Mirror screen from iPhone to Samsung TV

Mirror screen from iPhone to Samsung TV

Screen mirroring is a feature common to most new technologies that allows you to cast content from one device’s screen to another’s screen. Screen mirroring has many different names, but on Apple devices it’s called AirPlay.

While AirPlay is a feature of Apple, since the advent of AirPlay 2 in 2018, it has become much easier to connect between ecosystems of devices. If you have a Samsung Smart TV made in 2018 or later, you will most likely be able to use AirPlay – check if your model is on this list to be sure.

There are two ways to access AirPlay on your iPhone: you can select “Screen Mirroring” from Control Center to mirror the entire iPhone screen, or you can select the AirPlay icon from some apps to cast content from your iPhone to the TV. Alternatively, you can connect your iPhone to Samsung TV with an HDMI cable to achieve the same effect. Here’s how to do it all.

How to activate AirPlay on a Samsung TV

Before you can use screen mirroring or AirPlay, you must first make sure that the feature is enabled on your Samsung TV.

1. Using your TV remote, go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘General’.

2. Choose “Apple AirPlay Settings” from the menu.

3. Select “AirPlay” and set it to “On”.

How to mirror an iPhone screen to a Samsung TV using AirPlay 2

How to mirror entire iPhone screen from Control Center

1. Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen to bring up Control Center. For older iPhone models with a Home button, Control Center can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

2. Touch “Screen Mirroring” next to an icon of two overlapping rectangles.

IPhone Control Center

3. Select your Samsung TV from the list of available devices.

IPhone Control Center available devices pop-up

4. If a passcode appears on the Samsung TV, enter it in the pop-up on your iPhone.

5. Your entire iPhone screen should then start mirroring onto your Samsung TV. When you play a video on your iPhone, the TV should automatically format it to full screen.

How to play AirPlay content from within apps

If you’d rather not mirror your phone’s entire screen to your TV, some of the major media services like Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, and Hulu have an AirPlay button right in their apps. Unfortunately, Netflix no longer includes the in-app AirPlay option.

Some built-in iPhone apps like the Photos app also have the AirPlay option, which can be found in the “Share” menu.

1. After making sure your phone and TV are on the same Wi-Fi network, open the app and select the media file you want to play.

2. Find the AirPlay button (a rectangle with a triangle below it, usually near the top right or top left corner of the screen) and tap it. If you are trying to AirPlay from the Photos app, tap the “Share” button, then select “AirPlay”.

Hulu in-app AirPlay button

3. Choose the name of your Samsung TV from the list of available devices.

4. If a passcode appears on the Samsung TV, enter it in the pop-up on your iPhone.

5. The your photo or video should then start mirroring on your Samsung TV.

How to mirror an iPhone screen to a Samsung TV with an HDMI cable and a Lightning Digital AV adapter

If you find it easier to use a wired connection or if your devices aren’t compatible with AirPlay, you can use an HDMI cable and a Lightning to HDMI adapter.

A Lightning to HDMI adapter is a dongle that connects your iPhone to an HDMI cable, which plugs into your TV. The adapter costs around $ 40 on Amazon, and you’ll also need to buy an HDMI cable if you don’t already have one.

1. Connect the Lightning end of the cable to your iPhone.

2. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the other end of the adapter.

AV adapter for iPad

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

4. Switch the TV’s input to the corresponding HDMI channel.

5. Start playing the desired media file on your phone to view it on the TV.

How to change AirPlay settings on Samsung Samsung TV

1. Using your TV remote, go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘General’.

2. Choose “Apple AirPlay Settings” from the menu.

3. From here, choose one or more of the following options to make changes:

  • AirPlay: allows you to activate the TV’s AirPlay function, which only needs to be done the first time you use AirPlay. You can also turn off AirPlay.
  • Subtitles and Subtitles: This setting not only allows you to turn subtitles on and off for the selected media, but also allows you to change the size, font and color of the subtitles.
  • About AirPlay: open this menu if you want to make sure you are using the latest version of AirPlay or to find information about the current software.
  • Request code: when you start using AirPlay, anyone on your Wi-Fi network with a compatible device can connect and mirror to your TV. If you want to prevent this for any reason, you can use this setting to create a passcode that users must enter before they can project anything on your TV.

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