If you’re looking to cast your Samsung Smart TV without Chromecast, this article will help you learn how to do so. With just a few elaborate steps, you can set up your television to be viewed from any computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device using Google Chrome or Safari.
We’ll explain why you may want to use this method instead of the Chromecast and guide you step-by-step to cast your Samsung Smart TV without Chromecast.
Why Cast Your Phone to a Smart Samsung TV?
Most smart TVs have built-in casting capabilities; if yours doesn’t, there are a few ways to get around it. You can use an HDMI cable to stream content from your phone directly to your TV or cast over Wi-Fi using Google Home or Amazon Echo devices. Casting also works with smart speakers such as Google Home and Amazon Echo, so long as they’re set up on your network.
It’s easy to do once your know-how. Since most people spend a lot of time watching Netflix, YouTube, and other streaming services on their televisions, it makes sense that we want our phones to be able to connect easily.
However, not all TVs come with casting technology built-in, and even those that do may not work correctly. That’s where a Chromecast comes in handy. This nifty little device plugs into any HDTV and allows users to cast videos from their mobile device or laptop right onto their television screen.
However, if you don’t have Chromecast, don’t worry. There is always a way out to enable you to cast any device to your Samsung smart TV.
Basics of Casting Via Google Chrome
You’ll need a Screen Cast Google Chrome extension to get your cast to a bigger screen. It takes only two easy steps to set up your cast:
- First, find a show and start playing it.
- Second, click on the Cast icon on the top right side of the browser window. That’s it!
You can now enjoy watching what’s playing on your laptop on a larger screen. Just make sure that both devices are connected to the same network, and casting will go through smoothly and seamlessly.
Remember that casting with Google Chrome works best if the device and Wi-Fi are connected via Ethernet cable or 5Ghz wireless connection.
How to Cast Any Device to Your Samsung TV Using Google Chrome or Safari
If you have a Google Chrome browser or Apple Safari browser, you can cast any video from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and other online video services to your TV.
You should connect a laptop or desktop computer to your network router and get streaming. Please note that not all devices are compatible with each app mentioned above. We also strongly recommend that users ensure their wireless router supports 802.11n (g or n) wireless connections.
If so, they can use either an Ethernet cable or connect their laptop to a free USB port on their television if they do not have an Ethernet port on their computer. This ensures that you enjoy a smooth experience when casting videos from your computer to your smart TV.
Casting from iOS to a Samsung Smart TV
Even though iOS isn’t compatible with Google’s cast protocol, a few apps (such as Glympse and BubbleUPnP) allow you to control media playback from an iPhone or iPad. Once installed, launch either app and search for Samsung Smart TV.
If your TV isn’t listed, try switching on AllShare. Both apps support casting between supported platforms. Tap the play button on one of your videos and select Cast via Wi-Fi Direct. If it doesn’t appear on-screen, go to Settings > Screen Mirroring > Scan for Devices.
To stop casting from BubbleUPnP Pro, pause playback in any of its supported apps or pull down to close it altogether. For Glympse, swipe up to quit. When casting stops, so does screen mirroring.
Casting from Android Devices
Google has done an exceptional job of making it easy to cast from Android devices. There are two main ways to cast using Android phones and tablets.
- The first method uses voice commands by activating Google Assistant or Ok Google.
- The second method involves using a Cast app like AllCast or LocalCast.
Connecting via Wi-Fi
If you’re willing to connect via Wi-Fi, you can do so via either app. To connect from your phone or tablet using Roku’s Android or iOS app, launch it and search for Roku Player. Once it pops up, please select it and follow the on-screen instructions to pair it with your device.
The process takes a few seconds and works similarly with Apple TV. You will need to enter your Wi-Fi password once the pairing is complete.
Disconnecting is just as easy. Make sure that you’re playing something on your mobile device or laptop. Just start playing something else or quit out of whatever media player you used previously, and go back into your mobile app.
The app will prompt you about disconnecting when changes are detected in your playback activity. If another household member would like to use their smartphone as a remote control for the big screen experience, force-quit out of whatever media player you were using. Ensure that no one else has started playing something to avoid confusion during reconnection attempts.
Connecting via Ethernet
One of the easiest ways of getting a new Samsung Smart TV onto your Wi-Fi network is via Ethernet. If you already have an Internet connection, simply connect one end of an Ethernet cable to your modem or router, and plug it into a free Ethernet port on your television.
Choose Network Settings on your television’s menu and select Ethernet. You’ll be directed to type in a username and password for accessing Wi-Fi. After that, enter these exact details into any Internet browser.
These are the default credentials on most devices:
Network username – Ethernet or something similar. Password – leave blank if required by modem or router prompt. Click Join when done correctly and enter the password again when prompted.
Your TV should now automatically connect to your home network via Ethernet. This process usually takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish, though some users report having issues with getting their smart TVs connected using Ethernet cables.
These problems often stem from entering incorrect passwords or a lack of access to specific ports on routers. If you run into trouble connecting using an Ethernet cable, try resetting your router first before attempting to reconnect wirelessly.
It’s also possible that a faulty Ethernet port might be preventing you from connecting successfully; if so, try replacing it with another compatible device (like another laptop) before troubleshooting further. After successfully connecting to the internet via the Ethernet cable, you can easily stream content from any of your devices.
What Are the Benefits of Casting Via Google Chrome?
There are several benefits to casting via Google Chrome.
- First, it’s free and available on both Macs and PCs.
- Second, it works with any operating system or device that can run a web browser. This means that in addition to casting from an Android or iOS phone or tablet, you can also cast from Windows or OS X machines. You can even cast from other browsers like Firefox.
- Third, it has excellent media playback controls, including support for full-screen video (helpful if your TV supports picture-in-picture).
- It also allows users to capture content by taking screenshots of anything playing on their computer screens. If you use Chrome for music control in iTunes, Chrome will let you grab album art and add it to iTunes.
The One Thing to Remember When Setting Up a Wireless Connection for Casting to Your Samsung Smart TV
When setting up a wireless connection, most users will notice there are two frequencies: 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. The first thing to remember is that these do not compete. There’s no sense of “I have to pick one or the other.”
It’s best to connect using both frequencies, as they perform differently in different circumstances. For instance, 5Ghz has higher speeds but doesn’t go as far as 2.4Ghz and can get jammed with more users on it – so a combination of both frequency bands gives you maximum flexibility and improved performance over either band alone.