Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – How to Mirror My Screen to My TV or PC
The Galaxy Note 8 may have a substandard battery and some performance issues, but it has an exceptional display that makes it worth the price. The Note 8 comes with a standard resolution of 1480 x 720 but you can change it to 2960 x 1440. This matches the capabilities of the newer Galaxy S9 and S9+ models.
With such amazing rendering capabilities and its 6.3” display, the Note 8 is a great smartphone to have if you want to catch up on your Netflix backlog when you’re on a lunch break. But, even with the amazing video clarity, there are some shows and movies you just have to watch on a bigger screen.
Luckily, you can stream whatever’s on your phone to your PC, laptop, or your TV.
How to Mirror the Screen to Your PC
Mirroring the Note 8 screen on a PC is done via the SideSync app. Note that models that came after S8 and Note 8 no longer support SideSync.
First, you will have to install the SideSync app on your PC. Go to Samsung’s official website and download it from there. It is supported by Windows and Mac systems.
Now you can install the app on your phone as well. Use the Google Play store to locate it and install it.
Open the apps on your phone and on your PC or Mac. As long as you’re in range with your Note 8, the two devices should begin syncing immediately.
When the screen on your Note 8 goes black, you will be able to access every feature on your phone by using the SideSync interface on your computer. Use the mouse to navigate the phone, and you’re good to go.
How to Mirror Screen to TV
To make this happen, you first need at least one of these two pieces of equipment:
- A smart TV
- An external display adapter such as a Chromecast
The cheaper option is usually a wireless display adapter. If you have one, you no longer need a smart TV, only one that supports screen sharing. Here is how you can establish the connection.
First of all, connect the adapter to your regular TV using a HDMI cable. Then, enable the Wi-Fi on your Note 8 in order to establish a connection to the device.
Here’s how you can mirror your phone:
- Swipe down the Status bar
- Expand the settings menu
- Locate and tap Smart View
- Turn the toggle to ON
- Locate and select the appropriate display device from the list
If you’re not using an adapter, simply locate and select your TV as the receiving device.
Alternative Screen Sharing Methods
Certain apps, such as YouTube, come with a Cast function. This allows you to mirror the screen of your Note 8 only when watching a video on the app. This is less time-consuming, and apps with this function tend to be optimized for screen sharing.
A Final Word
Mirroring your phone’s screen on a TV or computer is useful for various reasons. In addition to movies and TV shows, you can enlarge important documents, or you can watch all the photos or videos you’ve created with the phone’s excellent camera.
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