How to connect my Samsung Galaxy S5 to a television with an HDMI cable

Here's a quick guide for those who need help connecting their Samsung Galaxy S5 to a television using an HDMI cable for video/media file streaming.



There are some requirements that must be met for you to view videos or other media files from your Samsung Galaxy S5 to a television using an HDMI cable including the following:

  • The HDTV must be compatible with viewing videos or other media from your Galaxy S5 device using the HDTV adapter. Most digital rights management-contents cannot be viewed or displayed using the HDTV adapter. It is also possible that your HDTV will not display an image when connecting the HDTV adapter to a desktop dock.
  • Refer to your television manual to ensure correct HDMI settings.
  • You will need an HDMI cable and an HDTV adapter to connect your Galaxy S5 to your television. Both of these are sold separately from your S5 device.


Once you've got all the requirements checked and secured, you may now start to connect your phone to your television. Here's how:

Connect using the HDTV adapter

1. Connect one end of the universal HDMI cable into the HDTV adapter.

2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your television. Make sure the TV input settings have the right HDMI port selected. Please refer to your television manual to get more information.

3. To ensure you will not run out of battery while viewing videos or media contents, connect your travel charger to the HDTV adapter and then to a power source. You may skip this step if you think your phone has enough battery though.

4. Next, connect the HDTV adapter connector into the accessory or power interface connector on your phone. This is the same port you normally used to connect your travel charger.

Once the HDTV adapter connector is properly connected to your phone's power/accessory interface, your television screen will instantly display what is on your phone's Home screen.

All the required equipment can be purchased from the Samsung E-Store or other electrical retailers.

Solved: Battery Drain, MicroSD card undetected issues on Samsung Galaxy S5 after Lollipop Update

Software updates are supposedly rolled out to fix any existing bugs and/or to improve performance in mobile devices. However, these updates also come with a number of unexpected  "adverse" outcomes as depicted by different post-update issues transpiring on an updated device like the Galaxy S5.

Surprisingly, a number of issues have plagued owners of the Galaxy S5 right after updating to the latest Android 5.0 "Lollipop" mobile OS.

Among the most common concerns include the device which is unable to detect microSD card as well as the battery that is draining so fast. Good thing these issues have already obtained early solutions, which is made available in this post. Here's how:

A. Problem on Battery Drain after update to Lollipop

The problem on battery drain with the Galaxy S5 is likely due to a feature that allows the device to scan for any available networks for both WiFi and mobile data. When both the Wi-Fi and mobile data are activated on the device, it promptly connects to one of these networks, depending on which is more stable or with strong signal.

If you noticed your device battery quickly drains right after performing the latest update, then you may opt to either completely disable mobile or prevent your device from switching between networks automatically. But if you often use MMS services with your device, I recommend the latter option. Remember that mobile data is required for you the send MMS or picture messaging services.

To turn off automatic switching between networks on your Galaxy S5, tap on Apps from any Home screen, then go to Settings, tap Wi-Fi and finally, remove the checkmark (uncheck) from the box next to the Smart network switch option. That should fix the battery drain issue on your device.

After performing the aforesaid procedure perform a soft reset on your device. This can be done by turning the phone off for about 30 seconds, then turn it back on afterwards. Alternately, you can just turn off the phone, remove the battery, wait for a few seconds and re-insert the battery, and finally, turn it back on.

You can use the same method to fix Wi-Fi issues on your Galaxy S5 after performing an update to Lollipop.

B. Galaxy S5 unable to detect MicroSD card after update to Lollipop

If you encounter this problem right after updating your device software, then your options would include wiping cache partition and/or hard reset.

Try to wipe cache partition first. Here's how to wipe cache partition on the Galaxy S5:

1. Power off the phone.
2. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys simultaneously.
3. Release the Power key when the phone vibrates while keep pressing and holding the two other keys.
4. Wait until the Android System Recovery screen displays, then release the Volume Up key and Home keys.
5. Highlight wipe cache partition option by pressing the Volume Down key and press the Power key to select the option.
6. Wait until the wipe cache partition process is complete. When it's done, you will see the option to Reboot system now is highlighted.
7. Restart the phone by pressing the Power key.

If wiping the cache partition won't work for you, that's when you perform a hard reset. Just don't forget to back up your files beforehand for easier recovery after the master reset. Follow these steps to perform a hard/master reset your Galaxy S5:

1. Power off the phone.
2. Press and hold the Volume Up, Home and Power keys simultaneously.
3. Release the Power key when the phone vibrates while keep pressing and holding the two other keys.
4. Wait until the Android System Recovery Screen displays then release the Volume Up and Home keys.
5. Highlight the option to wipe data/factory reset by pressing the Volume down key. (You may need to press it several times until the option is highlighted).
6. Use the Power key to select the highlighted option.
7. Now press the Volume key until you see the option 'Yes--delete all user data' is highlighted.
8. Press the Power button to select the highlighted option and begin the hard reset process on your device.
9. Wait until the hard reset is complete. When it's done, you will see the option to 'Reboot system now' becomes highlighted.
10. Finally, restart the phone by pressing the Power key.

 If problem persists and the phone is still unable to detect the microSD card, then I suggest you take your device to an authorized service center for firmware re-flashing or re-installation.