Set up your smart TV

Modern living room with a Smart TV in the center

Whether you have just gotten a brand new TV or you had to reset it, you'll need to complete the initial setup - including pairing the remote, connecting to Wi-Fi, and adding your Samsung account - so you can start watching shows and movies to your heart's content. You'll also learn how to scan for channels using Auto Program, so you can find even more content.

Turn on your TV for the first time

When you first turn on your TV, you'll need to pair your remote and select your desired so navigate through the initial setup without any hiccups.

Pair Samsung Smart Remote to the TV

When you turn on the TV for the first time, the Samsung Smart Remote pairs to the TV automatically. However, if the remote doesn't pair, point it at the remote control sensor on the front of the TV, and then press and hold the Back and Play/Pause buttons simultaneously.

Note: The images, buttons, and functions of the Samsung Smart Remote may differ by model. Refer to your user manual for specific instructions.

Press Return and Play/Pause on Samsung Smart Remote

Select your language

Your new TV lets you choose a preferred language right from the initial setup. So if you want to, you can now have your TV's settings in Spanish or French.

From the initial setup, use the Up and Down buttons on the remote's directional pad to navigate to your desired language. Then, select your desired language.

Language setup page on TV

Note: If your TV came with a One Connect Box, make sure you connect your One Connect Box before powering on the TV.

Set up your TV with SmartThings

Note: This feature is only available on certain models. If you are not prompted to set up the TV with SmartThings, you will be prompted to connect to a network.

After selecting the language on your TV, you will be prompted to set up your TV with your phone via the SmartThings app:

First, make sure your phone and TV are signed into the same wireless network. Open the SmartThings app on your phone. Next, tap ADD NOW on your phone and enter the PIN displayed on your TV.

Tap DONE and wait until your TV registers your Samsung account. When it's done, select Next, confirm your ZIP Code, and then select Next again. Finally, select Next, select a service provider option, and select Next one more time.

TV asking to enter a security PIN

Connect the TV to the internet

Note: If you do not consent to the Smart Hub Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy, you will not be able to use apps and some of the Smart Features on your smart TV.

To use apps, stream videos, or use other services, your TV needs to have an internet connection, whether it's wireless or wired.

Wireless network

To select a wireless network for your smart TV, select Wireless and then select the name of your wireless network. If your network is secured, enter the password and then select Done.

Your TV will attempt to connect to your network and access the Samsung servers. After the wireless connection is established, select OK. Then, review the Smart Hub Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, select I Agree to all, and then select OK.

TV showing a list of networks

Wired network

You can also connect to a wired network if you prefer. Connect an ethernet cable to your One Connect Box or the back of your TV, and then select Wired. Your TV will attempt to connect to your network. When the connection is complete, your TV will access the Samsung servers; select OK.

Review the Smart Hub Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, and then select I Agree to all. Next, select OK.

Network Type on the TV with Wired selected

If your TV does not see your wireless network, or is having trouble connecting to the internet, you can skip for now, and check out our troubleshooting guides.

Sign in or create a Samsung account

Note: If you do not wish to create or sign into your Samsung account, select the arrow in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to skip this section.

A Samsung account is required to use certain services or apps on your TV. For example, if you want to rent or purchase movies or shows on your TV, you'll need your Samsung account. 

Sign in

To sign into your Samsung account manually, select Sign In, and then select the ID Field. Enter your Samsung account email address, and then select Next. Select the Password field, enter your Samsung account password, and then select Done. Finally, select Sign In and then select Done.

Sign In screen for Samsung account

Create an account

No account, no problem. To create a Samsung account, select Create Account, and then select Yes. Next, select Agree to agree to the Samsung account Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Select the ID field, enter your Email address, and then select Next. And then, select the Password field, enter a desired password, and then select Done. Select Next, and select the First Name field. Enter your first name an then select Next. Do the same thing for your last name.

Sign In with Your Samsung Account, Create Account selected

From there, select the Date of Birth field, and use the directional pad on your Samsung Smart Remote to select your date of birth. Finally, select the checkbox, select Next and then select Done. If desired, you can create an account with a Facebook or PayPal account.

Connect a cable box and scan for channels

Before you can watch your shows, you have to connect your TV to a cable box.

Connect an HDMI cable into the HDMI Out port of your Cablebox receiver, and then connect the other end to the In port of the One Connect Box or an HDMI port on the TV.

Once they're connected, you can have the cable box scan for any avaiable channels that come with your cable service.

Hand with HDMI connection moving towards HDMI port

Scan for channels

Scanning for available channels only takes a few minutes. You'll find new programs to watch in no time at all.

Using your remote, navigate to and select Settings. Select Broadcasting, and then select Auto Program. Select Start to begin Auto Program, and then select either Both, Air, or Cable to choose how you will get your broadcast signal. Your TV will begin to scan for channels; after it's done, select Close to finish.

Broadcasting settings with Auto Program selected

Set up your device and control them with the Universal Remote

Note: Every device has a specific connection port. Please read the user manual of the device you want to connect to ensure proper connection.

Besides your cable box, there's an entire array of devices that you can connect to your TV. You can pair your Blu-ray player, game console, speaker system, and even a laptop.

Some Samsung TVs even come with a One Connect box that makes organizing and controlling different devices even easier.

And once you have everything all set up, you won't have to worry about using multiple remotes. Because Samsung's Universal Remote lets you control compatible devices! They just need to be connected to the TV through an HDMI cable.

A Blu-ray player connected to a QLED TV

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