When it comes to owning TV sets with the best displays on the planet. The only brand that does it perfectly is none other than LG. LG has a wide range of smart TVs for every price range, resolution, and even screen size. As LG smart TVs run on a dedicated Operating System, it brings a lot of useful features. One of the best features is the ability to install or download apps. Here you will learn how to add apps to LG smart TV.
TVs are no longer used for only watching TV channels and their programs. There are so many uses for smart TVs thanks to the addition of features such as internet connectivity, smart audio, video, and even the inclusion of voice assistants to control the smart TV. But the most useful feature is the support for Apps that help to run and control other features of a Smart TV.
There are plentiful apps available from various categories and almost every platform. LG TVs in particular run their own Web OS software on all of their smart TVs. Having the ability to install apps gives end users the choice to choose from a variety of content that they would like to consume. Read along to know how to install apps on your LG smart TV.
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How to Add Apps to LG Smart TV
Since LG smart TVs do not have Android OS, you may find it difficult to download and install apps on LG Smart TVs. But don’t worry, after checking out this guide, you no longer be a peculiar LG TV user. There are four ways to install apps on your LG Smart TV. These methods should work easily with almost all LG smart TVs. So let’s start with the first method.
Method 1: Install apps on LG TV (Web OS 22 or Web OS 23)
If you recently bought an LG TV or updated your smart TV’s operating system to the new Web OS 22 or Web OS 23, then you can easily install and set up new apps on your television by following these steps.
- Connect your LG Smart TV to a WiFi network.
- Press the home button on the LG Magic Remote.
- Select the Apps tile from the app menu.
- Search for the app which you want to install on your TV.
- Select the app, then click the Install button.
- Once the app is installed, you can press the launch button, the app icon will also appear in the app menu on the home screen.
Method 2: Install apps from LG Content Store
The LG Content Store can be defined as the PlayStore for all LG TVs running Web OS 5.0. The Store has a wide range of apps that you can install and choose from. To make things easier, here are the steps that you can follow to add apps to LG TV from the LG content store.
- Ensure that your LG smart TV has been connected to the internet.
- On your TV remote press the Home button.
- This will open up the LG Content Store.
- At the top of the screen, you will see the Apps category.
- Select it to bring in the list of apps available on the LG Content Store.
- Choose the app that you wish to add and press the install button.
- You can then launch the app on your LG Smart TV once it has been installed.
What happens if your LG TV storage becomes full? You can always plug in an external storage drive such as a USB to store your apps onto it. Do note that you will not be able to install apps. Sometimes, there could be apps that you wish to install on your LG TV but are not available in your country. So, what do you do? Well, the only way to get these apps is to change the LG Services country on your LG Smart TV. Here’s how to do it:
- Head over to Settings on your LG Smart TV.
- Under settings go to all settings and then general.
- Choose Location and then LG Services Country.
- Now, choose the country that you wish.
- Once you have selected the country, it will ask you to accept the agreement. Read the agreement and then click on Yes.
- Your TV will now restart to make the changes.
- Once the TV restarts, simply head over to the LG Content Store and you will see new apps that you can browse through and add to your LG Smart TV.
Method 3: Install 3rd party Apps on LG Smart TV
Right away you will not be able to install any 3rd party apps on the LG TV because it doesn’t run Android TV OS. However, if you have streaming devices such as Amazon Firestick, Roku, Chromecast, or even Apple TV you can use the wide variety of apps that are available on the streaming device’s store. For reference, we will use Firestick for installing apps in this guide.
- Connect the FireStick to the HDMI port of your LG TV.
- Make sure to power on your TV as well as the FireStick.
- Most importantly, ensure that your TV has been connected to the internet.
- On the TV, switch to the input channel to which the FireStick has been connected.
- Now, log in with your Amazon account to gain access to the features of the FireStick.
- Browse through the various apps available in the Store and use them right away.
- You won’t be able to download the app, but rather stream its content right away.
If you have got a laptop around with you, you can always make use of the screencast or screen share feature and stream content from your laptop right onto your LG smart TV. Yes, you can also use your Smartphone to cast on LG smart TV.
Method 4: Install Apps on LG NetCast OS TVs
If you are using one of those LG Smart TVs that were released before 2014, then follow these steps to add apps to LG TV.
- Switch your LG TV on and connect it to the internet.
- Now grab the remote of your LG TV.
- Press the Home button on the TV remote.
- Navigate and select the Premium Apps option that you see on your TV screen.
- Browse and select the app that you wish to install on your LG NetCast OS TV.
- Sign in with your account details.
- The app will now be installed on your TV.
Method 5: Install Apps on LG Roku TV
- Switch your LG Roku TV on and connect it to your WiFi network.
- Grab the Roku TV remote and press the Home button.
- With the menu on the screen, select the Streaming Channels option.
- All the channels that are available on Roku will now be displayed.
- Simply navigate and select the app that you wish to install on your Roku TV.
- The app will now be installed on your LG Roku TV.
- Simply go to the home screen to launch and stream content from the app right away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do LG TVs have a Play Store?
No, LG TVs don’t have a Google Play store to download or install apps on the device. Instead of that, they have the LG Content Store.
Are there any risks with installing third-party apps on an LG TV?
Third-party apps do not go through the same level of testing as those available on official channels. Due to this, they might expose your TV and personal data. Also, manufacturers point out that installing apps from unknown sources can cause security risks and breach your data.
Can you add apps to the LG smart TV?
Yes, you can add apps to your LG smart TV by downloading or installing them. Furthermore, you can also download apps that are not available on the content store, and the steps to do so are mentioned in the article above.
Where is the LG Content Store on my TV?
To locate the LG content store, make sure your TV is connected to the internet. Next, tap the Home button on the LG Magic Remote, and you will see the LG content store.
So, this is how you can add or install apps to your LG Smart TV and stream movies, music, series, etc. Before downloading or installing apps on your LG TV from the content store, be sure that your device has enough storage space available to install the apps; otherwise, you will end up getting errors or problems. If your TV doesn’t have enough storage, you can always remove or delete some items or files from it. As LG TV runs on webOS and not Android TV OS, you will not be able to sideload Android apps right away.
There you have it, a complete guide on how to download apps on LG Smart TV including third party apps. In case you have any queries, let us know in the comment section.
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