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Despite running on different systems, you can conveniently cast your Mac to your LG Smart TV. This is a great way to watch media content of all types on a much larger TV screen. There is a number of methods you can use to connect your Mac and LG TV. In this article, we’ll explain three of them and share some third-party apps you can use to cast your videos.
To share your Mac’s screen, you don’t need Apple TV. You can do it with the help of third-party apps. Below, you’ll find details and step-by-step instructions on how you can use apps like Elmedia and JustStream to screen share from Mac to LG TV.
Elmedia Player is a powerful media application for macOS that will allow you to stream your Mac to your LG TV in a matter of seconds. It offers plenty of features with which you can improve your playback experience.
For example, you can use the subtitle synchronization feature to adjust the delay of the subtitles.
You won’t be able to mirror all of your Mac’s screen with Elmedia, though It only lets you cast to LG TV from Mac a single photo or video. While the video is playing, you can use your Mac to perform other tasks.
Note that Elmedia only lets you stream for 5 minutes unless you buy the PRO version, which costs $19.99 (one-time payment).
2. Turn on your TV and make sure it’s on the same Wi-Fi as your Mac.
3. Play any video with Elmedia Player.
4. Click on the screen share icon.
5. From the list of devices that appears, choose your LG TV. Your video will begin playing on it!
JustStream is another app you can use for connecting Mac to LG TV. You can easily access it from the menu bar and get access to playback controls and other features.
In addition to casting, you can use JustStream to mirror your Mac’s screen as well. It’ll stream or mirror your videos for 20 minutes.
Despite the minimalistic look, it packs some very useful features such as hardware-accelerated encoding, native playback, and autoloading subtitles.
Note that you’d have to download an audio driver from within the JustStream app on your Mac. This will enable audio when you’re mirroring on your TV.
The Pro version is available for $9.99 and lets you stream/mirror for a longer duration.
AirBeamTV is a decent alternative to other third-party apps for screen mirroring from a Mac to an LG TV. It has apps for multiple platforms, including iOS, iPadOS, and Android.
On macOS, you can use the app from your menu bar. You’ll have to download an audio driver to enable sound on your smart TV.
It’s worth mentioning that the app has a latency of 2-3 seconds when you mirror Mac to LG Smart TV, so it’s not suitable for gaming.
2. On Mac, open the app by clicking on its icon in the menu bar.
3. Click on the dropdown list next to “Target device,” and choose your LG TV.
4. Go to Play Video File and select the video you want to see on your TV.
5. On an iPhone/iPad or Android, open the app, and you’ll be taken to its dashboard.
6. To cast online videos on your TV, tap Web Videos. To cast offline ones, tap Photos.
7. To mirror your phone’s entire screen, tap Screen Mirror.
AirPlay or AirPlay 2 is Apple’s proprietary technology which you can use to stream videos directly from your Mac to your TV without HDMI or any third-party app.
AirPlay 2, which is the successor to the original AirPlay, supports multi-room audio. Many TV brands now come with this technology, so you can quickly stream or mirror your Mac, iPhone, or iPad’s screen.
Not all LG TVs come with built-in AirPlay 2 functionality, though. In fact, devices like Roku and Fire TV also have a limited number of models that support the technology.
Here’s a list of all the LG smart TVs that are compatible with AirPlay 2:
|Year/webOS||LG TV Models|
|2022 models with webOS 22||All QLED and QNED models, LG UHD UQ, and NANO series|
|2021 models with webOS 6.0||All QLED and QNED models, LG UHD UP and NANO series|
|2020 models with webOS 5.0||LG OLED BX/CX/GX/WX/ZX/RX series, LG UHD UN, and NANO series|
|2019 models with webOS 4.5||LG OLED B9/C9/E9/W9/Z9 series, LG UHD UM and SM series|
|2018 models with webOS 4.0||LG OLED B8/C8/E8/W8/Z8 series, LG UHD UK and SK series|
|2017 models||LG UHD TV UJ77/UJ65/UJ64/UJ63/UJ62/UJ60 series, LG Super UHD TV SJ95/SJ85/SJ80 series|
|2016 models||LG UHD TV UH65/UH64/UH61/UH60/UH55 series|
1. First, ensure that your TV and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi and are close to each other.
2. On your Mac, open the Control Center by clicking on its icon in the menu bar.
3. Click on Screen Mirroring.
4. A list of devices that you can connect your Mac to will appear. Choose your LG TV, and you’ll start to see your Mac’s screen on it.
5. To change the arrangement of the two displays, click on Display Settings in Screen Mirroring.
6. You’ll see a couple of options here. For example, one thing that you can do is set your Mac as either the “main display” or the “extended display.”
1. Again, you first have to make sure that your TV and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network.
2. Then, open the Control Center on your iPhone by either swiping down from the top-right corner or swiping up from the bottom.
3. Tap the screen mirroring icon.
4. A list of devices you can mirror your iPhone’s screen to will appear.
5. Choose your LG TV.
6. Since this is your first time connecting to your smart TV, a 4-digit code will appear on it. Enter that code on your iPhone, and you’re ready to go!
Windows users can screen share using LG’s SmartShare technology. Unfortunately, it’s not available for macOS or any other Apple device.
LG Smart TVs have this technology built-in to them, and depending on what model you have, you can mirror videos in ultra HD wirelessly. All you have to do is download a software called LG Smart Share on your PC.
This software allows you to connect multiple devices using DLNA (SmartShare PC, Nero, Plex, SmartShare Mobile, and Elmedia Player), screen share (Miracast/Intel WiDi), and Wi-Fi Direct.
1. First, connect an HDMI cable to your Mac. If your computer only has Thunderbolt ports, then you’ll have to get an adapter/dongle.
2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to your LG TV.
3. Now on your Mac, open System Settings (or System Preferences if you’re on an older version of macOS).
4. Go to Displays and arrange the screens as you like.
5. To change the sound output settings, go to Sound in System Settings
6. In the “Output and Input” section, select your LG TV.
You can stream from MacBook to your LG TV using a third-party application like Elmedia, via AirPlay if your smart TV supports it, and by connecting an HDMI cable.