LG Smart TV is one of the most popular sets out there. Unlike Fire TV OS and Android TV, it doesn’t ship with huge app support. It does come with such apps as YouTube, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and a bunch of others. But there are some hidden gems that most people don’t know about. In this video, we’ll take a look at some popular apps and less popular apps for LG Smart TV to make the most of it. It will be for WebOS. Come join us, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and let’s begin.
LG Smart TV supports Miracast rather than Chromecast for some reason. Hence, if you have an iPad or iPhone lying around, it’s quite hard to cast that on LG TV. Often, you can cast within the YouTube iOS app but when you are in the Safari browser or other streaming apps, it’s tedious. So, to ease the process, you can use an app called TV Cast. All you have to do is download the app both on LG TV and on your iOS device, and you are good to go.
If you want to mirror the screen of your iPhone or iPad to any LG Smart TV with no wires and no additional equipment, simply download this app (it’s paid though and cost about $4). Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is connected to the same local network as your LG TV. Launch the mirror app for LG TV. It will start looking for your LG TV on your local network. Depending on your model LG TV, the TV might ask you to "allow" the connection. In that case, take your TV Remote Control and press OK to allow the connection from your TV to your iPhone or iPad. Click on Start Mirroring to start mirroring. It’s pretty good, but I notice there is some 1-3 seconds of lag, so choose accordingly.
Similar to Landscape, Calm Radio is another source of calm and soothing music on your LG Smart TV. It has a huge catalog of sleep, meditation, relaxation, and nature music to choose from. Additionally, you will also get a lot of classic channels like Mozart, Symphonies, Bach, etc.
Plex is a popular app for streaming content within your local network and one of the best apps for LG Smart TV you can get. In case you don’t know, Plex is a media server app. If you have a lot of offline content or DVDs at home, you might be better off converting a device into a dedicated Plex server. Thus, you can stream all that content using the Plex app on any device.
If you have kids around your house, it’s better to have the YouTube Kids app. The normal YouTube app has quite weird ads for kids. Moreover, the autoplay sometimes might play an unpleasant video for them. Hence, you would be better off having the YT Kids app where the ads and content is curated for kids aged 1-10 years.
LG TV Plus
Now, let’s talk about Remote & Casting App. LG Smart TV already comes with a great air-mouse remote. But in case you lose it or can’t find the remote, LG has a great Android app called LG TV Plus. It lets you control your TV over Wi-Fi and act as a digital remote. Additionally, it also lets you quickly cast your photos, videos, and music directly onto the LG TV screen.
Alternatively, you can also try a third-party remote control app called Smartify for iPhone. Similar to LG TV Plus, you get a keyboard, a touchpad and a list of channels for your LG Smart TV. Just make sure your iPhone and a TV are on the same Wi-Fi network and you will be able to control the TV using a mobile device after a simple pairing routine.
Flying Fish 2
Now, let’s take a look at some games. Time for some gaming apps for your LG Smart TV. Although LG Content store has very few apps, there are a lot of good casual games to play with. I usually play Flying Fish 2. It’s a fun game where you have to keep your fish floating and safe from obstacles.
Unlike Flying Fish 2, Words Online is a multiplayer word-building game. You can either play with your friend offline using the 2-player offline mode or, you can play with other players on the Internet.
There are a couple of other apps that are worth mentioning. They include:
LG TV has some of the most amazing screensavers and live wallpapers. The Landscape app on the LG Content store takes it up a notch. It provides 4k videos with a soothing ambient sound in the background. In all, it has 5 different scenes: Fireplace, Raining, Waterfall, Snow, and Sunset. In case you have a 4K OLED TV, it’s a must-have.
Duplex IPTV, as the name suggests, is an IPTV service that provides live TV and sports channels. There are a crazy number of channels and you can have a look at the entire list to find your favorites. Duplex IP TV is a paid service that starts at $75/year. You can also get a 7-day free trial to test out the service.
Spotify is a must-have app for LG Smart TV. It lets you stream unlimited music and podcasts for free. Spotify also works well across devices in the same Wi-Fi network. You can seamlessly cast music from any device to your TV.
The apps on the LG Content store is largely dependent on the region but you can quickly change your region from the LG TV Settings.
Having said that, there are no ways to sideload apps on the LG Web OS store yet. So, if you really want to do that, you might be better off getting a Mi TV Stick or Fire TV Stick. Check out other videos that we’ve done comparing with LG TV vs Samsung vs Android TV. There are a bunch of those comparison videos.
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