How to Play Smart TV Games

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What to Know

  • Samsung: Press the Smart Hub button on the remote. Select the APPS icon > magnifying glass. Search for and select a game. Press Install.
  • LG: Press the Home button on the remote. Choose the three slashes icon to launch the LG Content Store. Pick a game and select Install.

This article explains how to play smart TV games on Samsung and LG smart TVs. It also contains information on how to stream games to Samsung TVs.

How to Play Samsung Smart TV Games

Dozens of games are available to play directly on your Samsung Smart TV. Many of these games are free and can be played with a standard tv remote control.

Here's how to access game apps for your Samsung Smart TV.

  1. Press the Smart Hub button on your TV's remote to open Samsung Smart Hub.

  2. Select the APPS icon.

  3. Navigate to the top of the page and select the magnifying glass icon.

  4. Search for a specific title or search for "game" if you’re just browsing.

  5. Select the game you wish to play, then select Install and wait for the app to download.

  6. Play the game.

People streaming games through their Smart TV.
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How to Play Samsung TV Games Using Steam Link

Created by Valve, Steam Link is one of the most popular game streaming services for PC users and cord cutters. The app is available to download on a variety of devices, but Valve has partnered directly with Samsung to stream Smart TV games. While installing and using a Steam Link is easy, you need a Steam account to use the app.

If you decide to stream high-quality PC games through your Smart TV, you will need a router capable of handling at least 5 GHz of bandwidth.

  1. Press the Smart Hub button on your TV's remote to open Samsung Smart Hub.

  2. Select the APPS icon.

  3. Navigate to the top of the page and select the magnifying glass icon.

  4. Search for "steam link."

  5. Select Install and wait for the app to download.

  6. Open Steam Link and follow instructions for syncing the Bluetooth controller or keyboard.

  7. Connect the Steam Link to your existing Steam Account. You can now stream games on your Samsung Smart TV.

How to Download and Play LG Smart TV Games

Here's how to stream and play games on an LG Smart TV.

  1. Press the Home button on the remote and select the icon represented by three slashes to launch the LG Content Store.

  2. Navigate to the top and select Search.

  3. Search for "games" or browse through the titles.

  4. Once you've chosen a game, select Install and wait for it to download.

  5. Once the game has finished downloading, you can open it and begin playing. Have your remote control or LG Magic Remote ready.

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