If you own a smart TV, just use it to “watch TV”. So sorry to tell you that you didn’t use it to its full potential. In addition to allowing you to enjoy rich content, this device has many additional functions. Can help you with daily tasks. Let’s take a look at how to maximize the performance of your smart TV.
Unlock the Potential of Smart TV
The connectivity capabilities of Smart TVs open us up to a plethora of possibilities and capabilities. It makes our interactive experience with TV to a higher level: whether it is enjoying streaming media content or listening to music. Or use it as the control center of your home. Here are some things you can do to get the most out of your TV.
Now that you know a little bit about this, we’ll move from some simple operations to slightly more complex tasks. These are all things your smart TV can do. So, whether you’re a basic user or an advanced user, you can learn something new about your smart TV.
Connecting your Smart TV to your home’s internet is the foundation for you to start getting the most out of these devices. You can do this over Wi-Fi or by connecting a network cable from your router to your TV.
Consider that smart TVs are usually based on the Android operating system. That means you can find many of the apps you use on your smartphone and use them directly on your TV.
Enjoy episodes and movies
On your Smart TV, some of the apps available are major multimedia streaming services like Netflix, HBO, Prime Video or YouTube. All you have to do is download the appropriate app and register on the platform of your choice to gain access to its full library of content.
What’s more, if you pay attention, many remotes have a Netflix quick access button. Just press it and you’ll have instant access to everything the platform has to offer.
turn off the remote
With the networking of TVs and the possibility of app installation, traditional TV controllers have become obsolete. Now you can do it all from your own smartphone through the manufacturer’s app.
Major smart TV brands have developed specific apps. Allows you to perform all operations through the phone screen. From changing channels, downloading apps, sending pictures and more.
In addition, these applications are all compatible with the ability to send content from our smartphones. You just need to use a compatible app. Like the streaming service we mentioned earlier, find the icon to send content to and select your TV. And all without touching the remote.
Take advantage of this multimedia delivery compatibility. You can cast everything that’s on your smartphone, tablet, or computer screen to the big screen.
On an Android phone, you have two ways to do this:
- Some models include screen mirroring functionality directly in the notification shade. Depending on your smartphone or tablet, you may find it by a different name, but you’ll recognize it easily. You just need to press the function and choose where you want to cast your screen.
- If your device doesn’t have this feature built in, you can do it the same way through the Google Home app. After entering the application, you need to select your device, and then the function of casting the screen will appear at the bottom of the screen. Press it and you can cast your screen on the TV.
If you’re using a device running iOS, such as an iPhone, you can’t do this locally. However, there is an app in the App Store that emulates this functionality called “Chromecast Streamer”. After installation, you can use it to send your iPhone screen, music, photos to TV. It’s even possible to use your camera as a webcam.
If you want to cast what you see on your computer, all you need is Google Chrome. Then, you need to tap on the menu formed by the three dots in the top bar and select the “Cast” option. You can choose whether to cast that tab, or do the same for your entire desktop. However, the main problem with this last option is that the sound will continue to play from the PC, not from the TV.
No need for a sound system
Another place where you can benefit from a smart TV is that you can listen to music directly on the TV. Thanks to its built-in speakers and the ability to install apps we mentioned earlier. You can stream music directly from services like Spotify or YouTube without the need for additional speakers.
Of course, sound quality depends on the TV’s speakers themselves. So, if you are a music enthusiast, you have two options:
- Purchase a sound bar for better sound quality.
- Ignore this prompt and go to the next one. Of course, you will continue to use your audio equipment.
smart tv game
As we explained earlier, these devices typically run the Android TV operating system. So get access to Google Play and all of its content. Among thousands of apps, you can also find many games in the store. Head over to the store to see all the games you can enjoy right now.
If you want to bring the best games on the market to the big screen. You can use the Steam Link app and a Bluetooth controller. But remember, you need to have the Steam service installed on your computer to sync.
Voice-activated smart TV
One of the best things about using a smart TV is the ability to control it with voice commands. Because it is a connected device with Android TV operating system. We could include it in Google Home’s list of home automation devices. So, just by saying “Ok, Google,” we can wake up Google Assistant and tell it what we need.
Depending on the model of TV you have, you can do this in a few ways:
- From your remote, tap the Assistant icon (if available).
- Speak directly into the screen, as some TVs have built-in microphones for these commands.
- From your smartphone, add the words “…on TV” and let it do the job.
- If you have a Google smart speaker, you can send it the same commands as your phone to operate the TV.
Plus, since this screen is included with your Google Home device, you can control any device on the list with voice commands.
beyond internal content
If you look at the connection port of the TV. You’ll find USB ports in addition to the antenna cables and HDMI ports for connecting to game consoles. These ports allow you to do different things depending on their type: with “regular” USB, you can connect any storage device and use its contents.
With the USB recording feature, you can do exactly what its name says. By connecting a storage unit to it, you can save what is playing on the screen.
How do you know which type of connector you are using? Next to these interfaces are usually labeled their functions. However, if you’re still in doubt, you can consult the manual that came with your smart TV. Everything about these interfaces is described in detail.
These screens are now more than just content hubs. With some simple tweaks, we can also make them add a decorative element to our homes.
For example, some Samsung models offer an “Ambient Mode.” It’s a mode that turns the TV into a large picture frame, and with the right steps, it can be completely disguised as a wall.
Also, we have Google Screensaver for when the TV has been inactive for a certain period of time. It started showing us photos stored in the company’s database. Often these are spectacular sights that help us explore parts of the world when we are not on vacation. At the same time, it can also decorate our living room.
However, if you want to customize the photos shown on the screen, you can do so using the Google Photos service and Gallery app on your Smart TV. You just sync your Google account in the app and choose the photos or albums you want to show on the screen.