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TVs today are part TV and part computer. Computers run on instructions called software code like your Windows or Apple Operating System. Firmware is digital code to tell the TV what to do. With digital TV you have all kinds of processing. This allows many more options than the old analog TV. Video and audio are processed by the HDTV. Firmware is the set of instructions for a particular TV so it works properly. Your TV was loaded at the factory with the latest code at that time. If problems arise that can be fixed with a firmware modification, the TV manufacturer can make this code available online for you to download.

Some TVs have a direct internet connection. Some TVs however do not have a RJ-45 LAN port for internet hookup or you may be having issues with your Wi-Fi or Ethernet hookup. So the only way to upgrade firmware for those TVs is by using the USB port.

How to find the current version of Samsung TV firmware

Go to Settings - Support - Software Update - Update Now and you should see the current version. Example - current version 1220

Update your Samsung TV's software over the internet

Make sure your TV is connected to the internet by Ethernet wired connection or by Wi-Fi wireless connection. Once your TV is connected, press the HOME or Menu or Settings button on your TV remote, navigate to Settings, then choose Support.

Next, select Software Update, then Update Now.

Example TV menu for Samsung

If there is an update available, the TV will ask you to confirm the download. Once you grant permission, the TV will begin downloading the data from the internet source and installing it on the TV. DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR TV during this process. When the update is finished installing, your TV will restart automatically.

Update your Samsung TV's software with a USB flash drive

A USB port is used to display media as well as for firmware updates via USB drive. To update your TV via this method you will need the following:

1) A USB flash drive with the storage capacity large enough for the firmware file. These small data storage devices are about the size of your thumb and plug into your TV or computer. You can use them to transfer data from computer to TV.

USB flash drive (thumb drive) available at retail stores or online.

2) A computer with an internet connection.

3) WinZip (this is a program used to open the downloaded firmware file and is standard on Windows based PCs).

Updating your firmware is a two Part process.

Part 1 is downloading the firmware from SAMSUNG;
Part 2 is loading the firmware into your TV.

CAUTION: Use extreme care to ensure you load the correct data into your HDTV. You should only load a firmware upgrade into your HDTV when there is a known problem which the firmware will correct. Loading firmware into your TV could result in a failure of your TV to work properly. You can contact Samsung FIRST so that you ensure you are proceeding correctly.

To download the firmware for your TV to your computer follow these steps.

1. Go to the download center on Samsung's main page.

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2. After searching your SAMSUNG TV model number, select the firmware section of the downloads if firmware is available. If no firmware file is available, then your TV probably is current and no upgrade is required.

Samsung TV Model Number selection

Go to DOWNLOAD Firmware USB and select download

The ZIP file may start to download automatically now and it may take a few mins. to complete or you may need to follow steps below:

3. Select the .exe file in the firmware section

4. After clicking on the .exe file icon you may receive a security warning. Click on "Save".

5. Select the folder you would like to save the file to. The desktop is recommended. Then click on "Save"

6. The file should download. When finished click on "Run".

7. You may receive a security warning, click on "Run" to continue.

8. WinZip should open, Click on browse and select the folder you would like the firmware saved to, the desktop is recommended.

9. WinZip will extract (Extract All) the files. The number of files will depend on the firmware. Click "Ok" and close WinZip.

10. You will now have a folder in your selected save location. Take that folder and place on (copy to) your USB Thumb drive.

You could also right click and select "Send To" the USB Drive.


* The folder name will depend on the firmware.
* When the folder is put on your thumbdrive do not place it in a sub folder. If it is in a sub folder the TV will not be able to find the firmware.

Now that you have the firmware downloaded you are ready to update the firmware on your TV.

Part 2: Updating The Firmware On The TV

Once you have the firmware unzipped and loaded onto your USB thumb drive you are ready to upload it into your TV.

1. Connect your USB thumb drive with the firmware file on it to your TV's USB port.

Dismount the USB drive, unplug it from your computer, then connect it to one of your Samsung TV's USB inputs.

USB drive - insert firmly into TV USB port

2. Using your TV's remote, press MENU to open the Main menu

3. Depending on your TV's menu options, you will need to select the section that contains the option to upgrade your firmware. This could be called SUPPORT or SELF DIAGNOSIS. Use the UP or DOWN arrow keys on the remote to browse the menu choices until you find the area with the upgrade option.

4. Use the UP or DOWN to select the "Software Upgrade" option, then press ENTER. You may be able to see the current version of your firmware.

5. The Software Upgrade menu will appear and by default "By USB" will be highlighted. if it is not, use the UP or DOWN to select "By USB", then press ENTER

6. A message will appear on your screen stating "Scanning for USB"

7. After finding the firmware, your TV will display a message that "A valid firmware version was found" and ask if you would like to update. Press ENTER to accept and begin the installation.

8. After the firmware finishes installing, your TV will power off and then power back on.

Your TV will now have the latest firmware.

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Different ways to update Samsung TV firmware:

Update automatically

If the TV is connected to the internet, you can have software updates installed automatically. Once the update is complete, it will be applied the next time the TV is turned on. Also, when you agree to Smart Hub Terms and Conditions in the initial setup, Auto Update is set to ON.

Navigate to Settings, and then select Support. Select Software Update, and then select Auto Update to turn it off or back on.

Update using a USB Drive:

Smart TVs usually have firmware updates when they are released to help any old issues. Normally, you will update these automatically via your network connection; however, if your home network is not working, you will need to manually download your firmware onto a USB drive, off of the Samsung Download Center Web Page. Here's how:

Access a different network, at work, at a friend's house, at a public library and go to the Samsung Download Center.

What is the Model Number of your TV

You can find the model number of your Samsung TV in several ways

Look on the back of the TV and find the label that has this information.

Understanding Model numbers on a Samsung TV

The easiest way, you can look up the model number of your Samsung TV in the TV menu

Use your TV's remote to navigate to Settings (All Settings).

Select Support and then select About TV (About this TV).

The model number or code and serial number will be displayed on this page.

An example of a model number for the 65" Class Q800T QLED 8K UHD HDR Smart TV (2020)


What do all the numbers and letters mean?


N = North America

65 = Screen size in inches

Q800T = The specific model name

A = First generation

F = ATSC tuner type (USA, Canada)

X = Design code

ZA = Made for USA

Older Samsung TVs before 2016. To do this, go to settings. Open the Menu (press the menu button on the remote control)→ Support → Contact Samsung → the Model Code field will show the TV model.

New Samsung TV models from 2016 onwards. Menu → Support → About this TV

• If you have access to the back of the TV, you can see the model number of the TV on the information label.

• Look at the model of the TV on the box (if you still have it) or look for the purchase receipt.

• You can also see the model of the TV in the service (engineering) menu

1. Navigate through the download page & find your Samsung TV model.

2. Find the correct firmware and download it to your computer.

3. Unzip the firmware file you just downloaded and save it onto a USB drive.

4. Make sure your TV is off.

5. Plug your USB drive into an available USB slot on your TV.

6. Turn on the TV & press the Home button.

7. Navigate to Settings > Support > Software Update > Update Now.

8. Select YES. You will then be given the option to select USB - do so.

Next, your TV should automatically scan for any available software on your drive & install it. After this is done, the TV should restart by itself.

Updating APPS on Samsung smart TV

The apps on your smart TV can become outdated over time. Updating them can be automatic or done manually.

Step 1: On your Samsung TV remote, press the Smart Hub or Home button.

Step 2: Choose Apps from the bottom-ribbon of menu options. Next, select My Apps, followed by Options.

Step 3: If you want your TV apps to update automatically, toggle Auto Update on.

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