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Simple guide to downloading apps on your Smart TV

So, you just bought the latest and greatest Smart TV on the market. Now, you’re staring at your new 70 inch Samsung Smart TV’s home screen wondering how to get your Netflix, Disney +, Hulu and Amazon Prime apps up and running (the sooner, the better). That’s where we come in. Our experts created steps for popular Smart TV brands and how to add or downloads apps for each one – Samsung, LG, Vizio and Apple TV.

Most Smart TVs have a list of apps already downloaded ready for you to use as soon as you get the TV set up. However, brands like Samsung and LG allow you to add more through their app stores to further customize your home theater experience. Vizio Smart TVs don’t allow adding or downloading more apps — all of their available apps are shown on their home screen.

How to download apps on a Samsung Smart TV

  1. Turn your Samsung Smart TV on and make sure it’s connected to your home internet. Then, press the Home button on your remote control.
  2. At the bottom left of the TV screen, select the APPS button. You can navigate left, right, up or down with your remote control.
  3. In APPS, you’ll see several categories appear on the screen. Choose the category that you’re interested in to see what apps are available.
  4. When you find an app you’re interested in, select it. Then, select Install (or Add to Home for an older Samsung Smart TV). When you click install, it downloads the app to your home screen.
  5. To get back to your home screen, press the Home button on your remote control. There, you can navigate to your newest app download and select it.
  6. You may be prompted to log in to the app or create a new account. Follow the directions onscreen.

How to download and add apps on an Apple TV

  1. From your Apple TV Home screen, open the App Store.
  2. Select Search, then using the onscreen keyboard and your Apple TV remote, type in the app you’re looking for.
  3. For free apps, select Get and then confirm the download by selecting Get again. If the app isn’t free, select its price, then select Buy to confirm the purchase.
  4. You may be prompted to sign in with your login information for the service when you open the app. Follow the directions onscreen.

How to download and add apps on LG Smart TV

  1. Turn your LG Smart TV on and make sure it’s connected to your home Wi-Fi connection.
  2. On the Home Screen, you’ll see apps and other media along the bottom of the screen. Find the LG Content Store and open it.
  3. To access the app store, use your remote control to navigate across the top of the screen to APPS.
  4. Browse through the categories and select the app you want to download. It will take you to the app’s page.
  5. Select Install and the app will begin installing on your Smart TV.
  6. You may be prompted to log in to the app or create a new account. Follow the directions onscreen.

How to download and add apps on Vizio Smart TV

According to Vizio’s support site, all of their available apps are already displayed on the row of SmartCast Home.

To access the available apps on your Vizio Smart TV:

  1. Make sure your TV is turned on and connected to your home Wi-Fi.
  2. Press the input button on your remote control and choose SmartCast. Another way to access SmartCast is to press the Home button on your remote control.
  3. There you can select from all of the available apps.
  4. Once you open the app, you may be prompted to enter your login information or create a new account. Follow directions onscreen.

How to screen mirror or cast to a Samsung Smart TV

  1. First, make sure your Samsung Smart TV and your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.
  2. Tap the Cast button on your phone to send what’s on your screen to the TV.
  3. If you don’t see the Cast button, that’s okay. Try one of these two options:
    1. For Samsung TVs made between 2011-2016, download the Smart View app. For Samsung TVs made in 2016 or later, download the SmartThings App. Both apps are available from the Google Play Store or the App Store.
    2. Open the app and accept permissions when prompted (if necessary).
    3. Choose the TV you want to connect, then enter the PIN number of the TV (if needed).
    4. In the Smart View app, select the type of content you want to cast to the TV like My Photos, My Videos or My Music. In the SmartThings App, tap Smart View to cast your screen.

Learn more about screen mirroring and other ways to cast your phone to your TV

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