There are different ways to mirror your smartphone to your TV, ranging from HDMI to Chromecast to Miracast. If you have a Samsung Galaxy device, the easiest way is to use the Smart View feature.
It will let you do everything from playing YouTube music videos to viewing files on the big screen. If you have a ton of images on your phone, you can even show them off! This can be useful for those with smart TVs or looking for other ways to display their content. We’ll walk you through how to set up and use Smart View.
What is Samsung Smart View?
Samsung Smart View is a feature that allows you to mirror content from your Samsung device directly to a smart TV.
Using a smart TV instead of a small device screen will give you an enhanced viewing experience. You can also use it as an additional monitor. The Smart View feature is now designed to work primarily with Samsung Smart TVs, but it can still work with other brands that support the Miracast standard, such as LG, Sharp, Philips, Sony, etc.
However, DRM-protected content cannot be mirrored using the Smart View feature.
How to use Samsung Smart View
To use Smart View, you need to make sure your smart TV is connected to the same network as your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet. You’ll also need Miracast wireless display technology on your smart TV – newer Samsung TVs have it, as do some of the other brands mentioned above.
Once you’ve confirmed these settings are in place, open Smart View on your mobile device and select the smart TV you want to mirror from the list of available devices. Your phone screen will then be mirrored to your TV screen. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways you can do this.
Use Wireless Display Mirroring with a Smart TV
With this feature, you can enjoy your favorite apps, pictures, videos and games on your TV. To get started, you’ll need a Miracast-supported Smart TV and a working Wi-Fi connection. If you have an older model TV or phone or any unsupported device, this method may not work. If so, you should try some of the other methods described below.
Here’s how to set it up:
- On your Samsung device, use two fingers to pull down the Quick Settings panel and swipe left. Press on Smart display.
- Make sure your phone and TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The app will automatically start searching for compatible devices.
- Select your smart TV from the list of devices that appears. If it doesn’t show up, try unplugging and restarting your TV.
- On the pop-up screen, tap Start now grant permissions.
- Once connected, your Samsung Galaxy device should start mirroring to your TV. You can see the Smart View menu on the right.
- If you want to switch to a full screen view, simply change the aspect ratio by going to the Smart View menu and selecting Phone aspect ratio > Full screen on connected device on your phone.
- To disconnect the feature, access the menu and press Disconnect.
Mirror Samsung Galaxy Phone with Amazon Fire Stick
If your TV does not have wireless display capabilities, you can try using the Smart View app with a compatible streaming or streaming device to mirror your mobile screen. We will be using Amazon Fire TV Stick for this guide. Here’s what you need to do, and as always, make sure your phone and TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- First, make sure the Amazon Fire TV Stick is set up on your HDTV.
- Once done, go to the home screen and select Settings > Display and audio > Enable display mirroring.
- Next, go to your Samsung device’s home screen, pull down the Quick Settings panel and swipe left. Press on Smart display.
- The app will automatically display a set of devices within range. Press your Fire TV Stick device.
- Faucet Start now grant the necessary permissions.
- Once connected, your Samsung Galaxy device should start mirroring to your HDTV.
Mirror your screen with the Samsung SmartThings app
The SmartThings app supports Samsung’s recent range of smart TVs (2017 and later), allowing you to stream content from your phone directly to your TV, while also providing a variety of useful features for others connected devices in your home, like controlling lights or opening doors.
The Smart View feature supports a limited number of Samsung TVs manufactured between 2011 and 2016. For newer models, you can use the Samsung SmartThings app.
To download: SmartThings (Free)
Here’s how to use it.
- On your Samsung Galaxy device, download and install the SmartThings app from the Galaxy Store.
- Faucet Continue to grant the required location and other permissions. In the pop-up screen, tap When using the app.
- On the home screen, navigate to the bottom menu panel and tap Devices.
- Faucet + (the plus icon) and select Add device in the upper right corner to add a new device.
- Faucet Analysis to find all TVs in range that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your device.
- Select your device and press Add.
- The device’s availability status will be updated automatically. You will need to keep your phone and TV on and connected to the same network during this process.
- Return to the device list and tap your TV again. You can now see the Mirror screen (Smart View) updated option for your device.
- To select Read/View content. You will need to accept the connection request on your TV screen to start mirroring your device.
Mirror your screen with a third-party app
It’s easy to mirror your Android device’s screen to your TV using several methods. One of the ways to do this (for both Samsung and non-Samsung devices) is to use a third-party app. We’ll use the Quick Settings app as an example here, and it’s a good alternative if Smart View isn’t working for you.
To download: Quick Settings (free in-app purchases available)
- Launch quick settings and tap Accept and continue accept the terms.
- On the app screen, tap Multimedia > Broadcast > Enable Thumbnail.
- Navigate to the Quick settings tray on your device by swiping down from the top.
- Press the three dot menu at the top right of your home screen.
- To add the Cast icon in the system tray, select Edit Buttons. You can display the Cast icon in the list. Long press and drag the icon to the status bar.
- Faucet Fact at the bottom of the screen to save your settings.
- Now just press the Cast button to mirror your screen to your TV.
Problems and troubleshooting
If you are having trouble mirroring your Samsung Galaxy device using the Smart View app, you can try to fix the issues with these tips below.
You will need to check if your two devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. If you are having trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi network, try restarting your router. On your Samsung device, go to Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi to check if your connection is active. Also disable any VPN connections you may have installed.
Additionally, you will need to make sure that you have accepted the device connection permissions for your TV and smartphone devices.
Your smart TV must be compatible with the Smart View function. To check if your TV supports Screen Mirroring, you can either check the user manual that came with your TV or search online for its model number (if applicable) and device information. or compatible features.
Additionally, the latest versions of Smart View are designed to work with other Samsung products, so you may experience compatibility issues depending on which version you are using.
You can also try mirroring your Android device using these methods.
Easily share and showcase your content
Mirroring your device to a TV or computer can make your experiences more engaging and interactive.
Smart View makes it easy to share and view content directly from your phone or tablet. With mirroring capabilities, you will be able to showcase content from a Samsung Galaxy or other Android devices, such as a deck of slides for your presentation, a webpage, a product pitch to pass around for discussion, or a set pictures for inspiration.
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