No Chromecast device?
There are still ways to cast to your Samsung TV.
And guess what?
It’s much simpler than you think.
Continue reading to find out:
- The best way to cast to a Samsung TV.
- Effective fixes for various casting errors on Samsung TVs.
- 3 easy ways to cast to Samsung TVs without Chromecast.
- And a lot more…
How to cast to Samsung TV without Chromecast – 3 ways
Before we proceed with the ways to cast to Samsung TV without a Chromecast…
It’s important to note that casting to a Samsung TV is different from screen mirroring on it.
How casting differs from screen mirroring
Screen mirroring displays your entire screen onto the device you’re casting to.
For example, when you mirror your phone to your Samsung TV…
What you’ll see on the TV display is your entire phone screen.
And everything that you do on your phone will show on the TV screen. Whether you’re playing an app, calling, texting, or browsing the web.
Casting, on the other hand, only plays the media file to the device you’re casting to.
As an example, if you cast a Netflix movie from your phone to a Samsung TV…
Only the movie will play on your TV screen. All other contents on your phone screen won’t appear on the TV.
Here’s another difference between casting and mirroring.
With screen mirroring, you have to keep the media file playing on the device you’re casting from. Otherwise, it’ll stop playing on the device you’re casting to.
So if you’re screen mirroring a video from your phone to your Samsung TV…
The video has to keep playing on your phone to continue viewing it on the TV screen.
With casting, that’s not the case at all.
When you cast a video from your phone to your Samsung TV…
The video will keep playing on the TV. Even if you close it on your phone.
Now, bear in mind that…
There are only a limited number of ways you can cast to a Samsung TV without a Chromecast.
So I’ll be providing ways to screen mirror as well. Which you can find in the Bonus section.
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#1: Directly from apps with built-in casting function
There are certain apps with a built-in casting function. Examples include Netflix and Youtube.
And because of that functionality…
You’d be able to cast directly from your phone to your Samsung TV. Even without Chromecast.
But there are certain requirements before you can do it.
One, your Samsung TV and phone must be using the same WiFi. Otherwise, your phone won’t be able to connect to your TV.
Another is the app you’re casting from should also be installed on your TV.
So if you’re casting from the Netflix app on your phone…
Your Samsung TV should also have that same streaming app.
The last requirement is you should be using the same app account on both devices.
Again using the Netflix example.
The Netflix account you’re using on your phone should also be the one you’re using on your TV.
Already checked off all 3 requirements?
Then you’re ready to cast.
Here are the steps to cast straight from a smartphone app to your Samsung TV:
Step #1: Open a casting-capable streaming app on your smartphone.
Step #2: Start playing the video that you’ll be casting.
Step #3: Look for the Cast icon on the streaming app. It should be in the upper or lower right corner. Once you find it, tap it.
Step #4: A window will pop up asking where to cast to. Select your Samsung TV.
That’s it. The video should start playing on your TV.
#2: Using Google Chrome
Another way to cast to Samsung TV without Chromecast is via the Google Chrome browser.
You may use a phone or a laptop for this.
But again, it’s a must that your TV and the device you’re casting from are using the same WiFi.
And your Samsung TV should have the app version of the website you’re casting from.
This is how to cast to your Samsung TV from a Google Chrome browser:
Step #1: Launch the Chrome browser from your phone or laptop.
Step #2: Go to a streaming service’s official website.
Step #3: Select a video to cast to your Samsung TV.
Step #4: Click the 3-dotted menu icon from the upper right portion of your Chrome browser.
Step #5: From the Chrome menu, click Cast.
Step #6: When a pop-up window appears, click Sources. Then select Cast tab.
Step #7: Select your Samsung TV from the list.
#3: Via a 3rd party casting app
An alternative way to cast to Samsung TV is through a 3rd party app.
Examples of casting apps include:
But the one that works best for Samsung TVs is the Video & TV Cast app.
