Are you fortunate enough to be the proud owner of both a Samsung QLED TV and one of its latest smartphones, possibly an S8? If so, you will be aware of just how far the company has come with its smart connected devices! But, do you know that for the most part, you could be almost cable free?
Seriously, the South Korean manufacturer is now making it possible to control virtually all your Bluetooth devices from a phone. And with its 2017 range of smart TV’s the range of apps available has grown too. Which means, thanks to Samsung the smart home is becoming better connected and affordable for the masses.
QLED TV and Cell App Pairing
In this article, we’re going to focus on Samsung’s current range of QLED TV’s and their connectivity. Afterall, of all the connected devices in your home, its display is the largest, and it’s what you relax in front of with loved ones.
Now imagine, you’re sat there eating popcorn watching a movie when the use of a remote control is required. But, it’s nowhere in sight, and you’ve rummaged around the sofa without any luck! Fortunately, Samsung has thought of this exact scenario, as have many third-party developers. Although they often are not the perfect solution, instead, with your Galaxy S8 or S8+ you can use Samsung Connect.
What is Samsung Connect?
To start with, if you have a pre-2017 Samsung smartphone, you are likely to have Quick Connect not Samsung Connect. Although similar in nature, the new app offers more individual control of its features. Meaning that it is now a hub for all Bluetooth devices you may have in your home.
Once you have the app up and running on your handset, you will quickly discover that your Samsung QLED TV is discoverable. And that means the phone and TV can be paired.
When it comes to pairing Samsung, have done the necessary work to make it easy. To get this done, just tap on the QLED TV of your choice, accept the connection request and that is it. As a result, you will no longer need that lost TV remote. Instead, you will be presented with a controller on your handset. One that is similar in functionality to the actual Samsung remote, but with extra functions included.
As for what you can do with this facsimile, there’s the standard channel number/up & down buttons, plus volume controls. Plus there’s TV Guide, pause and rewind, and access to your QLED TV’s smart functions. However, all that is pretty much standard, as what’s new comes in the form of a “More Button”. This option gives you controls beyond what Quick Connect and third-party app developers can, and do provide.
Such as, the ability to control a connected set-top box, from one of the primary providers. But, if it’s something truly different you want, how about screen mirroring, and browsing content? In fact, the piece de resistance has to be the ability to watch what is on the TV via your smartphone! This means, that should you need to nip the toilet, you can, without spoiling anyone else’s viewing pleasure and not miss a moment.
Now, some Samsung users are confused by both Connect and Smart View, although there is no need to be. Yes, both offer screen mirroring functionality; however, Smart View is for displaying smartphone content on a TV, not vice versa. On older Samsung handsets this was called screen mirroring, but both do mostly the same thing.
As for how this works, it’s simple, go to Quick Settings >> Swipe Down and access the required settings. What you should know about this is it’s designed for fast access, so the image quality is not 4K or even 2K. However, it is perfect for showing off those holiday pics, and video, or streaming.
What about other Devices?
OK, so now you know that Samsung has everything in place for you to control the content on your QLED TV, and cast to it via a handset. But, what else can the Samsung Connect app do?
To start with it isn’t just compatible with 2017 devices, using WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity. Connect can also control products that require a SmartThings Hub and even IoT devices. This means older TV’s, digital appliances, and Audio Visual devices can be paired and controlled. In fact, this ingenious app enables you to check the status of devices, operate remotely. As well as, operate and change the settings of multiple products simultaneously.
Samsung has promised to update the functionality of its smart apps continually, with further astonishing features/control coming soon. Not only for its QLED TV’s but, for all smart home connected products.
Do you have any questions about the Connect app, and its functionality, or need help setting it up? Please use the comments section below, and we will get back to you.