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How to connect your iPhone to a Samsung TV

If you live within the Apple ecosystem, streaming from an iPhone to an Apple TV seems obvious, but did you know that you can also stream content from your iPhone or iPad to a Samsung TV? Select Samsung televisions since 2018 have supported AirPlay 2, allowing you to share TV shows, movies, music, photos, and more to your Samsung television with the press of a button. Here’s how to connect your iPhone to a Samsung TV.

AirPlay 2 compatibility

Not all Samsung TVs support AirPlay 2, but as the years go by, more and more of Samsung’s offerings on the market support the feature out of the box. Samsung has been offering AirPlay 2 support on select TVs since 2018. Here’s a list of all TVs manufactured by Samsung that are compatible with AirPlay 2:

  • 2018: Smart Full HDTV N5300, 4K UHD TV, QLED 4K, Frame TV
  • 2019: Frame TV, Serif TV, 4K UHD TV, 8K, and 4K QLED TVs
  • 2020: Crystal UHD TVs, Premiere Projector, Frame TV, Serif TV, 8K and 4K QLED TVs

Samsung 8K QLED TVs are AirPlay 2 ready

Connect iPhone via AirPlay 2

First, ensure that your Samsung TV is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Follow these steps to play AirPlay content, and if you need assistance, we recommend visiting Samsung’s support website for more information on your particular TV model.

AirPlay (video and audio)

Step 1: On your iPhone, swipe down from the top-right corner to open Control Center.

Step 2: Tap the Screen Mirroring button.

Step 3: Tap the Samsung TV option presented.

Step 4: If prompted, enter the code shown on your Samsung TV.

AirPlay (only audio)

Step 1: On your iPhone, swipe down from the top-right corner to open Control Center.

Step 2: Tap on the Now Playing widget.

Step 3: Tap on the AirPlay icon (a small circle with a triangle).

Step 4: Tap the Samsung TV option presented.

Step 5: If prompted, enter the code shown on your Samsung TV.

That’s it! If you have a Samsung TV with AirPlay 2, it’s that simple to connect and share your favorite content on the big screen. Otherwise, you may wish to follow the wired HDMI option presented below.

How to connect your iPhone to a Samsung TV

Adjusting AirPlay settings

If you want to fine-tune your AirPlay 2 experience on your Samsung TV, head over to the Settings menu on your TV, select General, and then Apple AirPlay Settings. Within this menu, you can turn AirPlay on or off, as well as choose if a connection requires entering a code for increased security. Lastly, if you need assistive services, such as subtitles or captioning, you can choose whether these settings are enabled by default and adjust their overall appearance.

Connecting iPhone via HDMI

If your Samsung Television doesn’t support AirPlay 2, you can still get your iPhone up on the big screen, but you’ll need an HDMI cable, as well as a Lightning to HDMI adapter. Apple sells such an adapter through its official store, but you can find much less expensive options that work just as well on Amazon. Once you have obtained the HDMI cable and need an adapter, you can plug your iPhone into your TV just as you would any other device.

A note on third-party apps

Another option for connecting your iPhone to your TV that you may hear about is to use a third-party app, such as Airbeam’s Mirror for Samsung TV. We could not find any third-party apps that operated without consequence, such as lag or stutter in our testing. We don’t necessarily recommend this path, but if you have a Samsung Smart TV that doesn’t support AirPlay 2, one of these apps may work, but understand that your experience may vary.

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