How to Connect an iPhone to a Samsung TV

Mirroring your iPhone's screen to your TV's display

What to Know

  • The easiest way to connect: Open AirPlay on your iPhone > open the content app > tap the Airplay icon.
  • Another way: Link your iPhone to your Samsung TV with a Lightning Digital AV Adapter and an HDMI cable.
  • Or, try an app with mirroring capabilities, such as the Samsung SmartView app.

This article explains how to connect your iPhone to a TV so you can play or share content from the phone to the TV using screen mirroring. Methods include using AirPlay, linking your phone and TV with a digital AV adapter, or using a mirroring app.

Use Airplay to Connect an iPhone to a Samsung TV

You can connect your iPhone to Samsung TVs that support Airplay 2, including models from 2018 and later.

  1. Make sure that both the iPhone and TV are on the same Wi-Fi connection.

  2. Check that you've enabled Airplay on your iPhone.

  3. Open the app from which you want to stream.

  4. Tap the Airplay icon.

    In some apps, such as Photos, you need to tap the Share icon first.

Use a Lightning Digital AV Adapter to Screen Mirror

This is one of the easier options, but you will need to buy or acquire a specific adapter from Apple for it to work. The Lightning Digital AV Adapter can be found for around $49.00 and works with most iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads. You will need to have an extra HDMI cable ready to use, as it will be used to physically link your iPhone to your Samsung TV. 

Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter
  1. Connect the AV Adapter to your iPhone.

  2. Connect the HDMI cable to the AV Adapter. You will see the port on the adapter where the HDMI cable needs to be plugged into. 

  3. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the Samsung TV.

  4. Set the source on the Samsung TV to the input you connected the HDMI cable to. You should now see your iPhone’s screen mirrored on your Samsung TV. 

Use the Samsung SmartView App to Connect

If you prefer a wireless solution for connecting your iPhone to your Samsung Smart TV, some apps can help. 

When using screen mirroring apps, the Smart TV and the iPhone must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The apps will not function if your phone and TV are on different networks. 

The Samsung SmartView app is a free app you can install on your phone to allow screen mirroring to your smart TV.

Here's how:

  1. Make sure that both the iPhone and TV are on the same Wi-Fi connection.

  2. Launch the Samsung SmartView app. It will ask you to enter the code that appears on your Samsung Smart TV screen.

  3. Enter the pin, and the device should automatically connect to your TV.

Other Apps With Mirroring Capabilities

Some apps like YouTube have their own way of mirroring the iPhone screen to your TV. Then you can watch your favorite YouTube videos right on your TV instead of the small screen on your phone.

  • How do I turn off screen mirroring on an iPhone?

    To turn off AirPlay and stop screen mirroring your iPhone, open Control Center and select Screen Mirroring. Select the option to Stop Mirroring or Stop AirPlay.

  • Why is screen mirroring not working on my iPhone?

    If AirPlay isn't working and the screen mirroring feature isn't activating, your Wi-Fi connection may be disabled, or the AirPlay devices, such as your iPhone and smart TV, may not be turned on or close enough to each other. Try restarting your devices to fix the issue.

  • Why is there no sound when screen mirroring with my iPhone?

    If you don't hear audio properly when using your iPhone with an AirPlay-compatible device, the sound may be down or off on one or both devices. Check to see if sound is muted on the iPhone or the other device. Check your iPhone's ring/silent switch to ensure sound is turned on.

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