What Screen Mirroring is and how do I use it with my Samsung TV
Watch your smartphone screen on TV. This means you can watch your favorite shows on your commute and then continue watching them on the big screen as soon as you walk through the door.
What is Screen Mirroring?
Screen mirroring is a technology that allows the screen of a mobile device to be transmitted to the TV screen as it is and viewed on a large screen of the TV. The SmartThings and Smart View apps allow you to quickly and easily connect to your Samsung Smart TV, but you can also connect via a Wi-Fi or HDMI connection. In addition, from the 2020 model, you can mirror your phone by simply touching on the TV. Various contents such as photos, videos, and apps on your smartphone will be shown on a larger screen and feel more impressed.
To mirror the screen wirelessly, Wi-Fi connection is essential to your TV. For non-smart TVs, you will need a casting device such as a Samsung AllShare Cast, Chromecast or Amazon Firestick.
Note: the process of sharing your screen to a TV differs depending on the make and model of both your TV and device. The following instructions are for sharing the screen of any mobile device to a Samsung TV.
SmartThings is Samsung's hub for controlling smart home devices and can be downloaded to both Android and iOS devices. SmartThings can automatically detect and connect to most Samsung TV's manufactured from 2016 onwards. If your TV was made before this, try connecting with the Smart View app instead.
Step 1. Connect your Samsung smart TV and your device to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2. Download the SmartThings app onto your device.
Note: If you're using a Samsung device you may already have the SmartThings app installed. (Update required)
Step 3. Open the SmartThings app.
Step 4. Tap Add Device.
All available devices will be displayed. If you can't see your device, make sure that it is turned on. If it still isn't displayed, try turning it off and on again and restarting the SmartThings app.
Step 5. Select your TV or Scan your TV nearby.
Step 6. Tap on your TV and connect to your device.
Your TV is now connected to SmartThings and you can use your device as a second remote for the TV. You can also use Smart View to mirror photos, movies and music from your device.
Step 7. Tap on your connected TV and tap More Options.
Step 8. Select Mirror Screens (Smart View).
Note: Make sure your phone is near your TV so they can connect.
The Samsung Smart View app lets you enjoy content stored on your mobile and PC on your Samsung Smart TV. You can also control the TV, using your device as a second remote.
Step 1. Connect your device/PC and TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2. Scroll down Quick Panel on your phone, and turn on Smart View.
Step 3. You will be shown all available devices. Tap on your TV.
Note: If you don't see your TV, tap the refresh symbol to search again. If you still don't see your TV make sure that it is turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your device.
Step 4. Select My Photos, My Videos or My Music.
Step 5. Select the content that you wish to play on the TV.
Your device and TV are now connected. This connection will be remembered and established everytime you open the Smart View app. You can now control your TV through the Smart View app and play content from your device.
If the mirroring image is small on the screen, you can change the aspect ratio.
Step 1. Go to Smart View > Tap on More Options (three vertical dots).
Step 2. Tap Settings > Phone aspect ratio.
Step 3. Select Full screen on connected device to make it a full screen.
Note: Depending on your device you will be asked to allow the connection or enter a PIN code.
Viewing photos and videos via AirPlay
Step 1. Open the Photos app.
Step 2. Find the photo or video you wish to share.
Step 3. Tap the share icon in the bottom left of the screen.
Step 4. Tap AirPlay.
Step 5. Tap the TV you wish to connect to.
Step 6. If prompted, enter the code shown on the TV on your Apple device.
Playing audio via AirPlay
Step 1. Open the music player on your Apple device.
Step 2. Select a song.
Step 3. Tap the Airplay icon.
Step 4. Tap the TV you wish to connect to.
Step 5. If prompted, enter the code shown on your TV on your Apple device.
Finding AirPlay settings
Step 1. Go to Settings.
Step 2. Navigate to General.
Step 3. Select Apple AirPlay settings.
Note: Your TV and Apple device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Tap View function is a new feature in 2020. Just tap the TV with your phone and it will be mirrored.
Settings to be prepared in advance
Check if the TV's Smart View function is turned on (Settings > General > External Device Manager > Device Connect Manager > Access Notification).
- Only available from TU7000 and above TV model (Including Lifestyle/Outdoor TV) and Samsung Galaxy models from the launch. (Android 8.1 and above)
- To use Tap View, update your SmartThings app to version 1.745 or higher. It is available to download from Google play Store or Apple App store.
- When you start mirroring, you need to cancel power saving mode in Power mode.
How to set up Tap View on your phone
Step 1. On your phone, open the mobile SmartThings app, and tap Menu icon. (the three horizontal lines)
Step 2. Tap Settings icon, and then navigate to Tap view, Tap sound. Tap the switch to turn it on.
Step 3. Bring your phone closer to the TV, and then tap the Allow phone presence detection notification when it appears on your phone screen.
If you're having difficulty connecting wirelessly, you can try using a HDMI adaptor to connect your device to your TV. Official Samsung HDMI adaptors are sold seperately and offer support for devices with USB-C ports.
If you're using an older device without a USB-C port you may be able to find a compatible third-party adaptor but its performance cannot be guaranteed.
Step 1. Connect a HDMI cable to the HDMI adaptor.
Step 2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to a HDMI port on your TV.
Step 3. Connect the HDMI adaptor to the USB port on your device.
Step 4. Turn on your TV and change the input to the HDMI port you are using.
Some apps like Netflix and YouTube have an in built screen casting function that makes it easy to share what you're watching between the big and small screen.
Step 1. Connect your device and TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2. Download the compatible app to your device and TV.
Step 3. Login or create an account. Sign into the same account on both your TV and device.
Step 4. Open the content you want to watch through your device.
Step 5. Tap the Cast icon.
Note: The location of the cast icon will differ depending on the app you are using and the orientation of your phone.
Step 6. Select the device you want to watch your content on.