One of the leading brands in terms of innovations and technology is Samsung. From smart appliances, hi-tech office and personal devices to software development, Samsung continues to upgrade its products and offer new revolutions to the market. One Samsung product that consumers have an eye on is its Smart TV.
Samsung Smart TV lets the user open apps, save and set-up favorite content, and connect through a mobile device. The fun doesn’t stop there as it can also be controlled using voice command. Yes, you’ve heard it right! This is possible by connecting Google Home to Samsung Smart TV.
What you need:
- Google Home device
- Google Home app
- Smart TV
Make sure you have all the above requirements to be able to control your Samsung Smart TV using Google Home but if you don’t have a Google Home app installed on your smartphone yet, then you can download it here:
There are three methods to connect Google Home to Samsung Smart TV:
- Chromecast Ultra
- Built-in Chromecast
Before we discuss the step-by-step guides on how to connect Google Home to Samsung Smart TV, let us first know which of the three methods is appropriate for you to follow by determining if your Smart TV has a built-in Chromecast or not. Here’s an updated list of TVs with Chromecast built-in.
Once you’re ready, here are the step-by-step guides on how to connect Google Home to Samsung Smart TV using the mentioned methods above.
Note: Your Android smartphone and Google Home device should be connected to the same WIFI.
If your Samsung Smart TV doesn’t have a built-in Chromecast, then you will have to use an external Chromecast device to be able to connect to Google Home.
Generally, you will just have to set-up your Chromecast and link it in the Google Home app from your smartphone. Then, you’ll be able to control your Samsung Smart TV via Google Home. Here’s how:
Plug in Chromecast/Chromecast Ultra
If you have a Chromecast built in on your Samsung Smart TV, then skip this step.
For Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra, connect one end of the USB power cable into your Chromecast and the other end should be connected to the socket or power supply.
Then, find the HDMI port of your Samsung Smart TV and plug your Chromecast in it.
Open Google Home app
From your Android device, open the Google Home app. From the home page of the app, tap Add > Set up device > Set up new devices.
Confirm Account and Permissions
If this is your first time using the Google Home app, a list of Google accounts will appear so choose to which account you would like to save your Chromcast or you can add a new account if your desired account is not on the list. Then, tap OK.
Next, a prompt will appear on your screen to ask permission for location access and services. You can turn on your location services by going to Settings>More Settings>Applications>Installed>Google Home>Turn on location services.
Go back to the Google Home app, then tap OK to grant permission for location access.
Link the device
Once your account and location are already set, Google Home will scan nearby devices and display them in a list. Choose the device you want to set-up.
A code will appear on your Smart TV and Android device to make sure you are pairing the right device. If you see the code, tap Yes. if not, tap Try Again and repeat the previous step.
Another prompt will appear asking your permission to let Google collect your anonymous information that will help improve their service. Tap Yes to confirm or No, thanks to decline.
Set up your room and WIFI connection
Choose the room and WIFI where you are setting and connecting your device. Then, tap Next.
Choose whether or not you want to receive future emails related to your devices by tapping Sign up or No, thanks. Then, choose the video services you would like to add to improve your streaming experience.
Finally, tap Next>Continue>Continue. And, you’re done!
1. Which is better Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast 2?
Both are excellent devices for video streaming but Chromecast Ultra is capable of 4k streaming. For more info, refer to this article: Google Chromecast Ultra vs Chromecast 2: Which Is Better?
2. How to disconnect Samsung Smart TV from Google Home?
Open the Google Home app. Tap the device you want to unlink. Tap Settings>Remove Device>Remove.
3. Is Google Home app compatible with any Android device?
No. Google Home app runs only on Android 5.0 and higher versions.
Connecting your Samsung Smart TV to Google Home using Chromecast is just the start of a better streaming experience. In fact, if your Smart TV doesn’t have a built-in Chromecast, buying an external Chromecast device is still a great deal as it is the cheapest streaming stick that you can find in the market.
But, if you really don’t want to own a lot of different devices, then there’s still a way to cast from your Android to your Smart TV without Chromecast.
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