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How to Install 3rd Party Apps on Samsung Smart TV

Install 3rd Party Apps on Samsung Smart TV
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To get the most out of your Samsung TV, you need to find the right apps which are according to your taste. Because there are a lot of beautiful apps which work well to spend your day well.

So, Suppose you also want to get apps that are not available on Samsung TV as Third-Party developers create these apps. In that case, You can follow the methods discussed below in detail which will enable you to enjoy your favorite Third-Party apps on your new Samsung Smart TV.

You can install Third Party apps on your Samsung Smart TV with these 3 methods.

  1. By using an APK File
  2. By using a USB Flash Drive
  3. By using Command Prompt on your PC
  4. By Installing 3rd party apps using Google Chromecast
  5. Install 3rd party apps using Amazon Firestick

Smasung TV has Tizen operating system. So, there may be incompatibilities of Third-Party apps with the device system. Because Android files are written in C++ and Tizen operating system is in Java.

Settings required prior to Installation

Allow Installations from unknown Resources

Third-Part apps are considered unknown resources by the Smart TVS’ operating system. But, ‘Allow Installations from unknown Resources’ feature enables you to install apps without any restrictions.

  • Before you download and install Third-Party apps, you need to allow their installation
  • Press the Menu button on Smart TV Remote to navigate to Home Screen.
  • Now, Go to settings on your Samsung Smart TV.
  • Go to Personal Tab.
  • Click Security here.
  • Now, Select Add Ons tab.
  • Look for Unknown Sources, Set it to Enabled.

Enable Developer Mode

  • Go to the Smart Hub menu in your settings on Samgsung Smart TV.
  • Click Apps here.
  • Type 12345 as the default pin
  • Next, look for Developer mode and toggle it on.
  • Type IP address of your computer and click OK.
  • Now restart your Samsung Smart TV.

How to Install Third-Part Apps Using APK File

  • Launch Browser on your Samsung Smart Tv.
  • Search for the apkmirror or apkpure website.
  • Look for the Third Party app, you want to install
  • Click the Downloadable apk file.
  • Click Install.
  • Click install again to confirm Follow the on-screen
  • Follow the instructions to install the apk file on your Smart Tv.

How to Install Third-Part Apps Using a USB Flash Drive

You can download apps on your Samsung TV by using a USB, SD card, or Pen Drive. But, before you start the procedure, make sure that you check the type and compatibility of your Smart TV.

Check your Samsung Smart TV Type

Samsung QLED/SUHD Smart TVs support FAT, XFAT, and NTFS file systems. When your USB flash drive stores more than 8000 files and folders, some files may not be accessible.

Samsung Full HD Smart TVs support FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS (Read Only) file systems. Under this system, the number of files and folders saved on the USB drive is approximately 4000.

  1. Press the Menu button on the Smart TV remote and navigate to the Settings menu.
  2. Open the Instructions menu and select Notes and Instructions.
  3. Skip the Must read before playing the photo, video, or music files section and check the supported USB file system format by the Smart TV.

How to Prepare a USB Flash Drive with a supported File System?

Step 1. Connect your USB flash drive to the computer and launch this program to enter its main interface.

Step 2. Select the USB flash drive from the disk map and click on Format Partition at the left pane.

Step 3. In the pop-up window, you can select FAT32, FAT16, exFAT, or NTFS from the File System drop-down menu based on your needs and click on OK. Here we take FAT32 for example.

Step 4. Click on Apply to execute the formatting operation.

Follow steps to Install Third-Part Apps Using USB Flash Drive

First of all, you need to open the web browser and make sure you go to the official website of the app which you want to install on your TV

  • Plug the USB Flash Drive into your Smart TV
  • Find the .apk file in the app folder, and then copy the file from your computer to the USB drive.
  • Plug the USB drive into your TV, and then find the .apk file in the drive, right-click it and select Install.

Sometimes, you may face some error with your Samsung TV and usually, Airplay doesn’t work well there might be a minor issue that you can resolve by yourself. You can take help from the guide about How to FixAirPlay Not Working on Samsung TV

How to Install Third-Part Apps Using Command Prompt on your PC

  • Go to your Samsung Smart Tv Settings.
  • Click the Network option. 
  • Select information.
  • Under their IP Address section, copy the IP Address of your Smart Tv.
  • Open your Windows 10 PC. Launch Command Prompt.
  • Type cmd in the search box and click Command Prompt and Click Run as Administrator.
  • Type adb connect (Your TV’s IP Address)
  • Type install D\install.apk 
  • Once the process is done, Type adb disconnect (Your TV’s IP Address) to disconnect your Smart Tv from your Computer
  • Now, you can go to your Smart app hub and open the app which you want to install.

How to Install 3rd party apps using Google Chromecast

If you have old Samsung TV, you can use this method to enable smart features and install apps on your Samsung TV.

You can have your favorite apps for fun, entertainment, and other purposes on your Samsung Smart TV by using Google Chromecast if your LG Content Store does not have your favorite app.

You can use Google Chromecast to mirror content to the screen of your Smart TV.

