How to connect iPhone to Samsung smart tv via Bluetooth? (+ iPad, Mac, TV)

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Confused about connecting iPad, iPhone, and Mac to a Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth? 

We rarely use Bluetooth to connect these devices to our smart TV when we have WiFi. But if for some reason, you have to, you can look back at this article for guidance. 

The process is quite similar to how you would have connected with WiFi. There are some apps and external tools that are very useful in a situation like this. 

I’ve made it as simple as possible for all readers. So, let’s dig in!

How to Connect iPad to Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth? 

It’s not uncommon to connect your iPad to a larger screen like the Samsung Smart TV to watch video streams. The process is quite simple. You just have to use the screen mirroring feature on your iPad or download a separate app to do it for you. 

There are different ways to connect your iPad to Samsung TV, but I’m only going to talk about connecting with Bluetooth in this article. 

Step 1: Run the AirPlay App

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch running the iOS 4.2 or newer will have a built-in AirPlay, so you don’t have to download it separately. If for some reason, you’re missing this app on your device, download it first. 

Your Samsung Smart TV should also have its own built-in AirPlay. So, all you have to do is run the app on the iPad and the Smart TV. 

Step 2: Turn ON Bluetooth

Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on for both the Smart TV and your iPad before you begin peer-to-peer AirPlay. 

Step 3: Open the control center

Open the Control Center, and tap on Screen Mirroring. Now, select your Samsung Smart TV from the list of pairable devices. 

Step 4: Enter the password

When the AirPlay password appears on the TV, enter it on your iOS device. You’re done!

Step 5: To stop, click stop mirroring

If you want to stop mirroring, open the Control Center of your iPad, click on Stop Mirroring in the Screen Mirroring option. 

Ipad Connecting to Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth: Problems and Solutions

Since AirPlay usually uses WiFi to connect devices, using Bluetooth may be challenging, and sometimes impossible. Additionally, both devices must have Bluetooth turned on. 

If there is something wrong with your Bluetooth connectivity or the AirPlay app, you may have trouble connecting the gadgets. 

To resolve the issue, restart your iPad and Samsung Smart TV. Then, check for the latest updates in AirPlay. Also, see if there are any restrictions to connecting to the AirPlay app. 

How to Connect iPhone to Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth?

If you want to connect your iPhone to Samsung Smart TV, check if your devices have AirPlay already installed in them. You can use AirPlay to connect them or use other external devices. 

Google Chrome Cast

Get this gadget to help you connect your iPhone to your Smart TV. 

Step 1: Connect to the TV

Plug it into your Smart TV. 

Step 2: Use Google Home app

Use the Google Home companion app to join the phone with the TV. 

Step 3: Select Chrome Cast

Select Google Chrome Cast from the supporting devices listed on the app. Start playing your favorite video! 

Digital AV Adapter

To use this device to connect iPhone to Samsung Smart TV, follow the instructions below.

Step 1

Find an HDMI cable to connect to your phone. Connect the other end of the cable to your Smart TV. 

Step 2

As you turn on the TV, select the right HDMI input with the remote control. 

Step 3

Finally, play the video on your iPhone. You will see it paying on the Smart TV as well. 


You can also use this app to join your phone and the TV. 

Step 1: Download and run the app on your iPhone. The app will locate your TV for connection. 

Step 2: Press the cast button at the bottom of the screen on your phone. This will help you join the phone to the Samsung Smart TV. 

Step 3: You have to send the media from your phone to the TV for viewing. That’s it!

iPhone Connecting to Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth: Problems and Solutions

If your iPhone is not properly connecting to the Samsung Smart TV, it’s time to troubleshoot the problem. First, restart both the devices. If you’re using Google Chrome Cast or AV adapter, restart them as well. 

If you’re using AllCast, re-install, update, and check the app for restrictions. Once that’s done, connectivity should be resolved! 

How to Connect Mac to Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth?

It seems that AirPlay is a universal mirroring and casting app that can be used even from Mac to connect to your favorite Smart TV. To connect them, make sure Bluetooth is turned on for both Mac and the Smart TV. 

Step 1: Look for the AirPlay status in your Mac’s menu bar. Select your Samsung Smart TV from AirPlay’s menu to establish a connection between the devices. 

Step 2: To end mirroring or casting, just tap on the AirPlay icon to turn it off. 

Mac Connecting to Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth: Problems and Solutions

When you’re trying to join Mac and Samsung Smart TV by Bluetooth, you may also encounter some problems. Similar to the other devices discussed in this article, make sure that Bluetooth is functioning properly in both gadgets. 

Then, restart your Mac and the Samsung Smart TV. Check for updates and possible restrictions in AirPlay.

Should You Use Screen Mirroring or Screen Casting to Connect iPad, iPhone, and Mac to Samsung Smart TV?

Though you can use both screen mirroring and screen casting features to display a video on your Smart TV, they are two different terms. 

Screen mirroring projects content from your mobile phone, laptop, or tablet to a bigger screen (TV or projector) wirelessly. However, the joined devices must be connected to the same wireless connection. 

The downside is that you can’t browse your phone, accept calls, reply to texts, or move between apps on your mobile phone when you’re screen mirroring. 

On the other hand, screencasting is the same process as screen mirroring. It lets you watch videos of your phone, tablet, and laptop on a bigger screen wirelessly. 

The positive news is that with screencasting, you can still work on your phone, browse, jump through apps, and respond to calls and texts. 

Which Samsung Smart TVs are Compatible with AirPlay?

Samsung Smart TVs that were made in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 all have built-in AirPlay 2 or are compatible with it. Some of them are listed below:

  • Samsung QLED 8K Q9, Q8 Series
  • Samsung QLED 4K Q9, Q8, Q7, Qx Series
  • Samsung UHD 8, 7, 6 Series Samsung FHD / HD 5.4 Series 
  • Samsung Serif Series
  • Samsung The Frame Series 
  • Samsung The Sero Series

How to Connect iPad and iPhone to Samsung Smart TV without Wireless Connection? 

Luckily, there are plenty of options to connect your favorite Apple device to a Samsung Smart TV. I have talked about Bluetooth connectivity. Now I’ll talk about wired connectivity. 

All Apple devices come with digital AV adapters that can be used to connect to other gadgets like Smart TVs. 

Step 1: Attach the digital AV adapter to the charging port of your iPhone or iPad. 

Step 2: Connect a VGA or HDMI cable to the adapter. 

Step 3: Now, join the other end of the cable to the big screen, for example, Samsung Smart TV. Turn the TV on. Make sure that your TV is connected to the Apple device in the settings. 

Step 4: When you see the screen of your iPad or iPhone on the TV screen, it means they are connected now. Play whatever you want on your phone, and you will be able to see it on the Smart screen. 

To Sum It All Up 

Connecting iPad, iPhone, and Mac to your Samsung Smart TV with Bluetooth is not that different from connecting them to WiFi. The devices that need to be joined must be connected to the same wireless network. 

If the wireless connectivity fails to establish, you can still use the wired option to watch videos on the Smart TV. Furthermore, since all Samsung Smart TVs have access to YouTube and other popular video streaming apps, you don’t need any help from your phone anyway. 

Even so, the knowledge that you have gained here won’t go to waste. If you ever end up in a difficult situation, use the information here for reference!