Do you know that you can directly cast VLC to Samsung smart TV? Of course, you can! You need to upgrade the VLC app to the latest version 3.0 or higher to successfully cast the VLC app to your Samsung smart TV.
However, your TV brand must be supported by the most recent version of VLC. Since your Samsung TV is a smart TV or it has an Android Box, then VLC Media Player can be downloaded and installed via your Android TV’s Google Play Store or Samsung App Store.
In case your Samsung TV does not support the VLC app, then you need to get a Chromecast and maximize the cast feature of VLC to stream any content of your choice. A red flag here is that not all content hosted on VLC supports Chromecast. This is because during the pre-launch period for the Criterion Channel you could stream content to a phone or tablet, but the casting was not just supported.
VLC users were only restricted to their smartphone’s display to playback videos saved on their devices just before the latest update on VLC. You need to transfer files either directly to your TV or a smart set-top box if you were unable to view videos on the big screen.
Just because of its extensive codec support, VLC is enabled to play almost any video file. Partially due to its open-source nature, features are usually added regularly. This feature has been in existence with the latest update that added the native Chromecast support.
VLC Media Player is one of the well-known players that can also be used on Android TV to play music and watch different videos. The best part of this update feature is that it can be used on Smart TVs like Samsung, LG, Sony, etc that run on the Android system. VLC also runs on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android devices, since you can cast from almost any device right away.
To cast VLC to Samsung smart TV, open the VLC media player and select the file you want to cast. Then, open the Chromecast app, click the Menu button, and tap Cast screen/audio. Follow the on-screen instructions to cast your Samsung TV display to your Chromecast. Finally, navigate back to the VLC Player and set the video to full-screen mode, and that’s all, you are done! Now, you can directly cast VLC to Samsung TV.
In this guide, we will show you how to cast VLC to Samsung smart TV, follow the steps below. Before going full into details, you need to download and install the VLC app first to cast VLC to Samsung Smart TV.
How to Download the VLC app on Samsung Smart TV
Since almost every streaming device comes with built-in Wi-Fi for wireless connections and a customized remote control, smart TVs also have all of the functionalities of a media streaming device; therefore, you do not need any extra media streaming device when you have a smart TV. Below are steps to download and manage VLC on Samsung TV:
- Click the Home button on your remote control.
- Choose APPS and then select the Search icon located at the top-right corner.
- Enter the VLC app you want to download and click on it.
- You will see details about the VLC app as well as related apps.
- Click Install.
- That’s it!
How to Cast VLC to Samsung Smart TV via Chromecast
Before you can cast VLC to Samsung smart TV, you need to ensure that your TV and the Chromecast are connected to the same Wifi connection. Note that this tool is quite new and you might still experience unstable connections, but if you are patient and persistent, it will work!
Configure VLC Media Player
The first thing to do is configure the VLC player, follow the steps below to achieve this:
- Turn on your VLC player and tap on Playback in the top menu.
- Choose Renderer from the dropdown menu; this will automatically scan for devices.
Select Samsung TV
Now, you need to select your Samsung smart TV on which you want to cast the videos. Follow the steps below:
- It might take VLC a few minutes to detect your TV, in case it’s taking more than the usual time, try disconnecting and reconnecting the Chromecast and the TV from the Wifi.
- Once it works, your Samsung TV will be listed.
- Click on it, and VLC will start casting to your Samsung TV.
The last stage of this process is to select and open a video. Follow the steps below:
- Click on Media at the top menu and tap Open File from the dropdown.
- Go to the video you intend to play and double-click on it.
- The video will start playing on your Samsung TV, and you will be able to use the VLC controls on your device to control the video.
- That’s it!
You can also try out this process above on both Windows and Mac PCs. It allows seamless streaming once the two devices in question are connected. There are many updated features to using VLC over other media players, but this ranks as one of the best because of its functionality.
Just to mention a few, check out the advanced and modern way involved while moving between screens with just the press of a button.
Can’t Cast VLC to Samsung Smart TV? Try these Fixes!
In case you tried the steps above but you still can’t cast VLC to Samsung smart TV even using Chromecast, then try these fixes below:
Update VLC to the Most Recent Version
Casting is a new feature from the most recent version of VLC, so you must update the VLC application to version 3.0 or higher to be able to cast VLC to Samsung smart TV. As at the time of compiling this article, the App Store only has version 2.9, therefore the iPhone users will need to wait a little while to enjoy this feature which the Android users are already enjoying since version 3.0 is up and running on the Play Store.
Cast a Video from the Main Menu
Just before opening VLC, ensure you are connected to the same local Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast.
In case you are connected to cellular data when you open VLC, and the Google Cast icon isn’t displayed even after you enabled Wi-Fi. Perform the fixes below:
- Open VLC, click the cast icon located on the right side of the Video.
- A pop-up message will be displayed presenting you with a list of Cast-compatible devices you presently have on your network.
- Select the Chromecast (or any other Google Cast device) that you wish to cast to.
- Choose a video from your list, and after a few seconds of the video loading, playback will start on your Samsung TV.
- Your smartphone will then become a remote control, allowing you to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, or stop the video.
- Isn’t that interesting?
Try and Cast an Individual Video
This step is optional, you might not need to try out the fix if other fixes above solved your issue, but in case it didn’t try the steps below to cast an individual video:
- Instead of clicking on the Cast icon on the Videos page, choose the video you want to watch to begin playback on your mobile device.
- At the upper-right corner of your display will be the same Cast icon.
- Click on this icon, then select your Chromecast (or Google Cast device) to stop playback on your smartphone and resume on your Samsung TV.
With the indigenous support for Chromecast in VLC, you are no longer limited to an online streaming service to cast videos, all your local videos can now be enjoyed on a bigger screen.
Also, battery consumption is much lower using this method compared to the other ways of using the Google Home app to cast your phone’s whole display on Android.
I hope one of the fixes listed above should solve all your issues related to can’t cast VLC to Samsung smart TV? Let’s know if this article was quite helpful in one way or the other in the comment section below. Thanks for reading to the end.