What is Screen Mirroring? How to connect your smartphone to your TV?

Last Update date : Nov 05. 2020

What is Screen Mirroring?

Screen mirroring or screen casting allows you to mirror your mobile device's content to your TV screen. 

 

Screen mirroring technology has changed substantially over recent years and the best method to mirror your screen will differ depending on the age, model and manufacturer of your smartphone, tablet and TV. 

 

A lot of apps, such as Netflix and Youtube now have a screen mirroring function built in. If you are using a casting device such as Chromecast, you may need to connect your account for that app to the casting app in order to mirror.

Please note: 

1. 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.

2. For each connectivity Handset and TV should be compatible or should have the feature.

Connect via Smart View

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
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
Connect via 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
7 Tap Smart View
8 Use the menu on your device or TV to select the content you want to view
Connect via 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 on 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
Connect via 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
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2 Tap Quick Connect or Search phone and scan for nearby devices
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If this is your first time using Quick Connect you may be asked to update it.

3 Tap ENABLE QUICK CONNECT
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4 If the option appears on screen, tap Scan for nearby devices
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5 Tap the device you want to connect to
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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
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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
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3 Your TV may request that you allow the connection. Tap Agree, Allow or OK
Connect via HDMI adapter
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If you're having difficulty connecting wirelessly, you can try using a HDMI adapter to connect your device to your TV. Official Samsung HDMI adapters 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 adapter 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
Connect via 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

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 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
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
Troubleshooting

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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