Using your phone to enjoy your favorite shows is becoming easier all the time.
The Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch screen, which matches the size of its well-regarded predecessor, the S8. If you have the Galaxy S9+, your screen diagonal is 6.2 inches. Both models offer a crisp resolution of 2960x1440p.
Using your smartphone to watch short videos is a perfectly satisfying experience. But sometimes you may want to kick back and have a fun afternoon with a movie or two. In such situations, even the S9+ screen is too small for comfort. In addition to the eye strain, it’s impossible to find an entirely comfortable position to relax in.
The solution would be to mirror your phone’s screen to your television or computer. With the S9/S9+, this is fairly easy to do.
How to Mirror Your Device on Your Television
To mirror your Galaxy S9/S9+ to your TV, you need one of the following:
- a smart TV
- a wireless display adapter, such as Chromecast, or the AllShare Cast hub
While adapters aren’t free, they’re a great choice for anyone who doesn’t have a smart TV. You use an HDMI cable to connect these devices to your television, and then your Wi-Fi to connect your phone to the device.
To mirror your phone, follow these steps:
Open the Status Bar – Swipe down from the top of your screen.
Swipe Down to View Quick Settings – You might also need to swipe left to see additional settings.
Select “Smart View”
Switch it On – There is a toggle here that you need to activate.
Select Your TV or Adapter
Now, you will see a list of external devices your Samsung can connect to. Tap on the right option to select it.
A Note on Mirroring from Apps
If you’re using the YouTube app or another media player, there may be an in-app option to show the video on your TV. To select this option, find the Cast icon. You can also use the phone’s Gallery app to cast your photos to the big screen directly.
Mirroring Your Phone to Your PC
In previous Android phones, Samsung’s SideSync app lets you connect to your computer. But SideSync isn’t available for the Galaxy S9/S9+, so you should look to a third-party application instead, such as Vysor , Mobizen , or Apowersoft .
Using these apps is simple, though the specifics depend on the app. Here are the basic steps you need to take:
Install the Application on Your Computer
Install It on Your Phone
Make Sure Both Devices Are Connected to the Same Wi-Fi Network
With these settings in place, you can use your phone to select the best mirroring option for you.
A Final Thought
You might be wondering about the difference between mirroring and casting. Both of these functions allow you to show your videos on a different device. But mirroring duplicates everything that happens on your screen exactly. Casting works within media player apps, and in this case, the video is streamed directly to the TV or computer and your phone acts more like a remote control.