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How to Use Samsung Smart View to Screen Mirror Android Devices

Written by Squirrels | Mar 12, 2019 10:01:00 AM

Smart View is an easy way to screen mirror content from your Samsung phone or tablet to a larger display.

Most new Samsung mobile devices have Smart View built in. You can also download the Smart View app if it’s not a native feature on your device.

Sounds great, right? But there’s a catch: Smart View only sends content to certain compatible receivers, like a Chromecast, Fire Stick or Samsung’s own Smart TV. More recently, Samsung restricted this further on the latest Android operating systems by only allowing Smart View to share content to other Samsung-branded devices. 

Can you use Smart View to screen mirror your mobile device to a Mac or Windows computer? What if you don’t own a Samsung Smart TV?

The instructions below tell you how to mirror with Samsung Smart View and offer some easy workarounds to accommodate a number of circumstances.

To mirror to your computer, you'll need Reflector, an app that turns your computer into a wireless mirroring receiver. You can use Smart View to screen mirror your Samsung mobile device straight to your computer screen with Reflector. No cords, no compatibility issues, no fuss. You can buy it or .

Important Note:

Samsung recently disabled the ability for phones and tablets running Android 11 and newer to cast to anything other than Samsung devices. If your Samsung device is running Android 11 or newer, follow this guide instead.

If you're running Android 10 or older, keep reading. The steps below show you how to mirror to a computer, but you can simply follow steps 2-4 to share to another destination as well. 

How to mirror your Samsung phone or tablet to your computer with Smart View:

Step 1

Download and install Reflector on your Mac or Windows computer. Open Reflector. Make sure your Android device and computer are connected to the same wifi network.

Step 2

On your Android device, swipe down twice from the top of the screen to reveal the Quick Settings tray. If Smart View isn’t on this page, you may need to search for it or swipe to the second page of tiles in the tray.

Note: You may see the Cast option here as well. Learn how to screen mirror with Cast. 

Step 3

Tap the Smart View button.

Step 4

A list of available receivers will appear. Tap the name of your computer from the list. If you'd like to mirror to another destination instead of your computer, tap that instead. 

Your phone or tablet is now wirelessly mirroring to your computer. Anything you do on your mobile device will reflect on your computer in real time, including audio. Tap the Smart View button on your device screen to cancel the mirroring, or disconnect from the Reflector menu.

Not using a Samsung device?

Reflector allows you to screen mirror multiple different devices at once, including other operating systems like iOS and iPadOS. Learn how to mirror other devices with these helpful guides:

Last updated 1/25/22