How to access and use Samsung apps on your Samsung Smart TV

what to know

  • Go to Settings > General > System Manager > Samsung Account > Create Account , log in and go to Apps .
  • Alternatively, using your smart TV's web browser, press Internet @TV on the remote, or press Content and select Internet @TV .

This article explains how to access the Apps section on your Samsung Smart TV so you can use, add, or delete them. For more details about your specific model, see the printed manual (for pre-Smart Hub TVs) or the electronic manual provided directly on the TV screen (for Smart Hub-enabled TVs).

When setting up your Samsung TV for the first time, set up a Samsung account. From the Home screen, select Settings > General > System Manager > Samsung Account > Create Account . You can create a Samsung account using your email address, or log in using a Facebook or PayPal account.

For pre-2017 models, open Settings from the Home screen and select System Settings > Samsung Account .

If your TV doesn't have these options (such as a 2010 Samsung Smart TV), you must first create a Samsung Apps account on the Samsung Apps website.

After logging into your Samsung account on your TV, you can access apps that require payment for content or games.

  1. Press the MENU/123 button on the remote control.

  2. Select the menu from the upper left corner of the screen.

  3. Select Smart Hub > Samsung Account > Sign in .

  4. Enter your email address and password .

  5. Select Login again.

  6. Choose an image to differentiate your account from others.

  7. Select Done .

The Netflix app may no longer work on 2010 and 2011 Samsung Smart TVs. If your TV is affected, you'll see a notification on your screen.

Starting in 2015, Samsung incorporated the Tizen operating system as the basis for the Smart Hub interface to access all TV features, including how to display and access Samsung Apps.

When you turn on the TV, the main menu will appear at the bottom of the screen. If not, press the "Home" or "Smart Hub" button on the remote (different models use different buttons).

  1. The Home (Smart Center) screen provides access to general TV settings, sources (physical connections), cable, satellite services, and a web browser. Additionally, preloaded apps (such as Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu) are displayed along with an option labeled Apps .

  2. Select Apps to display preloaded apps in My Apps full screen, along with links to other categories such as What’s New, Most Popular, Videos, Lifestyle, and entertainment". These categories include preloaded and suggested apps that you can download, install, and place on your home screen selection bar.

    If the app you're looking for isn't on the list, you can use the search function (located in the upper right corner of any app menu screen) to see if the app is available in the Samsung Apps store. If you find the app you need, you can install it by following the same steps above.

  3. If you see an app in a category and want to add it to the My Apps category, select the app's icon.

  4. Once you select an app, you'll be taken to the app's installation page, which provides information about what the app does, as well as some sample screenshots showing how the app works.

  5. To get the application, select Install .

    Most apps are free to download and install, but some require payment, and some free apps require additional subscriptions or pay-per-video to access content. If any payment is required, you will be prompted to provide this information.

  6. After installing the app, you will be prompted to open it. If you don't want to open the app after installation, you can do so later.

Another way to access streaming apps is through your TV’s built-in web browser. However, Samsung may block some channels, and the browser does not support some digital media file formats required to stream content.

Samsung launched the Smart Hub TV interface in 2011 and tweaked it several times between 2011 and 2014, but accessing apps and account settings remains largely the same as above.

The Smart Hub menu (accessible via the Smart Hub button on the remote) consists of a full screen that displays the TV channel you're currently watching in a small box, while the rest of the TV settings and content selection options (including Samsung Apps) are displayed on the side of the screen. The rest.

The application menu is divided into several sections, including:

  • Recommended apps
  • My application
  • most popular
  • what's new
  • category

There is also an additional games application menu. For 2011 models, the Samsung Apps home screen displays apps by category: Video , Lifestyle , and Sports .

As with 2015 to 2019 models, you can search for additional app features .

Downloading, installing, and filling out payment requirements is similar to the latest system (as described above).

To access Samsung apps on models launched before 2011, you need to access Internet @TV , which can be done in two ways:

  • Press the Internet @TV button on the remote
  • Press the Content button on your remote and select the Internet @TV icon.

This will display a screen of apps installed on your TV, as well as an icon for the Samsung Apps store, where you can get more apps.

In 2010 Smart TV models, the top of the Apps screen recommends apps—Hulu, ESPN ScoreCenter, Samsung product video tutorials called SPSTV, Yahoo, and Netflix. As new apps are installed, that space will eventually fill up with other apps.

Below Recommended Apps is a grid of icons for apps you've downloaded. Press the D button on the remote to change how apps are sorted. To add an app to your favorites, press the B button on your remote when the app is highlighted.

Picture-in-picture is supported so you can continue watching TV shows when you find the app you want to use. This is useful for non-full-screen applications such as the ESPN Scorecard - they appear on top of your TV show.

After you create an account through the Samsung Apps website, you can add other users to your account so that family members can purchase apps from one main account (if payment is required).

Initially, you must top up your app account online. After you set up your payment information and activate your Samsung TV, you can purchase App Cash in $5 increments. To do this, select the large icon that appears in the lower left corner of your TV to open the Samsung Apps Store, then select My Account .

You can browse app categories in the Samsung Apps store. Selecting an app brings up a page with the app's description, price, and app size.

Since your TV has very little storage space, you are limited in the number of apps you can download.

If you're running out of space, you can delete one or more apps from your TV to free up space. In the app description screen, next to the Buy Now button, there is a button that allows you to manage apps and delete them immediately to make room for other apps. Purchased apps can be re-downloaded for free.

Samsung Apps expands content access for its smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc players. Now that you know how to get and use Samsung Apps, learn more about the different Samsung apps and which ones are the best.

In addition to Samsung's smart TVs, many apps are also available through its Blu-ray Disc players and Galaxy smartphones. However, not all Samsung apps are available on all devices that support Samsung apps.

FAQ
  • To reset Smart Hub on your Samsung TV, press the Home button and go to Menu > Settings > All settings > Support > Device maintenance > Self-diagnosis > Reset Smart Hub and enter your TV's PIN (default PIN is 0000) . On older TVs, go to Menu > Smart Hub or Smart Features > Reset Smart Hub .

  • To turn off Smart Hub on your Samsung TV, press the Home button, then go to Settings > General > Smart Features and turn off Auto-run Smart Hub . Turn the TV off and then on again.

  • To update your Samsung TV, go to Settings > Support > Software Update > Update Now or Update Automatically to enable automatic updates. If your TV cannot connect to the internet, download the latest update to a USB flash drive and plug it into your TV to install it manually.