AllShare was a super handy service which allowed quick and easy transfer and streaming of files and media from one Samsung device to another. Unfortunately, however, it is no longer available. Its uses have been surpassed by other apps and intuitive, in-built smartphone functionalities.
Instead, however, we recommend you try out the app ‘SmartThings’ if you want to connect your Samsung smartphone to another device in your home or workplace. To learn how, follow our step-by-step tutorial below, for all other information and questions, see our FAQ section at the end of this article.
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How to use SmartThings on Android
- On your Android device, search for ‘SmartThings’ in your app menu (swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen and then use the search bar at the top of the page)
- Alternatively: Download SmartThings from the Google Play Store
- Ensure that both your smartphone/tablet device and TV are connected to the same WiFi network, then turn on your Samsung Smart TV
- Open the SmartThings app on your Android device and tap the (+) button in the bottom-right
- Next, select ‘Device’ and then select ‘TV’
- Tap ‘Samsung’ on the next page and then proceed
- Select your TV from the auto-populated list of devices
- You are now successfully connected via SmartThings from phone to TV and can cast, screen mirror, and share all manner of media from one to the other
If you have any more questions about AllShare or the newer, more practical apps, or if you’d just like more information on Samsung Smart products and services, please see our FAQs below.
AllShare, or Samsung AllShare, was an app and service which allowed various types of media to be shared effortlessly between different Samsung devices. You could use Samsung AllShare to send photos, videos, music, files, contact information and more between, for example, a Samsung smartphone and a Samsung laptop, TV, or tablet.
Unfortunately, at time of writing (April 2022), Samsung AllShare no longer exists. It can not be used anymore, or even found to download in the app store. In its stead, a range of other apps and innate functionalities built-into most Smart devices (such as modern TVs and smartphones) have stepped in to fulfill the role AllShare once played.
For example, ‘SmartThings’ is an app which Samsung Android devices can use to connect with a huge range of other smart devices around the workplace and home – including TVs and speakers among other things.
Similarly, most modern smartphones come capable of ‘casting’ themselves and content from a range of streaming apps such as Spotify, Netflix and YouTube to other devices with similar capabilities, such as Samsung TVs.
If you’d like to learn how to use SmartThings instead of AllShare, check out our full article up above.
When Samsung AllShare was around, it was a ground-breaking app which, like Apple devices can, allowed Samsung devices to easily communicate between each other and, more than that, to seamlessly and seemingly-effortlessly transfer and stream media from one device to another.
However, technology has since moved on, and the ability to cast, stream and transfer files via a number of other means has since outstripped the capabilities and efficiencies of Samsung AllShare, hence its ceasing to exist.
Fear not, however, for Samsung have not removed functionality by getting rid of AllShare. On the contrary, functionality on Samsung Android devices (especially between they and their Samsung SmartThings counterparts, such as TVs and speakers and laptops) has never been more efficient or useful.
What is the best new method for pairing Samsung devices?
Depending on what you want to stream, see, watch, hear or do – in terms of pairing Samsung devices – there are a range of different ‘best’ methods.
If you want to cast media from a streaming service like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Now TV, Hulu, Spotify or the like to a Samsung TV, for example, then you can do so by first ensuring that the app in question is installed on both your phone and TV. Next, open the app on both devices, first having ensured that both devices are connected to the same WiFi. Finally, select the media you wish to stream on your smartphone, and then tap the ‘cast’ icon and from the list of available devices select your TV (or whichever other device you like).
If, however, the action you want to complete is a little more complex, or doesn’t involve a streaming service like the ones mentioned above, then instead you should use SmartThings, as described in the tutorial at the opening of this article.