How to use LG or third party screen sharing app. Watching videos on a smartphone or tablet is cool. However, if you own an LG Smart TV, instead of looking on the small screen of your smartphone, look at those images on the larger screen of the TV. There are several ways to mirror screen on LG TV:
- Screen Share ( Screen Mirroring ).
- Share content
One way to view your smartphone on an LG TV is with Screen Mirroring. Almost all Android phones have this capability. LG labels its TV screen mirroring feature as Screen Share.
Mirroring from iPhone / iPad directly to most LG Smart TVs may not be possible. However, there are workarounds available which we will explain after the following Android screen mirroring section.
The screen mirroring function on different smartphone brands / models can be defined as:
- Screen Share o Smart Share (LG)
- Display wireless (aka WiDi)
- Display mirroring
- HTC Connect
- Wi-Fi Direct
Here's how to use an Android phone's screen sharing with an LG Smart TV:
Turn on your LG Smart TV and select Share screen from the main menu.
On a smartphone, tap Settings (or screen mirroring icon), choose where to play the media (or a similar step), then select your LG smart TV from the device list. It may take a few minutes for the phone to detect the TV.
In the remaining steps, the phone is on the left and the LG TV screen is on the right.
Tap the listed LG TV to start the connection process on your smartphone. The phone and TV will display their connection status.
The screen of the smartphone or tablet will be displayed on the LG TV when the procedure is complete.
In most cases, your smartphone contents, on-screen menus and setting options will be displayed on the LG TV screen.
To end a screen mirroring session, tap Disconnect in the smartphone screen mirroring settings (if available), turn off the smartphone, switch to another function on the TV, or turn off the TV. If you are playing content from a specific app, it will stop playing if you use another function on your smartphone.
Some LG 2019 TV models (OLED B9, C9, E9, W9, R9, Z9 and NanoCell SM9X / SM8X series, UHD UM7X series) with Apple AirPlay 2 support allow screen mirroring directly from iPhone / iPad.
LG 2018 and earlier Smart TVs do not allow screen mirroring directly from iPhone / iPad.
If you have an LG smart TV that is not compatible with AirPlay 2, possible workarounds include:
- Third-party app: Some apps allow screen mirroring from iPhone / iPad to LG Smart TV, including Video and TV Cast, Airbeam, Airmore and Mirror for LG Smart TV Streamer Cast. LG does not guarantee that third party screen mirroring apps parts work on all LG Smart TVs; some of these apps can also be used with Android phones.
- Indirect screen mirroring: This can be done from an iPhone / iPad to an Apple TV or Chromecast device, which in turn passes the mirrored content to an LG TV via an HDMI connection.
To use an iPhone with Chromecast, the iPhone must be running iOS 6 or later.
In addition to smartphones, you can also mirror a PC or laptop to an LG TV using the Screen Share app.
Open the app Screen Share on your LG TV.
On your PC, go to Settings > devices.
Select Bluetooth and other devices > Add Bluetooth or Other device.
In the dialog that appears, select Add a device (Scegli Wireless Display o Dock).
Then select LG TV and wait for confirmation.
Once the connection is confirmed, make sure the projection mode is set to Duplicate in order to get an exact mirror of the PC screen on the LG TV.
Once the PC steps are completed, everything visible on the PC screen is played on LG Smart TV.
To end a screen mirroring session, select the prompt Disconnect in the small black rectangular box at the top of the PC screen, switch to another function on the TV or turn off the TV.
LG Screen Share can also be used by connecting PC to LG TV via HDMI cable.
Another way to view content from an Android phone on an LG Smart TV is through Casting.
LG Smart TVs incorporate DIAL (Discovery and Launch). This allows you to stream select apps (currently YouTube and Netflix) directly from an Android phone or tablet to an LG Smart TV without having to connect an additional Chromecast device.
While similar to LG screen sharing (screen mirroring), there are differences:
- The smartphone or tablet and the TV must be on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Transmission via the DIAL system only works with selected apps.
- Only the content is shown on the TV screen. The smartphone setting icons remain on the smartphone screen.
- While the broadcast content is being played on the TV, you can perform other activities on the smartphone at the same time or even turn it off.
- If an Android smartphone or tablet app is compatible with broadcasting via the DIAL system, a Cast logo will appear on the phone screen.
- The app you are broadcasting must be installed on smartphone / tablet and TV.
Here are the steps for using this feature.
Turn on the LG Smart TV.
Open a compatible app (YouTube or Netflix) on your Android phone.
In order for the casting to use the DIAL system to work, the app you are broadcasting must be installed on your smartphone or tablet and TV.
Tap the icon cast at the top of your chosen app screen, then tap LG Smart TV as the device you want to cast to.
If an app has a cast icon, but LG TV is not listed, this means that the content cannot be cast to LG TV without adding an external Chromecast device.
Now you can watch the content you have selected on your smartphone on LG Smart TV.
While Screen Share is the most direct way to mirror a smartphone or PC screen to an LG Smart TV, LG provides additional options via the TV device connector settings.
When you select Device Connector from the main screen, you access a menu that includes connection options for all devices, including a smartphone or PC.
The Screen Share app can also be accessed from the LG TV Device Connector in addition to direct access from the main menu. However, as its function was discussed above, the following focuses on the option Content Share, which can only be accessed via the Device Connector.
Select Content Share and you will be guided through the steps on your smartphone and LG TV.
Once the steps are completed, you will see a photo, music and video file sharing menu on your LG TV screen. This allows you to play compatible files in those categories from your smartphone on your LG TV.
Content Share also allows an LG Smart TV to access and play compatible music, photo and video files stored on a PC or laptop.
LG Smart Share app must be installed on your PC or laptop for the Content Share feature to work with both PC and TV.
After selecting Content Share for PC and following the required connection steps on your PC and LG TV, you will see a menu for sharing photos, music and video files on the LG TV screen. When you select a category, you will be able to view compatible files stored on your PC on LG TV.