How to download apps on LG smart TV

Learn how to download apps for your LG Smart TV from the LG Content Store. Can you also install apps from third-party sources?

LG Smart TVs run on the webOS, which is a powerful operating system with many awesome features, including the ability to download and install apps.

You can download and install LG Smart TV apps from the LG Content Store. The procedure is quite simple. And we will cover it here in detail.

How to download apps on LG Smart TV

To install an app to your LG Smart TV through the LG Content Store, follow these steps:

  • Press the Home button on your remote.
  • The LG Content Store will open.
  • Select the Apps category.
  • The list of all available apps on the platform in your preferred category will display.
LG WebOS App Store
The App Store on an LG TV running WebOS
  • Select a preferred app that you want to download and install.
  • Select Install.
LG WebOS Installing an App
Installing an app on an LG WebOS TV
  • Wait for LG to finish the installation.

After the app installs, you can launch it and start using it.

App installed on LG TV WebOS
The ‘application has been installed’ message on LG WebOS

If you do not get the app from the category, use the Search engine to find an application.

  • Press the Home button on your remote.
  • You will see the Search bar.
Searching for an App on LG WebOS
Searching for an app on an LG TV
  • Enter the name of the app to search for it.
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Once you find the app, select install to download and install it.

This article about updating LG TV apps will come in handy whenever you wish to update apps you have already installed. Always keep apps up-to-date to avoid bugs.

How to download an app on LG Smart TV running Netcast OS

LG Smart TVs released before 2014 run on the Netcast OS. If you still have this set, you can download apps as follows:

  • Press the Home button on your remote.
  • Press the Up arrow button to highlight More.
  • Find the app you want to download and install.
  • Press OK.
  • Sign into your LG TV account.
  • Proceed to download the app on your LG TV.

You will have to select apps based on category or choose any to install.

Can’t download apps on LG Smart TV?

To troubleshoot an LG TV that can’t download apps:

  • Ensure you have connected your TV to the internet.
LG TV connected to the internet
Check for the ‘connected to the Internet’ message.
  • Check that your LG Smart TV has enough storage space. If not, use an external drive to download the app.
  • Restart your TV to refresh its memory, and try again.
  • Update your LG Smart TV OS to fix bugs and other issues causing errors with the LG Content Store.
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In some cases, you have to factory reset your LG Smart TV. However, it is worth noting that this step will delete all your data and settings. You’ll have to start afresh, including connecting the TV to the internet.

Can you download third-party apps on LG Smart TV?

You may encounter an issue whereby the LG Content Store does not have the app you want to install.

So, how do you install apps that are not available in the LG Content Store?

Unfortunately, LG’s unique operating system, WebOS, doesn’t allow the installation of apps from other sources. While this can be inconvenient, it is mostly designed to help protect your TV from harmful software.

The good thing is that WebOS supports all leading applications, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and more.

Why are some apps not available on the LG Content Store

The app you want to install may be unavailable in your country because of location settings. In that case, change location settings on your TV through these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select General.
  • Choose Location.
Location settings for LG on WebOS
Location settings for an LG TV
  • Go to LG Services Country.
  • Select a Country from the list.
  • Accept the user agreement.
  • Select YES.
  • Restart your TV to apply the changes.
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After the changes, go to the LG Content Store and search for the app that was unavailable before. If it is not available, download it. Otherwise, consider changing locations until you find it.

If you cannot find it even after switching locations, the app is unavailable on the LG Content Store, and you cannot download and install it on your device.

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