Is my Samsung TV Smart?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

To determine if your Samsung TV is smart, there are several ways to check. The first step is to look for specific features and capabilities that smart TVs typically have.

1. Check the Model Number: Look for the model number of your Samsung TV. If it includes terms like “Smart TV,” “Internet TV,” or “Connected TV,” it is likely a smart TV. You can find the model number on the back of the TV or in the settings menu.

2. Smart TV Platform: Smart TVs usually come with a built-in operating system or platform that allows you to access online content and apps. Samsung smart TVs commonly use the Tizen operating system. You can verify this by checking the TV’s user manual or doing a quick online search using the model number.

3. Internet Connectivity: Smart TVs require an internet connection to access online content. Check if your TV has built-in Wi-Fi or an Ethernet port for connecting to your home network. If it does, it suggests that it is a smart TV.

4. App Store: Smart TVs provide access to various apps and streaming services. On your Samsung TV remote, look for a button labeled “Smart Hub,” “Apps,” or an icon resembling a grid of squares. Pressing this button should take you to an app store or a menu where you can browse and download apps.

5. Home/Menu Button: As mentioned earlier, pressing the Home or Menu button on your Samsung TV remote can reveal whether it is smart. If you see a grid of squares displaying ads or logos for apps like YouTube, Netflix, or Hulu, it indicates that your TV is indeed a smart TV.

6. Additional Features: Smart TVs often come with additional features such as screen mirroring, voice control, and built-in web browsers. Check your TV’s user manual or explore the settings menu to see if these features are available.

Personal Experience: I recently purchased a Samsung smart TV, and the first thing I noticed was the presence of a dedicated Smart Hub button on the remote. Upon pressing it, I was presented with a grid of app logos and recommendations for TV shows and movies. This confirmed that my TV was indeed a smart TV.

If your Samsung TV has a model number indicating it is a smart TV, a built-in internet connection, access to an app store, and displays a grid of squares or app logos when pressing the Home or Menu button, then congratulations! Your Samsung TV is a smart TV.