Have you ever tried using AirPlay to mirror your iPhone or iPad to your Samsung TV, only to get the frustrating “Unable to Connect” error?
You’re not alone. Lots of Samsung TV owners have trouble getting AirPlay working properly. The good news is that this problem can usually be fixed with a few simple troubleshooting steps to resolve Samsung TV connectivity issues.
In this comprehensive guide, I’ll explain 15 proven solutions to get AirPlay connecting properly on your Samsung TV.
Overview of AirPlay and Common Connection Problems
AirPlay is an Apple technology that lets you stream media and mirror screens wirelessly from Apple devices to compatible smart TVs.
To use AirPlay, your Apple device and Samsung TV need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. Interference or software issues can disrupt this connectivity.
Common AirPlay connection problems with Samsung TVs include:
- Samsung TV not showing up as an AirPlay device option
- Frequent dropping of AirPlay connection
- “AirPlay Unable To Connect To Samsung TV” error message
Below I’ll walk through the top fixes for these stubborn AirPlay problems:
15 Fixes for When AirPlay Won’t Connect to Your Samsung TV
1. Check AirPlay is Enabled on Your Samsung TV
AirPlay may not show up if it’s disabled in your Samsung TV’s settings.
- Go to Settings > General > Apple AirPlay Settings
- Turn on AirPlay
Once enabled, AirPlay should work properly.
2. Connect Devices to Same Wi-Fi Network
AirPlay relies on Wi-Fi connectivity between your devices. If your Samsung TV and Apple device connect to different networks, AirPlay connections will fail.
Ensure both devices join the same Wi-Fi network.
Also try moving your Wi-Fi router to a more central location to improve signal coverage.
3. Update Software on Samsung TV
Outdated firmware on your Samsung TV can prevent AirPlay from working properly.
- Go to Settings > Support > Software Update
- Select Update Now
Install the latest firmware update. AirPlay may start working after the TV reboots.
4. Update iOS Software on Apple Device
Similarly, an outdated iOS version on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can disrupt AirPlay connectivity.
Update to the latest iOS software:
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update
- Download and install any available updates
Keep your Apple devices updated to maximize AirPlay compatibility.
5. Reboot Your Devices
Before troubleshooting further, try simply turning your devices off and on again:
- Power cycle your Samsung TV and Apple device
- Reboot your Wi-Fi router
Restarting all devices reinitializes network connections and often resolves flaky AirPlay behavior.
6. Try Alternate AirPlay Apps
If native AirPlay struggles, third-party apps offer AirPlay alternatives:
- ApowerMirror – Mirror Android phones to Samsung TVs
- Google Cast – Cast mobile content to TVs
- Miracast – AirPlay-like wireless streaming
Test if apps like these work better for your setup.
7. Disable 5GHz Wi-Fi on Your Router
Switch your router and devices to use 2.4GHz only:
- Log in to router admin console
- Turn off 5GHz Wi-Fi
- Make sure 2.4GHz is enabled
See if forcing 2.4GHz Wi-Fi fixes your flaky AirPlay.
8. Set TV DNS Server to 188.8.131.52
DNS issues can prevent your TV resolving URLs, causing volume control to get stuck.
- Go to Settings > General > Network > Network Status
- Select Edit DNS Server
- Set to 184.108.40.206
Google’s public DNS may improve AirPlay connectivity.
9. Toggle Bluetooth On and Off
I know it sounds unlikely, but toggling Bluetooth on and off can sometimes resolve AirPlay persistence issues:
- Turn off Bluetooth on your Samsung TV
- Try to enable AirPlay
- If it fails, turn Bluetooth back on
- Then attempt AirPlay again
Cycling Bluetooth resets connections, which could help.
10. Factory Reset Your Samsung TV
If all else fails, resetting your TV to factory defaults will wipe any buggy configuration that could be blocking AirPlay.
Warning: This resets ALL your Samsung TV’s settings.
