What is the Samsung Smart TV Web Browser?

How to browse the internet on your TV

Samsung Smart TVs provide access to a lot of apps for watching movies and TV shows, but the inclusion of a pre-installed internet web browser comes as an added bonus.

Samsung TV Web Browser – Smart Hub

Getting Started with the Samsung TV Web Browser

  • Depending on the TV model year or series, the browser may be accessible directly on the smart hub home screen (as shown in the photo above), as a pre-installed app in the "my apps page", or if not pre-installed, it can be downloaded from the TV's app store.
  • Once you find or install it, you can launch the web browser from your remote control or other available options.

The web browser can be navigated by pressing and holding down the TV remote's cursor controls (functions as a mouse) in combination with a provided onscreen virtual keyboard.

In addition to using the TV's remote control for web browsing, depending on the model year or series, you may also be able to connect a standard windows keyboard and/or mouse into the TV's USB port(s). This makes search term and URL input easier. 

Some Samsung Smart TVs may also allow the connection of a wireless Bluetooth keyboard or mouse.

For some models, the browser can also be navigated via the touchpad on the Samsung Smart View mobile app.

Web Browsing features on recent model Samsung TVs may be referred to as the "Internet Function".

What the Samsung Smart TV Web Browser Can Do

Here is what the provided web browser allows you to do.

Select Your Search Engine and Display Search Results

Choose between the Google or Bing search engines, display search results, or go to websites directly by typing the appropriate URL in the search box. 

The arrow shown in the following images is the actual onscreen cursor provided by Samsung for menu and web browsing navigation.

Samsung TV Web Browser Settings – Search Engine Choice

Display the Browser's Featured Websites

Go directly to popular pre-selected websites.

Samsung TV Web Browser – Featured Sites Page

Display Most Visited Websites

As you search the web, the browser remembers which sites you visit often and provides that listing so you don't have to search for them.

Samsung TV Web Browser – Most Visited Sites Page

Display Bookmarked Websites

In addition to your most visited websites, you can bookmark specific websites and see them displayed for direct access.

Samsung TV Web Browser – Bookmarked Sites Page

Display Web Browsing History

Your browsing history is saved from latest to oldest; oldest entries are overwritten first.

Samsung TV Web Browser – Saved History Page

View Website Content

You can read articles, listen to music, view photos and watch videos (with some limitations) on the websites that you find.

Samsung TV Web Browser – Web Page Example

Search the Web and Watch TV at the Same Time

You can watch regular TV or another compatible source in a PIP (Picture-in-Picture) inset at the same time you are browsing the web.

Samsung TV Web Browser – PIP

Customize Browser Settings

Settings are provided for setting your toolbar, home page, privacy and security, blocking pages, approved pages and more.

Samsung TV Web Browser Settings – General

What the Samsung Smart TV Web Browser Can't Do

Although the Samsung TV web browser is convenient, it is limited when compared to the flexibility you have on most PC web browsers. Here is a list of things it can't do. 

  • File downloading may be limited or not supported.
  • Not all websites are accessible.
  • Java applications may not be supported.
  •  Flash video files can't be played.
  •  Active X is not supported.
  • Some html5 based audio/video files may not be playable.
  • There are a limited number of fonts available and some symbols may not be displayed properly.
  • Font size and color selection may not be available for writing emails or messages.
  • Response to remote commands may be slow.
  • Web page loading may be delayed or stopped depending on what other TV functions are running at the same time.
  • Copy and paste are not supported.
  • Only a limited number of bookmarks can be saved.
  • The number of open windows is restricted.
  • Some video streaming services may not play properly through the web browser.

Samsung does issue periodic firmware updates for its TVs that may include tweaks to the web browsing features which may address one or more of the limits listed above. 

If the Samsung TV web browser doesn't meet your needs, you can't delete it or install a replacement directly on the TV, but there are some workarounds that enable you to browse the web on other devices and view the results on your TV screen.

Beginning with the 2019 Model Year, Samsung Smart TVs include a feature called Remote Access. This allows users to control and interact with PCs/Laptops and mobile devices as well as perform extensive web browsing, screen mirroring/sharing, gaming, and cloud navigation directly from the TV using a connected keyboard and mouse.

Samsung Remote Access Feature