I got into VR gaming recently and was wondering if I could cast to my Samsung TV. I was surprised to find there are many different methods for doing this. I was able to find one that worked best for me easily.
To cast your Oculus Quest 2 to a Samsung TV, you can use your mobile device, your TV’s built-in casting features, or a Chromecast device to enable casting. All of these methods require a stable internet connection to work properly. You will also need to make sure you are trying to cast a game or app that allows casting.
All of these methods will be discussed in detail in this guide. There are always troubleshooting methods included in case you run into problems trying to cast to your Samsung TV.
Can You Cast Your Oculus Quest 2 To Your Samsung TV?
Yes, there are several different ways you can cast your Oculus to your Samsung TV. Some models of Samsung come with built-in casting capabilities. This will make the casting process much easier. If your Samsung TV doesn’t have built-in casting, purchase a Chromecast device to enable casting.
To cast from your Oculus headset or your mobile device, you will need the Oculus app. You should go ahead and download the app from your phone’s app store. Once you have done this, set up your Chromecast to enable casting on your TV.
If you are planning to use your Oculus headset to cast to your TV, ensure your Chromecast and headset are on the same network. The Samsung SmartThings app will also work the same as Chromecast if you have it available.
Now that you have made the proper preparations, you can examine the different options.
How to Cast Oculus Quest 2 To Samsung TV
1. Casting Using Oculus App on Phone
To cast from your phone, you will need to install the Oculus app on your mobile device. Once you have done this, follow the steps listed below:
1. Turn on both your Oculus headset and your TV.
2. Open the Oculus app on your phone.
3. At the top right of the screen, tap the Cast icon. This icon is shaped like a Wi-Fi signal.
4. Once you have tapped the Cast icon, your app will begin to automatically detect your headset in the Cast From menu.
5. In the Cast From menu, select your TV or Chromecast device.
6. Tap Start at the bottom of your screen, and then finish the rest of the setup using the prompts in the VR headset.
This will complete the process of casting directly from your phone. If you wish to connect your Oculus via the headset, follow the steps listed in the next section of this guide.
2. Casting From Your Headset
If you wish to cast directly from your headset, the process is much easier. First, ensure that your Samsung TV supports casting or that you are using a Chromecast device. Once you have set up casting on your TV, follow the steps listed below.
1. Put On your headset and open the Universal menu.
2. Select Sharing, and then enter the Cast menu.
3. Select your Samsung TV from the menu.
4. Press Start.
This will begin the casting process from your headset to your TV. If you wish to connect via Airplay, use the steps listed in the next section.
3. Connecting your Oculus Quest 2 via Airplay
To connect your Oculus Quest 2 via Airplay, follow the steps below:
1. Press the Oculus Logo on your Oculus controller to bring up the main menu.
2. Select the Share icon located on the right side of the main menu.
3. Select the Cast option and then select Cast To Oculus App on your mobile device.
4. On your iPhone, slide downwards on the right corner of your home screen to open the Control Panel.
5. Select the Screen Mirroring option.
6. In the Screen Mirroring menu, select your Samsung TV.
This will complete the process of casting to your Samsung using Airplay. If you have the SmartThings app, the steps to cast using it will be detailed in the next section.
4. Cast Using SmartThings on Android and iOS
If you have access to a Samsung Galaxy phone, you will be able to cast to your Samsung using the SmartThings app. The process to do this is quite simple and only takes a few minutes. The process has been detailed below:
1. Download the SmartThings app on your phone from the app store.
2. Open the SmartThings application and find your Samsung Smart TV.
3. Navigate to the Settings page for your Samsung Smart TV in the app.
4. Click More Options.
5. In the More Options menu, select Mirror Screen or Smart View.
6. Click Start.
7. Give Samsung Smart TV permission to access your phone.
8. Install the Oculus app on your device if you have not already.
9. Open the Oculus app and press the Oculus button on the controller to open the Main Menu.
10. Click the Share icon.
11. Click on the Cast icon and then select the option to Cast to the Oculus App.
This will begin the casting process from your phone to your TV. If you wish to connect using an external Chromecast device, follow the instructions in the next section.
5. Casting Via External Chromecast Device
If you are using a Chromecast device to enable casting capabilities for your TV, the following steps will allow you to cast your Oculus to your TV:
1. Press the Oculus Logo on your controller to bring up the main menu.
2. In the main menu, select the Share icon located on the right side of the menu.
3. Select the Cast option and then your connected Chromecast device.
This will complete the process of casting to your Chromecast device. Keep in mind that you will need a Chromecast device or the service built-in to your TV to use this method. If your Samsung TV supports direct casting, the next section will detail how to use it with Oculus.
6. Cast to Your Samsung TV using Your Samsung TV
If your TV supports direct casting, you can cast directly from your Quest 2 headset to your Samsung. Not all models of Samsung TVs support this capability. To do this, follow the steps listed below:
1. Turn on your Oculus Quest 2.
2. Go to the Samsung TV store on your TV and download the Oculus app.
3. Open the Oculus app on your Samsung TV.
4. Log into your Oculus account on your TV in the app.
5. Once you are logged in, select the Cast icon at the top right of the screen.
6. Select your headset from the list of available devices in the Cast To menu.
7. Select Start Casting.
If you are still having trouble casting to your Samsung TV, consider the next section of this guide to resolve issues.
7. Screen Mirroring Not Working
If the screen mirroring features are not working properly, consider restarting your TV and your phone. If that does not resolve your issue, try disabling Bluetooth. Finally, if nothing else works, use a different Smartphone.
For other issues you are having casting your Oculus to your TV, explore the next section of this guide for common issues and resolutions.
