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Hidden Features of Your Smart TV You Might Not Know About

Smart TVs are not all about HD screens and streaming service platforms. There are many hidden, and quite exciting features of a smart TV whose perks you might be missing. Naturally, most people tend to only utilize the most common features and ignore the others which are less advertised but equally important, nonetheless. However, you can liven up your TV-watching experience even more if you utilize the other features as well.

In this article, I will take you through some of the amazing and, often overlooked features of smart TV that you can use to optimize your TV experience.

Hidden Features of a Smart TV

Before we list down the lesser-known specs of smart TVs, it’s best to remember that these features may vary depending on the brand and model of your smart TV. So, consider these features when you purchase a smart television.

Moving right along, let’s get started –

Guest Mode: Ideal for allowing friends or family to use your TV without granting full access. This mode usually limits features such as accessing streaming apps or altering settings linked to your account. Activation methods of Guest Mode may differ, depending on the brand and model, often involving a dedicated button on the remote or a specific option in the TV’s settings menu. To find this mode on your smart TV, check for titles like “Guest” or “Limited Access” on the menu.

  • Hotel Mode: Quite a useful tool if you have bought a used TV. This mode resets all settings and deletes any personal information left by previous users, ensuring a fresh start for you. Activating Hotel Mode may be hidden in service menus, and it’s designed for technicians, so proceed with caution. Consult your user manual or search online for specific instructions related to your TV model. And to be on the safe side, let the professionals handle it for you.
  • Advanced Calibration Tools: While not available on all TVs, some models offer advanced calibration tools that let you customize picture quality beyond the basic settings. These tools allow adjustments to color temperature, for example, the warmth or coolness of the picture, as well as the white balance, and brightness levels in different parts of the image.

Use caution while tweaking with the Advanced Calibration Tools, as improper adjustments can worsen the picture quality of your TV.

If you absolutely want to adjust the picture quality, and are uncertain about doing it by yourself, consult a professional calibrator or follow a trusted online guide that offers instructions specific to your TV model.

  • Built-in Web Browser: Many smart TVs offer a basic web browser, allowing you to access the internet from your TV screen. Though not as efficient as a computer, it’s great for simple activities like viewing news or social media. You can access the web browser through a dedicated button on the remote or by navigating to a menu such as “Tools” or “Extras.”
  • DLNA Compatibility: Ever wanted to watch those party photos you took on your phone or listen to your favorite music playlist straight on your TV? That’s what DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) support is for. By enabling DLNA support, you can stream videos, photos, and music from your computer, phone, or other devices straight to your TV without downloading additional apps. You can enable this feature by going to your TV’s settings for a “DLNA” or “Media Server” option.

If you ever get bored of streaming shows and movies and want to play with your TV a bit, then dive into these features just for fun. Who knows, you might discover some more hidden features!

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