we haven’t tried that yet. I would advise to visit our forums and look for info there, or start a new thread.