Oculus Quest 2 Won’t Cast to Samsung TV Troubleshoot
1. Your TV Doesn’t Have an HDMI Port
If your TV does not have built-in casting, an HDMI port will be required to enable casting. If your TV does not have an HDMI port, you will not be able to cast your Oculus to it. To remedy this, you need to consider using your phone’s screen mirroring features.
You can also consider upgrading your Samsung TV to a model that has HDMI ports. If your TV has the standard RCA ports, there are converters you can purchase for around $10 that will add an HDMI port to your TV.
If the HDMI connection is not the issue, it could be your Wi-Fi causing the problem. This will be discussed in the next section.
2. WIFI Connection is Poor
A poor internet connection could be affecting your casting capabilities. Since casting depends on being connected over the same Wi-Fi network, internet issues will cause casting problems. To avoid this, you should check that your Wi-Fi connection is strong and working properly.
This includes doing a speed test online or checking on other devices for a connection. If you find your internet is out or slower than normal, it could indicate an issue. You should power cycle your router to remedy problems with your Wi-Fi.
To do this, simply unplug the router for at least 60 seconds. This will allow all the power to drain from the router so it can restart clean. This will generally clear up most of the issues that could be causing your slow internet connection.
If the internet is not working across all of your devices, it could be due to a glitch in your router. This will be covered in the section below.
3. Glitch in Router
Electrical issues and overheating can cause problems with your router. If your router is not functioning properly, you will likely experience casting issues with your Oculus 2. You can resolve router issues by restarting your router or resetting it.
Restarting your router simply means turning it off and on again. This can sometimes end any internal malfunctions occurring and restart with a fresh slate. If you wish to reset your router, or power cycle it, the process is simple.
To reset your router, unplug it from the power source for at least 60 seconds. This will allow your router to deplete any latent electrical charge and restart clean. This is generally the best solution to router issues you could be having.
If your router is damaged or the internals is still not working properly, contact your ISP for a replacement. If your router is working properly, your issue could be proximity to your router while using your headset. This will be covered in the section below.
4. TV or Headset Far from Router
The distance between your TV, headset, and router could be causing your casting issues. VR games typically require an extremely strong internet connection to cast. If you are too far from your router, you will not receive a strong enough connection to cast properly.
To remedy this, simply move your TV and headset close to the router. For best performance, you will want to stay within at least 8-12 feet of your router when casting your Oculus. If you are unable to reduce this distance easily, a Wi-Fi extender can help reach your distance areas.
If you have gotten as close to the router as your can and are still having issues, too many devices connected could be the problem.
5. Too Many Devices Connected to Router
Having too many devices connected to your router will affect the strength of the signal needed for casting. The optimal number of connected devices will vary depending on your router and internet plan.
If your signal is being used by many different devices, you will not have the required internet strength to cast properly. Because casting VR uses a lot of network data, you should try and do it when there is not much traffic on the router.
Another factor to consider is interference from other devices. This issue will be discussed in the next section.
6. Interference from Electronic Devices
Several electronic devices can cause casting interference. These devices include Bluetooth devices, baby monitors, phones, microwaves, and other TVs. If you have any of these devices in close proximity, it could be the cause of your problem.
Try removing any items that are connected to the internet or Bluetooth from around your casting devices. This will clear up any interference that they may have been causing. If this did not resolve your problem, the next section might help.
7. Problem With ISP
ISP issues could also be causing your casting to not work properly. Because casting depends on a strong internet connection, network issues will cause problems. If your ISP is experiencing outages or slow connections, this will cause you to experience issues when casting.
You should contact your ISP for more information regarding your connection issues. They can give you more details regarding outages and when you can expect the issue to be resolved on their end. If your internet is not the issue, it could be your network setup causing the problem.
8. TV and Oculus Aren’t on The Same Network
Casting from your Oculus to your Samsung TV will require them to both be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If you have connected your devices to different networks, they will not be able to communicate properly.
To fix this, ensure that both your TV and Oculus device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, make sure that your mobile device is also using the same network. This will ensure that all your casting devices can communicate properly.
You will also need to make sure your TV is set up to use Chromecast if necessary. This process will be detailed in the next section.
9. You Haven’t Set TV Up for Chromecast
You will need to ensure that you have properly set up your Chromecast device to work with your Samsung TV. The Chromecast is a plug-and-play device but will still need to be set up afterward to work properly.
The process to setup your Chromecast with your Samsung TV has been listed below:
1. Plug in your Chromecast device using the included power adapter.
2. Update the Google Home app on your Samsung TV or mobile device.
3. Set up a Google account if you do not have one already.
4. Upgrade your OS on your phone to Android 8 or iOS 14 or later.
5. Turn on your Chromecast and follow the on-screen setup instructions on your mobile device.
If none of the troubleshooting methods have resolved your issue so far, there are a couple of additional things to consider.
10. Your Oculus Quest 2 Isn’t Turned On
You should double-check and make sure that your Oculus Quest 2 is turned on. If your Oculus Quest 2 is not turned on, this will cause your casting to not work properly. This is an easy fix and will hopefully resolve your issue.
If that didn’t work, it could be due to the application you are using having restrictions on casting. This possibility will be detailed in the section below.
11. The App You Are Using Doesn’t Support Casting
In some cases, the games or apps that you are using on your Oculus simply do not support casting. If this is the case, you will unfortunately not be able to cast to your Samsung TV while using these apps. Most of the time, you will be notified if you are trying to use an app that does not support casting.
There are many different ways that you can choose to cast your Oculus to your Samsung TV. All of these methods require a stable internet connection and some way to enable casting on your TV. If your TV has built-in casting, the process will be much easier.
If your TV does not have built-in casting, consider using Airplay or purchasing a Chromecast device. This will allow you to cast any available apps and games from your Oculus to your TV, such as casting to Roku TV. Keep in mind, not all apps and games are available to cast from the Oculus device.