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

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


Which Samsung tablets and smartphones have mirroring?Click to Expand

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.

Screen mirroring and Smart View will appear as an icon in the menu, and Quick Connect will appear as a search bar beneath the icon menu. (Note that you may need to drag down twice to access the full menu).

Available on:

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

If you have an older device, you may still be able to connect using an HDMI cable.

Which Samsung TVs have screen mirroring?Click to Expand

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. You can check the age of your Samsung TV here.

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.

Turning on Screen Mirroring on your Samsung TVClick to Expand

Please note: you will need to make sure that the mirroring connection is open on both your smartphone/tablet and your TV in order for the connection to work successfully.

Screen mirroring technology has changed substantially over recent years. The way you would set up your TV to mirror your screen will differ depending on the age of your model.

You will find the screen mirroring function on your TV in one of the three places below.

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 > Network > External Device Manager > Device Connection Manager > Device List

Turning on screen mirroring on your Samsung smartphone or tabletClick to Expand

Please note: you will need to make sure that the mirroring connection is open on both your smartphone/tablet and your TV in order for the connection to work successfully.

To turn on the screen mirroring function on your device, drag your finger from the top of the screen to pull down the notifications bar.

Tap Screen Mirroring OR Smart View OR Quick Connect

Your device will now scan for TVs and other devices to which they can be mirrored. Ensure you have turned on the screen mirroring function on your TV, then tap the TV you wish to connect to when the image appears on the screen.

You may be asked to enter a PIN that appears on the screen.

TroubleshootingClick to Expand

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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