How to mirror your iPhone or iPad on a smart TV

If you have a Samsung, LG, Panasonic, or Sony smart TV, then you’ll be happy to know that you don’t need to buy an Apple TV or attach a plethora of unsightly dongles to your iPhone or iPad to mirror its display to the TV.

Indeed, a series of App Store apps called Mirror for Samsung TV and Mirror for LG TV, both developed by AirBeamTV BV, let you wirelessly broadcast your iOS device’s screen to supported Smart TVs with ease.

Because I have a Samsung Smart TV, this tutorial will focus on the Mirror for Samsung TV app, but you should expect a similar user experience from the Mirror for LG TV app.

For these apps to work, both your iPhone/iPad and Smart TV must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If they are, then you’re ready to begin; otherwise, take care of that first.

How to see your iPhone screen on a smart TV

After all your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, follow these steps to mirror your iPhone or iPad’s display on your Samsung Smart TV:

1) Download and install the Mirror for Samsung TV or the Mirror for LG TV app via the App Store (a $4.99 value).

2) Launch the app from your Home screen.

3) The app will look for smart TVs connected to your network. Select your TV from the list of TVs available, and select Start Mirroring.

4) Your LG or Samsung TV will ask if you want your device to connect. Using your TV remote, highlight the Allow option and press the OK/Select button:

Allow mirroring of iphone to samsung tv

5) You will be asked to enable push notifications. This allows the app to notify you when you connect and disconnect. You can decide whether this is an option you want or not.

And just like that, you should see your iOS device’s screen on your Samsung smart TV:

See your iPhone on your Samsung TV

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Or something like that…

How to stop broadcasting

When you’re ready to quit mirroring your iPhone or iPad’s screen to your LG or Samsung Smart TV, merely tap the red bar at the top of your screen to open the mirror app and press stop broadcasting. Additionally, you may stop mirroring by tapping on Stop Mirroring within the app.

You will receive another banner notification alerting you that the broadcast has stopped. When you see it, you’ve finished mirroring your display.

What you need to know

As nifty as the Mirror for Samsung TV and the Mirror for LG TV apps are, there are a few caveats you should know about before getting it. Most important of all is how this only works with smart TVs manufactured from 2012 and onward. If you’re unsure of what you have, the developers recommend checking the model type printed on the back of your TV unit:

This works on any Samsung Smart TV from the 2012 models onward. Which model year do you have? You can see that by looking at the middle letter in your model type (on the back of your Samsung TV). Once you find out the model of your Samsung TV, you may refer to this guide to find out the year:

  • E = 2012
  • F = 2013
  • H = 2014
  • J = 2015
  • K = 2016
  • M = 2017
  • N = 2018
  • R = 2019
  • T = 2020
  • Q = QLED (also supported)

For instance, a model number : UG65_E_S800 means the TV is from 2012. A model number UG55_H_U850L would mean it is a 2014 model.

Other tidbits to be aware of include:

  • iOS 12 and above is required, as the app relies on system resources that aren’t available in iOS 10 and earlier
  • There’s a 1-3 second delay between your iOS device’s screen and the mirror on your Samsung or LG  Smart TV
  • At this time, audio playback will not mirror to your Smart TV when broadcasting from Safari or Chrome; it comes from your device instead. Download the free Puffin Browser from the App Store to enable sound during browsing.
  • Some apps block mirroring for DRM purposes, like Netflix – there isn’t a workaround for this.
  • The apps in the article only work for Samsung and LG TVs. You can also mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to a Panasonic or Sony TV using the specific apps for these brands.

Wrapping up

With all things considered, Mirror for Samsung TV and Mirror for LG TV could each be useful utility apps if you have related Smart TVs in your home.

Worthy of note, Mirror for Samsung TV and LG TV  are available for $4.99 from the App Store. Each of these apps can save you from purchasing an even pricier Apple TV to mirror your iPhone or iPad’s display wirelessly, and it also keeps you from connecting endless cables and dongles to your iPhone to initiate an HDMI connection.

If you plan to view a YouTube video here and there or browse the web on the big screen, then you might like what the app has to offer. Gamers and power users that can’t deal with a little bit of a latency delay, on the other hand, should probably steer clear.

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