6 Easy Ways to Cast to Samsung TV

6 Easy Ways to Cast to Samsung TV

The word “cast” has always been associated with something supposedly jaw-dropping — as when you cast a spell. Naturally, everyone wants a peek when you want to cast whatever is on your phone to your Samsung TV. 

Lucky for you, casting to Samsung TV isn’t really rocket science. For starters, as shown below, Apple’s AirPlay can play a central role in making all that happen, something no one would have thought possible given Apple and Samsung’s history. 

Cast to Samsung TV using Apple’s AirPlay or Google’s Chromecast feature. Also, use a streaming device, Android’s screen sharing feature, Samsung’s SmartThings app or Smart View, and an HDMI connection.

We know those instructions seem quite a lot. So, in this guide, we’re showing you a step-by-step guide to six easy ways you can cast to Samsung TV — plus, we’re giving you all the info you need so you can do it all seamlessly on your own. 

1. Use Airplay to cast to certain Samsung TV models.

Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology is a treasure trove. It allows their mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers to cast or mirror their screen into the display of TV brands outside of their ecosystem, Samsung’s including. 

This is good news for you as it gives users a wide array of other display screens to connect to, like your Samsung TV. You should be able to cast your iOS device to your TV without a hitch. 

Since AirPlay is a screen-mirroring technology developed by Apple, you can only use iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks to cast to Samsung TV via this method. 

NOTICE: Please note that not all Samsung TV models support AirPlay 2. Check first, as it’s crucial to have a compatible TV unit.

Only select TV models released between 2018 and 2023 have AirPlay support. To check, go to Samsung’s support page to see if your unit belongs on their list. 

Also, we’ve prepared a table listing the compatible Samsung TV models below for quick reference.

Samsung TV Models (Released Date by Year)
201820192020202120222023
Frame TVs8K QLED TVs8K QLED TVs8K QLED TVs8K QLED TVs8K Neo QLED TVs
4K QLED TVs4K QLED TVs4K QLED TVs4K QLED TVs4K QLED TVs4K Neo QLED TVs
4K UHD TVsFrame TVsFrame TVsFrame TVs8K OLED TVsFrame TVs
Smart FHD TV N5300Serif TVsSerif TVsCrystal UHD TVs4K OLED TVsQLED TVs
4K UHD TVsCrystal UHD TVsFrame TVsOLED TVs
Sero TVs
Serif TVs

Take note that this list is not final. As new units are introduced every now and then, Samsung could upgrade this list from time to time. 

Cast to Samsung TV with your iPhone/iPad via AirPlay.

Difficulty Easy ●●○○○
Number of steps14
Time to perform fix60 seconds
Things neededSamsung TV remoteAn iPhone or iPadWorking internet connection

Using the AirPlay technology with mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads is the first way that you can cast to Samsung TV. Before continuing, you must ensure you’ve already turned on the AirPlay feature on your Samsung TV.

Your iPhone or iPad must also be connected to the same WiFi network your Samsung TV is linked to. Doing so allows the Samsung TV and mobile device to detect one another and establish a connection using the AirPlay technology.

Connecting to the WiFi network is also essential because that’s how your iPhone or iPad will transmit the data to cast its screen to your Samsung TV display. Otherwise, you’ll need a special HDMI cable to switch to a wired connection.

The steps below are a bit long. But it should be worth your time; doing them is just a matter of adjusting your casting device’s settings and TV.

Step 1: Open your Samsung TV’s Smart Hub menu by pressing home on your
            remote control.

Step 2: Open your TV’s system settings menu by selecting/clicking Settings/All
            Settings
.

Step 3: Scroll down/click Connection to open the connection menu.

Step 4: Scroll down/click Apple AirPlay Settings.

Step 5: Select/click AirPlay and turn it on.

Step 6: Go back to the connection menu and click Network to open the network
            menu.

Step 7: Scroll down/click Open Network Settings.

Step 8: Select/click Wireless.

Step 9: Select/connect to your WiFi network on the list. Input your WiFi password if needed.

Step 10: Go to your iPhone/iPad’s WiFi menu by swiping down the home menu to
              open the control center panel and connect to the same WiFi network.

Step 11: Go back to the control center panel and click Screen Mirroring.

Step 12: Select/click your Samsung TV from the list of available devices.

Step 13: Enter the passcode on your Samsung TV display to cast using AirPlay.

Step 14: Wait for your Samsung TV to cast the screen of your iPhone/iPad.

It’s easy once you’re in; whatever you see on your phone, you should be seeing on your TV. However, the resolution may not be as refined as when playing an app from within the TV environment. 

