By Trae Jacobs,
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Miracast has been around for a long time and its a great way to mirror what is on your phone directly to your Samsung TV, but how do you know if your Samsung TV has Miracast?
Here are a 3 ways you can check if your Samsung TV has Miracast:
- Check the TV input options
- Look it up on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s website
- Review the Samsung TV model and Specifications
We’ll cover what Miracast exactly is, and how to know if your Samsung TV has Miracast.
What is Miracast?
Miracast is a wireless technology which allows you to mirror the screen of a compatible device onto a larger screen, such as a TV or projector. Miracast allows you to share multimedia, including HD pictures, HD video, and even 5.1 surround sound.
Miracast has a few different names:
- Screen mirroring
- Wireless display
- Wi-Fi casting
- Wi-Di (Wi-Fi Direct)
- Smart View
It has been dubbed “HDMI over Wi-Fi” which eliminates the cable between the device to display.
In 2017, Wi-Fi Alliance announced Miracast uses Wi-Fi Direct (originally Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer), which lets two devices to establish a direct internet connection without a wireless access point (ex: router).
Many smart TVs are manufactured with screencasting built-in using Miracast. This is an excellent way to view and stream content from your device to your TV, but not all TVs have this option.
Samsung TVs have been manufactured with Miracast, referred to as Smart View, since 2011. If your TV was manufactured after this, it definitely has Miracast.
#1 – Check Your TV Settings Menu
One way to check for Miracast built-in on your device is to use the TV settings menu. There are two ways to check for Miracast on your TV, listed below:
- Open the Settings Menu
- Select the Apps Menu.
- Look for Miracast, Screencasting, or Wi-Fi Casting.
- Select the option that applies, then follow the instructions given on your device to cast to your TV
If you cannot find the options provided under the Apps Menu, you will need to check your Settings Menu under Input or Source.
Use your remote controller and follow these steps:
- On the remote, select INPUT or SOURCE
- Locate Miracast, Screencasting, or Wi-Fi Casting.
This will quickly tell you if your Samsung TV has Miracast or screencasting.
#2 – Check The Wi-Fi Alliance Website
If you have a Samsung TV before 2011, features like screen sharing aren’t consistent in some models.
If your TV is a model that was manufactured before 2011, you can use the Wi-FI Alliance website to look for your Samsung TV and find out whether or not it has Miracast built-in.
- Go to the Wi-Fi Alliance website
- Check the box for “Televisions & Set Top Boxes” category
- Type in “Samsung” into the Brand field
- Search and identify if your TV model is listed
You’ll see the “Product Name” shows TVs such as LED TV, look at the “Model Number” and see if it matches your TV’s model.
The Wi-Fi Alliance keeps track of the product specs of most devices that use Wi-Fi to operate. In addition, you can use the Wi-Fi Alliance website to check your device’s built-in programs and apps.
#3 – Check Your TV Model and Specifications
The first thing you’ll need is to figure out what your Samsung TV model number is.
It is generally located in your TV Settings > Support > About This TV.
After you have your Samsung TV model number handy, write it down so you don’t forget it.
To use as an example, lets say we’ve identified the Model number to be DH40D.
Next, we’ll go to Samsungs website to enter the model number so you can download the manual.
After entering the model number, scroll down until you see the Manual & Downloads section and download the User Manual.
After downloading it, read through it and you’ll be able to identify if Miracast is mentioned and supported on the manual for your specific TV model.
Here is a screenshot of the User Manual we downloaded where we were able to confirm it supported Miracast.
Which Samsung TV Models have Miracast?
Here is a list of Samsung TV’s we’ve found that have Miracast after 2011.
Some models that have Miracast are:
- LED D7000
- PDP D8000
- LED ES7500
- PDP E8000
- LED F4500 (Excludes F900)
- PDP F5500
- H5500 (Excludes H6003, H6103, H6153, H6201, H6203)
- J5500 (Excludes J6203)
So if you’re wondering does Samsung TV support Miracast? The answer is yes, as many TVs after 2011 do.
Options If You Can’t Find Miracast
If you’ve tried the above options and can’t seem to find Miracast, it may be hiding in plain sight under a different name. Some Samsung TVs use a dedicated screen sharing program called Smart Share to cast content from your device to your TV.
This program is, essentially, Miracast and works in the same way, but you may have missed it during an initial check because it’s under a different name.
To check to see if you can use Screen Sharing on your Samsung TV, follow the troubleshooting steps outlined below:
- Using your TV remote, select Source
- Select Screen Mirroring
- Follow the instructions on your device to finish the screen mirroring process
If this method is not effective, you can try the second method we’ve outlined below:
- Using your TV remote, select Settings
- Select Apps
- Select Screen Mirroring
- Follow the instructions on your device to finish the screen mirroring process.
Please note that if your Samsung TV was manufactured before 2013, you will need to use screen sharing via an Allshare App or using an HDMI cable. After 2013, you will be able to use Wi-Fi to connect.
When it comes to the smart devices in your home, it is important to consider how each device will work together to make your life easier, and this is no less true when it comes to your home entertainment systems. In this article, we’ve provided a list of the Samsung TVs that have Miracast built-in, as well as a few handy ways to find Miracast on the TV itself.