How do I know if I have a Smart TV?

If you’ve purchased a TV within the last few years, then chances are you have a Smart TV. If you’re not quite sure what a smart TV and how to tell if you have a Smart TV, then this guide will help you out.

how do I know if I have a smart tv?

What makes a TV a “Smart TV”

A Smart TV is any TV that can connect to the internet. If a TV has an internet connection, there be added functionality such as apps and voice control. Older TV’s only required an antenna connection. While a Smart TV can use an Antenna, if you want the smart features you’ll need an internet connection tool.

Why do you need a Smart TV?

The way we watch TV has changed over the past few years. More and more people are streaming instead of watching terrestrial TV. A Smart TV will give you access to:

  • Streaming Apps – Stream from Apps such as Netflix, Disney+, Kayo Sports and many more. Watch on demand and without constant ads.
  • Video Apps – Access apps like YouTube and Twitch from your TV.
  • Connect to your Smart Home – Connect to and control your smart home. In my smart home, I’m able to ask Siri to turn on the TV and play a specific program.
  • Stream from your Phone – Use Chromecast on Android devices and Airplay on an iPhone to stream content from apps to your TV.

How do I know if I have a Smart TV?

To check if your TV can support an internet connection and is “Smart” there are a couple of things you can look for:

  1. Is there an Ethernet Port – Some Smart TV’s will feature an Ethernet Port. This will allow you to connect a wired internet connection.
  2. Check Settings for WiFi – Check your TV’s settings to see if there is a Wifi setting. If there is, your TV will be able to connect to the internet.

If you have a Samsung or LG TV there will be a “hub” button that you can press on your remote. This will take you to the TV’s “home” screen which will show apps and other smart features.

How to Make an Old TV Smart

If you have an older TV that doesn’t have any Smart TV features, you can easily convert it into a Smart TV by plugging in a streaming device.

These include:

  • Apple TV
  • Google Chromecast
  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • Roku

These hardware devices connect to the internet and give you smart tv features. Even if you have a Smart TV, you still might want to use one of these as they have extra features.

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Anthony is a Smart Home Geek. He's been building the smart home of his dreams over the past 5 years. He loves all things Apple, but works with a number of different ecosystems and platforms.