AirPlay was an Apple exclusive feature until a few months ago when Apple decided to allow Samsung to add it to their Smart TVs. You can now seamlessly mirror your Mac, iPad, or iPhone to your Samsung Smart TV. Just navigate to Settings > General > AirPlay Settings > Turn AirPlay On.
Now that you have connected a keyboard and a mouse to your TV, why not use it to access your computer remotely. Samsung Smart TVs come equipped with Miracast which allows you to mirror or even extend the Windows display. If your computer has Miracast, connect it to the same Wifi network as the TV and press WIN+P > Connect to a Wireless Display > Click on Samsung TV on the list. You would then get a notification on the TV to allow the connection, press yes to begin the connection. If you can’t find the TV on your computer, you can try restarting both devices, checking if both devices are on the same network or even use an HDMI cable to create a wired connection.
While your Samsung Smart TV doesn’t come with a Dex mode, you can still do a lot of stuff on the Internet using the in-built web browser. You can connect a wireless keyboard and a mouse to navigate and control your entire TV. To do so, go to Settings > General > External Device Manager > Input Device Manager > Bluetooth Device List. Put your Keyboard and Mouse in pairing mode you would see them on the TV screen, tap the icon to connect.
Samsung Smart TV has a few different eco-solutions which let you adjust the TV according to the surroundings. For example, the Ambient Light mode automatically detects the light in the room and adjusts the TV brightness accordingly. It also has a Motion lighting which would reduce power consumption based on your movement. So, if you fall asleep while watching a movie, it will automatically reduce the brightness. Neat. You can find these settings under General Settings.
I love dark mode on smartphones and guess what, Samsung offers this feature on most of its Smart TV lineup. It is more of a high-contrast mode but it does the same things as a dark mode. To enable this, simply go to Settings > General > Accessibility > High Contrast Mode.
Typing on TV using the remote is horrendous. Fortunately, Samsung Smart TVs have a workaround to this problem. When you want to type something using the virtual keyboard using the remote, it automatically gives you the option to select the next probable letter. For instance, it suggested ‘.com’ once I was done typing the domain name in the URL box. Smart and Intuitive. I like it. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap Air Mouse from Amazon which not only comes with Air remote but also has a keyboard. We tried it with Samsung smart TV running the latest Tizen OS and it worked fine.
The SmartThing app allows you to turn off your TV, but you can’t turn it back ON after turning it OFF. To fix this, you can enable ‘Power On with Mobile’ in the Network settings, it’s like Wake On LAN but with the SmartThings app. Simply go to Settings > General > Network > Expert Settings > Power On with Mobile.
This is one of my favorite features of the SmartThings app, it allows you to route the audio of the TV through the smartphone. It can come in handy when you want to watch late-night TV without waking up your significant other. You can simply plug in a pair of headphones to your smartphone and turn on this feature from the SmartThings app. Alternatively, you can also use it as Chromecast audio. For instance, if you have guests over or you’re having a party then you can also broadcast the audio from smartphone to the TV or the music system connected to the TV with the SmartThings app.
Most Smart TV and Streaming devices let you use your smartphone as a remote. And the Samsung Smart TV is no different. However, there are a few extra steps involved. First up, you need to install the SmartThings app from the Play Store or the App Store. Next, log in with a Samsung account, if you don’t have one, you can create it here. Once you enter the app, you will find your Samsung TV, just make sure your TV and the phone are under the same WiFi network. The app lets you adjust the volume, change the channels, navigate with the touchpad and even turn the TV ON or OFF.
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