Samsung has a good range of smart TVs that are great in the audio and video department and pretty feature-rich. In Samsung TVs you will find many smart features that enhance your TV viewing experience. Samsung has decided to take the TV experience up a notch by now letting you use your smartphone’s camera as a webcam for your Samsung smart TV.
So if you don’t have a webcam attached to Samsung TV, you can still enjoy video calls using Camera on your Smartphone.
Samsung has taken a leaf out of Apple’s book with how they make use of the iPhone as a webcam for the macOS and tvOS devices. You can now make use of your smartphone as a portable web camera for select Samsung smart TV models. Interested in how this works and how you can use your phone as a webcam for your Samsung TV? You’ve come to the right place.
How to use your Smartphone Camera as Webcam on Samsung TV
Samsung has now ensured that you can use your Smart TV itself as a video-calling device. Whatever video calling app can be installed on your Samsung TV can now use your smartphone as the webcam. But, before we dig into the steps, let’s take a look at the list of smart TVs that support this feature.
Supported Samsung Smart TVs
Now, let’s take a look at the list of Samsung smart TVs that support this feature.
- Gaming Monitor G65B and above models
- Smart Monitor (2022 M50B and above models)
- The Frame 2022 except 32 inch models
- The Serif 2022
- The Sero 2022
Note: Newer TVs from mid range to high range will also have support for Smartphone camera.
You can make use of Android as well as iOS devices to connect your phone and use it as webcam to your Samsung TV. Your Android device should be running on Android 10 or higher and your iOS device should be running on iOS 13 or newer.
Add Samsung TV to SmartThings Account
To use this feature on Samsung TV, the TV need to be added in Smartthings.
So let’s take a look at how you can add your Samsung smart TV to the SmartThings mobile app. Having the device registered will later help you to use your smartphone’s camera as the webcam for your smart TV. Now, let’s take a look at the steps that you need to follow to register your Samsung TV.
Step 2: Connect your Smartphone and Samsung TV to the same WiFi.
Step 3: Open the SmartThings app on your phone. Then go to Devices tab and tap + icon.
Step 4: Tap on Scan for nearby devices. This option will be present on both Android and iOS devices. There are also other ways you can choose like QR code, Setup code, but scanning for nearby devices is easiest. It uses bluetooth to scan.
Step 5: It will start scanning and your TV will appear. Choose your TV from the list.
Step 6: Now wait and let the process complete. It may ask for PIN that appear on your TV. Also follow the on-screen instructions if there are any. Once done, the TV will be added to SmartThings app.
Use Smartphone as Webcam for Samsung TV
Now that you have registered and set up the smartphone and your Samsung SmartTV via the SmartThings app, it’s time to look at the steps that show you how you can use the smartphone as your TV webcam. There are two ways you can follow.
From SmartThings App:
Step 1: Make sure your Samsung TV and Smartphone are connected to Same WiFi. Open SmartThings app on your phone.
Step 2: Go to Devices Tab, and tap on your TV block.
Step 3: In the next page you will see Camera Sharing option if your Samsung TV support this feature. Tap on it.
Step 4: The phone camera will be connected to your TV and you will be able to see on your TV what your Smartphone camera see.
Now you can launch your meeting app and you will be good to go.
From Video Apps on your TV:
Step 1: Both your Samsung TV and phone must be connected to same WiFi. Then launch the Video Calling app like Google Meet, Zoom on your TV.
Step 2: When you open the app, it will ask you to connect camera. Here you need to select Mobile Camera option.
Step 3: You will receive a Notification on your phone from where you can connect your Phone’s camera. Or the TV will show a QR Code, scan the QR code from your phone and it will open SmartThings app on your phone.
Step 4: The phone camera will be connected to your Samsung TV.
That’s it, you can now enjoy video calling on your Samsung TV without a webcam.
Tip: You can also navigate to Camera Experience from your TV. Press the Home button on your remote, then press the left button to open Sidebar. Now go to Connected Devices > Camera Experience. Here select Mobile Camera and it will show QR code to connect smartphone camera. Scan the code and your camera will be connected.
This concludes the guide on how you can make use of your Android or iOS smartphone as a webcam for your Samsung smart TV. This feature is a great as well as useful feature that is perfect in conjunction with fitness apps and even with video calling apps and also for certain games that require you to make use of the camera.
If you have questions or queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below. Also, what other use cases do you think having the smartphone as your Samsung TV camera would be useful? Share your ideas below.