While Screen Mirroring is an effortless way to mirror the phone or PC screen to TV, I would admit that it may occasionally bring in issues. Of all, getting a black screen while screen mirroring is more common nowadays. When I got hit by it, I performed a series of fixes to resolve the black screen. I composed them that worked for me into a simple-to-follow guide.
Read the article till the end and fix the black screen issue while mirroring the screen. They will also work if you see a black screen with sound when mirrored.
FYI: Premium services like Netflix, HBO Max, and Apple TV have enhanced security features that restrict mirroring your phone or PC screen. So, when you try to screen mirror their content, the TV screen turns black. Unfortunately, this issue cannot be fixed, and you should install the app on TV to watch the desired content.
Possible Causes for Black Screen with Sound While Screen Mirroring
Some possible reasons that can mess up the mirroring process and cause a black screen to appear on your TV screen are listed below.
- Bad internet connectivity
- Incompatible video formats
- Interference with Bluetooth
- Server outages
- Not in the connectivity range
How to Fix the Black Screen Issue While Screen Mirroring
Upon receiving the black screen when you try to screen mirror, you shall try my troubleshooting recommendations below to resolve the issue.
Check the Internet Connection
The primary reason that can lead to the appearance of a black screen on your TV while mirroring is having an unstable internet connection. Ensure to connect your TV to an uninterrupted internet connection to the TV.
Moreover, check if the TV and the device use the same WIFI network. Avoid connecting too many devices to the same WIFI, which may lead to bandwidth issues and result in showing a black screen with sound while mirroring.
After verifying the internet connection, try to screen mirror the content on your TV. Check the black screen issue is resolved.
Place the Device within the Connectivity Range
If you place the device that has the content to be mirrored on your TV too far, a black screen on your TV appears while screen mirroring. To avoid this, place the device near the TV and try to screen mirror the content to your TV. If you are using AirPlay to screen mirror the content on your TV, you must place the device not more than 10 meters away from the TV to get the best screen mirroring output.
Check the Server Status of the Streaming Service
If there is no issue with the internet connection and the connectivity range, the problem may be with the server of the specific streaming service that you are trying to screen mirror on the TV. If the server statuses of streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, HBO Max, etc., have gone down, you may face the black screen issue while screen mirroring.
To check the server status of any streaming service, visit the official Downdetector website. The website provides precise information about the server status of the streaming services.
Turn Off Bluetooth on your Device
When your screen mirrors the content to your TV, you must disable Bluetooth. As screen mirroring requires WIFI, having Bluetooth enabled may interfere with the WIF connection. It eventually causes the black screen issue on your TV. Therefore, it is advisable to disable the Bluetooth option on your smartphone and then screen mirror the content to your TV.
Incompatible Video Formats
One of the major reasons that can cause the black screen issue is playing incompatible video formats on your TV. For example, if you try to screen mirror a 4K video content through AirPlay on your TV, and if the TV doesn’t support 4K videos, your TV shows a black display while playing sound during mirroring. Therefore, you can check if the TV supports the video format before trying to screen mirror the content on your TV.
Disable and Enable the Screen Mirroring/AirPlay Option
The black screen may appear on your TV for minor technical glitches. For instance, when you screen mirror from Android to TV, you may find the screen mirroring option disabled in the notification panel. Similarly, when screen mirroring from an iPhone to a TV, the AirPlay option at the Control Center may be disabled.
To fix this, turn off the Screen Mirror option and then turn on the Screen Mirroring or AirPlay option on your Android or iOS devices, respectively. If the issue persists, you can try the next troubleshooting method to fix the issue.
Restart your TV
The TV screen might turn black if the TV has minor errors, bugs, and technical glitches. To remove all these, you can try restarting your TV, which helps to improve its overall performance. It, in turn, resolves the black screen issue while screen mirroring the content on your TV.
Update your TV Firmware
An outdated software version of your TV can also lead to a black screen appearance while screen mirroring from a PC or phone. Moreover, the overall performance of your TV reduces if your TV’s firmware is outdated. So, update the TV immediately to fix the black screen issue effectively.
Contact Customer Support
If none of the troubleshooting steps help you to fix the black screen issue while mirroring, then this is the time you need to get in touch with the support team of the device you are using. Sometimes, a technician’s help will fix the issue. If that is of no resort, you can choose to screen mirror a different service to your TV. You can also get the app installed on your TV to continue watching the desired content.
Screen mirroring won’t show any video if the source settings on your TV are not set correctly.
This may be due to the outdated software of your TV. Update your TV and then try to screen mirror the content.