Android tv tips

Turn On Hospitality Mode

Your Smart TV is not only smart but also sneaky, it has a secret menu that is designed for the Hospitality industry. It has a few options which let you change a few settings like Energy Savings Mode, Source selection, max volume limit, etc. The secret code to get to the Hospitality Mode is different for every smart TV but you can try this guide and figure the code for your TV. My Smart TV responded to Mute + 1 + 1 + 9 + Enter.

Game Mode

The game mode is a nifty little feature that prepares your smart TV for gaming. A little bit of latency can be irritating and Samsung aims to reduce it. It offers a dedicated mode that prioritizes the HDMI signal coming from your gaming console or computer to offer low latency and optimized picture settings. You can turn on this option by navigating to Settings > General > External Device Manager > Game Mode.

AirPlay Settings

AirPlay was an Apple exclusive feature until a few months ago when Apple decided to allow Samsung to add it to their Smart TVs. You can now seamlessly mirror your Mac, iPad, or iPhone to your Samsung Smart TV. Just navigate to Settings > General > AirPlay Settings > Turn AirPlay On.

Extend or Mirror your Computer’s Display to the TV

Now that you have connected a keyboard and a mouse to your TV, why not use it to access your computer remotely. Samsung Smart TVs come equipped with Miracast which allows you to mirror or even extend the Windows display. If your computer has Miracast,  connect it to the same Wifi network as the TV and press WIN+P > Connect to a Wireless Display > Click on Samsung TV on the list. You would then get a notification on the TV to allow the connection, press yes to begin the connection. If you can’t find the TV on your computer, you can try restarting both devices, checking if both devices are on the same network or even use an HDMI cable to create a wired connection.

Use Keyboard and a Mouse

While your Samsung Smart TV doesn’t come with a Dex mode, you can still do a lot of stuff on the Internet using the in-built web browser. You can connect a wireless keyboard and a mouse to navigate and control your entire TV. To do so, go to Settings > General > External Device Manager > Input Device Manager > Bluetooth Device List. Put your Keyboard and Mouse in pairing mode you would see them on the TV screen, tap the icon to connect.

Smart Eco Solutions

Samsung Smart TV has a few different eco-solutions which let you adjust the TV according to the surroundings. For example, the Ambient Light mode automatically detects the light in the room and adjusts the TV brightness accordingly. It also has a Motion lighting which would reduce power consumption based on your movement. So, if you fall asleep while watching a movie, it will automatically reduce the brightness. Neat. You can find these settings under General Settings.

Dark Mode

I love dark mode on smartphones and guess what, Samsung offers this feature on most of its Smart TV lineup. It is more of a high-contrast mode but it does the same things as a dark mode. To enable this, simply go to Settings > General > Accessibility > High Contrast Mode.

Smart Keyboard Inputs

Typing on TV using the remote is horrendous. Fortunately, Samsung Smart TVs have a workaround to this problem. When you want to type something using the virtual keyboard using the remote, it automatically gives you the option to select the next probable letter. For instance, it suggested ‘.com’ once I was done typing the domain name in the URL box. Smart and Intuitive. I like it. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap Air Mouse from Amazon which not only comes with Air remote but also has a keyboard. We tried it with Samsung smart TV running the latest Tizen OS and it worked fine.

Turn your TV on with the Smartphone

The SmartThing app allows you to turn off your TV, but you can’t turn it back ON after turning it OFF.  To fix this, you can enable ‘Power On with Mobile’ in the Network settings, it’s like Wake On LAN but with the SmartThings app. Simply go to Settings > General > Network > Expert Settings > Power On with Mobile.

Private Listening

This is one of my favorite features of the SmartThings app, it allows you to route the audio of the TV through the smartphone. It can come in handy when you want to watch late-night TV without waking up your significant other. You can simply plug in a pair of headphones to your smartphone and turn on this feature from the SmartThings app. Alternatively, you can also use it as Chromecast audio. For instance, if you have guests over or you’re having a party then you can also broadcast the audio from smartphone to the TV or the music system connected to the TV with the SmartThings app.