What’s great about this 3rd party app is there’s a version built specifically for Samsung TVs.
This is unlike the other apps that I mentioned.
Done with installing the app on your phone?
Then follow these steps to cast from the Video & TV Cast app to your Samsung TV:
Step #1: Download the TV Cast app to your Samsung TV. Here’s how:
- Press the Home button on your remote.
- Select Apps then click the search icon.
- Type in “TV Cast” and click the search icon again.
- Once you’re on the app’s page, click Install.
Step #2: Open the TV Cast app on your smartphone.
Step #3: From the app’s home page, look for the Cast icon. It’s on the upper right. And then tap it.
Step #4: Launch the TV Cast app from your Samsung TV’s Smart Hub.
Step #5: When your TV appears on the mobile app, select it.
Step #6: Select Web Browser from the phone app. And using that, search for videos to cast to your TV.
Step #7: When the video starts playing on the phone’s web browser, tap the bottom portion of the screen.
The video should then appear on your Samsung’s TV Cast app. You may click the Maximize button from there for a full-screen view.
Now, I know it can be a bit tricky to cast using the TV Cast app.
So here’s a video guide to further help you:
Bonus: How to screen mirror to your Samsung TV
I already discussed the difference between casting and screen mirroring.
But what about the similarities?
Well, both methods have one thing in common.
You’d need your Samsung TV and your phone to connect to the same WiFi network.
With that, here are the various methods for mirroring to your Samsung TV.
How to screen mirror via SmartThings
Step #2: Launch the SmartThings app on your phone. Then select Add Device.
Step #3: Wait for the app to discover your Samsung TV. And when it appears on the app, tap it.
If SmartThings isn’t connecting to your TV, just close it. Then re-launch it. And move your phone closer to your TV.
Step #4: Once your TV’s connected to the app, tap it again. And select More Options.
Step #5: Select Mirror Screen.
Step #6: Your phone screen should now appear on your TV. Open a video on your phone from any streaming service. And maximize it to watch in full screen on your Samsung TV.
How to screen mirror via Smart View
Note: This will only work on Android phones.
- Swipe down to access your Android phone’s Quick Panel menu.
- Enable Smart View.
- Select your Samsung TV from the list of nearby devices.
- Open the content that you want to mirror to your Samsung TV.
How to screen mirror via Airplay
Note: With Airplay, you can only share locally stored files from your Apple devices to your Samsung TV.
- Select a video from the Photos app or audio from the Music app.
- Tap the share icon.
- Select Airplay.
- Select your Samsung TV.
- A code will appear on your TV. Type it on your Apple device.
How to screen mirror using the Tap View function
Note: Tap View is only available on Samsung TV models that came out in 2020 or later.
- Press your remote’s Home button and select Settings.
- Select General.
- Select External Device Manager.
- Select Device Content Manager.
- Click Access Notification and enable Tap View from there.
- Open the SmartThings app on your phone.
- Click the Menu icon.
- Select Settings.
- Look for Tap View Tap Sound and toggle it on.
- Bring your phone to within an inch of your Samsung TV.
Your phone screen should automatically appear on your TV.
How to screen mirror using an HDMI cable
For this, you’ll need an HDMI to USB C adapter.
- Plug the USB C end of the adapter into your phone.
- Plug the HDMI end into your Samsung TV.
- Change your TV’s input to the HDMI port with the adapter.
What’s the best way to cast to Samsung TV?
The best way to cast to Samsung TV is through the Chromecast device. You can cast directly from certain apps and from Google Chrome. However, you’ll be limited with your choices of streaming services to cast from. A 3rd party app will work. But it’s more prone to glitches compared to using Chromecast.
There are actually several TV brands now with a built-in Chromecast. Including:
However, Samsung isn’t one of those. At least not yet.
So your best option to cast is to still use a Chromecast. You can buy the 3rd Gen version for $40. And the Chromecast with Google TV for only $49.99.