how to screen mirror nanoleaf to tv

Asking how to screen mirror Nanoleaf to TV? Well, it’s really simple!

If you would like to combine your Nanoleaf panel lights with the TV for a dynamic and real-time visual, then this guide is for you.

Here we’ll go through the entire process in depth and explain all the important factors, dependencies, and settings you would need to know.

To screen mirror Nanoleaf lights with TV begin by preparing a computer, a TV, a 2.4 GHz WiFi network as well as your Nanoleaf lights.

The next step is to use the TV as a PC monitor to be able to connect the lights with the desktop app and set up the mirroring!

The entire process might sound a bit confusing at first so let’s continue to unwrap!

Nanoleaf Screen Mirror Feature – Explained

nanoleaf screen mirror feature explained

By “Screen Mirroring”, people often think of sharing smartphone screens with the TV, but the Nanoleaf screen – mirroring works differently.

This feature allows you to connect the lights with the picture of your computer screen so they can sync and display a colorful array accordingly.

This means that the on-screen colors and their behavior will be reflected on the Nanoleaf lights in real-time which looks amazing when they are installed close to the screen.

In this guide, we will explain how exactly the connection works with a TV and why we need a computer as well.

Nanoleaf Screen Mirroring Support:

Here are the Nanoleaf light devices that support the “Screen Mirroring” feature:

  • Nanoleaf Lines
  • Nanoleaf Canvas
  • Nanoleaf Shapes
  • Nanoleaf Panels
  • Nanoleaf Essentials

Nanoleaf TV Mirroring Requirements:

nanoleaf tv mirroring requirements

Here is all you need to screen mirror Nanoleaf lights with a TV:

  1. Computer or a laptop
  2. The Nanoleaf app
  3. A television with (HDMI)
  4. A working HDMI cable
  5. Nanoleaf lights
Important: The Nanoleaf essentials require a thread border router such as Apple HomePod or Nanoleaf panels to be able to work with the desktop Nanoleaf app.

How to Screen Mirror Nanoleaf to TV? – Easy Steps!

Tip: In case you’re not aware of how the process works, we recommend following ALL steps!

1. Connect a Computer to a TV

connect a computer to a tv

Unfortunately, you need a computer because the screen mirroring on Nanoleaf only works with the desktop app.

Hence, the ultimate goal is to make the TV serve as a monitor for a computer, which displays we’re going to mirror with the Nanoleaf lights.

Use HDMI Connection:

The first and easiest way to connect a computer or laptop (Windows or MacOS) to a TV is by using an HDMI cable. This cable simply connects the HDMI output on your computer’s GPU to the HDMI input on the television.

Note: When the PC is connected the correct HDMI source on the TV needs to be selected.

A Wireless Connection:

There is another way to use your TV as a monitor for a computer or laptop, wirelessly by using AirPlay for MacBook and iMac or MiraCast or Display Mirroring for Windows & Android.

In addition, there are more ways, that require a screen mirroring app on your TV to connect.

Tip: Also, remote access apps such as TeamViewer and AnyDesk can also get the job done!

2. Install & Open Nanoleaf App

install & open nanoleaf app

The next step (on your computer) is to download the Nanoleaf Desktop App and install the app, as per the operating system.

For a Windows machine tap on the “Windows” button and for MacOS such as MacBook and iMac go with the “Mac” downloading button.

The application then has to be installed, so carry out the installation and process further!

3. Connect Lights to the WiFi

The most important step is to now connect the lights to the same network as your computer is currently on, hence to the same router.

To do so you would need the Nanoleaf mobile app on your smartphone, which in addition, has to be connected to the aforementioned router.

connect lights to the wifi
Note: The Nanoleaf lights connect only to a 2.4 GHz WiFi network!
  1. Open App Store or Google Play on your phone.
  2. Download and install the official Nanoleaf app.
  3. Next, locate the Nanoleaf lights pairing code.
  4. Tip: The code is on the back of the controller.
  5. Tap on Devices or My Devices left menu.
  6. Then tap on the “+” button at the top right.
  7. Next, select “Light Panels” (triangle icon).
  8. Proceed accordingly to the mobile OS:

✅ iOS phones will open the camera to scan the pairing code.

