What is Screen Mirroring and how do I use it with my Samsung TV?
Screen mirroring allows you to view content from your mobile device on your TV screen. This means that you can start watching your favourite show on your commute and then immediately continue it on the big screen when you walk through the door. The SmartThings and Smart View apps make it quick and easy to connect to your Samsung Smart TV, but you can also connect through a Wi-Fi or HDMI connection.
To be able to screen mirror wirelessly, your TV will need to be able to support a Wi-Fi connection. If you don't have a smart TV, you will need a casting device such as a Samsung AllShare Cast, Chromecast or Amazon Firestick.
Please 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. Find out more about sharing your screen to a non-Samsung TV.
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.
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.
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.
Please note: your TV and Apple device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network
Viewing photos and videos via AirPlay
Playing audio via AirPlay
Finding AirPlay settings
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
Please note: if you are using a Samsung device you may already have Smart View installed
Please 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
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.
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
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.
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.
If this is your first time using Quick Connect you may be asked to update it.
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.
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
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.
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.
Please note: the location of the cast icon will differ depending on the app you are using and the orientation of your phone
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.