5 innovative ways to speed up your smart TV
Tips to ensure your smart TV is performing at optimal levels
Smart TVs have become increasingly popular in recent years. But the smartness and increasing support for features and apps come with a caveat. Like any computer or laptop, over time, a smart TV too can slowdown. If you’re finding your smart TV is lagging or taking a long time to switch between menus and apps, there are a few simple things you can do to help speed it up.
How to speed up my smart TV
Update the firmware: A quick and easy way to get your smart TV running faster is to make sure it has the latest firmware. With regular firmware updates, you can take advantage of the latest features and speed improvements. To update, just go to the settings section of your Smart TV and look for an option to check for available updates. It’s usually under ‘Software Update’.
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Limit background apps/widgets: You might not realise it, but the apps running in the background can hog processing power and slow down your device. To help rectify the same, take a few moments to review which applications are running and limit them. Open settings > Applications, and here you should be able to review any apps or widgets that have been installed but are no longer being used. Uninstall them so they don’t use the essential resources.
Disable auto-updates: Installing updates is important for security, bug fixes, and improved performance, but it can slow your TV down significantly. To speed it up, you can disable auto-updates for apps you don’t use often. Head to Settings > General Settings > Software Update, and here switch off the ‘Auto Update' option.
Limit connected devices: Having a lot of devices connected to your smart TV could also slow down its performance. Basically, the more devices connected to your TV, the slower it will be when streaming videos or downloading new apps. Turn off any external media players that aren't being used, disable Wi-Fi sharing between devices, and consider disconnecting any unnecessary Bluetooth and USB peripherals.
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Ensure proper ventilation: Heat can be a major cause of slowdowns on your smart TV's, and hence it's important to ensure proper ventilation so that the device doesn't overheat. Make sure the back and sides of your TV aren't blocked or covered in any way. This will help keep air flowing around the device and prevent overheating.
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