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

Last Update date : Dec 30. 2020

Watch your smartphone screen on TV. This means you can watch your favorite shows on your commute and then continue watching them on the big screen as soon as you walk through the door.

What is Screen Mirroring?

Screen mirroring is a technology that allows the screen of a mobile device to be transmitted to the TV screen as it is and viewed on a large screen of the TV. The SmartThings and Smart View apps allow you to quickly and easily connect to your Samsung Smart TV, but you can also connect via a Wi-Fi or HDMI connection. In addition, from the 2020 model, you can mirror your phone by simply touching on the TV. Various contents such as photos, videos, and apps on your smartphone will be shown on a larger screen and feel more impressed.

 

To mirror the screen wirelessly, Wi-Fi connection is essential to your TV. For non-smart TVs, you will need a casting device such as a Samsung AllShare Cast, Chromecast or Amazon Firestick. 

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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.

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.

Step 1. Connect your Samsung smart TV and your device to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Download the SmartThings app onto your device.

Note: If you're using a Samsung device you may already have the SmartThings app installed. (Update required)

Step 3. Open the SmartThings app.

Step 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.

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Step 5. Select your TV or Scan your TV nearby.

Step 6. Tap on your TV and connect to your device.

 

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.

Step 7. Tap on your connected TV and tap More Options.

Step 8. Select Mirror Screens (Smart View).

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Note: Make sure your phone is near your TV so they can connect. 

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

Step 1. Connect your device/PC and TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Scroll down Quick Panel on your phone, and turn on Smart View.

Step 3. You will be shown all available devices. Tap on your TV.

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

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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.

Step 4. Select My Photos, My Videos or My Music.

Step 5. Select the content that you wish to play on the TV.

 

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. 

 

If the mirroring image is small on the screen, you can change the aspect ratio.

Step 1. Go to Smart View > Tap on More Options (three vertical dots).

Step 2. Tap Settings > Phone aspect ratio.

Step 3. Select Full screen on connected device to make it a full screen. 

Connecting using Airplay

 

Note: Your TV and Apple device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Viewing photos and videos via AirPlay

 

Step 1. Open the Photos app.

Step 2. Find the photo or video you wish to share.

Step 3. Tap the share icon in the bottom left of the screen.

Step 4. Tap AirPlay.

Step 5. Tap the TV you wish to connect to.

Step 6. If prompted, enter the code shown on the TV on your Apple device.

 

Playing audio via AirPlay

 

Step 1. Open the music player on your Apple device.

Step 2. Select a song.

Step 3. Tap the Airplay icon.

Step 4. Tap the TV you wish to connect to.

Step 5. If prompted, enter the code shown on your TV on your Apple device.

 

Finding AirPlay settings

 

Step 1. Go to Settings.

Step 2. Navigate to General.

Step 3. Select Apple AirPlay settings.

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.

Step 1. Pull down from the top of the screen to display your quick settings.

Step 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.

Step 3. Tap on the TV that you want to connect to.

Step 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 uses the Android Marshmallow operating system (Android version 6.0) and below. If you're using a more recent version of Android, you can connect using screen mirroring, Smartview or SmartThings instead. 

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.

 

Step 1. Pull down from the top of the screen to display your quick settings

Step 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.

Step 3. Tap ENABLE QUICK CONNECT

Tap ENABLE QUICK CONNECT

Step 4. If the option appears on screen, tap Scan for nearby devices

Tap scan for nearby devices

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 2. Tap Quick connect or Transfer files to device

Tap Quick Connect or Transfer files to device

Step 3. Your TV may request that you allow the connection. Tap Agree, Allow or OK

Connecting using Tap View

Tap View function is a new feature in 2020. Just tap the TV with your phone and it will be mirrored. 

 

Settings to be prepared in advance

 

Check if the TV's Smart View function is turned on (Settings > General > External Device Manager > Device Connect Manager > Access Notification). 

 

How to set up Tap View on your phone

 

Step 1. On your phone, open the mobile SmartThings app, and tap Menu icon. (the three horizontal lines)

Step 2. Tap Settings icon, and then navigate to Tap view, Tap sound. Tap the switch to turn it on.

Step 3. Bring your phone closer to the TV, and then tap the Allow phone presence detection notification when it appears on your phone screen.

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Note:

  • Only available from TU7000 and above TV model (Including Lifestyle/Outdoor TV) and Samsung Galaxy models from the launch. (Android 8.1 and above)
  • To use Tap View, update your SmartThings app to version 1.745 or higher. It is available to download from Google play Store or Apple App store. 
  • When you start mirroring, you need to cancel power saving mode in Power mode. 
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.

 

Step 1. Connect a HDMI cable to the HDMI adaptor.

Step 2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to a HDMI port on your TV.

Step 3. Connect the HDMI adaptor to the USB port on your device.

Step 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.

 

Step 1. Connect your device and TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Download the compatible app to your device and TV.

Step 3. Login or create an account. Sign into the same account on both your TV and device.

Step 4. Open the content you want to watch through your device.

Step 5. Tap the Cast icon.

Note: The location of the cast icon will differ depending on the app you are using and the orientation of your phone.

Step 6. Select the device you want to watch your content on.

Troubleshooting

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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