Samsung TV AirPlay won’t work for various reasons, and all supported models with AirPlay can be affected by this issue sooner or later.
If your TV experience this issue, it can be pretty frustrating, especially if you own a new model or your TV has served you well for a long time.
Do not worry; there are easy tricks you can do to solve those issues on your own, and based on feedback from other people, these steps can fix the problems with Samsung TVs for which AirPlay is not working correctly.
Samsung TV AirPlay Not Working – How to Fix it?
If your Samsung TV’s AirPlay is not working correctly, perform the following steps: Restart your Samsung TV, make sure that your Apple Device and Samsung TV are on the same WiFi network, enable AirPlay, disable Firewall, update Samsung TV OS, use Samsung TV remote instead of the app, reboot your router, reset paired devices and perform a factory reset.
It could be possible that your Samsung TV might not support AirPlay technology. The issue is, in most cases, related to the older Samsung TV models. If that’s not the case, follow the steps below.
1. Restart your Samsung TV
Even if you have already tried to unplug your TV, ensure you follow the exact procedure. Without proper steps, this easiest step does not have to work, and your Samsung TV won’t turn on.
Make sure you identified the correct cable which is coming from your TV. With TV, many other devices are plugged into the same socket or power cord, and you need to make sure you are disconnecting the correct cable.
Once TV is disconnected, wait at least 60 seconds; in the meantime, you can search for the power button. Once 60 seconds are up, you can press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.
This procedure will ensure that all residual energy in your TV is gone and all parts of the TV are properly turned off.
While we are waiting, give it a try restarting your Apple device as well.
Once you complete both steps, you can plug your TV back into the socket, turn on the TV, and Apple AirPlay should be working again.
If you belong to a small group of people for which this procedure did not resolve the issue thoroughly, check the other fixes below.
2. Check if the Devices are Connected to the Same Network
You can make AirPlay working only for the devices connected to the same network.
Almost all new routers now have a feature called dual-band, which allows you to create two separate networks (either the 2.4 GHz or 5.0 GHz network)
Having two separate networks will increase your network stability and speed for the devices that support the higher frequency.
However, one of your devices may be connected to a 2.4 GHz network while the other is connected to a 5.0 GHz network – therefore, the condition of being connected to the same network is not met.
It takes less time to thoroughly double-check that your devices are on the same network with the same name.
To check the WiFi connection on your Samsung TV, press Source on your remote and go to:
- Network Status
If following the steps above didn’t fix the issue, please continue further.
3. Check if Samsung TV AirPlay is Enabled
It could happen that AirPlay is disabled on your device.
To check AirPlay enablement, press the HOME button on your Samsung TV, and after that, a menu bar will pop up at the bottom of your screen.
Now toggle to the first option on the left, Settings (gear icon), and press Enter. A new menu window will be opened where you need to toggle down to the general section. Move down using your controller until you notice Apple AirPlay Settings options. As the last step, check if AirPlay is enabled in the menu. If yes, you are good to go. If not, change the configuration and enable it.
NOTE: You can also disable the require code option so you won’t need to enter your PIN every time you’ll use AirPlay.
If you don’t see the AirPlay option in the Samsung TV’s settings, the feature might not be supported by your device.
4. Turn of Firewall on your Computer
If the firewall is enabled on the computer, it could affect connectivity to the other devices within the network.
In the case of the AirPlay function, enabled firewall protection on your macOS (iOS) device might lead to your hosting device not being able to connect to your Samsung TV.
In this scenario, you need to make sure to either disable firewall protection altogether or disable incoming connection traffic on your macOS (iOS) device.
To check your firewall configuration, go to:
- System Preferences
- Security and Privacy
- click on the firewall tab
You’ll find the option to turn off the firewall entirely or to uncheck the option of blocking incoming connections.
5. Update Samsung TV OS/Software
You could run into several issues if your Samsung TV OS is not up to date. Therefore, it’s always recommended to keep your OS updated where applicable.
It’s possible to set it to download and install the updates automatically if your Samsung TV is connected to the internet.
