How to Screen Mirror to your Samsung TV?
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.
All recent Samsung tablets and smartphones will have the ability to screen mirror.
The screen mirroring function on your smartphone or tablet will be called Screen Mirroring, Smart View or Quick Connect depending on your model and operating system.
The quickest way to find this function is to use your finger to drag down from the top of your screen to pull up the notification menu and look for the function.
How to find out if your device has Screen Mirroring or Smart View function:
- Go to Home screen > Use two fingers to pull down the extended notification menu
- If your device does not have these features, you can still connect via Quick Connect
Compatible devices with Screen Mirroring or Smart View function:
Samsung Galaxy S series (from Samsung Galaxy S3 and up)
Samsung Galaxy A series
Samsung Galaxy J series
Samsung Galaxy Note series (from Galaxy Note 2 and up)
Samsung Galaxy Tab series
Smart mirroring is available on Samsung smart TVs that are capable of a Wi-Fi connection.
The first Samsung model that supported screen mirroring was the F range in 2013. If you have an older model without Wi-Fi, you will need a casting device such as a Samsung AllShare Cast.
If you have a Chromecast or an Amazon Firestick, you can also share your screen through these.
How to connect your smartphone to your TV?
Most Samsung smartphones include a Screen Mirroring or Smart View feature which enables screen mirroring with Samsung Smart TVs and other smart devices. The feature is compatible with TVs that use WiFi direct technology.
- Samsung TV model F range (2013) : Use screen mirroring via WiFi
- Samsung TV model (before 2013) : Use screen mirroring via an Allshare Cast or HDMI cable
There are 2 methods to prep your Samsung TV
Method 1: Older model
- On the remote > Press the Source button
- Navigate to and select the Screen Mirroring source
- Your TV will display a screen informing you that it is waiting for a device to be connected. This screen will be displayed until your device is connected.
Please note: if you do not connect your device within two minutes the scan will time out.
Method 2: Newer Model
- Select Menu on your TV remote > Scroll down to Network > Press the Select button
- Scroll down to Screen Mirroring > Press the Select button again to turn on 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 > Network > External Device Manager > Device Connection Manager > Device List
- Use two fingers held slightly apart to pull down the extended notification menu > Tap Screen Mirroring. Your device will now scan for TVs and other devices to which they can be mirrored.
- Tap the TV you wish to connect to. Your TV must have the screen mirroring function switched on for this to work. Your device will now begin connecting to your TV.
- Once connected, your mobile device screen will now be displayed on the TV.
Successful connection includes:
- Showing pictures stored on your external device
- Watching videos stored on your external device
- Watching videos from apps on your external device
- Playing music through your TV's speakers instead of your external device's
- Showing people the game you are playing
Please note: There may be a slight lag between the actions performed on the external device and their appearance on the TV. This means you will not be able to effectively watch the TV's screen when playing a fast-paced game.
If your smartphone or tablet isn't connecting, it is likely due to one of the below 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 mirror (this stops your neighbour broadcasting to your TV by mistake).
Your smartphone or tablet is on a different or old operating system. Some non-Samsung devices do not have full compatibility with Samsung TVs. Most Android devices should be able to mirror effectively, but other devices such as Apple's AirPlay are designed to be used with Apple TVs and may have limited functionality.
In these cases, you may be able to find a third party app that will connect the two, or can try using an HDMI cable or using a separate streaming device.
Both devices do not have screen mirroring switched on. You need to have the mirroring connection to be open on both your smartphone/tablet and the TV for the mirroring to work correctly.
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