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Netflix Won’t Mirror To TV (Causes And How To Fix)

Everyone loves taking some time to relax and binge their favorite Netflix show. In the current times we live in, streaming shows and movies from our devices to our TVs has never been easier, and mirroring can be done with the press of a button. Everything seems great until things stop working the way they should. 

These are things to try to solve common issues when Netflix doesn’t mirror to your TV:

  • The TV and your Netflix device aren’t connected to the same wireless network
  • Update the version of the Netflix app on your device that is outdated
  • Use the correct screen mirroring straight from the Netflix app

One can’t help but be frustrated when things aren’t working as they should. Luckily, there are a few things that you can try to fix the issue if your Netflix doesn’t mirror to your TV. If your next move is to call an IT guru to help you fix your Netflix issue, consider trying a few of the following fixes on your own before calling in a professional.

How To Mirror Netflix To Your TV Correctly

Sometimes Netflix won’t mirror to your TV correctly because you’re trying to mirror it incorrectly by not using the built-in mirroring button in the Netflix app. 

The following are the steps to mirroring Netflix to your TV the correct way:

  1. Either download the Netflix app on the respective app store of your device or visit Netflix.com on your internet browser.
  2. Sign into your Netflix account by entering your username and password.
  3. Look for the cast/mirroring icon at the top right-hand corner of your device, or click on the “More” icon and select “Cast” if you are using a laptop.
  4. Select the TV or streaming device you would like to mirror Netflix to from the list of available devices.
  5. Choose the TV show or movie you want to watch and press play.

Check Device Streaming Compatibility

Something you should try checking is whether the device, such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet, is compatible with your TV. You can check your TV and your device’s compatibility by finding the model number of your TV and the name of the model of your device and looking up whether they are compatible on the internet. 

Suppose your TV doesn’t support Netflix mirroring from your device. In that case, you will unfortunately not be able to mirror Netflix to your TV unless it has an HDMI port and is compatible with plug-and-play devices such as a Google Chromecast.

Check Which Wireless Network You’re Connected To

When experiencing a mirroring issue with Netflix, you need to check if the device you are streaming Netflix from and your TV to which you are mirroring are both connected to the same wireless network. This is often the case when you cannot see the mirroring icon pop up on the Netflix app on your device.

To check this, go into the wireless settings of the TV and the device and check what wireless network each of them is connected to. If one of the devices has a wireless network name that is different from the other, disconnect your phone or device and reconnect it to the same network as your TV. Once both are connected to the same wireless network, you can try to mirror Netflix again.

Things To Check When Mirroring Netflix to A Chromecast

If you don’t have a smart TV and have to use a plug-and-play external streaming device such as a Chromecast, you need to ensure that the device is compatible with your TV before trying to cast Netflix from your device. 

You must also ensure that the TV has an HDMI port to connect your Chromecast. Your Chromecast must also be connected to the same wireless network as your streaming device for Netflix mirroring to work.

Check If The Netflix App Needs An Update

The next possible cause for your Netflix not mirroring to your TV or streaming device is that the version of the Netflix app on the device that you are trying to mirror from could be outdated.

To fix this, visit the respective app store on your device and check to see if there are any new versions of the Netflix app available on the store. If a new version is available, update the Netflix app and re-open the app when the update is finished downloading. Once you have re-opened the updated Netflix app, you can try to mirror it to your TV again.

Check If You’re Using The Correct Mirroring Function

Another possible cause as to why Netflix won’t mirror to your TV is that you could be trying to mirror Netflix to your TV or streaming device in the incorrect way. This issue occurs when one is trying to use the built-in screen mirroring function that comes with your phone or device to try and mirror Netflix to your TV.

This issue can be easily resolved by simply ensuring that you mirror Netflix to your TV or streaming device by using the casting/mirroring button built into the Netflix app itself, and ensuring the device is not using the phone’s built-in screen mirroring function.

Uninstall And Reinstall Netflix And Restart Your Device

Lastly, if your Netflix streaming still isn’t working, or if you see a black screen with no audio, uninstall and reinstall the Netflix application on your phone or device and restart the device. 

Once the device has been restarted, ensure it connects to the same wireless network as the TV or Chromecast you are streaming to, and make sure your Chromecast is connected to a power source.

Conclusion

Netflix mirroring to your TV can often have some issues, such as having a black screen, having a black screen with only audio playing in the background, or just not connecting to your TV in general. Before calling for professional IT help, you consider doing some simple checks and trying some fixes on your own first.

When experiencing these issues, check to see whether Netflix mirroring is compatible with your TV and device. Ensure that the wireless network both devices are connected to is the same. Also, check whether your Netflix app is up to date and if you’re using the right mirroring function. As a last resort, uninstall and reinstall Netflix from your device and restart it.

References

https://help.netflix.com/en/node/11634

https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Netflix-not-work-on-screen-mirroring

https://www.trustedreviews.com/news/netflix-black-screen-with-sound-fix-3924586

https://blog.fonepaw.com/netflix-black-screen.html

https://appuals.com/netflix-black-screen-issue/