Suppose you want Netflix or YouTube streaming to, but how exactly does that work with a Samsung TV? There are several options, including: cast to Samsung TV. This way you can easily start the stream and watch your TV.
Cast to Samsung TV
If you want to cast to Samsung TV, it is good to know the exact definition of casting. Casting was invented by Google, when the Chromecast came on the market. Streaming for example Netflix, YouTube, Spotify or any other streaming service to the big screen is therefore called casting.
If you want to know more about this, check out our extensive article: What is casting?
Anyway, you’ve come here to learn how to cast to a Samsung TV now. Let me start with the bad news: it is not standard possible to switch to a Samsung television via a built-in Chromecast.
That means that you always have to use/buy a separate Chromecast to be able to cast. For more info on buying, read our guide: Which Chromecast to buy? I have tested them all.
What do you need for: casting to Samsung TV?
To get started with casting you need a number of things, below is the list
- Smartphone, tablet or laptop
- Wifi connection
- (Samsung) TV with HDMI connection
- Electricity point nearby
Now that you know what it takes, let’s continue below with the explanation of exactly how to start a stream.
Connect the Chromecast to your Samsung TV
Connect the Chromecast to a free HDMI port on your Samsung TV and plug the plug into the socket. Depending on the model, this can also be done via the USB port of the TV (Chromecast 1 and 2)
Make sure the Chromecast is installed via the Google Home app
Find the right ‘source’
Grab your phone/tablet or laptop
Now grab your smartphone, tablet or laptop and select the app from which you want to cast to the Samsung TV. Make sure that both devices (smartphone/tablet/laptop and the TV) are connected to the same WiFi network!
Stream to Samsung TV: Other Options
There are also other ways to get your smartphone screen on a Samsung TV. The screen is copied as it were and displayed on the large screen.
To do this there are a number of conditions and different ways. This has to do with which smartphone you use to stream to a Samsung TV.
Below I go into more detail about how this works with a Samsung smartphone, but also with a iPhone† If you have another device, there may also be ways, but you can of course always choose to cast to Samsung TV.
Samsung smartphone (and other Android devices) with SmartThings
As you would expect, a Samsung smartphone works well with a Samsung TV. After all, they are made by the same company.
This method can also work for a number of other smartphones, but mainly offers the possibility to use a so-called screen mirror to your Samsung TV. It is also possible to control the TV via your smartphone and the app.
We are going to do this with Samsung’s SmartThings app. Below everything you need.
- Samsung TV
- SmartThings app
- Wifi connection
Cast to Samsung TV (Smartthings)
In this tutorial you will learn how to cast to a Samsung TV with Samsung SmartThings.
Download the SmartThings app
Make sure both devices are on the same WiFi
Make sure your smartphone is connected to the same network as the Samsung TV.
Open the SmartThings app and choose ‘add device’
Go to the SmartThings app on your smartphone and choose ‘add device’ here
Select the TV in the app
Choose your Samsung TV from the list of devices so that it can be connected.
Optional: enter the PIN code
In some cases, you will need to enter the PIN you see on the screen on your smartphone.
Now select Smart View and start casting to Samsung TV.
This way you can stream to your Samsung TV with most Android and iOS devices. But there is also another way to do this for certain models.
This next one is only suitable for iPhones and iPads, as Apple technology is used here: Airplay†
iPhone/iPad with Airplay to Samsung TV
There are also Samsung TVs that have Airplay. To find out whether your TV is suitable, you can enter the model number in Google + the word Airplay. You can also navigate in the menu to ‘Settings>General>Airplay settings. If you don’t see this, you don’t have Airplay. More information about Samsung and Airplay can be found here.
What do you need for Airplay on a Samsung TV
- Samsung TV (with Airplay)
- iPhone or iPad
With an Airplay you can mainly stream your own photos and videos to the big screen and you proceed as follows.
Cast to Samsung TV (Airplay)
To use Airplay on a Samsung TV, you need to go through the following steps.
Activate Airplay on your TV
Go to settings on your TV and choose: Settings>General>Airplay settings. Airplay should be turned on here. If you don’t see this option, your TV doesn’t have support.
On your iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app
Open the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad and select which photo or video you want to stream to the TV.
Click Share > Airplay and select the appropriate screen
Then click Share and Airplay and then choose which TV you want to stream to
Optional: enter the code
You may now need to enter a code to connect the devices.
Your photo or video will now appear on the screen
Voila, you can get started.
It is also possible to stream music via, for example, Spotify to the Samsung TV. Open the Spotify app and choose the Airplay icon. Select your TV and you can listen to music through the TV.
Now you can cast to a Samsung TV, with or without Chromecast. Of course you can also use the built-in apps that are present on the TV itself.
Which method works best for you, of course, depends on your wishes and preferences, but luckily there are a number of options to choose from.