Frequently Asked Questions About MHL Devices

What is MHL?

MHL is technology that allows you to connect your MHL mobile devices and home theater products to TVs and displays.

How do I know if my device has MHL?

For the most updated list of MHL devices, please visit

Does MHL work with all TVs/Monitors/Projectors?

If you have an HDMI display you can use an MHL-to-HDMI adapter. If you have an MHL display, you can use an MHL cable for a direct connection.

Where can I purchase an MHL adapter or cable?

MHL adapters can be purchased online, at retailers, and wireless stores.

What types of products use MHL technology today?

There are adapters, automotive accessories, A/V receivers, Blu-ray Disc™ players, cables, DTVs, monitors, projectors, smartphones, streaming media sticks, tablets and more.

What can I do with MHL?

Watch movies anywhere, play games with friends, surf the web and check e-mails, all on the big screen. Make your experience a social one.

How much does MHL cost?

MHL technology is already in more than 900 million devices. If your device is MHL-enabled and you don't have an MHL-enabled TV, then you'll need an MHL-to-HDMI adapter, which is available through most online electronics retailers for a nominal cost.

Do I have to download and app to make MHL work?

If your mobile device is MHL-enabled, you already have the ability to connect to a bigger screen. No downloads are needed.

Is MHL in Apple products?

Currently, Apple products do not support MHL. The ecosystem continues to grow so check back often for updates on new products.

What are the differences between connecting your MHL device to an MHL TV vs. HDMI TV?

With an MHL-to-MHL connection your TV's remote can control the mobile device and instead of using an adapter you can directly connect your phone to the TV.

How many MHL devices are there today?

There are more than 900 million MHL-enabled products on the market across the globe.

The MHL feature on my device does not work what can I do?

As a standards body we cannot provide individualized technical support. However, the following general guidelines may be helpful:

  1. Check that your source device (typically this is your phone or tablet) supports MHL. List of supported devices can be found here:
  2. Check that your sink device can receive MHL (typically this is a TV, monitor or projector.) A list of supported devices can be found here: If your sink device does not support MHL there are numerous MHL to HDMI dongles available from accessory supplies.
  3. Make sure your devices are connected together correctly. Connection diagrams for typical setups can be found at
  4. If these guidelines do not allow you to connect successfully then please contact your device manufacturer through their normal technical support channels.
  5. If you are unable to satisfactorily resolve your connection issues thorough your device manufacturers normal support channels we would love to hear from you. Email us at Please include the following details:
    1. Source device (typically phone or tablet) brand and model
    2. Cable or adapter brand and model
    3. Sink device (typically TV, Monitor or Projector) brand and model
    4. A summary of your interactions with you’re the technical support team at your device(s) manufacturer(s)

Why do the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II not work with my existing MHL accessories?

MHL is a connector-agnostic standard designed for flexibility while maintaining interoperability. Given this, Samsung made the decision to move from 5 pins to 11 pins for the products listed above. To ensure interoperability with MHL, Samsung has released a variety of accessories, which include:

  • Samsung adapter tip
  • Samsung 11 pin adapter

I’ve noticed that MHL is not included in the phone I just purchased. Why is that?

Manufacturers are continually adjusting model specifications to provide the features most valued by consumers while meeting expectations for lower prices. If MHL is not included in devices that are important to you we encourage you to directly contact the device manufacturers so that they better understand your need is not being met. From our perspective we’re excited that MHL has been included in more than 750 million products, including many recently announced devices such as the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

Moving forward we’re working to determine methods for lowering the costs of adopting MHL which we believe will drive expanded adoption of the MHL standard.

To see a full list of MHL mobile devices, please refer to: MHL Devices.