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I can't figure out how to connect my Android phone (Google Pixel) to the rear seat entertainment screen for mirroring. When I connect the 2022 Carnival SX-P RSE screen to wifi, then select mirror and android, it tells me I must disconnect from the hotspot to use mirroring. When I disconnect, it can't find any device to mirror, which is not surprising--how could it connect to anything without a wifi connection? Can anyone point me to documentation or instructions for this? Thanks.
 

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I can't figure out how to connect my Android phone (Google Pixel) to the rear seat entertainment screen for mirroring. When I connect the 2022 Carnival SX-P RSE screen to wifi, then select mirror and android, it tells me I must disconnect from the hotspot to use mirroring. When I disconnect, it can't find any device to mirror, which is not surprising--how could it connect to anything without a wifi connection? Can anyone point me to documentation or instructions for this? Thanks.
I was able to figure it out. Your phone has to be compatible or has the option. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9 and I was able to successfully do it using the Smart View feature on my phone. Wifi doesn't have anything to do with it. It has to be a feature on your phone. Once the monitor picks up your phone, your phone will ask you to mirror screen. After that your phone name will pop up and you click Initialization and it should connect from there. My husband's Google Pixel doesn't have this feature. He has a 4a XL. What model do you have?
 

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I was able to figure it out. Your phone has to be compatible or has the option. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9 and I was able to successfully do it using the Smart View feature on my phone. Wifi doesn't have anything to do with it. It has to be a feature on your phone. Once the monitor picks up your phone, your phone will ask you to mirror screen. After that your phone name will pop up and you click Initialization and it should connect from there. My husband's Google Pixel doesn't have this feature. He has a 4a XL. What model do you have?
Quick clarification: The Pixel 4aXL doesn't exist. It's either a 4XL or a 4a. But so far, I keep hearing the word "mirroring" being used. Are you all referring to casting - the icon in many media apps like YouTube that lets you cast your content to a separate device, leaving your phone to control the content like a remote? If so, then you definitely need a separate wifi source that is different from your casting source.
 

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Quick clarification: The Pixel 4aXL doesn't exist. It's either a 4XL or a 4a. But so far, I keep hearing the word "mirroring" being used. Are you all referring to casting - the icon in many media apps like YouTube that lets you cast your content to a separate device, leaving your phone to control the content like a remote? If so, then you definitely need a separate wifi source that is different from your casting source.
Lol! Sorry. He has the 4a. Yes, mirroring is the same as casting. I wasn't connected to WiFi when I casted my phone to the monitor. I was on my data. The car doesn't have a WiFi spot. It connects through Bluetooth or the feature i was talking about. In my case it's called Smart View. Not sure what others are calling it on their phones.
 

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Lol! Sorry. He has the 4a. Yes, mirroring is the same as casting. I wasn't connected to WiFi when I casted my phone to the monitor. I was on my data. The car doesn't have a WiFi spot. It connects through Bluetooth or the feature i was talking about. In my case it's called Smart View. Not sure what others are calling it on their phones.
Understood, but I believe the OP was trying to use the same phone as the wifi hotspot for the screens to use and as the cast device. I believe you need 2 separate devices, one for wifi and one for casting as a general rule of thumb. Keep in mind, I don't own this car yet. This is simply how it works for all other home devices I've seen with cast targets.
 

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Understood, but I believe the OP was trying to use the same phone as the wifi hotspot for the screens to use and as the cast device. I believe you need 2 separate devices, one for wifi and one for casting as a general rule of thumb. Keep in mind, I don't own this car yet. This is simply how it works for all other home devices I've seen with cast targets.
I see. Did you place an order or still looking? Which trim and what color? Have you test driven it before?
 

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I see. Did you place an order or still looking? Which trim and what color? Have you test driven it before?
I spent nearly a month back in April trying to decide between the EX and SX and then once I decided to go SX, I spent another 2 weeks in May trying to decide on the color. The pictures on the Kia website look NOTHING like the colors in real life. So, now I've chosen the Astra Blue SX with the 2-tone Black/Cream interior, but of course, no one has it in stock near me. Since I started this search, most dealers in Houston have started marking up the vehicle 5-10k above MSRP, so I removed them from my search.

