In recent times, we've seen TVs transform our entertainment experience greatly. A major factor behind that change has been the growing popularity of smart TVs. With our favourite shows, movies and documentaries now resting in streaming apps, a smart TV offers one of the best ways to enjoy them on a big screen in your living room. However, beyond streaming services, there's a lot of features that you may be missing out on. Here, we've put together a quick guide to help you make the most of your smart TV.

Cast your mobile screen

Most smart TVs today come with some form of casting support or another, usually between Chromecast and Miracast. As different phones have varying degrees of support for these standards, it might be a good idea to check your phone's compatibility with the smart TV you're planning to get. In either case, apps that support casting show it as a feature while you're watching content on them.

Voice assistant

If your smart TV supports Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, then all you need to do is connect it to the same assistant account. Once that is done, you'll be able to issue voice commands to play shows, look up the news and even control other appliances in some cases.

HDMI for a big screen laptop experience

Most smart TVs come with great support for connectivity. If you've got one with HDMI ports, you can always hook it up to your laptop to work or play with on the big screen. HDMI offers much better quality and seamless transmission once established.

Apps beyond streaming services

There are apps on the smart TV beyond the streaming apps that can also be quite useful. Apps like weather, news and social media apps that can be updated from the smart TV itself can give you a whole new avenue to get the information you usually seek on a small smartphone screen.

Update your TV

Yes, updating the firmware is something that you can only do on a smart TV. Not only does this keep your internet-connected TV secure, but it can also add newer features that were not present.

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