How to Connect a Samsung Phone to a Samsung TV

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If you have a Samsung smartphone and a Samsung TV, it's easy to share content from your phone to the larger screen with screen mirroring or casting. Here's how to connect your Samsung smartphone to a Samsung TV.

There have been various ways to do this over the years, but Samsung now is shifting screen mirroring functions to its SmartThings app. Older devices can still use Samsung Smart View and Wi-Fi mirroring to see their Samsung phone's contents on their TV.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 mirroring to Samsung TV

Screen Mirroring With the Samsung SmartThings App

Samsung's SmartThings is a way to automate your home with an array of smart devices. The SmartThings app controls everything, and one of its many functions is screen mirroring from your Samsung phone to your Samsung TV.

Before you get started, make sure your smartphone and TV are on the same wireless network and be sure your TV is powered on and connected to your SmartThings account.

  1. Open the SmartThings app on your Samsung smartphone.

  2. From the Dashboard, select your TV.

  3. Select More Options (three dots) from the top-right of the screen.

  4. Tap Mirror Screen (Smart View).

  5. You'll see your phone's contents on your TV screen.

Cast Content to Your Samsung TV

Another way to view the contents of your Samsung phone on your Samsung TV is with screen casting via a Chromecast device and the Google Home app. To do this:

  1. Plug in your Chromecast device and power on the TV.

  2. Set the TV's input to HDMI.

  3. From the Google Home app, select Add > Set up Device, and then follow the prompts to set up your Chromecast.

  4. Select and open a Chromecast-compatible app on your phone and then tap the Cast button.

  5. Enjoy your casted content on your TV.

Screen Mirroring With Samsung Smart View

The Samsung Smart View app is another way to mirror content from your Samsung smartphone to your Samsung TV. As of October 2020, Samsung no longer supports this app, as it's focusing on the SmartThings app and ecosystem.

While new users can't download Smart View after October 2020, those who already have the app can still use it to mirror their phone's screen to their TV. Optionally, use a casting dongle, such as Chromecast, with Smart View.

On some Samsung TVs, you may need to turn on screen mirroring by going to Source > Screen mirroring or Network > screen mirroring.

  1. Make sure your Samsung smartphone and Samsung Smart TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

    If you're using a Chromecast, make sure it's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Samsung smartphone.

  2. From your phone, drag down the Notifications bar to view your app shortcuts menu.

  3. Swipe to find and tap Smart View.

    A Samsung phone's shortcuts menu with Smart View highlighted
  4. Choose your Samsung TV. You'll see your Samsung smartphone's or tablet's screen appear on your TV.

    If this is your first time setting up screen mirroring with Smart View, select Allow with your TV remote when the TV asks you to confirm the connection.

  5. When you're finished, tap Smart View on your phone to disconnect and stop mirroring.

Wi-Fi Screen Mirroring

If you have older Samsung devices that aren't supported by SmartThings or Smart View, it's still possible to mirror your phone's contents to your Samsung TV.

To get started, for some older models, press the Source button on your remote, then select Screen Mirroring. For other models, press Menu on your remote, then select Network > Screen Mirroring.

  1. Drag down the Notifications bar on your Samsung phone.

  2. Select Screen Mirroring (on some devices, you'll select Quick Connect).

  3. Your device will scan for available devices to connect to. Choose your TV from the list of available devices.

  4. If a PIN appears on your TV screen, enter the number into your smartphone when prompted.

  5. Once the connection is established, you'll be able to open most apps and programs from your Samsung smartphone, and they'll mirror to your Samsung Smart TV.