How to Connect Samsung TV to Google Home

Command your Samsung Smart TV with Google Assistant voice commands

What to Know

  • Use Google Assistant voice commands to control your Samsung Smart TV via Google Home.
  • The setup process requires the Google Home and Samsung SmartThings mobile apps.
  • Some newer Samsung Smart TVs also have a built-in Google Assistant app.

This article provides instructions for connecting your Samsung Smart TV to Google Home and information on how to control your TV with Google Assistant voice commands.

How Do I Use Google Home on My Samsung Smart TV?

If you have a recent Samsung Smart TV (2018 or newer), then you can connect it to Google Home. Once connected, you can use voice commands via the Google Assistant on your smartphone or a compatible smart speaker to control the TV. Here's how to set it up.

  1. Download both the Samsung SmartThings and Google Home apps on your smartphone, if you don’t have them already. Both are available on iOS or Android.

  2. Ensure your smartphone and the Samsung Smart TV are connected to the same home Wi-Fi network.

  3. Your Samsung Smart TV must be added to the SmartThings app. If you have not done this, then make sure your TV is logged into your Samsung account. Do so by going to Settings and then General, System Manager, and finally Samsung Account.

  4. Next, log into the SmartThings app with your Samsung account. Tap Devices and then + to add your TV to the app, if it is not already listed.

  5. Open the Google Home app and tap + in the upper left corner. Tap Set up device, followed by Works with Google.

  6. Search for SmartThings, log into your Samsung account, and then tap Authorize to connect SmartThings to Google Home. Your TV will now appear within the Google Home app.

    Adding SmartThings to Google Home app on an iPhone with plus sign, "Works With Google," and Authorize highlighted

Does Samsung TV Work With Google Assistant?

Yes, this is the primary reason to connect your Samsung Smart TV to Google Home. Once paired, you can use voice commands to perform basic tasks, such as turning the TV on or off, changing the channel, adjusting the volume, and playing and pausing media. Additionally, if you have a Google-powered smart speaker with a display, such as a Nest Hub, then you can control the TV with on-screen buttons.

Samsung’s newest 2021 model TVs, as well as some higher-end 2020 models (such as 8K and 4K QLED sets), also offer the Google Assistant via a built-in app. Not only does this let you use voice commands without an external device, but it also enables a wider array of commands and search options.

Which Voice Commands Work With Samsung TV?

Here are some Google Assistant voice commands you can use with Samsung Smart TVs:

  • “Okay/Hey Google, turn [on/off] the TV.”
  • “Okay/Hey Google, volume [up/down] on the TV.”
  • “Okay/Hey Google, channel [up/down] on the TV.”
  • “Okay/Hey Google, change channel to [number] on the TV.”
  • “Okay/Hey Google, change the input to [input name] on the TV.”
  • “Okay/Hey Google, [play/stop/resume/pause] on the TV.”

If you have a newer Samsung Smart TV with the built-in Google Assistant app, then you can use further commands when pressing the microphone button on the remote control. You can also control other smart home devices connected to Google Home. Such commands include:

  • “Okay/Hey Google, search for [content type] on YouTube.
  • “Okay/Hey Google, play[actor/genre/show].”
  • “Okay/Hey Google, set the thermostat to 70 degrees.”
  • “Okay/Hey Google, what is the weather today?”
  • How do I connect my LG smart TV to Google Home?

    First, make sure your LG smart TV is compatible with Google Home. You'll need a Super UHD LCD TV or an LG TV running on WebOS 4.0. If your TV is compatible, set up your Google Home, then press Home on your LG TV remote and select Set Up TV for the Google Assistant. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete setup, then launch the Google Home app. Tap Menu, then search for Home Control. You'll see the Google Assistant app. Tap the plus sign (+) to add a device, then select LG ThinQ. Sign in to your LG account, and you'll be ready to use Google Home and Google Assistant with your LG smart TV.

  • How do I connect Google Home to a Vizio TV?

    You'll need a Vizio SmartCast TV or Home Theater Display to be able to link to a Google Home device. If your TV is compatible, press the VIZIO button on your remote to launch SmartCast TV Home. Select Extras > OK then choose Google Assistant. Follow the on-screen prompts to pair your TV, access your myVIZIO account, and enable your Google Home device and Google Assistant.

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