Over the years, technology has become a game-changer in all spheres of life. It has simplified our way of life and changed our orientation towards many things. One of the aspects technology has impacted immensely is the Television industry in general.
With the rollout of smart TVs, the way we consume media has changed positively. From the comfort of our home, we can conveniently watch our favourite shows and movies on the TV.
With a smart TV, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime, etc., are easily accessible. The good thing is, with the likes of Samsung, LG, Hisense, etc., most of these apps come pre-installed on the smart TV, while others you will have to download.
And like with every software and application, there are always updates that come in from the developers. Usually, these updates are to fix bugs, add features, etc. So, how do you update apps on a Samsung TV?
An Overview of Samsung TV
Samsung is a household name as the brand makes some of the best screens globally. Over the years, the brands have continued to roll out different smart TV models, and each has its distinct feature. One of the most peculiar features akin to all Samsung smart TV is the integration of apps and the ability to download more applications.
Your Samsung TV is functional when both the software and applications on it are up to date. And like how crucial it is to update the Samsung TV software, the same applies to the applications on the TV.
However, over time, some of these apps on the TV will no longer be compatible with the latest operating system updates. Note that this is normal, and usually, there are always updates to these apps to make them compatible. With a stable internet connection, both the software and application on your TV should be up and running.
Updating Apps on Samsung TV
Generally, with all apps, there are usually periodic updates to them. And when it comes to updating the applications on your Samsung TV, there are two ways. Automatic and manual Update.
The automatic Update is a seamless process as it does not require much effort from you. Unfortunately, not all apps can be updated automatically; hence you will have to update them manually.
How to Automatically Update Apps on Samsung TV
The easiest way to update the apps on your Samsung TV is to set them to update automatically. The process is similar to how your phone, computer, or Samsung software searches for updates whenever you power it on. Alternatively, you can set a specific period for an update.
With an automatic update, you do not have to worry about regularly checking for available updates or fearing your apps going out of date. Below is a guide on how to carry out an automatic update on the apps on your Samsung TV:
- Press the Smart Hub or Home button on your Samsung TV remote
- Select the Apps option from the Menu
- Proceed to click on My Apps
- Select Options from the next Menu
- Then turn on Auto Update
With the steps above, the apps on your Samsung TV will stay updated automatically. Unfortunately, there is a downside to this method. The downside is that whenever you power on your TV, there will be a short delay to access the Smart Hub.
This delay is to run a check for any available update quickly, and usually, you will see a prompt on your TV screen with the message – Your Smart Hub is currently updating and is unavailable. Don’t fret; the message will disappear within a minute.
How to Manually Update Apps on Samsung TV
To update the apps on your Samsung TV manually, you have to follow some processes. Fortunately, all you need is within the TV. There are two ways to update the apps on your TV manually. You can decide to update the apps together or individually. To update all apps on your TV, follow the steps below:
- Go to the My Apps option on the TV using your Remote
- Check the top corner for a Menu and click on it
- You will see a list of apps that need updates
- Select all and allow them to update
Alternatively, you can update a single app by following the steps below:
- On the Samsung Apps screen, select the app you want to update
- Long press and hold the Enter button on your TV Remote
- A pop-up of available options will appear
- Click on Update Apps
- Then select on the app you want to update
- Proceed to click on Update
Once the download is complete with the steps mentioned above, the app(s) will have the latest data. You do not need to log in or input your details again to access them.
However, note that the process might differ depending on the Samsung TV model you are using. Nonetheless, the steps described above is a general guide that works for almost all Samsung TV.
Also, you can always refer to the user guide that came with your TV or the on-screen e-manual for your Samsung Smart TV.