Just follow the steps mentioned below to successfully install apps using Google Chromecast on your Samsung Smart TV.

  1. First of all, connect your Google Chromecast to your Samsung TV using an HDMI port.
  2. Press the TV power button and input the menu button until you see the Google Chromecast option on your TV screen.
  3. Download the app from your Google play store if you’re using any mobile device.
  4. Now, you will be redirected to the screen “Get Started.”
  5. Log in to your preferred Google account.
  6. Select “New Devices” option.
  7. A code is sent to your Samsung smart TV, select yes to continue.
  8. Enter your name and tap continue to screencast your Google Chromecast.

Chromecast also lets you access Bally Sports & Google TV very much like Netflix.

How to Install 3rd party apps using Amazon FireStick

If your favorite app is not available on the Samsung content store, you still have got an idea to download 3rd-party apps by using Amazon Firestick and then try downloading through it.

You may find it difficult to download the app involving Amazon Firestick due to the various steps involved. Just follow the steps mentioned below to download without any issues.

  • First of all, Go to Amazon Firestick Menu.
  • You will see a play button, click it to access the Fire Stick setup screen.
  • Now, you have to select the language which you want to use.
  • The next step is the configuration of the Internet with Amazon Firestick. It will auto-search for the networks available. Just put the password of your internet connection and you are all set to go ahead.
  • Now, follow the instruction on the screen and register.
  • You have successfully configured Amazon Firestick. Now, you have to install the apps on your Samsung Smart TV through Amazon Firestick. Follow the instructions below for the step-by-step guide to installing apps using Firestick.

Amazon Firestick can play a couple of media and games including:

  • Music.
  • Installing apps.
  • Playing games.

Make sure, you have created an account on Amazon to allow Amazon Firestick to connect with your Samsung Smart TV.

  • Connect your Amazon Firestick to your Samsung Smart TV using HDMI.
  • Plug the power adapter of the Amazon Firestick into the power outlet.
  • Now, turn on your TV and go to the input menu of Samsung TV.
  • Select Amazon Firestick and turn it on.
  • You can open any browser there and then search for the app you wish to download.
  • Download the apk file and install it on your Samsung TV.
  • Ensure that you have an active internet connection on all devices.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I install apps on my smart TV without Google Play?

You can use any cloud storage to download apps like Google Drive, and DropBox other than Google Play Store. But, make sure that you download the APK file and transfer it to your Drive Storage.

  • Download the File Commander App on your Android TV.
  • Pick the APK file which you want to download.
  • Make sure that you have switched on File Commander in your settings to allow it to install the APK from Unknown Resources.

Can you jailbreak a Samsung smart TV?

Android App KODI will help you to jailbreak your Samsung Smart TV. KODI will install and transfer the APK file to your Smart TV. Now, you can install APK files using your File Manager.

Where can I find App Store on My Samsung TV?

You can open the app store and you can also click on Recommended Apps from the secondary menu.

How do I get to the secret menu on my Samsung Smart TV?

There are many service menu codes depending on your Samsung TV model. You can try each code below until it works. 

1) Keep TV on then press:  Mute + 1 + 1 + 9 + Enter (Its the button in the middle of the Left/Right/Down/Up arrows and may be labeled as OK or Select as well. 

2) Power Off TV then press: Info + Settings + Mute + Power

3) Power Off TV then press: Mute + 1 + 1 + 9 + Power

4) Power Off TV then press: Mute + 1 + 8 + 2 + Power

5) Power Off TV then press: Sleep + P.STD + Mute + Power

6) Power Off TV then press: P.STD + Menu + Sleep + Power

7) Power Off TV then press: Display/Info + P.STD + Mute + Power

8) Power Off the TV then press: Display/Info + Menu + Mute + Power

You can see Service Menu on the top left side of the screen.

Where is unknown sources in Settings in Samsung?

  • Navigate to the settings menu from the home screen.
  • Select the Personal Tab and click on Security.
  • Here, you will see Unknown Sources which you can toggle on.

How to delete or Lock (Unlock) apps?

  • Select settings on your Samsung Smart TV.
  • Now, go to the apps that you want to delete from your TV.
  • You can either delete or unlock apps on your Samsung Smart TV.

How to Troubleshooting when a TV app becomes slow or unresponsive

  • Press the Home button on your TV remote control, Now, you can select Menu.
  • Now, navigate to Settings > Support > Device Care > Self Diagnosis > Reset Smart Hub.
  • Enter your PIN. The default PIN is 0000.

Can I install VLC on my Samsung TV?

VLC Media Player is not available on your Samsung Smart TV But, you may find other helpful media players.


Mahnoor has graduated from <strong>AI Security Specific</strong> Program at PIASS. She has a special interest in technology especially Automated gadgets and Automated Robots. She has also studied programming and Windows security. She is now serving as Professor at PIASS teaching a major in AI. She has got herself into content gathering and now at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">smarthomehut</a>, she often writes about Alexa programming skills and how different automated related devices and how tackle their various issues. You can find her @ <ol> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Soundcloud</a></li> </ol> More Info <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">About Smarthomehut</a>

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