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How To Update the Apps on an LG Smart TV

Posted by Jamie on April 26, 2019

Smart TVs have changed the game and are now an indispensable part of many of our living rooms. They not only show TV in high definition or Ultra HD but can access the internet, browse the web, use apps like Netflix and Hulu and some can even play games. Smart TVs, like most smart devices will need keeping up do date, which is what this tutorial is all about. How to update apps on an LG smart TV.

I’ll also show you how to update your TV firmware and set everything to manage itself so you don’t have to.

LG uses the WebOS platform that makes short work of developing apps and for keeping them up to date. It’s a reliable platform that works across multiple TV types and is compatible with a huge range of apps. The LG App Store is testament to just how many developers want to work with LG!

To update apps on an LG smart TV, you first want to check for new firmware as apps may not work properly if they are updated for the new firmware but you haven’t got it yet.

Update the firmware on an LG smart TV

Smart TV firmware is released periodically to add new features, tighten up existing code, fix bugs or make it more stable or secure. They aren’t released as often as phone firmware for example but on a schedule that only LG knows.

Similar to updating your phone, apps may need to be updated after a firmware update. Much depends on what changed in the firmware. If it was a major change, it is likely that LG apps will need to be updated to remain compatible. As the apps sit inside the firmware, it is logical to update that first and the apps after.

To update the firmware on an LG smart TV:

  1. Record the model number of your TV from the label on the back or the user manual.
  2. Turn on the TV and use the remote to access Home.
  3. Navigate to Setup and Support.
  4. Match the firmware with the TV model and select Download and Install.

If that doesn’t work but there is a newer firmware version available, you can download it onto your computer and load it from a USB drive.

  1. Go to the LG support website.
  2. Enter your TV model into the Model Number box.
  3. Select the firmware version you want to download and select Download this File.
  4. Copy that file onto your USB drive without making any changes.
  5. Insert the USB drive into your TV and let it detect the drive.
  6. Navigate to Setup and Support with the remote.
  7. Select install from file and point the TV to the USB drive.
  8. Allow the TV to update.

It will take a few minutes to read from the USB but your TV should install the new firmware, reboot a couple of times and then load using the new install.

Update apps on an LG smart TV

Now your firmware is up to date, you can safely update your apps. You will need to load the LG Content Store for this to happen. If you’re using a newer smart TV, the apps should update automatically and you don’t need to do a thing.

If the apps don’t update, open each one to prompt a check and you may or may not see an update notification.

LG smart TV apps generally look after themselves. They update themselves and will automatically detect a firmware change once you update the TV itself. It’s a very straightforward system that needs minimal management. There may be times when an app won’t update but all you need to do then is uninstall it and reinstall it again.

Set up automatic updates on an LG smart TV

My parent’s LG smart TV which I’m using for this tutorial had automatic updates enabled already but I know that isn’t always the case. If you need to set it up to look after itself, which you should, here’s how.

  1. Turn on the TV and select Home on the remote.
  2. Select Settings and All Settings.
  3. Select General and About This TV.
  4. Check the box next to Allow Automatic Updates.
  5. You can Check for Updates while you’re there if you haven’t just updated everything using this tutorial.

Once you set up automatic updates, the TV manages itself. Every time you turn it on and it has a wireless connection, it will check for firmware and app updates. Now you don’t have to do a thing to keep it updated!

3 thoughts on “How To Update the Apps on an LG Smart TV”

Bernth Eriksen says:
This with auto update of Apps, seems only to work on the latest models (2019). I have at the moment, a problem with access to a streaming service, which has send out new App updates (because of Log in problems on LG TV), but it’s not possible to get the TV updated with this App. So LG seems not to care much about their customers. It can’t be true, that people have to buy new TV every year, just to be able to could have latest updates. Firmware is not a problem, but Apps are.
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james BUSCHER says:
I have my LG TV set as you suggested. However, I keep getting a message on my screen every time I turn it on that “some apps have updates” . So is this message bogus or redundant? If valid, then how do I update those apps? Please stop sending this message unless you also tell me how to update whichever apps need to be updated.
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Stephanie Bolek says:
So I did the auto update on the tv but apps still would not automatically update. I still had to go in and manually update them.
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