For instance, if you cast your Netflix to your Samsung, the video resolution may not be as crisp as when you play Netflix directly on your TV. But, it’s a good break from the monotony of the TV apps as anyone can cast their device. 

Cast to Samsung TV with your MacBook via AirPlay.

Difficulty Easy ●●○○○
Number of steps14
Time to perform fix60 seconds
Things neededSamsung TV remoteA MacBookWorking internet connection

Another way for you to cast to Samsung TV using AirPlay is to mirror the screen of your MacBook. Most of the steps involving this process are similar to the previous method of using AirPlay to screen mirror an iPhone/iPad on your Samsung TV.

You must also ensure the AirPlay feature is enabled on your Samsung TV. The WiFi connection you’re connected to on your Samsung TV must be the same as on your MacBook device.

Step 1: Open your Samsung TV’s Smart Hub menu by pressing home on your
            remote control.

Step 2: Open your TV’s system settings menu by selecting/clicking Settings/All
            Settings
.

Step 3: Scroll down/click Connection to open the connection menu.

Step 4: Scroll down/click Apple AirPlay Settings.

Step 5: Select/click AirPlay and turn it on.

Step 6: Go back to the connection menu and click Network to open the network
            menu.

Step 7: Scroll down/click Open Network Settings.

Step 8: Select/click Wireless.

Step 9: Select/connect to your WiFi network on the list. Input your WiFi password if needed.

Step 10: Go to your MacBook’s WiFi menu and connect to the same WiFi network as your Samsung TV.

Step 11: Select/click the AirPlay icon beside the WiFi icon to open your MacBook’s
              AirPlay settings.

Step 12: Select/click your Samsung TV from the list of available devices.

Step 13: Enter the passcode on your Samsung TV display to cast using AirPlay.

Step 14: Wait for your Samsung TV to cast the screen of your iPhone/iPad.

Now that you know how to cast using AirPlay, let’s seek another way. This time let’s use Google’s very popular streaming device, the Chromecast. 

2. Use the Chromecast feature on some apps.

Difficulty Easy ●●○○○
Number of steps12
Time to perform fix55 seconds
Things neededSamsung TV remoteAn iPhone or iPadWorking internet connection

Using the Chromecast feature on apps like YouTube allows you to watch videos on a bigger display screen. For example, if you’re playing a video on your phone’s YouTube app, you can cast the same video on your Samsung TV display screen.

By pressing the Chromecast icon on the upper-right corner of the YouTube app’s video player, you can cast to Samsung TV. To do this, your Samsung TV and mobile phone must be connected to the same WiFi network to detect each other.

Step 1: Open your Samsung TV’s Smart Hub menu by pressing home on your
            remote control.

Step 2: Open your TV’s system settings menu by selecting/clicking Settings/All
            Settings
.

Step 3: Scroll down/click Connection to open the connection menu.

Step 4: Select/click Network to open the network menu.

Step 5: Scroll down/click Open Network Settings.

Step 6: Select/click Wireless.

Step 7: Select/connect to your WiFi network on the list. Input your WiFi password if needed.

Step 8: Go to your iPhone/iPad’s WiFi menu by swiping down the home menu to
              open the control center panel and connect to the same WiFi network.

Step 9: Go to your phone’s YouTube app and play a video.

Step 10: Press the video to reveal the YouTube player’s controls and click the
              Chromecast icon.

Step 11: Select/click your Samsung TV from the list of available devices.

Step 12: Wait for the YouTube video to cast to the Samsung TV display.

That should be easy. Note that you can also cast your device via Chromecast using Google Home.

3. Use your phone or laptop’s screen mirroring/sharing to cast to Samsung TV

Another way to cast to Samsung TV is to use the screen mirroring/sharing feature on Android phones and tablets. Like the other methods, this requires both devices to be connected to the same WiFi network.

Once connected, you must go to your Samsung TV’s input source menu and select the screen mirroring/sharing function. You’ll also need to do the same thing on the mobile Android device you want to cast on your Samsung TV display.

Please note that the screen mirroring/sharing feature may be named differently depending on the brand of your mobile Android device. We’ve prepared a list below showing what screen mirroring/sharing is called in most mobile Android devices.

  • Cast
  • Miracast
  • Mirroring
  • Mirror share
  • Multi screen
  • Screencast
  • Screen share
  • Smart mirror
  • Smart View
  • Wireless display

Below are just choice examples of casting using mirroring apps. They should be able to give you an idea of how to do it for the rest. 

Cast to Samsung TV using a mobile Android device via screen sharing.

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of steps6
Time to perform fix25 seconds
Things neededSamsung TV remoteA mobile Android deviceA working internet connection
Step 1: Press the source button on your Samsung TV remote control to open the
            input source menu.

