What is Screen Mirroring and how do I use it with my Samsung TV?

How to open the screen mirroring connection on your Samsung smartphone or tablet, and on your Samsung TV

Screen mirroring allows you to view content from your mobile device on your TV screen. This means that you can start watching your favourite show on your commute and then immediately continue it on the big screen when you walk through the door. The SmartThings and Smart View apps make it quick and easy to connect to your Samsung Smart TV, but you can also connect through a Wi-Fi or HDMI connection.

To be able to screen mirror wirelessly, your TV will need to be able to support a Wi-Fi connection. If you don't have a smart TV, you will need a casting device such as a Samsung AllShare Cast, Chromecast or Amazon Firestick. 

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 any mobile device to a Samsung TV. Find out more about sharing your screen to a non-Samsung TV.

Connecting using SmartThings

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. 

1 Connect your Samsung smart TV and your device to the same Wi-Fi network
2 Download the SmartThings app onto your device

Please note: if you're using a Samsung device you may already have the SmartThings app installed

3 Open the SmartThings app
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.

5 Select your TV
6 A PIN number may be displayed on your TV. Enter the PIN in the app

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.

7 Tap Smart View
8 Use the menu on your device or TV to select the content you want to view
Connecting using Airplay

Please note: your TV and Apple device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network

Viewing photos and videos via AirPlay

1 Open the Photos app
2 Find the photo or video you wish to share
3 Tap the share icon in the bottom left of the screen
4 Tap AirPlay
5 Tap the TV you wish to connect to
6 If prompted, enter the code shown on the TV on your Apple device

Playing audio via AirPlay

1 Open the music player on your Apple device
2 Select a song
3 Tap the Airplay icon
4 Tap the TV you wish to connect to
5 If prompted, enter the code shown on your TV on your Apple device

Finding AirPlay settings

1 Go to Settings
2 Navigate to General
3 Select Apple AirPlay settings
Connecting using Smart View

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.

Please note: Smart View can only control a selection of Samsung TV's that were manufactured between 2011 and 2016. If your device is not listed below, try connecting with the SmartThings app


2011: LED D7000 and above, PDP D8000 and above

2012: LED ES7500 and above, PDP E8000 and above

2013: LED F4500 and above (except F9000 and above), PDP F5500 and above

2014: H4500, H5500 and above (except H6003/H6103/H6153/H6201/H6203)

2015: J4500, J5500 and above (except J6203)

2016: K4300, K5300 and above

1 Connect your device/PC and TV to the same Wi-Fi network
2 Download the Samsung Smart View app

Please note: if you are using a Samsung device you may already have Smart View installed

3 You will be asked to accept storage permissions. Tap Allow
4 You will be shown all available devices. Tap on your TV

Please 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

5 Depending on your device you will be asked to allow the connection or enter a PIN code

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. 

6 Select My Photos, My Videos or My Music
7 Select the content that you wish to play on the TV
Connecting using Wi-Fi direct

All recent Samsung smartphones and tablets have an inbuilt feature that allows you 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.

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. 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

Turn on screen mirroring on your device

Please note: the steps to turn on screen mirroring will depend on your device and its compatibility

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 your 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 to confirm the connection
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.

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 Wi-Fi Direct to see how to prepare your TV for connections.

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

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 adaptor

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.

1 Connect a HDMI cable to the HDMI adaptor
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

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 your smartphone or tablet isn't connecting, it is likely due to one of the following reasons:

Your devices aren't on the same Wi-Fi network. As a security measure, devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to allow screen mirroring. This stops your neighbour broadcasting to your TV by mistake.

Both devices do not have screen mirroring switched on. You need to have an open mirroring connection on both your device and the TV for mirroring to work.

Your phone has not received permission from the TV. Restart your phone and TV, then try connecting again. Make sure that you select Allow when it appears on the TV.

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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