"How do I stream content from my smartphone to my TV?" This is a question our pals in Support get asked a lot, and with so many awesome games, videos, photos and apps packed into our mobile devices, it's clear to see why. Actually, there isn't just one answer – far from it!
The flexibility to use our tech in all kinds of ways, depending on what we've got available, where we are and which tools we feel most comfortable with, is really important to us here on the Community. With that in mind, we decided to give you guys a crash course of some of the most popular methods for viewing your smartphone on your TV.
Before you get started, you'll need to ask yourself the following questions:
How are you connecting?
What are you connecting to?
Samsung Smart TV
Non-Samsung smart TV
Connect over Wi-Fi
Connect to a Samsung TV using SmartThings
You can control smart home devices from an Android or iOS device using the SmartThings app. If you're trying to connect to a Samsung TV model from before 2016, consider using the Smart View app instead.
Ensure that your mobiledevice and SamsungTV are switched on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network
Check you have the SmartThingsapp on your mobile device (automatically installed for SamsungGalaxy).
Smart View for Windows (please note: automatic download)
If asked to accept storage permissions, tap Allow
When you see a list of available devices, tap your Samsung TV
If your Samsung TV does not appear, tap the refresh symbol
Enter your security PIN if prompted while connecting
Your device and TV are now connected and you can select the content you wish to view
Connect to any smart TV using Wi-Fi direct
You can use the inbuilt Wi-Fi direct technology on recent Samsung mobile devices to connect to any smart TV. To use it, you'll need to enable the feature on both your TV and your device.
Swipe down from the top of your smartphone screen to reveal theQuick Settings panel
Tap ScreenMirroring or SmartView or QuickConnect
Available options will be affected by your device model and operating system
Your device will scan for available pairing options. When it appears, tap your TV
Make sure screen mirroring has been enabled on the TV you wish to connect to. Refer to individual user guides for non-Samsung smart TVs
If your security PIN is requested, enter in on your device
If yourSamsung mobile device is using the Android Marshmallow operating system or below, you may wish to try Quick Connect.
Connect with a cable
You can connect your device to a non-smart TV using a HDMI cable and adaptor. Use an official Samsung HDMI adaptor for devices with USB-C ports or find a compatible third-party adaptor for those without.
Make sure your TV is switched off
Connect one end of your HDMIcable to your HDMIadaptor
Take the other end of the HDMIcable and connect it to the HDMIport on your TV
If your TV has more than one HDMIport, make a note of which one you are using
Connect the HDMIadaptor to the USBport on your handheld device
Switch on your TV and change the input to the HDMIport where your HDMIcable is connected
Screen Casting for Netflix and YouTube
Some apps, such as YouTube and Netflix, have inbuilt screen casting functionality. You can use this feature to share content from your mobile device to a smart TV.
Check that your mobiledevice and smartTV are both switched on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network
Make sure you have the compatible app downloaded on your mobile device and TV and you are logged in on both
Open the desired app on your mobile device and select the content you wish to watch
Tap the Screen Cast icon and select your TV
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