Step 2: Select/click Screen Mirroring.

Step 3: Wait until the Screen Mirroring instruction are shown on your Samsung TV
            display.

Step 4: Swipe down the home screen of your mobile Android device to open its quick settings panel.

Step 5: Find/click your mobile Android device’s screen mirroring/sharing function.

Step 6: Select/click your Samsung TV to start screen mirroring/sharing.

Aside from mobile Android devices, you can also use the screen mirroring/sharing feature to cast a Windows laptop screen to Samsung TV. To do this, just make sure your Windows laptop and Samsung TV are connected to the same WiFi network.

Cast to Samsung TV using a Windows laptop via screen sharing.

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of steps8
Time to perform fix30 seconds
Things neededA Windows laptopA working internet connection
Step 1: Press the source button on your Samsung TV remote control to open the input source menu.

Step 2: Select/click Screen Mirroring.

Step 3: Wait until the Screen Mirroring instruction are shown on your Samsung TV
            display.

Step 4: Open the options menu on your laptop’s home screen by clicking the right
            mouse button.

Step 5: Select/click Display settings.

Step 6: Select/click Connect to a wireless display.

Step 7: Select/click your Samsung TV on the pop-up window.

Step 8: Wait for your Windows laptop to connect to your Samsung TV.

4. Use streaming devices on Samsung TV models that do not support AirPlay or screen mirroring.

Difficulty Easy ●●○○○
Number of steps9
Time to perform fix30 seconds
Things neededA streaming deviceStreaming device remoteA working internet connection

It’s not the end of the world even if you have an old Samsung TV model that doesn’t support AirPlay or screen mirroring. You can always plug a streaming device into your old Samsung TV to equip it with various Smart features.

This should include screen mirroring. We’re talking about streaming devices other than the popular Google Chromecast. 

Streaming devices are also an effective alternative to cast to Samsung TV when the AirPlay and screen mirroring features aren’t working like normal. Even if you already have a Samsung Smart TV, you can never go wrong with using a streaming device.

While paying for a separate device might seem unnecessary for some, we think the number of options you open up on your Samsung TV offsets the cost. There are some affordable devices out there (e.g., Roku Stick and Amazon Firestick).

Again, just make sure your Samsung TV and the device you will cast to it are connected to the same WiFi network. Below is an example of how to cast a Samsung phone to a TV with an Amazon Firestick.

Step 1: Open the settings menu on your Samsung TV’s Firestick by clicking the cog icon.

Step 2: Open the Firestick network settings by clicking Network.

Step 3: Connect the Firestick to your WiFi network.

Step 4: Press/hold home on the Firestick remote for at least 3 seconds and
            release to open a quick settings menu.

Step 5: Scroll right/click Mirroring.

Step 6: Leave your Firestick on the Display Mirroring screen.

Step 7: Swipe down twice on your phone’s home screen to open the entire quick
            settings panel and make sure it’s connected to the same WiFi network.

Step 8: Select/click your phone’s screen mirroring function on the quick settings
            panel.

Step 9: Select/click your Firestick on your phone and press the Start now button to begin casting.

5. Use SmartThings or Smart View to cast to your Samsung TV.

The SmartThings app and the Smart View function are the most optimal ways to cast to Samsung TV. After all, SmartThings and Smart View are developed by the people at Samsung, which means they should work smoothly on your TV.

Smart View is the name of the screen mirroring/sharing feature on Samsung smartphones, which is used to cast their screen on a TV display. It’s no wonder that this screen mirroring/sharing feature is more optimized for Samsung TVs.

The SmartThings app is a tool used to control a wide range of Samsung Smart devices, including your TV. This app can be used as a backup remote control and you can also use it to screen share your phone directly to the Samsung TV.

Cast to Samsung TV using your Samsung phone via Smart View.

Difficulty Easy ●●○○○
Number of steps11
Time to perform fix40 seconds
Things neededSamsung TV remoteSamsung phoneA working internet connection
Step 1: Open your Samsung TV’s Smart Hub menu by pressing home on your
            remote control.

Step 2: Open your TV’s system settings menu by selecting/clicking Settings/All
            Settings
.

Step 3: Scroll down/click General to open the TV’s general settings menu.

Step 4: Scroll down/click External Device Manager.

Step 5: Scroll down/click Device Connection Manager.

Step 6: Scroll down/click Device List.

Step 7: Select/click your Samsung phone from the list of available devices.

Step 8: Swipe down on your phone’s home screen twice to open the quick settings
            panel and click Smart View.

Step 9: Select/click your TV.

