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Apple TV+ is a streaming service from Apple that launched in late 2019. It offers many original and exclusive movies and TV shows. Watching Apple TV+ content on a Samsung TV depends on your TV model. The first step to figuring out if your Samsung TV supports Apple TV+ content is to check if the model of your Samsung TV is compatible with the Apple TV app.
The Apple TV app is available on a wide range of Samsung TVs released in 2018 or later. You can check if the model of your TV is included in the list of compatible models. This guide will help you watch Apple TV+ content on your Samsung TV, so keep on reading to know how to get Apple TV on your Samsung Smart TV.
Is your Samsung TV Compatible With the Apple TV App?
According to the Apple TV+ device page, you can download the Apple TV+ app if you have the following Samsung TV model:
Samsung QLED 8K Q9, Q8 Series (2019, 2020)
Samsung QLED 4K Q9, Q8, Q7, Qx Series (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Samsung UHD 8, 7, 6 Series (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Samsung FHD/HD 5,4 Series (2017, 2018, 2020)
Samsung Serif Series (2019, 2020)
Samsung The Frame Series (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Samsung The Sero Series (2019, 2020)
However, there’s one thing that you must keep in mind, if your Samsung TV is one of the supported models from 2017 or before, you won’t be able to get the full Apple TV+ experience.
While the app may look the same in name and appearance, you won’t be able to buy, rent, or watch content from iTunes store or other third-party channels like you usually would if you experience Apple TV+ content somewhere else. However, you can still watch Apple TV+ shows and movies.
Still, this is better than nothing. Although Apple TV+ was launched in November 2019, it took Apple almost two years to release the app for older Samsung TV models.
How to Find Apple TV+ app on your Samsung TV?
A quick way to find the Apple TV+ app on your Samsung TV is to locate the app on the Samsung app store, and if it doesn’t come up, it’s because your Samsung TV isn’t compatible with it. If this is the case, you must access it via a fire stick or console.
How to Watch Apple TV+ on Samsung TVs Supported by Apple?
If your Samsung TV is a 2019 model or newer, likely, the Apple TV+ app is already included by default. If so, select the Apple TV+ icon from the home menu.
On 2017 and 2018 Samsung Smart TV models, you will have to download the app via the Samsung app store. To download the Apple TV app:
Go to the home menu.
Navigate to apps.
Search “Apple TV.”
Download the app once you find it.
Once installed, you can place it on the home menu to easily access it when required. When you launch the app for the first time, follow the instructions. You can sign in with an already-made Apple ID through your phone or make a new account. In case you don’t have an account, you may get the Apple TV+ app without any charges.
How to Watch Apple TV+ on Other Samsung TV Models
If your Samsung TV model is not included in Apple’s list of Smart TVs that are compatible with Apple TV+ app, don’t worry! The Apple TV+ app is available on other devices.
You can download the Apple TV+ app on devices such as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, or Xbox One. Alternatively, you can buy a Fire TV stick, Roku, or a Chromecast with Google TV.
If you don’t have any of these devices that are compatible with Apple TV+, you can still watch Apple TV+ content on your computer or mobile. If you don’t want to watch Apple+ content on your PC or mobile, you’ll then just have to wait till Apple TV+ content gets compatible with more Samsung TV models in the future.
By Connecting Your Computer to Your Samsung TV
If the model of your Samsung TV is old and you can’t seem to download the Apple app, you can use a working laptop and install the app on it. Then link your laptop to the TV via an HDMI connection.
You can view Apple TV+ content on your laptop using an HDMI cable, which you can then project into a much bigger TV. The downside of this method is that it demands a lot of resources. It is important to have a working laptop with a loaded Apple TV app and an HDMI cable long enough to connect the laptop to the TV.
The advantage of using your laptop with an HDMI cable connected to your Samsung TV to run Apple TV content is that HDMI cables are quite easy to find, as everyone has a spare lying around.
By Connecting a Gaming Console
If you want a cheaper option that doesn’t require a streaming device to use the Apple TV app, connect a game console to your Samsung TV.
The recent PlayStation and Xbox consoles can download and stream media apps like Apple TV+. Using a game console has many advantages other than playing video games, such as using it to access TV streaming apps.
If you don’t own a gaming console, you can acquire an older generation console that won’t cost as much compared to new ones. Apple TV is available on the next-generation PlayStation 5 and Xbox One consoles. However, these devices are quite expensive.
