How to Mirror Mac to Smart TV

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

How to Mirror Mac to Smart TV

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

The following sections explore the different ways to screen mirror some of the most popular Smart TVs from your Apple device.

Mirror Mac to Samsung Smart TV

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

As for Macs, devices launched in 2009 or later support AirPlay2. This works on MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, etc. However, you should update your OS before attempting to mirror your screen to ensure a seamless connection.

Assuming your device is 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).
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  2. Click on that icon and select your Samsung Smart TV from the popup.
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  3. Your Mac desktop should appear on the TV within a second.

Also, many streaming apps support AirPlay and display icons in the playback window. So you can mirror the video to your TV just by clicking the icon.

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

  1. Launch System Preferences and click Displays.
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  2. Click the drop-down menu next to “AirPlay Display.”
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  3. Select your TV from the menu, and mirroring begins.
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notes: These actions were tested on a Mac with macOS Big Sur 11.6.

alternative method

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

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To mirror your screen, you need an HDMI cable or a third-party application. In general, mirroring over a cable is more stable than using an app — though not as convenient as using an app.

To be honest, it’s hard to find free apps that provide stable, seamless mirroring. The main problem is that there is some lag between the computer and the TV. That might not be a big deal for streaming video, but it’s a problem if you need a bigger screen for productivity.

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

Mirror Mac to LG Smart TV

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

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

  1. Click the AirPlay icon in your Mac’s menu bar.
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  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 perform the following steps:

  1. Make sure your Mac is updated, if not update it first.
  2. Go to System Preferences and select Displays.
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  3. Click the drop-down menu next to “AirPlay Display.”
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  4. Select your LG Smart TV.

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

Mirror Mac to Toshiba Smart TV

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

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The following sections give you general instructions on how to use third-party applications, as most of them follow the same approach.

  1. Download and install the mirroring app on your TV and Mac.
  2. Run the app on both devices.
  3. Enter the code or scan the QR code to start connecting.
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notes: For some applications, this last step may only need to be applied once. Otherwise, you will always need to enter a code to connect.

Apple TV method

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

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

HDMI mirroring

HDMI mirroring is simple and stable despite wired connections. Follow the steps below to establish a connection.

  1. Connect the TV to the Mac via a cable.
  2. Use the TV remote to select the correct input source.
  3. Choose display preferences for your Mac.

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

Important Notes: Some newer Macs do not have HDMI output. If so, you’ll need a Thunderbolt-to-HDMI converter to make a wired connection.

Mirror Mac to Philips Smart TV

Sadly, Philips Smart TVs don’t natively support AirPlay 2. Therefore, you’ll need to use a third-party app, a wired connection, or Apple TV to mirror your Mac. The following sections give you a quick tutorial on each method.

third-party usage

This is a general tutorial that applies to most third-party applications.

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

Tip: Sometimes, there is an intermediate step that requires you to enter a password to create the mirror. Do not install applications that require you to download and install additional video or audio codecs.

wired connection

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

notes: Wired connections can also be made via a Thunderbolt connection, as long as your TV supports it. The mirroring method is the same as HDMI.

apple tv

Mirroring via Apple TV is easy, and you don’t need extra apps or cables. Just click on Airplay in your Mac’s menu bar, select Apple TV, and you’re good to go.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

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

Nonetheless, this article gives you all the ways to mirror your screen effectively, regardless of the smart TV make and model. But remember, if it’s just for connection stability, it’s better to use a cable than an app.

Are you having any issues connecting your Mac to your Smart TV?

Let us know your experience in the comments section below.

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