To factory reset:
- Go to Settings > General > Reset
- Enter reset code if prompted
Set up the TV from scratch, reconnect to Wi-Fi, re-enable AirPlay and test.
11. Try Using Ethernet Instead of Wi-Fi
While AirPlay is designed for wireless streaming, switching to a wired Ethernet connection eliminates Wi-Fi as a point of failure:
- Connect your Samsung TV to your router via Ethernet
- Make sure your Apple device uses Wi-Fi
With rock solid wired connectivity in place, AirPlay should work flawlessly.
12. Update Router Firmware
Just like your TV’s software, a buggy router firmware version could affect connectivity:
- Log in to your router admin interface
- Check the current firmware version
- Look for any available updates and install them
Updating router firmware fixes bugs and improves performance.
13. Add Samsung TV’s IP Address to Router’s DMZ
Placing your Samsung TV’s IP address into your router’s DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) effectively exposes the TV directly to your Internet connection:
- Assign your Samsung TV a static (fixed) IP address
- Look up how to enable DMZ on your router brand
- Add the TV’s IP address to the DMZ list
DMZ circumvents firewalls and other connectivity issues.
14. Disable Firewalls Temporarily
Security apps and firewalls can often hinder AirPlay connectivity. As a test:
- Temporarily disable firewall & security software on ALL devices
- Try to connect via AirPlay
Re-enable security software afterwards. If AirPlay works properly with firewalls disabled, you’ll need to reconfigure them to allow AirPlay.
15. Use a Lightning or 30-Pin AV Adapter
If you have to get AirPlay working as a temporary fix, Apple’s AV adapters offer guaranteed screen mirroring by connecting your Apple device directly to your TV’s HDMI port.
Alternatives like Slimport adapters also work. This gives you a wired path to fall back on when wireless AirPlay fails.
Why Does AirPlay Disconnect from My Samsung TV?
If AirPlay works initially then keeps disconnecting, Wi-Fi interference or compatibility issues are likely to blame.
To stop random AirPlay dropouts:
- Position Wi-Fi router closer to TV
- Reduce sources of RF interference
- Stick to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi only
- Update TV firmware and iOS software
- Toggle Bluetooth on/off
With improved Wi-Fi signal and updated software, AirPlay should connect reliably without interruptions.
Key Takeaways on Fixing Samsung TV AirPlay Problems
- Enable AirPlay in Samsung TV settings if disabled
- Connect devices via the same Wi-Fi network
- Keep Samsung TV & iOS devices updated
- Factory reset TV if configuration is corrupted
- Switch to wired Ethernet as alternative to Wi-Fi
- Use third party apps or AV adapters as backup
Following this mobile-to-TV troubleshooting guide should help you get temperamental AirPlay functioning reliably on your Samsung TV.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my iPhone see my Samsung TV but AirPlay doesn’t work?
If your iPhone detects the TV but can’t complete the AirPlay connection, it’s likely a software compatibility issue. Update both devices to the latest firmware/OS version. Also toggle the TV’s Bluetooth on and off.
Why does AirPlay work for 5 minutes then disconnect?
Frequent AirPlay dropouts are normally caused by Wi-Fi connectivity problems. Switch both devices to use the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band, move the router closer and minimize interference.
How can I mirror my Android phone to a Samsung TV?
As AirPlay only works for iOS devices, use an Android mirroring app like ApowerMirror instead to cast your Android phone’s screen to your Samsung TV.
What wireless frequency is best for AirPlay?
AirPlay works better on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks. If using a dual band router, disable the 5GHz band and have your devices connect via 2.4GHz only.
Why does my iPhone 11 not connect to Samsung Smart TV?
If your new iPhone won’t AirPlay to an older Samsung TV, a firmware incompatibility is likely preventing connectivity. Update your Samsung TV software to the latest available version to ensure maximum AirPlay compatibility.