Samsung Smart TVs are a great way to stream all your favorite shows and movies. Smart TVs have software that needs to be updated periodically. If you fail to update the TVs, you might find they don’t work properly, and you can’t stream your favorite shows. You should check your TV for updates often and complete the updates as soon as prompted. 

The easiest way to update your Samsung Smart TV is to use an internet connection to update the software under the Settings page. A USB can also be used, or the TV can be set up to update automatically. Knowing when to update your TV is also important

You’re probably wondering how to update the TV with your internet or a USB. We will go over all the steps in this article. We will also discuss automatic updating and how to know when to update your TV. 

Updating Over the Internet 

This option is one of the easiest to do, but you will need an internet connection to complete it. To get started, follow the steps below:

  1. Grab your TV remote and turn the TV on. 
  2. Choose Settings. 
  3. Choose Support. 
  4. Choose Software Update. 
  5. Choose Update Now. 

Your TV will automatically start to complete the updates. They will take a few minutes. Make sure you don’t turn your TV off during the updates or they will not be completed. 

Once the updates are completed, the TV will turn off and restart automatically. A prompt should pop up saying that updates are finished and there are no updates. Click OK to exit and start using your TV. 

You can also update the TV without the internet with a USB. If you’d like to learn more about using a USB with your TV, check out this article.

Updating Using a USB 

This method is a little more complicated. However, you might not have access to the internet, or the internet on your TV might not be working currently because it needs an update to access the internet. 

If you don’t have an internet connection, you can use the USB method:

  1. Go to the Samsung Download Center on your computer. 
  2. Choose Product Type. 
  3. Search for your TV. 
  4. If you know your TV’s model number, enter it instead of searching for the product. 
  5. Choose the firmware file for your TV under Downloads. 
  6. Select Download. 
  7. The file will compress and then be put into a zip file. 
  8. Move the file to your USB drive. Don’t place it into another file or the TV won’t be able to find it. 
  9. Connect the USB drive to the TV. 
  10. Use the TV remote to choose Settings. 
  11. Select Support.
  12. Choose Software Update. 
  13. Choose Update Now.
  14. Choose Yes. 

Your TV should start searching the USB for the update file. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Updates will take a few minutes and the TV should not be turned off while they are being installed. 

Once the updates are finished, your TV will turn off and restart automatically. You can then use the TV like normal. Any problems the TV might have been experiencing should be gone. 

Setting your TV to update automatically is also a great choice. 

Updating the Software Automatically 

You can set the TV to update automatically when you first purchase the TV. This is one of the best ways to keep your TV working because updates will be installed as soon as they are released by Samsung. You also don’t have to worry about checking for updates. 

The updates can even start when you’re watching TV and won’t interrupt you or cause the TV to restart. 

To set up automatic updates, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Settings. 
  2. Choose Support. 
  3. Choose Software Update. 
  4. Choose Auto Update. 
  5. Toggle the switch to on. 

Keep in mind that this applies to updates that fix bugs or other simple fixes. Updates that add new features to the TV usually only happen once a year or every two years. The TV will usually prompt you to install these feature updates. 

If you need help with any of the above steps, you can check this video guide from Samsung. 

When Should I Update My Samsung TV? 

Knowing when to update your TV is just as important as the updates themselves. Always update your TV if any of these occur:

  • Your apps keep freezing or aren’t working. 
  • Your TV tells you there’s an update available. Don’t ignore the prompts. 
  • Your TV is slower than normal or glitching. 
  • Your TV won’t connect to the internet or keeps disconnecting from WIFI. 

Now you know everything about updating your Samsung Smart TV.

Final Thoughts 

Updating your TV is important to keep it functioning properly. You can set the TV to update automatically, or you can use your internet or a USB to complete the updates. No matter how you choose to update, make sure to do it regularly and as soon as there is an update available.