I finally found one dealer who would hold the price at MSRP as long as I put down a deposit on the vehicle that was supposedly coming in "next week". It's been 4 weeks since then and now the shipment has been "delayed" another week. I am very concerned they are stalling and hoping one shows up before I move on, because every other dealer is getting exactly what is on the incoming inventory report. So yeah... still waiting and I refuse to pay more than the manufacture says the car is worth. That's insane and all the people who are willing to do it are making life harder on everyone. Just say NO to mark-ups!
 

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So I was able to Mirror using my Galaxy phone. But when I go to any video app (Disney, Netflix, and Hulu), the mirroring works up until the point I play the movie. Then it is just a dark screen. It is still mirroring though. I can tell because if I pull down the notification window on my phone, that will show up on the monitor. But the movie video/audio itself will not show up. Anyone else have this issue?
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So I was able to Mirror using my Galaxy phone. But when I go to any video app (Disney, Netflix, and Hulu), the mirroring works up until the point I play the movie. Then it is just a dark screen. It is still mirroring though. I can tell because if I pull down the notification window on my phone, that will show up on the monitor. But the movie video/audio itself will not show up. Anyone else have this issue?
Thanks
I had the same problem. I can Mirror with my Samsung Note 8 but Netflix will not play. This is a known issue and it's not the phone. It's the monitor and we have no way to resolve it. Samsung Galaxy and Note have video out using the charging port on the bottom. I am going to try a USB-C to HDMI Cable https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083KV1BR3. I'll give an update as soon as I get it in. Another option we are looking at is using a Chromecast on the HDMI port and casting to the monitor using a Wifi hotspot that we will keep in the vehicle. I just paid a $$$$ ton for this Carnival. I'm going to make it work.

P.S. DO NOT SIGN into the YouTube app on these monitors. The app is not safe. You'll see when you try to log in.
 

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Lol! Sorry. He has the 4a. Yes, mirroring is the same as casting. I wasn't connected to WiFi when I casted my phone to the monitor. I was on my data. The car doesn't have a WiFi spot. It connects through Bluetooth or the feature i was talking about. In my case it's called Smart View. Not sure what others are calling it on their phones.
Thanks for the info, it helped. I understand now how it works. I was able to mirror with our very old Samsung tablets but none of our newer Google or Android devices. Sure to the problem mentioned, that mirroring doesn't work while playing videos--which I also experienced, this year seat entertainment system is pretty much workers in my opinion. I ordered 2 $99 Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets from Costco and hangers so we can use the worthless screens as something to attach them to.
 

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So I was able to Mirror using my Galaxy phone. But when I go to any video app (Disney, Netflix, and Hulu), the mirroring works up until the point I play the movie. Then it is just a dark screen. It is still mirroring though. I can tell because if I pull down the notification window on my phone, that will show up on the monitor. But the movie video/audio itself will not show up. Anyone else have this issue?
Thanks
Yep, exactly the same experience--black screen during video playback.
 

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Thanks for the info, it helped. I understand now how it works. I was able to mirror with our very old Samsung tablets but none of our newer Google or Android devices. Sure to the problem mentioned, that mirroring doesn't work while playing videos--which I also experienced, this year seat entertainment system is pretty much workers in my opinion. I ordered 2 $99 Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets from Costco and hangers so we can use the worthless screens as something to attach them to.
Don't settle. Keep in contact with the dealer and Kia Corporate until a reasonable solution is found. The car costs way too much to not have a key feature working as advertised.
 

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I can't figure out how to connect my Android phone (Google Pixel) to the rear seat entertainment screen for mirroring. When I connect the 2022 Carnival SX-P RSE screen to wifi, then select mirror and android, it tells me I must disconnect from the hotspot to use mirroring. When I disconnect, it can't find any device to mirror, which is not surprising--how could it connect to anything without a wifi connection? Can anyone point me to documentation or instructions for this? Thanks.
Did you ever figure it out? I have the same issue.
 