Check automatic updates by following the steps below:
- Go to Settings
- Select option Support
- Go to Software updates
- Select Update Software option
While doing this, check your Prime Video app update as well. There might be some inconsistencies while using older versions with the newest Samsung TV OS.
6. Do not use your Mobile Phone as a Remote Controller
Most Samsung TVs will allow you to use your mobile phone as a controller while using specific applications.
Some users faced an issue with AirPlay functionality while simultaneously controlling the Samsung TV using the Samsung SmartThings app.
Use your original remote for the configuration while struggling with AirPlay connectivity.
Another piece of advice, close your Samsung SmartThings application and re-check AirPlay connectivity again.
7. Restart your WiFi Router
There might be a problem with your WiFi router, even if you have not noticed any issues.
I highly recommend you perform a quick restart of your WiFi router.
Disconnect your router from the socket or power cord, wait for about 60 seconds and plug the device back. Your Samsung TV and Apple device will reconnect to the network automatically in a while. Once done, recheck your AirPlay functionality.
Since you are modifying your network configuration, consider resetting the network connection configuration on your Apple device. To do so, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings
- Transfer or Reset
- Reset network settings
8. Reset Paired Devices
We will try one of the last options to reset your paired devices.
To reset your paired devices, just press the HOME button on your Samsung TV, and after that, a menu bar will pop up at the bottom of your screen.
Now toggle to the first option on the left, Settings (gear icon), and press enter. A new menu window will be opened where you need to toggle down to the General section. Next, go to Apple AirPlay Settings, select Require Code option, and scroll down to Reset Paired Devices.
By doing this, all the devices connected to your Samsung TV will be forgotten, and you’ll need to reconnect them again.
9. Factory Reset your Samsung TV
The last option, if all others fail, is to perform a factory reset of your Samsung TV. Bear in mind that a factory reset will remove all your configuration changes as well as all the updates, and you’d need to install them again.
Try all the other options first since, while performing a factory reset, you must install all the applications and log into them again.
- Power on your Samsung TV
- Click the Gear icon on top of your remote controller
- When you don’t have the Settings button on your remote, press the Menu button instead
- Another option is to press the Home button on your remote
- Go down to Settings
- Go to General
- Choose the option Reset (Reset to Initial Settings)
- Your TV will now turn off and on again, and you will see the initial setup screen on your display
Following the steps above, your TV has the same configuration as it had on the day you bought it.
Factory Reset your Samsung TV without Remote Controller
If there is any reason you don’t have access to your Samsung TV’s remote controller, don’t worry. There is an easy way to perform a factory reset of your Samsung TV without needing a controller.
To do so, locate your TV’s power button. The power button’s location depends on your specific model, but it can be found on the left/right side or very bottom of your Samsung TV.
While TV is turned on, press and hold the power button for approx. 10 seconds.
If this step didn’t work, use the buttons located near the power button and navigate to:
- All Settings
- Reset to Initial Settings
If you are facing an issue finding these buttons or your TV is mounted on a high/tight spot, follow the step below:
- Give it a try by plugging in a USB keyboard directly into the USB port located on your TV.
- Use any universal remote controller you have at home while entering the correct Samsung code for the remote to get it working.
You can now use them to control your Samsung TV and perform a factory reset.
10. Your Samsung TV is not Compatible with AirPlay
Sometimes, when your LG TV is too old, it does not support AirPlay technology, even with the latest SW upgrades. Anyway, AirPlay is available on the majority of the most recent Samsung TVs:
- 2021 27″ and 32″ M5 Smart Monitors
- 2021 32″ M7 Smart Monitor
- 2021 8K and 4K QLED TVs
- 2021 Frame TV
- 2021 Crystal UHD TVs
- 2020 8K and 4K QLED TVs
- 2020 Frame and Serif TV
- 2020 Premiere Projector and Crystal UHD TVs
- 2019 8K and 4K QLED TVs
- 2019 Frame, Serif, and 4K UHD TV
- 2018 Frame TV
- 2018 QLED 4K
- 2018 4K UHD TV
- 2018 Smart Full HDTV N5300
If you don’t see the AirPlay option in your Samsung TV’s settings, it could be caused by your TV not supporting AirPlay.
