Android tv tips

Control your TV with the Nvidia Shield TV remote

The HDMI connector of the Nvidia Shield TV offers CEC support , this means that you can control the TV with its remote. To do this, in the Settings, go to the option of Screen and sound and activate the option of Power control (CEC TV). Now when you grab the remote to turn on the Nvidia Shield TV the TV will also turn on if it is in standby mode . In addition to being able to control the volume.

Installation of applications from unknown sources

Similarly, when using Android TV you can also decide whether or not you want to allow the installation of applications from unofficial sources. This is important to do when you are clear about the provenance and reliability, if not, our recommendation is not to do it. To activate this option, in the Settings go to Security and restrictions , activate the Unknown sources option.

Customize the home screen

Like Android TV, you can customize the home screen according to your interests. For example, to show you suggestions for services such as Netflix, YouTube or Play Store applications. From Settings> Home Screen you can adjust what you want to be or not visible. Within the home screen you will also see settings to automatically organize the applications you use the most . Here it is a matter of taste, if you want to know where each of your apps is at all times, disable this option. If, on the other hand, you like having the most used ones of the last days visible, activate.

Copy data from the computer to the Nvidia Shield via USB

If you go to the System settings > Storage and restart you will see that there is an option that allows you to activate the access to the storage of Nvidia Shield TV through a USB A to USB A cable. Ok, the cable may not be the most popular, but you can buy it from Amazon easily. When you connect the Nvidia Shield TV to the computer it will appear as another external disk, so you can copy the files you need. A faster option for large files compared to the option to do it over the local network.

Processor performance

The Nvidia Shield TV integrates a Tegra processor, if you are not going to use the device with GeForceNow or do not need it to be at maximum power and performance at all times, in Settings> Processor mode you can adjust between optimized and maximum performance.

Adjust the intensity of the green LEDs

Some people find the green LEDs on the device attractive. And yes, they have their point, but it is also true that when the room is completely dark they can get annoying. The brightness level can be varied, just go to System> LED Brightness and adjust it to the value that interests you most. We would opt for low, so that it continues to maintain a little that differentiated point but without disturbing.

Reset your Smart TV

Finally, if you ever ‘mess up’ settings on your Samsung smart TV, you can reset it to factory settings and start fresh. Unlike other settings, this option is buried deep so that you won’t accidentally use it. To reset your TV, go to Settings > Support > Self-Diagnosis > Reset.

Scan your TV for Viruses

It’s always a good practice to scan your USB devices when plugging to a computer and Smart TVs are no exception. Samsung Smart TVs let you scan your entire TV and USB devices. However, the option is hidden behind the Settings. To scan your Smart TV, navigate to Settings > General > System Manager > Smart Security > Scan.

Turn On Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC)

Anynet+ (universally known as HDMI-CEC) allows you to control your TV with a Streaming device remote (such as Firestick remote) and vice versa. You can even turn on your TV with Google Home and Chromecast using HDMI-CEC. You can find this feature under Settings> General> External Device Manager> Anynet+(HDMI-CEC).

Change the DNS on your TV

Changing a DNS server on your Smart TV can help you unblock geo-restricted websites, achieve higher browsing speeds, etc. You can even block ads on your Samsung Smart TV if you use a Pi-hole. Simply go to Settings > General > Network > Network Status > IP Settings > DNS Setting > Enter Manually > DNS Server.