Home monitoring and security services like Ring are becoming increasingly more popular, and if possible, why wouldn’t you want to access Ring through your smart TV? Though no application for Ring exists for a TV itself, it can be manually set up. This can actually be a straightforward process that depends on just a few things, such as what smart TV or smart TV external streaming media player you own and what Ring product you own.
Ring offers no app to be installed on the TV itself, but accessing Ring can be easily accomplished depending on what smart TV you own and what Ring product you own. You can connect Ring to your smart TV through several smart home integration devices, such as Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings.
You’re most likely wondering, “If I can’t download the Ring app on my smart TV, how am I supposed to use Ring on my TV?” If so, don’t worry; there are some methods that can solve your issue down below.
Popular Smart TV Types and Compatibility with Ring
Accessing Ring from your smart TV requires either a smart TV with smart home features already integrated or a regular TV with an external streaming media player (Like Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast Ultra, or Roku Premiere, for example).
To successfully view Ring from your Smart TV, you need to know which type of TV you have and its compatibility options. Once you have determined your TV model, see if it offers a Smart Home app to connect to. If you can connect your phone to your smart TV, you can likely add the Ring app from your phone to the smart TV as a device.
Here are the two most popular smart TVs and their compatibility with Ring:
Samsung Smart TV
Compatible ring devices: Ring Doorbell Pro
Smart TVs/External Streaming Media Players:
Amazon Fire TV
Compatible with all Ring Doorbells.
Smart TVs/External Streaming Media Players:
- Fire TV (2nd and 3rd Generations)
- Fire TV Stick (2nd Generation)
- Fire TV Stick 4K
- Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd Generations)
These examples are just the tip of the smart-home-integration iceberg. As mentioned above, there are several different routes to take when setting up Ring on a smart TV. The most effective way to do so is to check what type of smart TV or TV with an external streaming media player you have and then determine how to link the Ring app on your phone to the smart home platform on your television.
Adding Ring on Samsung Smart TV
If you own a Samsung smart TV, having accessibility to Ring takes two main steps. The first of which is connecting a mobile device to your smart TV. If you need assistance, these instructions from Samsung may help. From there, you simply have to add a device in the SmartThings app, which should be downloaded onto your mobile device.
Adding Ring to Amazon Alexa Integrated TV
Amazon functions differently when it comes to setting up Ring. Rather than having the smart TV and just an app, thousands of people use Fire TV sticks to turn their old TVs into smart ones. Despite this, the setup process is virtually identical for both.
To set up Ring through Amazon, simply go to the Amazon Alexa app and tap the three horizontal bars in the upper left corner. Select “Skills & Games” from the drop-down menu, and then search for “Ring” on the right. From there, authorize Ring by tapping “Enable to Use” and then “authorize.” From there, discovering your device will be easy and available to use on your smart TV.
Adding Ring to Other Smart TVs
Samsung and Amazon are certainly not the only sources of smart TVs, just the most popular. Other TVs offered by TCL, Lenovo, Sony, LG, Toshiba, and Insignia, to name a few, all have variations of what was said above.
Think back to when you set up your smart TV and ask yourself, “Was there a mobile app associated with my smart TV?” If so, then you are most likely able to add a device to the said app, the device here being Ring.
To accomplish this, find your instruction manual or look-up how to access Ring through your TV for your specific situation.
Accessing your Ring cameras from your couch while watching television can increase accessibility and overall smart home integration. By linking your Ring devices to a mobile phone, then linking the mobile phone’s corresponding smart home app or similar resource, this can be attained seamlessly.
Though this is not the same as having a concrete app to download on your TV, taking the time to set it up can provide you with several benefits, some of which include the following:
- Being able to see who is at the door when the Ring Pro Doorbell is pressed
- Being notified of any motion detected outside via a pop-up on your smart TV
- Having better control over your smart home
While no Ring app for the smart TV exists currently, perhaps one will appear in the coming months or years, as the world of smart devices grows constantly. But for now, hopefully, this article provided you with more understanding around how to add Ring to your smart TV.
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