Set up SmartThings on your Smart TV

Samsung TV with SmartThings app open

The SmartThings app on 2021 and 2022 Samsung TVs and Odyssey Ark gaming screen allows you to discover, connect, view, and control your smart devices right from your TV's screen. Just use your remote to select your desired devices, and they will activate automatically, even if they're located in another room. This includes older devices that use infrared remote controls. You won’t need to get up from the sofa if you want to turn on a lamp, start your robot vacuum, or play some music through your TV with Music Wall.

Note: SmartThings functionality is the same across all supported models and is available on most newer Samsung Smart TVs. Not all smart devices and appliances are compatible with SmartThings.

Set up and use SmartThings

Once the SmartThings app has been installed on your TV, you can begin using it to view and control your connected devices. Follow the directions below to start using SmartThings!

  1. Make sure you have SmartThings downloaded on your phone or tablet and that you've added all your devices. Then, make sure your TV has been set up.

  2. If SmartThings is not already installed on your TV, select APPS, and then search for it using the search bar. Select Install and review any on-screen instructions.

  3. Next, press the Home button on your remote, and then navigate to and open SmartThings. If needed, sign into your Samsung account.

    Samsung Account sign in screen on a Samsung TV
  4. The smart devices you've added to the SmartThings app on your phone will appear. You can add, view, monitor, and control them right from the TV.

  5. Use your remote to select a device to check its status or perform an action. For example, you can turn connected lights on or off. You can even run scenes if you have them set up.

SmartThings options

As long as your TV is connected to the same Samsung account as the SmartThings app on your phone, all your smart bulbs, alarm systems, and appliances will appear on the TV in convenient Map and List formats.

To begin, navigate to and select SmartThings. The menu at the top of the screen will help you find your devices. Select your desired option:

  • + Add device: Allows you to add a new device directly to SmartThings on the TV. To search for devices, select Refresh and then choose the device from the list on the left. Follow any on-screen instructions to finish adding the device. Select Edit to remove a device from the list.

    Note: Devices directly added to the TV will not appear in the connected SmartThings account on your phone.

SmartThings home screen on a Samsung TV
  • Map: Displays a circular map of all the connected devices in your SmartThings account. Use your remote to select individual devices so you can control them or view their status. You can also view your Scenes while in List view by pressing the right navigation button on your remote.

  • List: This will show all your connected SmartThings devices in a categorized list. You can use your remote to navigate through each list to find what you need. Select your devices to control them or view their status, or select a Scene to activate it.

  • Home: Select this drop-down to view your locations in the SmartThings app. For example, if you have locations named Home, Living Room, and Kitchen, those names will appear in the drop-down so you can select them.

Use Music Wall with SmartThings

If you sync your TV to your phone via Bluetooth, you can use the Music Wall feature to play music on your TV. Music Wall creates colorful visuals that will change depending on the audio you're playing, so you can enjoy vibrant effects while listening to your favorite music. The feature is compatible with multiple audio apps on your phone, including Spotify, Samsung Music, and YouTube. Music Wall can be used with iPhones as well!

  1. Make sure your TV and phone are connected to the same network and both have Bluetooth enabled.

  2. Navigate to and select SmartThings on your TV, and then select + Add Device.

  3. When it appears, select your phone from the list of available devices.

    List of phones in the SmartThings app
  4. Next, navigate to your phone’s Bluetooth settings and select your TV from the list of available devices.

  5. Your TV will ask for permission to connect to your phone. Select Allow on the TV, and then tap Pair on your phone.

  6. Music Wall will open on your TV. Now, open an audio app on your phone, such as Spotify, and begin playing music.

  7. The audio will play through the TV’s speakers. You can use your phone’s volume keys to increase or decrease the music's volume.

  8. On a Galaxy phone, you can control the audio output from your phone as well. Just swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification panel, and find the SmartThings Audio output notification. Tap the name of your TV or the name of your phone to switch the output as desired.

Use a game console with SmartThings

Do you have an Xbox, PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch console? You can connect them with SmartThings as well! Just plug in your game system to the HDMI port on your TV and turn it on. Then, navigate to SmartThings on your TV - the game system will appear in SmartThings along with your other devices. When you select the system, SmartThings will change the TV’s source to the console’s source (such as HDMI 1) so you can begin playing. Just make sure the game system is turned on first.

Playing game console with Samsung TV

Use SmartThings to connect wireless speakers and audio devices

If you've got a Bluetooth sound system, soundbar, or other wireless audio device you'd like to use for playing your TV's audio, SmartThings can help with that too. You can easily connect your audio device to the TV and select it whenever you're in the mood to watch an action movie or blast loud music.

  1. Navigate to and select SmartThings, and then select + Add Device at the top of the screen. Make sure your audio device is turned on and is in pairing mode. If it doesn't show up, select Refresh, and then select the device from the list when it appears.

  2. When the TV discovers the audio device, a popup message will appear that says "Would you like to play the TV's sound through this device?" To agree, select Connect.

  3. Once it connects, the TV's sound will play through your audio device and you can control its volume using your phone!

Add device icon highlighted in the SmartThings app

If you ever need to remove the audio device, navigate to the SmartThings app on the TV, and then select the device. From here, you can choose between Disconnect to temporarily disconnect the device or Deregister to completely remove it from your account.

Note: Audio devices added directly to SmartThings on the TV will not appear in your phone's SmartThings app.

Check for supported TV models

If you’d like to check if your TV supports SmartThings, you can do so right from the SmartThings app.

  1. On your phone or tablet, navigate to and open the SmartThings app.

  2. Tap the Devices tab, then tap Add (the plus sign), and then tap Add device.

  3. Tap the By brand tab, and then tap Samsung. Tap TV.

  4. Tap View by model name. Swipe through the list of TVs to find your model. If it’s there, just tap it, and the connection process will begin.

View by model name highlighted in the SmartThings app
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