Skip to main content

How to download apps on a Samsung smart TV

In the landscape of smart TVs, Tizen-powered Samsung sets offer some of the greatest features on top of amazing picture quality. Whether this is your first TV purchase in several years or you’re new to Samsung’s smart TV interface, we’re here to teach you about the Samsung Smart Hub — your TV’s gateway to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, news and weather content, web browsing, and more. In this guide, we’ll go over how to download, add, and arrange apps on your new Samsung smart TV. Grab your remote, and let’s get started.


Step 1

First off, you’ll want to make sure your TV is connected to your home network. While certain features of your Samsung’s Smart Hub will function without an internet connection, you’ll want your TV using solid Wi-Fi for downloading apps.

Samsung 82-inch 4K Tizen smart TV

Step 2

Press the Home or Smart Hub button on your TV remote. Depending on the year and model of your Samsung TV, the button may show an image of a house, a multicolored Smart Hub 3D square, or a button simply labeled Smart Hub.

Step 3

A horizontal pop-up menu will surface at the bottom of your TV. This is your TV’s home screen, the main waypoint on your Samsung for everything from picture and sound settings to your personalized Samsung app experience. Out of the box, a new Samsung TV will include several pre-loaded apps. You’ll also see Recommended and Recent Apps categories. These are all options you can highlight and select with your remote. There’s more where that came from, though. To download additional apps to your TV that aren’t featured on the initial home ribbon, navigate to the left of the menu, and select Apps.

Samsung 2018 QLED
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 4

Welcome to the Samsung App store. Here, you’ll find a bevy of smart content, featuring everything from Pandora to The Weather Network. To begin downloading a new app, you can either select one from the main menu, tab through categories like Music & Radio and Apps to Kill Time, or search for an app by selecting the Hourglass icon at the top of the app store screen.

Step 5

Once you’ve selected an app, you’ll be taken to a second screen that describes what service you’re about to download, with options to either Open or Add to Home. If you want the app to appear in the ribbon of content on your home screen, select Add to Home. Choosing Open will take you straight to the app without adding it to your TV’s home ribbon.

Samsung 70-inch TV
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 6

Tap the Home or Smart Hub button again to bring up your TV’s home screen. In the ribbon of pre-loaded smart content, you should now see the app you just downloaded. Navigate over to it and select to open. That’s all there is to it.

If you’re finding your smart ribbon is too cluttered, you can easily rearrange and delete apps you don’t want to use anymore. To do so, simply press and hold the Enter button over the app you want to relocate or vanquish.

Editors' Recommendations

Michael Bizzaco
Michael Bizzaco has been writing about and working with consumer tech for well over a decade, writing about everything from…
YouTube TV: plans, pricing, channels, how to cancel, and more
An NFL Sunday Ticket multiview option on YouTube TV.

Remember when Netflix was just a mail-order DVD service? Now that VOD platforms all but rule the world, every big entertainment brand is striving for its shot at streaming stardom. With new apps and services landing regularly, it can be hard to tell what platforms to pay attention to. But heed our words, friends: trust in YouTube TV. 

Similar to Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, and DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV offers linear and on-demand YouTube movies and shows. There are several other perks to enjoy too, and we’ve broken everything down in this complete guide to YouTube TV.

Read more
How to figure out what size TV you should buy
Samsung The Terrace outdoor TV.

Buying a brand-new TV can be one of the most exciting purchases you’ve ever made, or an all-out nightmare. If you’re leaning toward the latter, we know what it feels like to be bogged down by the many ins and outs of modern TV ownership. You may not even know how big of a TV you should be buying in the first place. But rest assured, you’re not the only person who’s ever had this trouble, and we’re here to help. 

Whether this is your first new TV in a long time, or you want to know if you can swap your 65-inch for a 75-inch screen, we’ve put together this guide to teach you everything you need to know about TV sizes, viewing distance, and other big-screen considerations. 
How to calculate TV size for your room

Read more
TCL prices its insanely bright, 115-inch QM89 4K TV at $27,000
2024 TCL QM89 4K mini-LED TV.

The 115-inch TCL QM89 television. Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

TCL already wowed us at CES 2024 with its astonishingly bright and immense QM89 115-inch mini-LED TV, so all that was really left for the company to do was tell us how much it would cost to own one of these monsters. Today, we have that information, along with details on the rest of TCL's 2024 TV lineup.

Read more