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Ok I kind of have this figured out on Samsung and iPhone devices.
Samsung is pretty straight forward and doesn't use hotspot at all. Here are your steps:

Samsung/Andriod Steps
  1. On you Carnivals screen select "Mirroring"
  2. Next select "Andriod" for your device
  3. The next screen you will see is a screen displaying the Device ID and a list of available devices.
  4. Next you want to get your Samsung device and select "Smart View" - This app is located in several places but mine is located in the extended pull down menu. If you pull down from the top of your screen once you will get a preview button grid that has the flashlight, WiFi, and Bluetooth buttons. You will also notice a small grey dash "-" at below those icons. You want to pull down from the dash "-" to display the remaining buttons.
  5. The Smart View app will list all of the devices that are available to cast to. You want to find the Device ID from Step 3.
  6. Once selected your phone will now be mirrored to the device. One thing to note is you must rotate your phone or orient your phone to landscape in order for anything to show in full screen. Also another side note is the passenger will now be able to control your phone via the Carnivals touch screen so yeah the kids may come across some things in your phone you may not want them to see.
  7. You cannot connect more than on screen to the phone at a time so if you want to show the same information on the second screen you must "Screen Share" from that screen.
IOS - Of course this is not as straight forward as it is with Andriod because its Apple and why would they make life easy. Also I have tried multiple ways and cannot seem to get any of the streaming services to actually stream. The only one that worked was YouTube Kids. You can go to the apps but the content will not stream and from my research this is has something to do with Apples blocking streaming to none Apple devices. I think they consider it a safety feature but I am pretty sure they just want to keep you in the Apple Ecosystem. If those are apps that you want to stream your only option is the HDMI option that I will cover last.

IOS Steps:
  1. Turn on your phones hotspot and connect your screens. In order for Airplay to work the devices must be connected to the same network.
  2. Once select "Mirroring" on your Carnivals screen
  3. Select IOS - The screen will prompt you to connect your devices to the same network. If you did this in the first step then you are fine to proceed.
  4. Take note of the Device ID that is displayed on your Carnivals screen
  5. Next Open AirPlay on your phone and select the Device ID from the previous step.
  6. Once connected the same rules from above apply. You are good to go.
Note: AirPlay had a ridiculous amount of lag and would even timeout on YouTube Kids but played Instagram videos perfectly.


HDMI - For me this is the best option for someone that is not super tech savy and allows you to connect other HDMI devices. You can purchase the Apple Lightning (or type C) to HDMI adapter for your iPhone or the Type C to HDMI for your Andriod phone. Now you have two options:

Option 1: Connect the HDMI end to one screen and select "Screen Share" from the other screen to display your device to both.

Option 2 (more expensive but more expandable):
  1. Purchase a 1 in 2 out HDMI splitter from Amazon (link to the one I have) along with 2 HDMI Cables (link).
  2. You will need to connect the splitter to you 120v outlet in your Carnival for this along with selecting "HDMI" on your Carnival screens.
  3. Once the splitters power is connected you can connect your HDMI cables to splitter using the HDMI out ports then connect the other end to your screens' HDMI port.
  4. Last but not least you can now connect your phones adapters (Apple Lightning to HDMI; Type C to HDMI) to the splitter. There are red lights on the splitter next to the HDMI ports that let you know if your devices are connected.
  5. Everything should work flawlessly from that point on and now you will be able to hook up anything with a HDMI output (Xbox, Nintendo Switch, etc...).
I will warn you ahead of time that these screens have some weird display settings if you haven't noticed. The resolution drops when you screen share and it will do the same when you connect the HDMI ports. They seem to only display in 720i which is a real shame but young kids wont know the difference. There will also be some latency that the kids will notice when playing games due to the splitter having to duplicate the image but its not a huge deal.

I was considering making a YouTube video showing how to do this along with the iPhone steps but I am not sure if there is a demand for such a thing. If you all would like that let me know and I will through together 3 options for Mirroring or Casting your screens (IOS, Andriod, & HDMI).
 

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I was able to figure it out. Your phone has to be compatible or has the option. I have a Samsung Galaxy S9 and I was able to successfully do it using the Smart View feature on my phone. Wifi doesn't have anything to do with it. It has to be a feature on your phone. Once the monitor picks up your phone, your phone will ask you to mirror screen. After that your phone name will pop up and you click Initialization and it should connect from there. My husband's Google Pixel doesn't have this feature. He has a 4a XL. What model do you have?
Do you have to plug your phone into rse or car and which or where..I tried this today and it showed my phone then nothing.
 
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