What is DLNA and how do I connect DLNA-enabled devices to my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Last Update Date : Jan 09. 2018

Last updated: 16 May, 2014


The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a service which allows users to share media files between other DLNA-enabled devices at home over a Wi-Fi network.



You may read the term 'AllShare' used to describe Samsung DLNA-compatible devices.



There are several ways to connect to nearby devices and play media stored on those devices from your device. When you open a media app on your device, such as Gallery, Music, or Video, nearby devices will be displayed in their own tab. In the example below we are accessing a DLNA device from the Music application.


If the device you are trying to connect to is not detected, and you are sure it is connected to the same Wi-Fi access point, touch Refresh . Touch a device in the list to browse its contents. Then touch an item to play it on your device.


DLNA - Nearby Devices


To connect to your device from other DLNA devices turn on the sharing feature. You will receive a request when a nearby device recognises that you have chosen to share content. Approve access by touching OK or reject access by touching Cancel.


Note: when you turn on File sharing any device connected to the same Wi-Fi access point may be able to access and view the content you decide to share. This includes public Wi-Fi access points you may use at a coffee shop or a hotel. We recommend that you turn off File sharing when it is not in use.

1. From the Home screen, touch Apps Apps Icon > Settings Settings Icon > Nearby devices Nearby Devices Icon .


2. Touch the switch Slider Off to turn Nearby devices on Slider On .

DLNA - File Sharing


3. Touch Shared contents and mark the media you want to share with other devices.


4. Touch Allowed devices to view devices you have approved access for. You can approve access for up to 10 devices. To remove access for a device mark the device's checkbox and touch Delete.


5. Touch Denied devices to view devices you have rejected access for. If you decide you want to approve a device, mark the device's checkbox and then touch Delete. The next time the device is in range you will receive an access request again. Touch OK to approve access.


6. Touch Download to and then select the preferred storage location for media you download from other devices.


7. Touch Download from other devices to select how your device should handle requests to download content from a remote device. Choose Always accept, Always ask (default), or Always reject.

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