Connect your Mac to a Samsung TV

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Although nowadays most people spend a lot of their time in front of their computers, there are videos that are better watched on a TV screen. And since Apple computers have become extremely popular, most people are now looking for ways to connect their Mac monitors to bigger TV screens.

Here, we offer different ideas on how to connect Mac to Samsung Smart TV screens wirelessly or via a cable.

How to connect Mac to Samsung Smart TV wirelessly


The latest versions of Mac and Apple TV have made it easy for people to mirror screens. You just need to turn your TV and Apple TV on and then click on the Apple logo on your Mac device. Go to "system preferences" and click on "Displays". Choose TV from the "AirPlay Display" taskbar.

If you want to connect your Mac to Samsung Smart TV or any other TV without using Apple TV, you will have to get a mirroring app that works with your TV. Just do a Google search to find the best app to mirror to your Smart TV.

Connect Mac to Samsung Smart

Here, we will show you how to connect Mac to Samsung Smart TV using JustStream – a third-party mirroring app.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Install and open JustStream.
  2. Go to the Menu bar and click on JustStream’s icon to launch a popover.
  3. Choose the files you want to mirror.
  4. Choose the TV that you wish to mirror your Mac screen to.

Note:

  1. The first available screen to mirror to is automatically selected.
  2. If you can’t find your TV on the list of devices provided in the menu, then check if the device has been turned on. Also, ensure it is sharing the same internet network with your Mac. If everything is okay, then use the refresh button in the menu to update the list of devices.
  3. Click on the Start button to begin streaming.

Note: When the mirroring starts the content of your Mac screen will be shown on the TV screen.

Screen mirroring doesn’t come with sound. So, if you want sound, you have to install a JustStream Audio Driver, which comes with a JustStream installer.

Click on the Stop Streaming option to stop mirroring.

Screening mirroring settings are found in the Mirroring option under Preferences.

How to connect Mac to Samsung Smart TV using a cable


Apple recommends you to follow these simple steps when connecting Mac to TV:

Connect the video cable to your computer’s Thunderbolt port, HDMI port, or DVI port, then attach the other cable terminal to the TV’s video input port.

Click on the Apple logo and go to System Preferences. Then Click on Displays and ensure you have selected Default for the display.

To add sound, go to Apple logo and click on the System Preferences and then select Sound. Don’t forget to choose the right TV screen. However, older versions of Mac and TVs require the use of Mac’s headset jack to add sound.

Note: if your computer has a Mini Display port, go for a cable that supports both videos and audios.

Connect Mac to Samsung Smart TV using a cable

Connect MacBook to Samsung Smart TV using various video-related ports

Connecting any Apple computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook to a smart TV screen can be a simple task that involves attaching a cable to your laptop and TV, or it can be a complex process that requires the use of special adapters that only work with computers and TV screen that have specific ports.

Some of the different video-related ports found in MacBook computers include Mini DisplayPorts, Thunderbolt 2 ports, Thunderbolt 3 ports, USB port, micro DVI ports, and HDMI ports.

So, before you try to connect your Mac to any TV screen, make sure the ports available are compatible or you have the right adapters to connect them.

Once, you’ve confirmed their compatibility, then go ahead and connect your MacBook to Samsung TV.

Connect MacBook to Samsung Smart TV

Connect a laptop with an HDMI port to a TV screen with an HDMI port


  • Attach one terminal of your HDMI cable to the laptop.
  • The other end of the cable should be attached to the TV.
  • This connection enables your computer to use the TV as an exterior display. But you have to command your computer to use the TV screen as either an additional display that display different content from what is on your computer screen or as a reflected display that displays the same content as the computer screen.

  • To command your laptop how to use the TV screen, use these steps:

    1. Open Apple Menu.
    2. Click on System Preferences.
    3. Then go to Displays.
    4. Open the Arrangement tab.

    Tick the small box that shows Mirror Displays if you would like your TV to display the same information as your computer screen.

    Don’t tick the box if you would like to use your TV to display different content from what is on your laptop.

    Also, choose the source of the audio. You can choose the built-in speakers in your computer or TV screen.

    This is how you go about it:

    1. Open Apple Menu.
    2. Click on System Preferences.
    3. Choose Sound.
    4. Click on the Output.
    5. Select TV.
    Connect Mac with HDMI port

Connect a laptop with an USB-C port to a TV screen with an HDMI port

  • Connect one terminal of the USB-C to HDMI adapter to the computer’s USB-C port.
  • Connect one end of your HDMI cable to the TV screen’s HDMI port.
  • Connect the other terminal of the HDMI cable to the other terminal of the USB-C to HDMI adapter.
  • To set the TV screen as the source of the audio, you follow the same guideline as above.
Laptop with usb-c port to TV using hdmi

Connecting a Laptop with a Thunderbolt port to a TV screen with an HDMI Port


  • You need a working Thunderbolt adapter.
  • This adapter should be plugged into your computer.
  • One end of the HDMI cable should be connected to the TV screen’s HDMI port.
  • The other terminal of your HDMI cable connects to the Thunderbolt adapter.
  • Follow these same steps to set the TV screen as your audio source.
Thunderbolt port with HDMI

Connecting a laptop with a DVI port to a TV screen with an HDMI Port


  • Make sure you have the right Mini DisplayPort adapter.
  • Plug this adapter to the laptop.
  • Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the TV screen’s HDMI port.
  • Attach the other terminal of your HDMI cable to the Mini DisplayPort adapter.
  • Follow these same steps to set the TV screen as your source of audio.
DVI port to a TV screen with hdmi

Connecting a laptop to a TV screen with a VGA Port


  • Attach your Thunderbolt adapter to the Mac laptop.
  • Plug in one end of the VGA cable to the TV screen’s VGA port (ensure it is held firmly in place).
  • Plug in the other terminal of the VGA cable to your VGA port of the Thunderbolt adapter.
Mac to TV using VGA port
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