How to install software & app updates automatically on your Smart TV

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You should ensure your Smart TV’s software and apps are up to date in order to fix any problems and ensure the smooth running of your TV. You can set your TV to update automatically, saving you time on checking and updating software and apps. Read on to find out how.

Please note:

1 Open the Settings menu on your TV

Please note: depending on your device you can get to your settings by pressing the Menu button on your TV remote, or by pressing the Smart Hub/Home button and navigating to settings from there.

Settings menu displayed on TV
2 Select Support
Support selected in settings menu
3 Select Software Update

Please note: a pop-up box with terms and conditions may appear when you select this option – you will need to read and agree to these before proceeding with the update.

Software update selected in support menu
4 Select Auto Update

Please note: if the Auto Update option is greyed out, you should “cold boot” your TV and start again. Find out more about how to “cold boot” your TV. 

You can “cold boot” your TV by pointing your remote at the TV and holding the power button until it turns off and on again (this usually takes around 5 seconds).

Auto update selected
5 When you next turn on your TV and it detects a new update, it will download and install it before you can continue to watch TV or use any of the other functions. This may take several minutes and a notification message will appear in the top right hand corner of the TV.
6 If you have selected the Auto Update option and an update becomes available while you are watching TV, the update will download in the background, then install the next time you turn on the TV.
1 Select the Smart Hub/Home button on your TV remote
Smart Hub/Home menu highlighted on TV remote
2 In the Smart Hub Home menu, select Apps
Apps selected in Smart Home hub menu
3 Select the Settings icon (top right hand corner). This will display your installed apps
Settings icon selected
4 In the top right hand corner, the Auto update option will appear. Tap on it to enable automatic TV app updates
Auto update option selected

Please note: for Smart TV models released before 2021 steps may differ. 

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