Screen Mirroring to your Samsung TV

Note10 screen mirroring an image to a Samsung TV

That photograph you took is stunning, but you know what would make it look even more amazing? Projecting it onto a big screen. With Smart View, you can wirelessly connect a compatible Samsung device to a Samsung Smart TV. Beam photos, videos, presentations, and games on a large screen to make them look bigger and better.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and device model. Smart View is not available on every device. Devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network as the TV for screen mirroring.

Screen mirroring vs casting

As technology becomes more advanced, so does the vocabulary associated with it. We all now frequently use terms like “screen mirroring” or “casting” and it gets really confusing. What do they all mean? All you really need to know is that both allow you to stream videos, photos, and other content from your phone to your smart TV. But if you want a more in-depth definition, we have it for you right here.

What is screen mirroring?

The answer is in the name: screen mirroring. This feature lets you mirror what’s on your phone’s screen to a bigger screen, like a smart TV. Exactly what’s showing on your phone will appear on the TV, whether it’s a video, a photo, or a Settings menu. Whenever you do something on your phone (like navigating to a different app), that action will also be shown on the other screen.

On Galaxy devices the screen mirroring feature is called Smart View. You can easily mirror your screen with Smart View by just tapping the Smart View icon and doing a few simple steps.

For iPhones, the screen mirroring feature is called AirPlay, and it does the same exact thing - mirror images, videos, or other media. Using AirPlay is similar but a little different from using Smart View.

No matter which one you have, it's a great way to share videos, photos, or other things on your phone right on your smart TV.

Galaxy Smart View interface

Smart View interface displayed on Galaxy phone

Apple AirPlay interface

AirPlay interface displayed on iPhone

What is casting?

“Casting” doesn’t have such an obvious meaning since this word can be used in many other situations. But when it comes to phones and TVs, “casting” means transmitting sound and images in real time via the internet.

Certain apps like Netflix or YouTube let you cast videos from your phone directly to a big screen. Even if you don't have a smart TV, you can use third-party casting devices like Chromecast or Amazon Firestick to stream videos.

When you’re casting, only the video or movie will appear on the screen. You can control the video on your phone, but you can also close the app and do other things without interrupting the video as long as the phone is still connected. It's a super convenient way to enjoy both a movie and your phone.

Highlighted Cast icon in the Netflix app

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can cast to your TV using AirPlay.

Mirror your TV with Smart View

Important: Make sure your TV is turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your phone. Some TVs may require you to switch inputs or turn on screen mirroring. Compatibility with non-Samsung TVs may vary or may not be available. Check your TV's user manual for specific details. SmartView is not an app you download on your phone and is located in the quick settings panel.

Make a big statement by projecting photos or videos from your phone or tablet onto your TV. You can also do the opposite and stream your TV to your phone's or tablet's screen!

  1. Open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen using two fingers. Then swipe to and tap the Smart View icon.

    Note: If the Smart View icon does not appear, try swiping left. If it still doesn't appear, your device may not be compatible, or it may need to be added to the panel.

  2. Tap your TV from the list of Available devices. Enter a PIN or allow access to complete the connection if prompted.

  3. Your device's screen will now appear on the TV. If you want to stream the TV's screen to your phone or tablet, and the TV supports it, tap Other device → Phone. To switch back, tap Phone → Other device.

Quick panel with Smart View icon highlighted

When you are done using Smart View, tap the Smart View icon on your phone, and then tap Disconnect. If you need help editing the icons in the Quick Settings panel, check out our guide.

Project your Windows 10 PC to a TV

Requirements

Before everyone can enjoy the show, make sure your PC and TV have the right requirements. You will need:

A WiDi compatible PC: Most newer PCs that come with Windows 8 or Windows 10 will support WiDi. The best to way find out if your PC is compatible is by trying to mirror your screen. If your PC does not support WiDi, you can  always use a separate USB adapter.

Miracast/WiDi receiver on your TV: Make sure your TV has a Miracast or WiDi receiver. If not, you can always use an external adapter.

Mirror your screen

  1. On your PC, click Start, then Settings, and then Devices.

  2. Click Bluetooth & other devices, then Add Bluetooth or other device, and then Wireless display or dock.

  3. Click your TV once its name is displayed. If prompted, select Allow on your TV.

  4. When the connection is complete, click Done on your PC. Now your PC screen will be mirrored to the TV.

Add a device menu screen

Disconnect the devices

Once you are finished mirroring your screen, it's time to disconnect.

  1. Click Start, then Settings, and then Devices.

  2. Click Bluetooth & other devices, and click the connected TV.

  3. Click Remove device, and then click Yes.

Remove Tv from the list of connected TVs displayed

Access Smart View with SmartThings

You can mirror your phone’s or tablet's display to a TV using the SmartThings app as well.

  1. Using your phone or tablet, open the SmartThings app, and select the TV you would like to mirror to. Make sure the TV is turned on and connected to your SmartThings account.

  2. In the TV's setting page, tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Mirror screen (Smart View). If needed, give your TV permission to access your device.

  3. Note: This feature may not be available on the PC version of SmartThings.

Mirror screen (Smart View) option for Samsung TV

Screen mirror using a DeX cable or HDMI cable

Note: The Galaxy Z Flip, Galaxy A, and Galaxy J series do not support HDMI output.

If you can't connect your phone or tablet to a TV wirelessly, you can still screen mirror using a DeX cable or a USB-C to HDMI cable. Just connect the cable to your TV. On some models, it may start screen mirroring automatically. Other times, you may need to swipe down from the top of your device's screen to open the Notification panel. Then, tap the Samsung DeX notification that says "Tap here to switch to screen mirroring." Now select the correct source on your TV and whatever is displayed on your phone will appear on the TV.

Samsung Dex notification to use phone as touchpad

Tips for mirroring with Smart View

Here are some tips if you're having trouble mirroring your phone or tablet:

  • If your phone or tablet will not display, it may need permission from the TV. Restart your device and TV, and then try connecting again. Make sure to select Allow when it displays on the TV. You should also try looking for software updates on your devices. If the problem persists, perform a factory data reset on the phone or tablet.

  • On a Samsung TV, you can bypass allowing permission for your device to access your TV. From Settings on your TV, navigate to General, and then External Device Manager. Navigate to Device Connect Manager, and then select Access Notification. Set this to Off to automatically connect with the device when using Smart View. From the Device Connect Manager screen, you can also select Device List to manage the devices connected to your TV.

  • If your screen keeps turning off, change the screen timeout settings. From Settings, search for and select Screen timeout. From there, adjust the settings so your phone or tablet stays on for longer.

  • If the Smart View menu is minimized, tap the Smart View icon on your phone or tablet. The Smart View Control menu is only displayed on your connected device.

  • If the device's image looks small on your screen, you can make it a little bigger by changing the aspect ratio. On your phone or tablet, tap the Smart View icon, and then tap More options (the three vertical dots). Tap Settings, and then tap Phone aspect ratio. From there you can choose your desired aspect ratio. Most TVs will look best with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

  • If you are still having difficulty, check out our screen mirroring troubleshooting guide.

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