How to Display iPhone on Samsung TV

How to Display iPhone on Samsung TV

The allure of a big-screen experience beckons! Whether you want to share vacation photos with family, stream a captivating mobile game, or project a presentation for work, mirroring your iPhone to your Samsung TV unlocks a world of possibilities. Luckily, there are two main methods to achieve this: the wireless wonder of AirPlay and the wired warrior, the Lightning to HDMI adapter.

Method 1: AirPlay – Unleashing the Wireless Potential

AirPlay, Apple’s native streaming technology, allows you to mirror your iPhone screen or stream audio wirelessly to compatible devices. Here’s how to get started with AirPlay on your Samsung TV:


  • AirPlay 2 Compatibility: Ensure your Samsung TV supports AirPlay 2. This feature is typically available on Samsung Smart TVs manufactured after 2018. Check your TV’s user manual or settings for confirmation.
  • Wi-Fi Connection: Both your iPhone and Samsung TV need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network for AirPlay to work its magic.

Setting Up AirPlay:

  1. Activate AirPlay on your Samsung TV:
    • Navigate to your TV’s Settings.
    • Look for options like Connection or General.
    • Find Apple AirPlay Settings and toggle it On.
  2. Prepare your iPhone:
    • Swipe down from the top-right corner (iPhone X and later) or swipe up from the bottom (iPhone 8 and earlier) to open the Control Center.
  3. Initiate Screen Mirroring:
    • Locate the Screen Mirroring icon (two overlapping rectangles).
    • Tap on Screen Mirroring.
  4. Select Your TV:
    • A list of available AirPlay devices will appear.
    • Choose your Samsung TV from the list.
  5. Enter the Code (if prompted):
    • Sometimes, a security code will appear on your TV screen.
    • Enter this code on your iPhone to complete the connection.

Congratulations! Your iPhone screen should now be mirrored onto your Samsung TV. You can enjoy all your iPhone content, apps, and games on the big screen.

Troubleshooting AirPlay:

  • Network Blues: Double-check that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Consider restarting your router and TV if connectivity issues persist.
  • Software Updates: Ensure your iPhone and Samsung TV have the latest software updates installed. Outdated software can sometimes hinder AirPlay functionality.
  • Firewall Restrictions: In rare cases, firewall settings on your Wi-Fi network might block AirPlay. Consult your router’s manual or internet service provider for assistance in adjusting firewall settings.

Method 2: Lightning to HDMI Adapter – The Wired Powerhouse

For those who prefer a wired connection or lack AirPlay compatibility, the Lightning to HDMI adapter offers a reliable solution. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Lightning to HDMI Adapter: Apple offers its official adapter, but certified third-party options are also available.
  • HDMI Cable: Choose an HDMI cable length that comfortably reaches both your iPhone and TV.

Connecting with the Adapter:

  1. Connect the Adapter: Plug the Lightning connector into your iPhone charging port.
  2. HDMI Connection: Connect the HDMI end of the adapter to an available HDMI port on your Samsung TV.
  3. Input Source Selection: Use your TV’s remote to switch the input source to the HDMI port you used for the connection.

Voila! Your iPhone screen should now be displayed on your Samsung TV. This method allows you to mirror your entire iPhone screen, including games, videos, and photos.

Additional Considerations:

  • Sound Output: While the Lightning to HDMI adapter transmits video, it doesn’t carry audio by default. For audio output, you might need to connect your iPhone to a separate speaker system or utilize Bluetooth headphones. Some newer adapters offer integrated audio solutions, so check the product specifications before purchasing.
  • Charging While Connected: Using the Lightning to HDMI adapter can drain your iPhone’s battery quickly. Consider plugging your iPhone into a power source while connected for uninterrupted enjoyment.

The Choice is Yours!

Both AirPlay and the Lightning to HDMI adapter offer effective ways to display your iPhone on your Samsung TV. AirPlay provides a convenient wireless experience, while the adapter offers a reliable wired solution. Consider your needs and preferences when choosing the method that best suits you.

Beyond the Basics: Optimizing Your Big-Screen Experience

Now that you’ve successfully mirrored your iPhone, here are some ways to elevate your viewing experience:

Orientation Lock: Keeping Your iPhone Screen Stable While Mirrored

When mirroring your iPhone to your Samsung TV, you might encounter an issue where the iPhone screen orientation changes along with your phone’s movement. This can be disruptive, especially when watching videos or playing games. Luckily, there’s a way to prevent this – Orientation Lock.

Activating Orientation Lock on iPhone:

  1. Access Control Center: Swipe down from the top-right corner (iPhone X and later) or swipe up from the bottom (iPhone 8 and earlier) to open the Control Center.
  2. Locate Orientation Lock: Look for the Portrait Orientation Lock icon. It resembles a lock with an arrow pointing upwards.

Two Scenarios:

  • Orientation Lock Enabled (Icon Highlighted): If the icon is highlighted yellow or white (depending on your iPhone model), Orientation Lock is already active. Your iPhone screen will remain in the current orientation regardless of how you move your phone.
  • Orientation Lock Disabled (Icon Not Highlighted): If the icon is not highlighted, Orientation Lock is disabled. Tap the icon to activate it. You’ll see the icon change color, indicating successful activation.

Benefits of Orientation Lock:

  • Enhanced Viewing Experience: Prevents unwanted screen rotation while mirroring, ensuring a stable and enjoyable experience on your Samsung TV.
  • Gaming Advantage: Crucial for games that rely on specific screen orientation for optimal control.
  • Video Optimization: Maintains the intended aspect ratio of videos, preventing them from appearing stretched or distorted on your TV.

Deactivating Orientation Lock:

Simply tap the Orientation Lock icon in the Control Center again when you want your iPhone screen to rotate freely according to its physical position.

Remember: Orientation Lock only affects your iPhone screen and won’t restrict the rotation of your mirrored content on the Samsung TV itself.

Wrapping Up:

By mastering Orientation Lock and the two methods for connecting your iPhone to your Samsung TV (AirPlay and Lightning to HDMI adapter), you’re equipped to enjoy a seamless and immersive big-screen experience. So, fire up your favorite games, share those vacation snaps, or stream captivating content, all on the grand stage of your Samsung TV!

Ali Nawaz

About Ali Nawaz

Hey There, my name is Ali Nawaz, and I am an electrical engineer by profession and a die-hard nerd by passion. On Display Pick, I am responsible for all the guides, and tutorials in which I show you the simple steps for fixing the TVs. When I am not watching TV, I am either on the race track or playing with my cat "Smokey".

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