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How to Use Your Devices to Connect to a Smart TV

by Carli Velocci
Today's phones and tablets can do a lot of impressive things, keeping you entertained for hours. You can watch movies and television shows, play games and check out the latest sports highlights. With so much to watch, sometimes the screen on your smartphone can seem too small. Fortunately, you no longer have to squint to see a 5-inch screen when you want to watch your favorite TV show. You simply have to connect your device to a big, beautiful smart TV.
Why would you want to connect to a smart TV?
Smart TVs are just like traditional televisions, with the added advantage of internet connectivity. They come with multiple apps that give you tons of options when it comes to deciding what to watch. You can watch movies through Netflix, catch up on shows through Hulu, view photos and listen to music, all of which are great when you're throwing a party and want to entertain your guests.
So, how do you connect to a smart TV?
In order to wirelessly connect a device to your smart TV, you'll need to make sure all your devices are connected to the same WiFi network. If you have only one network in your home, this shouldn't be an issue. Simply check that under the "Internet Settings" for each device that the WiFi is turned on, and that it is connected to your home network.
Connecting to a smart TV is made simple through specially designed apps. And if your device and your TV are both made by the same brand, it's even easier. Samsung, for example, uses AllShare Play, which comes installed on phones and tablets and allows you to connect devices quickly and easily. Once connected, you can use your TV to access files on your tablet or phone. You can also "push" content from your smaller devices to your television.
If your devices come from two different manufacturers, not to worry, there are still options. Some mobile apps for your smartphone or tablet, such as YouTube, come with an option to connect to a device, which will allow you to push the video to your TV, as long as both are connected to the same wireless network.
When making a smart TV purchase, the most important thing to do is research all apps that come included. If you have a long list of must-have applications, be prepared to buy a premium smart TV. If you don't want a lot of applications on the television, consider a streaming media player, such as a Roku or Google Chromecast, through which you can access hundreds of additional media apps like HBO Go and games like Angry Birds. Streaming media players are usually easy to install via a direct attachment to your TV's HDMI port. With a smart TV and a streaming media player, you'll never run out of entertainment options.
Once you're set up, you can sit back on your couch, relax and enjoy your favorite movie in all its 60-inch, high-definition glory.