If you are an LG Smart TV user, you might be looking for a way to install third-party applications on your LG Smart TV. Well, you’re not alone in that.
While LG offers users a multitude of app choices, it is pretty stubborn when it comes to letting them install custom apps.
Well then, stick with me, and we’ll cover all the possible ways for you to install and use third-party applications on your LG Smart TV.
Before we start, you must know that most of the LG Smart TVs come installed with their built-in system software, called LG WebOS.
And, WebOS being a Linux based OS, is quite tricky to manipulate and customize. For this reason, we’re going to use some workarounds which will help us install third-party applications on the TV.
With me so far? Alright then, let’s get into it.
There are primarily three ways by which you can install and use third-party applications on your LG Smart TV.
Let’s cover them one by one.
You can easily download any app you want directly from the built-in TV app store, titled “LG Content Store”. It is a super simple process. Just follow along with me, and you’re done.
- Turn on your LG Smart TV and make sure that it is connected to your network.
- Hit the “Home” button on your TV remote.
- Here, you will be able to access all your installed and suggested apps.
- In the pop-up menu, locate the pink icon entitled “LG Content Store” and tap on it.
- Choose your desired app category from the side menu on the page.
- Locate the app that you want, or just search for it in the search bar on the top.
- After finding your app, tap “Install” to download it.
- When the installation process completes, the app will automatically appear on your home screen and you can launch it.
With that done, here’s a little easter egg for you.
Can’t find an app you like on the LG Content Store?
Well, chances are, you can in fact install that app from the LG Content Store. You just have to change your Location settings, and you will be able to access the apps that might be available in other regions. It’s a pretty simple process and will give you access to all the apps options that you might not have in your region.
Here are the steps:
- Turn on your LG Smart TV and head to “Home”.
- Locate “Settings” in the pop-up menu, and click on it.
- Go to “All Settings” and choose “General”.
- Here, find the tab entitled “Location”.
- Click on “LG Services Country” and choose your desired country from the list.
- Confirm the Location change by choosing “Yes” on the pop-up.
- Your TV will automatically Restart to enforce the new location settings.
- Now, you should see new apps on the LG Content Store.
With me so far? Awesome.
Now you might be wondering how you would install the third-party apps that you absolutely can’t find on the LG content store.
Well, I’m sorry to be the bearer of the bad news, but if an app is not on the LG content store, you CAN’T install it from other unknown, third-party sources.
Installing third-party apps from unknown sources is allowed only on Android TVs like Samsung, Vu, Sony, etc. Since LG Smart TVs work on the Linux-based WebOS, it is not possible to install APK files either from the internet or through an external storage device.
Don’t worry though. There are a few workarounds to access other third-party apps on your LG Smart TV.
You can access a multitude of third-party apps on your LG Smart TV by using a Streaming device like the Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, Roku TV, etc.
These devices allow you to access a whole of content directly from your Smart TV, that you normally wouldn’t be able to. You can use any Streaming device you like, as long as it comes with an HDMI output pin.
Here are the steps:
- Connect your streaming device to the HDMI input of the TV and plug it in.
- Switch the Source of your TV to the same port as the streaming stick.
- Configure the device’s settings and make sure that it’s connected to your network.
- Sign in to the device using your credentials.
Now, you can access all the third-party apps on the Streaming device, directly from your LG Smart TV.
The simplest and free way to use third-party apps on your LG TV is by simply screencasting the apps’ content from your smartphone or PC.
Although, I should warn you that this method works only through Android and Windows.
You cannot cast from your iPhone or Mac since LG doesn’t support Airplay.
- Turn on your LG Smart TV and connect it to your network.
- Make sure that your casting device is also connected to the same network.
- On the TV menu, choose “LG SmartShare App”.
- Now, enable “Listening mode” inside the app.
- On your casting device, go to “Screen Share” or “Mirroring” settings.
- Search for your LG Smart TV and select it.
- Now, you can cast all the content from the third-party apps on your phone onto your LG Smart TV.
So, to sum it up, you CAN install third-party apps directly onto your LG Smart TV, as long as you can find them on the LG Content Store. But, you can access the apps that are not on the LG Content Store either by using an external Streaming device or simply Screen Casting the content from your Android smartphone or Windows PC.