You need to update the firmware on a Samsung TV. The firmware updates are required to enhance the efficiency and use of the Smart TV’s as it adds variety of features and options to the TV.
Also if you don’t update the firmware on Samsung TV it can cause some problems with its normal functions. There are two ways to update the software on your TV. If your TV is connected to the internet, you can check for available updates through the TV settings. You can also download the firmware from the Support section of the Samsung website and save it to a USB drive.
What is a firmware?
Firmware is basically a set of instructions needed for certain devices to perform the tasks that they were made for. In simpler words, it is the programming that is responsible to run the machine. Unlike software, the firmware is not created to perform specific functions on the hardware, rather it is used to carry out the core functions of the hardware.
Most of the devices that we are using today can be referred to as a computer-like system on its own. The manufacturers of these devices make continuous improvements to the programs (firmware) that is responsible for efficiently running the device.
Why updating the firmware is important?
A firmware update will upgrade your device with advanced operational instructions without needing any upgradation in the hardware. By updating the firmware, you will be able to explore new features that are added to the device and also have an enhanced user experience while interacting with the device.
A firmware update will optimize the performance of firmware or device driver, enhancing the performance of the processor. It will have a significant impact on the improvement of instruction times, out of order execution, branch prediction, and speculative execution time.
A few issues may have developed in the system over time due to software updates; these issues can be handled with driver updates by providing service fixes.
Users can prevent their gears from becoming obsolete by adopting the additional functionalities and capabilities that come with the firmware update. Optimizing device drivers will also help you quickly decode algorithms and thus utilize the hardware to an optimum level.
Regular firmware updates will reduce the need for expensive repairs or bug fixes. After updating all the device peripherals will work better together, eliminating the delays, and thus enhancing the overall performance.
How to update the firmware on a Samsung TV?
To update the firmware on a Samsung TV first you need to turn on your TV and make sure it is connected to the Internet or WIFI . Press the Home Menu button on your Samsung remote control and then select Settings.
Now Navigate to the Support tab and then select Software Update.
If the Software Update option is greyed out, exit and change your TV source to Live TV, then return to Software Update.
Next Select Update Now.
Your Samsung TV will begin to search for any available updates.
If there are any available updates for your TV, you will be asked if you would like to update now. Select Yes to proceed.
The new software will begin to download and install on to your TV. Once this has been completed, your TV will restart with the new software installed
Upgrade the firmware on a Samsung TV with USB Drive
To upgrade the firmware on a Samsung TV with a USB Drive, if your TV is not connected to the Internet, it is a good idea to update your TV via a USB drive. For this, you will need a USB drive and a PC with an Internet connection. Try the following steps.
Visit Manuals & Downloads or find the manuals and software downloads link from the Samsung support page.
You need to make sure to search your TV model at the Manuals and Software Downloads section of the country your TV was purchased from.
Select Television as your Product type, and search by the model number of your TV and click Select .
If your TV doesn’t show up – ensure you’re on the applicable country or regional website.
Download the file Upgrade File(USB type) and save it to your desktop
Extract the downloaded .zip file. Make sure not to change the name of the folder
After downloading the Update file go to the folder it was downloaded to. The .zip file should look similar to this before extraction. After you have extracted the file, you will then have two folders. The .zip folder and also a folder with the same name that will have the extracted Update file in it.
Next save the extracted folder to a USB flash drive.
Once the firmware update file is on the USB, the file path should be as follows: USB ROOT > T-KTSUABC (Firmware Name) > IMAGE > upgrade.msd
Turn the TV on, and plug the USB into the back of the TV or One Connect Box
Now open the Settings of the TV and follow the appropriate menu path:
- 2020 Models – Settings > Support > Software Update > Update Now
- 2019 Models – Settings > Support > Software Update > Update Now
- 2018 Models – Settings > Support > Software Update > Update Now
- 2017 Models – Settings > Support > Software Update > Update Now
- 2016 Models – Settings > Support > Software Update > Update now
- 2015 Models – MENU > Support > Software Update > ENTER
- 2014 Models – Support > Software Update > Update now
You’ll be prompted to allow the TV to search the USB drive for firmware updates. Select Yes to continue.
If the TV is not able to find the firmware update on the USB, ensure the firmware file has been unzipped.
How to know if about the latest firmware update?
The best and the most convenient way to get informed about the firmware updates is by registering your purchase with the manufacturer. You can either fill the registration card that comes with the device or register it online using the manufacturer’s website. Once you are registered, the manufacturer will alert you whenever there is any major update available for your device.
Another way to get to know about the updates is to visit the manufacturer’s website occasionally and look for updates for your device model. You can also get to know about minor updates, which can fix petty issues.
Moreover, if your device is too important and you would like to explore every single detail, you can join social media pages that are dedicated to that device. This is a sure fire way to keep your eye on every single change or update that is made available in the market.
If you find issues you can contact Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia) or contact their Live Chat Australia support team.