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Does SmartView Work With Chromecast?

As an owner of a Chromecast, I was frustrated to discover that SmartView wasn’t working properly with it. After a lot of research and testing, I’m here to share what I found out and the possible solutions I discovered.

No, pairing SmartView and Chromecast devices is no longer a valid option after the One UI V3.0x update. Instead, you need a Samsung TV to use the SmartView function on your mobile or tablet.

SmartView does not work with Chromecast after the One UI 3.0 update.
SmartView is intended for use with Samsung TVs.
You can use the Google Home app to cast from Samsung devices to other TVs.
You can also use an HDMI cable to stream from Samsung devices.
Mirroring can come with delay issues and be inconvenient if you’re entering passwords but is easier than hooking the phone up with an HDMI cable.
Casting reroutes the play signal, making it easier to browse and use the phone while streaming.

Does SmartView Work With Chromecast?

If you have a Samsung smartphone, you probably know that the SmartView is a mirroring feature that lets you duplicate your screen to a TV and use the phone as a remote controller.

Meanwhile, Chromecast is more of a streaming device or a media player. You plug it into your set to fetch content from phones, PCs, laptops, and tablets and reroute it to the TV.

However, not all streaming apps are compatible with Chromecast. Using SmartView as an intermediary for those apps was a very convenient method up until the One UI 3.0 update to Samsung devices.

Once that update with the new privacy policy rolled out, many people noticed right off the bat that their SmartView apps no longer detect Chromecast devices. In fact, direct mirroring to other non-Samsung TVs is also out of the question for SmartView now.

How to Get Around SmartView and Chromecast Pairing Issues

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If the update has affected your setup too, you can try out one of these possible solutions:

  1. Using SmartView to Mirror on a Samsung TV

If your TV is a Samsung, one way to go here is to skip Chromecast entirely and just use SmartView to mirror the content. After all, that’s the intended use for the feature in the first place.

Here’s how:

  • Set up the home WIFI network connection to the phone and the TV.
  • Check if you already have the SmartView app pre-installed on the phone. If it’s not there, get it from the Google Play store.
  • Open the app and follow the steps in the setup wizard.
  • Depending on your Samsung TV model, you might need to confirm the connection with a pop-up window or a pin.
  • Once the setup is over, you can access the feature from the notification panel or the app icon in the menu.
  • Wait till the SmartView app is done detecting devices and choose your TV set.
  • On the prompt, click Start Now to mirror your phone screen to the TV.
  1. Using Google Home to Cast from Samsung Devices

To put your Chromecast to use, get the Google Home app to cast media directly from your phone to the TV without resorting to the SmartView mirroring feature.

On the upside, this method will work even if your TV isn’t a Samsung. However, you’ll have to settle for the Chromecast-enabled apps and platforms only.

Here’s how you can cast from Google Home to the TV set:

  • Hook up the Chromecast’s HDMI and power supplies.
  • Confirm that both the Chromecast and the mobile are running on the same WIFI network.
  • Get the Google Home app on the casting phone or tablet.
  • Follow the setup prompt to add the TV as a recognized device and allow all the needed permissions.
  • Head to Google Home and click on the cast icon to begin throwing content to the TV.
  1. Using HDMI to Stream from Samsung Devices

If you’d rather avoid both SmartView and Chromecast, you always just use an HDMI cable to connect the phone to the TV.

You’ll need to get a USB-HDMI adapter and keep the phone close to the TV set, though.

Once you get the cable and the adapter, here’s what you need to do:

  • Connect the HDMI cable to the port on the TV from one end, then hook the other to the adapter.
  • Use a regular USB cable to connect the adapter to the phone.
  • Shift the TV source to the selected HDMI port from the home menu.
  • Pick the media content you need to mirror and enjoy the view on the large screen!

Mirroring vs. Casting: Which Is Better?

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Both mirroring and casting allow you to stream media from a phone or tablet to a larger TV screen. 

However, the reason why some people might prefer using casting devices, like Chromecast, is that it reroutes the play signal. This way, it keeps the phone itself free to browse and use as you like without having to interrupt the streaming.

On the other hand, mirroring means just duplicating the screen. So whatever you do on the phone will show up on the TV. This can be a little inconvenient if you’re answering texts or entering passwords with other people in the room.

Plus, sometimes mirroring can come with delay issues, but it’s still easier than physically hooking the phone to the TV with an HDMI cable.

Final Thoughts

So, does SmartView work with Chromecast?

While the One UI 3.0 upgrade made pairing SmartView with Chromecast impossible, there are a few other ways to mirror or cast content from smartphones to the TV set.

You can use SmartView with compatible Samsung TVs or shift to the Google Home app. An HDMI connection is always a valid option, but it can be more limiting than mirroring or casting.