Why is the Apple TV+ app not working on my Samsung Smart TV?
In case the Apple TV+ app doesn’t work on your Samsung TV, follow the steps below:
From the menu ribbon at the bottom, click the apps tile.
From the right corner, go to settings.
Search for the Apple TV app.
Scroll down the menu options and choose “reinstall.”
This will reload the Apple TV app, which will now function normally.
Why Can’t I stream Apple TV to my television?
Check if all the airplay-compatible devices are turned on and are near each other. Remember to check that the devices have recent firmware and are connected to the same internet connection. Finally, restart the devices you will use for screen mirroring or Airplay.
How to easily Install Apple TV+ on a Samsung Device
The following is an easy way to install Apple TV+ on your Samsung Device.
Update the TV software
Once you know and are sure that your Samsung Smart TV is compatible with the Apple TV+ app, the next thing you will have to do is update your TV’s software. This is an important step because if your TV is running outdated software, the Apple TV+ app will not work. To update your TV software:
Go to Settings.
Next, go to Support.
Now, go to Software Update.
And now, select Update Now.
Install the Apple TV+ App
Once your Samsung Smart TV runs the latest software, you can download the Apple TV+ app from the Samsung App Store. Search “Apple TV” on your Samsung App Store, and it will appear. Once you see the app, click Install and wait for it to finish installation.
Log in to Your Apple Account
After installing the Apple TV+ app, you will simply then have to login to your account. In case you don’t have an account, you can create one on the Apple website. With this, you can access all the TV shows, movies, and other content on Apple TV+.
Access Apple TV+ Content
Once you log in to your account, you can directly access Apple TV+ content from your Samsung TV. Browse and watch a wide variety of amazing movies, TV shows, and other content and watch whatever you like.
Use an Apple TV Device
In case your Samsung Smart TV doesn’t support the Apple TV app, you can still watch Apple TV+ content by using an Apple TV device. Simply use an HDMI cable to connect the Apple TV to your Samsung TV. This is a great option if your Samsung TV is old and doesn’t support the Apple TV app.
How to Use a Streaming Stick to Get Apple TV on an Older Samsung TV?
Streaming sticks are HDMI-compatible devices capable of displaying all the latest gaming and streaming apps on all types of TVs, even the older models! They have a smart interface and come with a smart remote. All popular streaming sticks, such as Roku, Android TV boxes, and Amazon Fire TV, support the Apple TV app.
Streaming sticks are mainly designed to be used with HDMI-compatible TVs. However, they can still be used with older non-HDMI-compatible TVS through a converter. To connect your streaming stick to your TV, use the other ports on your TV, such as SCART, S-Video, component, composite.
Follow the steps below to connect Apple TV to your Samsung TV through a streaming stick. As an example, we use an HDMI to composite adapter, although you can use any compatible converter of your choosing.
Connect your HDMI to the composite adapter to your Samsung TV. Make sure they’re placed firmly. You will have to apply a bit of pressure until you hear a light click.
Connect your Roku to the adapter. You can also use an HDMI extender which Roku sends for free.
Connect your adapter to a power outlet and then plug your Roku into the same power source as well.
Adjust the mode on the adapter. A switch on the adapter is labeled as NTSC/PAL. Set your adapter to the right mode of your region; otherwise, it won’t work. North or South American users must set their adapter’s mode to NTSC, and European or Asian users must set it to PAL.
Set up your Roku software if it’s the first time you’re using it. When your Roku has been set up, install the Apple TV app.
Can I install Apple TV on my 2017 Samsung TV?
The Apple TV app doesn’t support all Samsung TV models. If your Samsung TV model is not included in Apple’s list of compatible Smart TVs, it won’t support Apple TV.
Where can I find the App Store on my Samsung TV?
Go to the left and click the app’s icon to locate new apps. You can also open it by selecting Recommended and Recent Apps from the secondary menu.
Many Samsung smart TV models support the Apple TV app by default, and you can download it from their built-in app stores. If your Samsung TV is too old, it won’t feature Apple TV in its app store.
Luckily, the Apple TV+ app is still available on many other devices, such as the PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Another way to watch Apple TV+ content on your Samsung TV is through a Fire TV stick, Roku, or Chromecast.