How can I view my Samsung smartphone screen on my TV?

How can I view my Samsung smartphone screen on my TV

Watching content on your smartphone has never been better, with infinity displays and crystal clear resolution, but sometimes you need to show off your incredible photos and videos on a bigger screen. Your Samsung smartphone or tablet can connect to a TV through a Wi-Fi or HDMI connection to display your screen. 

Please 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 a Samsung device to any TV. 

Connecting using Wi-Fi direct
Connecting using Wi-Fi direct Connecting using Wi-Fi direct

All recent Samsung smartphones and tablets have an inbuilt feature that allows you to display your screen on TV's with a Wi-Fi connection. This connection is established using Wi-Fi direct technology and requires the feature to be enabled on both your TV and device. Find out more about how to check the internet settings of your TV


Turn on screen mirroring on your TV

The process of turning on screen mirroring will vary depending on the device you are using and the TV you are connecting to. On Samsung TV's you can find the feature in one of three places:

Older models: Press the Source button, then select the Screen Mirroring source option.

Newer models: Select Menu on your remote then navigate to Network, then Screen Mirroring

Most recent models will allow you to save a device list in order to view and manage connected devices within the TV. You can do this in the Settings menu at: General > External Device Manager > Device Connection Manager > Device List

Please note: if you are connecting to a TV that isn't made by Samsung, please refer to the user guide to enable screen mirroring

Turn on screen mirroring on your Samsung smartphone

1 Pull down from the top of the screen to display your quick settings
2 Tap Screen Mirroring or Smart View or Quick Connect

Your device will now scan for all devices which it can connect to. Make sure that the TV you wish to connect to has screen mirroring enabled.

3 Tap on the TV that you want to connect to
4 As a security feature a PIN may appear on screen. Enter the PIN on your device
5 Once you have connected, to stop screen mirroring tap the screen mirroring icon on your phone and select Disconnect
Connecting using Quick Connect

Quick Connect is a screen mirroring feature on Samsung devices that are using the Android Marshmallow operating system and below. If you're using a more recent version of Android, you can connect using screen mirroring, Smartview or SmartThings instead. Find out how to check what version of Android you're using.

Quick Connect can display content such as images, videos and audio on your TV but only if they are saved to your device. Unlike current screen mirroring technology, Quick Connect will not display everything that you see on your phone screen.

Your TV will need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your device and screen mirroring will need to be enabled. Follow the steps in Connecting using screen mirroring to see how to prepare your TV for connections.


Connecting using Quick Connect

1 Pull down from the top of the screen to display your quick settings
Pull down from the top of the screen to display your quick settings
2 Tap Quick Connect or Search phone and scan for nearby devices
Tap Quick Connect or Search phone and scan for nearby devices

If this is your first time using Quick Connect you may be asked to update it.

4 If the option appears on screen, tap Scan for nearby devices
Tap Scan for nearby devices
5 Tap the device you want to connect to
Tap the device you want to connect to

Your device and TV will now be connected and content can be played from your device on your TV. To share content, first, find the files you want to view on your device.


How to share content

1 Tap the share icon
Tap the share icon

Please note: if the share icon is not available please tap the menu icon. It will appear as three dots in the upper right corner. Then tap Share via

2 Tap Quick connect or Transfer files to device
Tap Quick Connect or Transfer files to device
3 Your TV may request that you allow the connection. Tap Agree, Allow or OK
Connecting with a HDMI adapter

If you're having difficulty connecting wirelessly, you can try using a HDMI adapter to connect your device to your TV. Samsung official HDMI adapters are sold separately and offer support for devices with USB-C ports.

HDMI adapter

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. 

1 Connect a HDMI cable to the HDMI adapter
2 Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to a HDMI port on your TV
3 Connect the HDMI adaptor to the USB port on your device
4 Turn on your TV and change the input to the HDMI port you are using
Screen casting Netflix and YouTube

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.

1 Connect your device and TV to the same Wi-Fi network
2 Download the compatible app to your device and TV
3 Login or create an account. Sign into the same account on both your TV and device
4 Open the content you want to watch through your device
5 Tap the cast icon
cast icon

Please note: the location of the cast icon will differ depending on the app you are using and the orientation of your phone

6 Select the device you want to watch your content on

If you're experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app.

This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app.

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