Where is the web browser on Samsung smart TV?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Samsung Smart TV is excellent when it comes to offering access to a variety of apps to watch movies and TV shows.

There is usually a pre-installed internet browser as well that comes in handy with the Smart TV. You can easily use them and browse your content on them.

However, for some models or versions, you might have to download them from the play store.

Let us see how you can go about looking for the web browser and further use it in the article below.

Where is the web browser on the Samsung smart tv?

You can find the web browser pre-installed on the smart hub home screen on the My Apps page. If you still cannot find it on the My Apps page, you can download it directly Samsung TV app store.

You can even access the app directly from the remote control or any other available source. All you have to do is press and hold the remote control’s cursor and the onscreen keyboard simultaneously. The onscreen keyboard is also built-in software.

Even though the TV remote is used for web browsing, you could also connect a standard Windows Keyboard and a mouse to the TV’s USB Port if this option is available in your version of the Smart TV. If you do add a mouse and a keyboard, it will become convenient for you to use it.

Some models of Samsung can even navigate through the touchpad on the mobile app. The app is named “Samsung Smart View”.

Which Samsung Smart TV series/models support web browsing?

There are several Samsung Smart TV series that come with a default web browser namely,

  • Samsung – 32” Class Q6OA Series QLED 4K UHD Smart Tizen TV.
  • Samsung – 82” Class Q6OT Series QLED 4K UHD Smart Tizen TV.
  • Samsung – 55” Class 8000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Tizen TV

These are the ones that come with pre-installed web browsers also known as the “Samsung Internet Browser”. Several features that you will get with the Samsung Internet Browser are:

  1. By availing of the Samsung Internet Browser’s Ad Blockers, you can use the browser without any ads popping on the screen.
  2. The browser also has a browsing assistant that will help you use the controls easily whenever you are watching any content over it such as videos, photos, etc.
  3. The browser has a translation extension also that will translate the language of the website you are navigating through into the language you wish to use.

Which Samsung smart tv model does not have pre-installed web browsers?

Most Samsung TVs which are manufactured before 2016 were not featured a web browser.

Even though they were called smart TVs, their capabilities were very much limited.

We can say those old models before 2016 were like first-generation smart home TVs.

Unfortunately, if your smart tv belongs to this category, then you won’t able to install a web browser as well.

What are the best browser apps you can download on your Samsung Smart TV?

Most Smart TVs have a default web browser pre-installed. However, apps like Hulu, Netflix, and Youtube might not have ample capacity to let you download any other app from the app store.

Usually, you can download your favorite apps on Android Smart TVs, and nowadays, using stick connections is very famous. Amazon Fire TV Stick is one such popular device that lets you have all the apps with you along with a web browser known as the Amazon Silk Browser.

Some other popular web browsers that you can use on your Samsung Smart TV are:

  • Samsung Internet Browser
  • Puffin TV Browser
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • TV Bro, etc.

Features on Samsung Smart TV web browser 

Let us talk about some amazing features that come with this browser:

  • Choose a Search Engine: You must choose between Google and Bing as your search engine so that you can search easily from the URL itself. This will become your default setting.
  • Browse the Featured Websites: you can browse the best and most popular websites on the browser.
  • Saved History: the browser remembers your settings and keeps a tab for the most visited sites so that you don’t have to search for them again.
  • Bookmarked Websites: you can access whatever site you have bookmarked easily right on the Smart TV. You can remove or add any bookmark from the tab itself.
  • Navigation Bar: you can select the URL and enter whatever you are trying to search. An on-screen keyboard will pop up whenever you click on the URL Bar.
  • Web Browser History: can be accessed easily from the earliest visit oldest visit.
  • You can watch videos, view photos, play some music, and even read some articles on whichever website you want.
  • Picture-in-Picture: you can even browse the web while you are watching the TV by using the Picture–in–Picture feature.
  • You can customize the browser according to your needs such as privacy settings, toolbar settings, etc.

How to browse the internet on a Samsung smart tv?

Follow the steps below to navigate your Samsung Smart TV’s web browser:

  1. The TV must be connected to an internet connection.
  2. After the internet is established as working, press the “Smart Hub Key” on your remote control.
  3. Choose the Web Browser icon on the Apps page.
  4. Press Enter on your remote. The Web browser will launch itself now.

No web browser on Samsung smart tv? Use this guide to install a web browser

If you don’t have a built-in browser in your Samsung Smart TV, here’s what you can do:

  1. Go to the Samsung Play store on the “My Apps” page.
  2. Find a Browser app such as Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.
  3. Install the app and then navigate it through the My Apps page.
  4. Run the setup once and tick off all dialogue boxes for the app settings.
  5. You can use the browser now.

Are there any limitations to the Web browser on your Samsung Smart TV?

The Samsung Smart TV’s web browser will offer all the features and functions of a web browser you use on your PC. However, you might face some setbacks just like any other browser on the Smart TV. Let us see what they are:

  • You cannot download any kind of files on the TV via the browser because of the Tizen OS.
  • You will be restricted to using only three tabs at a time.
  • Navigating on the browser with a remote is not easy and ads on websites could hang the server.
  • HTML5-based players on the web would not run properly on your Samsung Smart TV browser.

However, the Tizen OS is enough for web browsing over TV as long as it’s the casual and usual style of browsing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you replace a web browser on the Samsung Smart TV?

No, you cannot replace the default web browser with a newly downloaded one. However, you can download any other compatible browser on the TV from the App store. The default one will sit on the Apps page without being used.

How to update your Web browser on the Samsung Smart TV?

You can follow either way to update your web browser:

  • So you can update all of your apps simultaneously from the Samsung Play store from their settings option.
  • Or, you could go to settings, go to the App settings option and see if the browser needs to download any update or not.

Can browsers open all the websites?

No, web browsers can only open three tabs at once. However, if the website has flash software being used, the browser won’t support it and the website won’t load too.

Can you delete the default browser on your Samsung Smart TV?

Since the web browser app is installed before it is run or is a built-in app, you cannot delete it just like you would not delete a pre-installed app on the phone. You can download other browsers though if you don’t want to use the default one.

Is it safe to use a web browser on your Samsung Smart TV?

Since you are connected via an Internet connection, it is almost as risky as using the internet anywhere or on any device. Without firewalls, using the internet on any device is risky. Therefore, if your TV comes with a firewall, then it is better.

The Bottom Line

Samsung Smart TVs are the new best things as you can browse your favorite movies, and TV shows and even play your videos or music on the TV itself. You can even use the web browser to browse content like on a computer. It further adds to the services you can avail of on the smart TV. However, some Samsung Smart TV models may come with a pre-installed web browser or some would have no web browser at all. 

Therefore you must carefully pick your Samsung Smart TV to see what all apps it offers. Also, if you already have a model that does not have a web browser, you can just download it from the Samsung Play store. Several browsers are popular such as Google Chrome that you can easily find on the Samsung Play store.

We hope with the above guide you know everything you need to know. Despite this, if you have any doubts then write to us.

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