✅ Android phones will provide you with a field to insert code.

Note: The lights are connected to the WiFi when you see the “Accessory added” message!

4. Pair Nanoleaf to Desktop App

pair nanoleaf to desktop app

The next step is to add your Nanoleaf lights device to the Nanoleaf desktop app. This is easy and you only need to tap on the “Add Device” button.

From there you need to select the device, whether it is a panel, shapes, canvas, and so on…

In case you’ve got more than one Nanoleaf lights units, you need to select all devices that you would like to be included in the mirroring.

In addition, the installation of the lights should be on the TV and not near the laptop or computer, since this guide shows mirroring on a television!

Nanoleaf Device Not Showing Up?

In case your Nanoleaf device is not appearing on the desktop app, then you need to remember the essential requirements – the lights should be turned on and connected to the same WiFi.

Tip: In case things are not working out, test whether your WiFi is working using your phone!

5. Setup the Screen Mirroring!

setup the screen mirroring

When your Nanoleaf device is added to the desktop Nanoleaf application, go to the menu on the left and select the “Entertainment” tab.

Next, simply go to Screen Mirroring, select your Nanoleaf lights again, and choose the display you would like to mirror.

  • Don’t forget to tap on the toggle “Enable Screen Mirroring”!

Important – Choosing Display!

Assuming that your computer is connected to the TV, the television is now a monitor to the PC, meaning that you would need to select this display.

You will see options – Display 1, Display 2, and so on, based on the number of monitors connected. You need to select the TV display.

6. Selecting a Mirroring Mode

selecting a mirroring mode

Upon enabling the screen mirroring on your Nanoleaf lights you will be prompted to select a mode for the feature.

All modes are different and for better orientation here’s an explanation:

  • 4D – Makes the Nanoleaf lights match the screen as exactly as possible!
  • Tranquility – Emphasises a specific palette of colors to elevate the lightning.
  • Flow – The Nanoleaf lights will mimic the average color on the screen.
  • Chameleon – Uses a number of different colors to match the color palette.
Tip: Feel free to explore all 4 different modes to see which one will match your activity, taking your lighting experience to the next dimension!

Nanoleaf Screen – Mirror Not Working on TV?

nanoleaf screen mirror not working on tv

Now that we’ve learned how to get Nanoleaf to mirror my TV screen, we might encounter an onset of obstacles that might prevent the ultimate experience.

However, in case the screen mirroring is not working in your case, we’re going to explore a few possibilities why!

  1. Computer, Smartphone, or Lights – not connected to the same WiFi
  2. An incorrect display option is set in the Nanoleaf desktop application
  3. Nanoleaf lights are not plugged in, not working, or faulty (defective)
  4. Nanoleaf lights will not connect to the WiFi with a 5 GHz frequency
  5. The PC used for the Nanoleaf desktop app is not connected to the internet

These are only a small fraction of all possibilities why the Nanoleaf lights screen mirroring won’t work.

In case everything fails, we recommend performing a factory reset on your Nanoleaf lights by following the instructions in the user manual for the specific light models you’ve got.

Need More Help?

In case you’re experiencing any further trouble with the Nanoleaf lights, the next best step would be to reach out for professional assistance.

Feel free to contact Nanoleaf Customer Service to describe your issues and hopefully find a working solution. Good luck!

Quick Recap:

We’ve learned how to screen mirror Nanoleaf to TV and we know that this is possible by connecting a PC to the TV via HDMI or wirelessly.

Then we need to connect the Nanoleaf lights to WiFi with the mobile app, then to the desktop app, and enable the mirroring!

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