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How to USB-connect an iPhone to a Samsung TV (Easiest Way)

How to USB-connect an iPhone to a Samsung TV (Easiest Way)

There are a number of benefits to hooking up your smartphone to the TV, including the ability to reflect the screen, watch multimedia files like photos and videos, and even charge your phone.

To save you the trouble, finding the USB connection on the back of your Samsung TV and connecting your iPhone to it with a USB to Lightning adapter is all that’s needed to get your iPhone working with your TV.

We’ll zero in on the iPhone’s potential applications for connecting to and controlling a television. Find out where the connection is and how to use your iphone to work your TV by reading this piece.

What to doBrief information
Locate the PortFind the Samsung TV’s USB port. It will often be on the side or back of the TV and will be marked “USB.”

Connect your iPhone first, then insert the lightning cord you normally use to charge your phone right into the TV.

The iPhone will start charging as soon as the TV is turned on. The likelihood of pop-ups appearing on the iPhone and TV is high
How to connect iPhone to Samsung TV

Locate the Port

Samsung TV

Usual charging practices require plugging an iPhone into a wall outlet with a power converter and lightning cable. Some folks also use a laptop or a vehicle plug to charge their devices.

The capability of a Samsung TV to power your phone via the USB port is an underappreciated function. In my opinion, this really extends the usefulness of the TV. Having an extra way to charge your phone is really neat.

Here are the steps to charge your iPhone with your Samsung TV:

  • Find the Samsung TV’s USB port. It will often be on the side or back of the TV and will be marked “USB.” If there is no marking, you will be able to recognize it by its signature slot that looks like its half-filled with metal.
  • Connect your phone to the TV with the cable. One end should be USB, the other will be lightning. The USB end goes in the TV, the lightning end of the cable if the end that goes into your phone. Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with these phrases, just use the normal iPhone charging end of the cable as you always would and, if you have the right cable, the other end will be the USB “male” end
  • The iPhone will start charging as soon as the TV is powered on.

You may notice some notifications on either your phone or your TV. None of these notifications impact whether the phone is charging correctly, so they can be disregarded.

Iphone's interface
What IPhone’s interface looks like

Alternate Ways to Connect an iPhone to Samsung TV

There are several alternate ways to connect an iPhone to a Samsung TV, including:

  1. AirPlay: If your Samsung TV is a newer model that supports AirPlay, you can use this feature to wirelessly stream content from your iPhone to your TV. To use AirPlay, both your iPhone and TV must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. HDMI Cable: You can use an HDMI cable to connect your iPhone to your Samsung TV. You will need an Apple Digital AV adapter and an HDMI cable to do this. Connect the adapter to your iPhone, and then connect the HDMI cable to the adapter and your TV. Make sure to select the correct input source on your TV.
  3. SmartThings App: Samsung has a SmartThings app that allows you to connect your iPhone to your Samsung TV. Download and install the app on your iPhone and your TV, and then follow the on-screen instructions to set it up.
  4. Chromecast: If you have a Chromecast device, you can use it to cast content from your iPhone to your Samsung TV. Connect the Chromecast to your TV, and then download the Google Home app on your iPhone. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the Chromecast and connect it to your iPhone.

Note that not all Samsung TVs support all of these methods, so check your TV’s user manual or manufacturer’s website for more information on which methods are compatible with your specific model.

Viewing Once Connected

When you are viewing data from your iPhone on your TV, the appearance will depend on the method you are using to connect the two devices. For example, if you are using screen mirroring to display your iPhone’s screen on your Samsung TV, the TV will show a replica of your iPhone’s screen.

This means that anything you do on your iPhone, such as browsing the web, sending a text message, or playing a game, will be mirrored on your TV in real-time.

Furthermore, if you are using an HDMI cable to connect your iPhone to your TV, the TV will display whatever is on your iPhone’s screen, but it may not be as seamless as screen mirroring. For instance, if you are watching a video on your iPhone, you may need to manually play the video on your TV after connecting the cable.

Can All Samsung TVs View Images Via USB?

a bunch of orange cables
USBs through which both iPhones and Android smartphones can connect to a Samsung tv

Most Samsung TVs allow you to view images and other media files via USB. However, it’s important to check your specific Samsung TV’s user manual to see if it supports this feature. Some older models may not have a USB port or may only support certain file types.

If your Samsung TV does have a USB port and supports image playback, you can simply connect a USB flash drive or external hard drive that contains your images to the TV’s USB port. Then, use your TV’s remote to navigate to the USB input and select the folder containing your images. You should be able to view your images on your Samsung TV’s screen.

If your TV supports other features such as slideshows, you may be able to customize the display of your images and set up a slideshow with music. Again, it is recommended to refer to your TV’s user manual for specific instructions on how to use this feature.

A video regarding this issue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the iPhone better than other Smartphones?

High-quality components are used to make iPhones, which significantly contributes to their ability to hold their value over time.

Since there is just one manufacturer and new iPhone models aren’t released as frequently as Android phones so Apple phones stay as flagship models and remain trending for longer.

Are iPhones waterproof?

Yes, iPhones are waterproof, they can withstand water up to a depth of six meters, that is 19.7 feet, for up to 30 minutes. iPhone 12 and 13 have the IP68 water resistance rating which means that they can resist splashes, rain, and accidental water exposure. However intentional water exposure should be avoided.

Which is better: an iPhone or an Android Smartphone?

Premium Android phones are on par with iPhones in terms of quality, while less expensive Androids are more prone to issues. iPhones can, of course, experience hardware problems as well, although they are generally of superior quality.

What’s the difference between Samsung TVs model numbers?

The more expensive the TV is, the higher the number. 8K models are denoted by three digits, whereas 4K models are denoted by two digits. B: This relates to the manufacturing year. Samsung has been skipping a few letters lately, but A stands for 2021 and B for 2022.


  • You can connect your iPhone to your Samsung TV easily. On the back of most Samsung TV models, there is a USB port close to the HDMI connector. This article explains how to control your TV with your phone and provides directions to the port. 
  • Just connect your lightning cable to the TV, and plug the other end into your iPhone.
  • Once connected, USB to lightning technology allows for data transfer, image viewing, audio synchronization, and charging. 
  • An iPhone 12 Mini running iOS 14.7.1 and a Samsung 6 Series Smart TV were utilized in this sample (software version 1310).
  • Most of the time, the iPhone won’t connect until you take these steps written above. You only have access to photos that were already stored in the Photos app on your iPhone.

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