Unlike its previous iterations, the Samsung Galaxy A8 doesn’t come out as a successor to the Galaxy A line, but rather as a trimmed-down version of Samsung’s S8 flagship.
The matching design, screen and number 8 all point out to this. Design-wise, one of the strongest points of Samsung Galaxy A8 is the fingerprint sensor placement.
While it looks and feels like the S8, the A8 comes with a well-placed sensor right beneath the rear camera for way easier access.
The aluminum frame with IP68 rating, FullHD+ Super AMOLED display and dual front cameras, the Samsung A8 strikes out as a more than decent phone.
The power core and memory allow it to run even the more demanding apps without having to deal with freezing screens or any kind of lag.
What you need to know about screen mirroring
One of the great things about a powerful phone is that it can handle display resolutions higher than its 5-6 inch screen can display. That’s where screen mirroring comes into play.
Just shot an amazing video but you can’t really grasp the details while looking at it on your phone?
One option may be to download the video into the computer, maybe upload it on youtube and then watch it on a bigger screen, such as the one of your living room’s TV. However, screen mirroring bypasses all this hassle by directly streaming your smartphone’s display to the TV.
This can be achieved via a number of methods: either via an HDMI cable, through a dedicated device such as Chromecast or directly, when your phone and TV support the function and are also compatible to each other.
If you own a TV and you are willing to get your Samsung Galaxy A8 screen mirrored to it in order to fully take advantage of the phone’s resolution and streaming capabilities, follow below for the steps you need to take.
Screen Mirroring your Samsung Galaxy A8 display directly to a compatible Smart TV
Samsung Galaxy A8 allows for direct screen mirroring to a compatible Smart TV, leaving aside the need for cables or third-party devices, making sure you can sit comfortably on the couch in your living room and watch those holiday photos without having to deal with a short cable, for example. Here’s how to do it.
First of all, you need to turn on Smart View on your smartphone.
Unlock your Samsung Galaxy A8 and then pull down the top menu ribbon.
Tap on Smart View, which is usually located in the lower-right corner of the top-down menu.
Wait as your phone scans for a compatible TV.
Most modern Samsung Smart TVs are fully compatible with Smart View and thus will work without a hassle.
You should also have success with other TV brands as long as they have native compatibility with the screen mirroring feature.
Once the phone detects the compatible Samsung Smart TV, just tap on the name of the TV and pairing is complete.
A small bubble with a TV and an arrow in it will appear on the screen of your phone, letting you know that screen mirroring is active and working.
From this point on, you can watch your phone’s display on the TV and stream photos, music and videos to it.
Your Smart TV’s speakers will receive the sound from any media file you play through your phone, getting an enhanced experience of the media you are watching.
Mirroring your Samsung Galaxy A8 display without a compatible Smart TV
If you don’t own a compatible smart tv that would let you directly stream your smartphone screen, don’t worry. It is still possible to make use of your amazing Galaxy A8 by using a third-party hardware known as Chromecast.
Chromecast is the holy grail of smartphone to tv streaming for when you don’t have a compatible Smart TV.
Since it has a rather low price and it’s fully compatible with Android 5 and up, Chromecast comes out as the main solution for screen mirroring.
Here is how to properly pair your phone and your TV and stream those high-quality pictures or videos to a large diagonal LED in Full HD or 4K resolution.
First of all, you need to have Chromecast and your phone connected to the same WiFi network to facilitate communication.
Once you’ve established this criterion, go ahead and connect Chromecast to your TV’s HDMI port.
Remember: Chromecast will require additional power input for 4K streaming, as the TV HDMI port isn’t able to provide the required current.
Open any Chromecast-enabled app on your smartphone. Please make sure you are running the latest version of any Chromecast-compatible app in order to avoid connectivity or compatibility issues.
Tap the “Cast” button inside the app and then wait for your Chromecast device to be detected. Select it from the list and then watch as the “Cast” button turns into color, letting you know that connection has been set up successfully.
You are now ready to mirror your phone’s screen and stream content to a TV.