Check the vendor’s websites for your specific model to see more details.
NOTE: Please ensure you are running the most recent Samsung TV OS version as well as your Apple iOS devices are running at least version 12.3
11. How to Setup AirPlay on your Samsung TV
Using AirPlay to cast media or control your Samsung TV is pretty handy.
You can easily configure Samsung TV AirPlay by following these simple steps:
- make sure your devices are connected to the same network
- your Samsung TV is running the most recent Samsung TV OS version
- check if there is not any pending update for your Apple device
To enable AirPlay on your Samsung TV:
- press the HOME button on your Samsung TV
- toggle to the first option on the left, Settings (gear icon), and press Enter
- toggle down to the general section
- move a bit down using your controller until you notice the option Apple AirPlay Settings
- Enable Apple AirPlay
You can also adjust the security option by asking for a code connecting with the device. I recommend leaving it on First-time only.
Now, with an AirPlay feature working correctly, you can cast any media from your Apple device and apps like YouTube, while the audio output will be directly used from your Samsung TV.
To Sum Up …
- Samsung TV AirPlay Not Working – How to Fix it?
- 1. Restart your Samsung TV
- 2. Check if the Devices are Connected to the Same Network
- 3. Check if Samsung TV AirPlay is Enabled
- 4. Turn of Firewall on your Computer
- 5. Update Samsung TV OS/Software
- 6. Do not use your Mobile Phone as a Remote Controller
- 7. Restart your WiFi Router
- 8. Reset Paired Devices
- 9. Factory Reset your Samsung TV
- 10. Your Samsung TV is not Compatible with AirPlay
- 11. How to Setup AirPlay on your Samsung TV
- To Sum Up …
Like any other electronics, Samsung TVs can face issues with AirPlay not working. However, if you check all tips and guides on this page, there is a high chance you will resolve your problem with Samsung TV.
It’s a good idea to start with the easiest step, unplug your device from the power cord or socket. That will restart your TV, which is the root cause of the issue in most cases.
If your TV is still facing an issue using AirPlay or doesn’t see the option correctly – and it should be supported based on your research, you should look for an expert to help you in this area.
With some older models, buying a new TV can be a great idea. With a new TV, you can get significantly better value, including a full warranty, for a slightly higher price.
If your TV is new, check if you still have a warranty on your device and use that if possible.
When is Insignia TV volume too low, it is not a rare issue, and quite a lot of owners reported they experienced this behavior at some point. Some people resign to solve this issue, but you do not have to be one of them. You can follow easy steps, and as reported, those steps can…
Insignia TV is an excellent device because it n you to use various video streaming applications, for example, YouTube. However, some users reported that the YouTube application needed a fix on their Insignia TV since it was not working correctly.If the YouTube app is not working on Insignia TV, it can be pretty frustrating, especially…
I am sure you’ll be surprised – Alexa saves a copy of everything she records.If you have owned Alexa for some time, I am sure you’ve noticed she was listening even when you did not say her name, or she asked you to repeat something even were not talking to her before.Continue reading if you…
Vizio TV is an excellent device because it allows you to use various video streaming applications, for example, YouTube. However, some users reported that the YouTube application needed a fix on their Vizio TV since it was not working correctly.If the YouTube app is not working on Vizio TV, it can be pretty frustrating, especially…
When is Insignia TV volume too loud, it is not a rare issue, and quite a lot of owners reported they experienced this behavior at some point. Some people resign to solve this issue, but you do not have to be one of them. You can follow easy steps, and as reported, those steps can…
Roku TV is an excellent device because it allows you to use various video streaming applications, for example, YouTube. However, some users reported that the YouTube application needed a fix on their Roku TV since it was not working correctly.If the YouTube app is not working on Roku TV, it can be pretty frustrating, especially…