Step 10: Select/click the Start now button to begin casting.

Step 11: Select/click Allow on your Samsung TV display to authorize the screen
              mirroring/sharing.

Cast your smartphone to Samsung TV using the SmartThings app.

Difficulty Easy ●●○○○
Number of steps13
Time to perform fix50 seconds
Things neededA smartphoneA working internet connection
Step 1: Run the Google Play/Apple App Store app on your smartphone.

Step 2: Select/click the search bar function on the app store.

Step 3: Enter/search “SmartThings app.”

Step 4: Download SmartThings by pressing the Install button.

Step 5: Select/click Open to run SmartThings on your smartphone.

Step 6: Click the + symbol on the SmartThings’ home page.

Step 7: Click Add device.

Step 8: Click Scan nearby.

Step 9: Select/click your TV.

Step 10: Enter the PIN code shown on your Samsung TV display and hit Done to
              proceed.

Step 11: Select/click Done to finish the app setup.

Step 12: Select/click your TV on the SmartThings’ home page.

Step 13: Select/click the screen sharing button on the app to cast your phone to
              Samsung TV.

6. Use the HDMI connection to cast to Samsung TV.

Difficulty Very Easy ●○○○○
Number of steps4
Time to perform fix15 seconds
Things neededA smartphoneAn HDMI cable

This last method in our guide is the easiest way to cast to Samsung TV as you only need to use an HDMI cable to establish a wired connection. With this method, you don’t need to mess around with as many options and settings on your Samsung TV.

You only need the correct HDMI cable to plug into your Samsung TV and the device you want to cast. You’ll need a Lightning to HDMI cable or adapter for Apple devices and a Samsung DeX cable for devices with USB Type-C ports.

Step 1: Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the device you want to cast to Samsung
            TV.

Step 2: Plug the other end into the HDMI port at the back panel of your Samsung TV.

Step 3: Select/click SWITCH TO SCREEN MIRRORING on your phone.

Step 4: Select HDMI input as the source on your Samsung TV.

Why am I unable to cast Android devices to my Samsung smart TV?

If you don’t meet the requirements needed to make screen sharing work on your Samsung TV, you won’t be able to cast any Android device. First, you must ensure that your Samsung TV and Android device are connected to the same network.

In case there isn’t any available WiFi network, you can switch to a wired connection using an HDMI cable. As long as you meet these basic requirements, you should be able to follow the instructions above to cast Android to Samsung TV without any issues.

If you cannot cast to Samsung TV after connecting both devices to the same WiFi network, consider performing some troubleshooting tricks to resolve the issue. You can soft reset both devices to refresh their memory and correct errors.

We also recommend updating your Samsung TV to the latest software version to prevent any software-related issues that might cause screen sharing to fail. 

Take note that the same thing goes for the Android device you want to cast to your Samsung TV display.

Why am I unable to cast using SmartView?

The phone using Smart View and your Samsung TV must be connected to the same WiFi network for this feature to work. This is true for any wireless casting technology you want to use on your Samsung TV.

Also, the Smart View feature uses the wireless Miracast technology to cast your device’s screen to your Samsung TV. As such, you need to check if the device you want to cast supports Miracast to make sure that it will work with Smart View.

Please note that you’ll also be unable to use Smart View on DRM-protected content. Examples of this are the content streamed on platforms such as Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video, and more.

FAQs About Casting on Samsung TV

What causes AirPlay not to work on Samsung TVs?

Several reasons can cause AirPlay not to work on a Samsung TV. Below is a list of some common reasons that cause AirPlay to not work on Samsung TVs.

  • The Samsung TV doesn’t support AirPlay 2.
  • The AirPlay feature is disabled on the Samsung TV.
  • The software on your Samsung TV and Apple device is outdated.
  • The Samsung TV and Apple device aren’t using the same WiFi network.
  • The WiFi network is sluggish or faulty.

How can I cast my Oculus Quest 2 on my Samsung TV?

A Chromecast device is needed to cast Oculus Quest 2 on a Samsung TV. You also need to ensure that your Chromecast device and the Oculus Quest 2 are connected to the same WiFi network.

Once you’ve done that, wear your VR Headset and turn on your Oculus Quest 2. From there, click the Oculus button on its remote control and navigate to Sharing > Cast > Chromecast Device.

How much are streaming sticks for Samsung TV?

Streaming stick prices vary depending on the brand you want to get. You can find some at a starting price of $25 up to $80 on online platforms like Amazon.

How do I stop casting on my Samsung TV?

Click the stop casting button on the device you’re casting on your Samsung TV display. If you’re using a wired HDMI connection, you can just unplug the cable from both devices to stop casting.


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