16X2 LCD Interface with Arduino

16x2 LCD Interface with Arduino

Its quite inconvenience to use serial monitor of Arduino IDE to display data or any message when a wireless display is needed. Thus a on-board display will be helpful for solving this issue. 16x2 LCD is one of the simplest & cheapest display one can use for this purpose.

Things needed:
- Arduino
-16x2 lcd 
- Connecting wires

About 16x2 LCD :
The LCDs have a parallel interface, meaning that the microcontroller has to manipulate several interface pins at once to control the display.
The interface consists of the following pins:
·         A register select (RS) pin that controls where in the LCD's memory you're writing data to. You can select either the data register, which holds what goes on the screen, or an instruction register, which is where the LCD's controller looks for instructions on what to do next.
·         Read/Write (R/W) pin that selects reading mode or writing mode
·         An Enable pin that enables writing to the registers
·         data pins (D0 -D7). The states of these pins (high or low) are the bits that you're writing to a register when you write, or the values you're reading when you read.
·         There's also a display constrast pin (Vo), power supply pins (+5V and Gnd) and LED Backlight (Bklt+ and BKlt-) pins that you can use to power the LCD, control the display contrast, and turn on and off the LED backlight, respectively.
The process of controlling the display involves putting the data that form the image of what you want to display into the data registers, then putting instructions in the instruction register. The LiquidCrystal Library simplifies this for you so you don't need to know the low-level instructions.

Circuit Diagram
There are generally 16 pin slots on 16x2 LCD module. Here I have used 12 as shown in the figure. After wiring the module connect it and see if the back light is glowing.

Coding Part:
Write or past this code in arduino IDE

// include the library code:
#include <LiquidCrystal.h>
char str1[]="GaneshGadgets";
char str2[]=".blogspot.com";

LiquidCrystal lcd(7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2);

void setup() {
  // set up the LCD's number of columns and rows:
  lcd.begin(16, 2);
void loop() {
lcd.setCursor(0, 0);//cursor position
lcd.print("Ganeshgadgets ");
lcd.setCursor(3, 1);
lcd.print(".blogspot.com ");
The result will be like this:

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