Fixed:Can’t Connect My Phone To Samsung TV

TV troubleshooting can be a pain, but trying to troubleshoot two devices that aren’t working is a nightmare.

Make sure both your TV and your smartphone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, restart your router and your TV by unplugging them from the power source for 1 minute, turn your smartphone off and then back on.

Open the SmartThings app on your Samsung TV and enter the password for the app on your phone.

In your dashboard menu, select your TV.

Next, head to the drop-down menu and select Mirror Screen.

That was a quick recap. The rest of this article will help you connect your phone to a Samsung TV.

Why Won’t Your Phone Connect to the TV?

The main reason that you might be having trouble connecting your phone to your TV is that you can’t find the right setting you need to mirror the display.

The process looks a little different depending on what kind of phone you have, so keep that in mind.

In addition, you’ll need to make sure that you have the capability to share your screen enabled on your phone.

If you don’t then the TV will try to connect, but you won’t be able to.

Connecting a Samsung Phone to a Samsung TV Using SmartThings

If you want to connect your Samsung phone to the TV, the first step you need to take is opening the SmartThings app.

At this point, you may see a popup appear asking you whether you want to add the TV to your mobile device.

If the popup appears and the TV displayed is yours, then you’re all set to connect your devices easily by mirroring the screen.

If there’s no popup, don’t worry.

You’ll need to open the Devices tab and select your TV from the menu.

If the device doesn’t appear, consider the following troubleshooting methods:

  • Check that Bluetooth is on.
  • Ensure you’re running the latest version of your phone and Samsung TV.
  • Make sure you’re close enough to the TV for the device to register it.
  • Force close the SmartThings app and try again.
  • Restart both your phone and TV.

Once you’ve found the device, all you need to do is select your television from the dashboard of the app to connect to it.

Now that your TV and phone are acquainted, select More Options in the top-right of your screen and choose Mirror Screen from the dropdown.

Connecting a Samsung Phone to a Samsung TV Using SmartView

Samsung TVs made after 2016 should automatically recognize and connect to SmartThings, but if that doesn’t seem to work, then the SmartView app is your next best bet.

Follow these steps to connect your devices:

  • Connect the TV to the same Wi-Fi network as your phone.
  • Install the SmartView app on your device.
  • Open the device, and select Add Device from the drop-down menu.
  • Select your TV from the drop-down, and enter the PIN that appears on your television on the phone if necessary.

Once done, you should be connected and ready to stream directly from your mobile device.

Connecting Samsung Phones to Samsung TVs with Wi-Fi Direct

Wi-Fi direct is another method you can use to connect your two devices without any hassle.

  • To get started, turn on your TV and visit the Menu.
  • Select Network, and under that tab, choose Wi-Fi Direct.
  • You’ll also need to enable Wi-Fi Direct on your mobile device as well.
  • Once you’ve selected the device from the list, press Enter to make a connection.

You’ll need to confirm on the mobile device that it’s ok to connect, but once you do, you’re all set and ready to connect.

Using Tap View to Connect Samsung Phones to Samsung TVs

A 2020 or newer TV uses Tap View from the SmartThings app.

Go to your Settings and turn on Tap View.

Your phone may buzz for you to confirm it’s ok, and once you do, you’re all set.

Connecting from a Non-Samsung Phone

If you have an iPhone, connecting to your TV will look different.

You can use the aforementioned SmartView app, which supports cross-compatibility between the two.

A lighting digital AV adapter and HDMI cable will also do the trick.

The easiest way to connect, however, is just to use the AirPlay app on your iPhone, select the TV to mirror to and hit Start Broadcast.

Just like that, you’re good to go.

Final Thoughts

There are lots of issues that can arise when trying to connect two devices, but the simplest solution is just to use the apps intended by the manufacturer.

If the two devices can’t find each other, make sure they’re connected to the same network, Bluetooth is on, and you have discovery allowed.

Power cycle your TV by unplugging it from the wall for 1 minute, and restart both your smartphone and the router before attempting to connect.

The SmartThings, SmartView, and AirPlay apps can all be used to connect and mirror your devices easily.

I am certain, if you follow these guidelines, you will be able to connect any type of smartphone to your TV in no time.