The good news is that more and more smart TVs are now compatible with Apple devices. They support standard wireless screen mirroring from a Mac and many other Apple gadgets.

The bad news is that not all TVs are compatible with Apple. But if your TV isn’t compatible, you can mirror your Mac to the device via cable or a third-party app.

The following sections discuss different methods of screen mirroring from an Apple device for some of the most popular Smart TVs.

Mirror a Mac to a Samsung Smart TV

Newer Samsung Smart TVs support AirPlay 2, a specific Bluetooth protocol that Apple uses to send audio and video signals wirelessly to external devices.

As for Macs, devices released in 2009 or later all support AirPlay2, and that goes for MacBooks, Mac Minis, Mac Pros, etc. However, you’ll need to update your OS before attempting screen mirroring to get a seamless connection to ensure.

Assuming your devices are compatible and updated, here’s how to mirror your screen.

  1. Find the AirPlay icon in your Mac’s menu bar (it looks like a monitor).
  2. Click the icon and choose your Samsung Smart TV from the pop-up window.
  3. Your Mac’s desktop should appear on the TV within a second.

Many streaming apps also support AirPlay and have the icon in the playback window. So you just click the icon to mirror the video to the TV.

But what should you do if you can’t see the AirPlay icon?

  1. Launch System Preferences and click Display.
  2. Click the drop-down menu next to AirPlay Playback.
  3. Select your TV in the menu and the mirroring will begin.

Remark: These actions were tested on a Mac running macOS Big Sur 11.6.

Alternative Methods

If you have an older Samsung Smart TV, it may not support AirPlay 2. In this case, your Mac will not recognize the TV automatically.

To mirror your screen, you’ll need an HDMI cable or a third-party app. In general, wired mirroring is more stable – albeit not as convenient – ​​than using an app.

The truth is, it’s hard to find a free app that offers stable, seamless mirroring. The main problem is that there is some delay between the computer and the TV. That might not be a big deal for streaming videos, but it’s a problem if you need a bigger screen for productivity.

Important Note: Your Mac and Samsung TV must be on the same network for AirPlay to work.

Mirror a Mac to an LG Smart TV

Apple has a longstanding relationship with LG, and most of the South Korean manufacturer’s devices support AirPlay 2. This means you don’t need cable or third-party apps unless your TV is more than a decade old.

However, you still need to make sure that the TV’s firmware and macOS are updated. Here’s how to mirror your LG.

  1. Click the AirPlay icon in the Mac menu bar.
  2. Select your LG Smart TV and you’re good to go.

To disconnect from the TV, click the AirPlay icon again and select Stop mirroring.

But what if there is no AirPlay icon? Then follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your MacOS is up to date. If not, please update it first.
  2. Go to System Preferences and choose Display.
  3. Click the drop-down menu next to AirPlay Playback.
  4. Select your LG Smart TV.

Tip: Mirroring on LG Smart TVs also works seamlessly with all other Apple devices.

Mirror a Mac to a Toshiba Smart TV

In mid-2020, Toshiba introduced AirPlay 2 support, allowing you to connect the two devices wirelessly without any third-party apps. But if you don’t have the latest Toshiba Smart TV, you’ll need to use third-party apps or an HDMI cable.

The following section provides general directions for using third-party apps, as most of them follow the same method.

  1. Download and install the mirroring app on your TV and Mac.
  2. Launch the app on both devices.
  3. Enter a code or scan a QR code to start the connection.

Remark: The last step may only need to be applied once for certain apps. Otherwise, you always have to enter the code to establish the connection.

Apple TV method

If you have Apple TV, you don’t need third-party apps, cables, or anything else. Your Mac automatically recognizes the streaming device and establishes a seamless connection. Here’s how to use it.

  1. Make sure your Mac is on the same network as Apple TV.
  2. Click the AirPlay icon in your Mac’s menu bar.
  3. Choose Apple TV from the pop-up menu, and that’s it.

HDMI mirroring

Despite the wired connection, HDMI mirroring is simple and stable. Perform the following steps to establish the connection.

  1. Connect the TV to a Mac via cable.
  2. Select the correct source input with the TV remote control.
  3. Select View preferences on your Mac.

Depending on the operating system you’re using, your Mac will automatically ask you if you want to mirror the screen or use it as a secondary display. The latter basically lets you have two different desktops and switch between them with swipes.

Important Note: Some newer Macs do not have an HDMI output. Then you need a Thunderbolt to HDMI converter to make a wired connection.

Mirror a Mac to a Philips Smart TV

Unfortunately, Philips Smart TVs don’t have native support for AirPlay 2, so you’ll need to use third-party apps, wired connections, or Apple TV to mirror your Mac. The following sections give you a short tutorial for each method.

Third-party apps

This is a general tutorial applicable to most third party apps.

  1. Download and install the mirroring app on your TV and Mac.
  2. Launch the app on both devices.
  3. Go to AirPlay on your Mac and choose your TV from the list of devices.

Tips: Sometimes there is an intermediate step where you are asked to enter a passcode to establish mirroring. Do not install apps that require you to download and install additional video or audio codecs.

Wired connection

  1. Connect your Mac and Philips Smart TV via an HDMI cable.
  2. Select the correct HDMI input on your TV.
  3. Select View preferences on your Mac.

Remark: Wired connection is also possible via a Thunderbolt connection, as long as your TV supports it. And the mirroring method is the same as HDMI.

AppleTV

Mirroring via Apple TV is super easy and you don’t need any extra apps or cables. Just click Airplay in Mac’s menu bar, select Apple TV, and that’s it.

Mirror Mirror on the wall…

The good news is that many manufacturers are including AirPlay 2 support in their Smart TVs. And it wouldn’t be wrong to assume that it will soon become a stock standard.

Be that as it may, this article has provided you with all the methods to effectively mirror your screen regardless of the Smart TV brand and model. But keep in mind that it’s better to use a cable than an app, if only for nothing but connection stability.

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