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LG Smart TV - Second Screen Support

John Archer

By John Archer



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LG Smart TV 2013 - Second Device Connectivity

The last part of LG’s Smart TV proposition for 2013 we need to look at is its support for phones and tablets, or second screen as they're often referred to. And this is mostly another success story for the Korean brand.

For starters, the number of ways for connecting secondary devices to your TV is impressive. There’s the normal DLNA route, of course, which can work directly from within the TV’s internal interface or via LG’s Android and iOS LG TV Remote app.

The set also supports the DLNA-based Miracast system, so that you can network the TV with Smartphones and tablets without needing an external router connection.

Many smart LG models also support NFC tagging; you just put an NFC sticker provided with the TV somewhere convenient, and ‘touch’ your NFC-capable second device to that sticker whenever you want to mirror your device to your TV screen.

Finally you can connect your phone to the TV using an MHL (Mobile HD Link) cable so you can play back content on your phone on the TV screen in HD, and even control the phone via the TV’s Magic Remote. Using this cabled mode means your phone is charged while it’s connected, too.

LG 2013 Smart TV system

LG 2013 Smart TV System - TV Remote App

Exploring LG’s latest TV Remote Android/iOS app, it’s nice to find that unlike Samsung’s Smart device support, LG has managed to get all of its key features into a single app. This app takes a little learning your way round in navigational terms, perhaps, but it’s attractively presented for all that, and actually proves pretty easy to use after a few minutes of experimentation.

Linking your smart device to the TV is exceptionally easy. You just fire the app up, press device scan, and provided your LG TV is on it will instantly appear in the app window. Then you just select the TV’s icon, enter into your smart device the six digit code that appears on the TV screen, and that’s it. You’re connected.

The highlight feature of the TV Remote app is ‘Mini TV’, whereby you can mirror what’s showing on the TV – so long as you’re watching the Freeview tuner and not one of the AV inputs – on your Smart device. This worked very well on our iPad, with decent picture quality and no stuttering (though it’s a shame LG doesn’t provide twin-tuner support for the feature like some rival brands do).

However, Mini TV wouldn’t work on a resident Sony Xperia Z Android phone. Though it does work on other Android devices – depending on which model of TV you’ve got… We’ve requested a full device update from LG, and will update this review here with the information if it’s forthcoming.

We have to say, though, that we hate this sort of confusion. Obviously it’s arguably mostly Android’s fault for not really being a platform at all in the same unified way iOS is, but we still think it should be a basic requirement of brands that make Android apps for their devices to ensure the app delivers the same level of functionality to every Android device. Otherwise you’re effectively penalising people for the type of phone or tablet they’ve elected to buy.

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LG 2013 Smart TV System - Intuitive App Support

Anyway, rant over, let’s quickly explore the rest of the TV Remote app’s features. One really cool one is the facility to take a snapshot of what’s playing on the Mini TV screen and attach it to a tweet or Facebook post – all from within the app.

Also highly useful is the way that pressing the Smart icon on the app home screen calls up the Smart hub on the TV and a touch pad control system on your Smart device for handily shifting the onscreen cursor around.

Actually, pressing most of the other buttons on the App interface also calls up the same on-TV smartscreen menu/smart device swipe control screen combination, a repetitive approach which perhaps feels a little unsophisticated.

The homescreen also features ever-present buttons for changing volume and channel, while the swipe control screen also features a button that turns the pad into a game controller.

Swipe left from the app home screen and you get to a Mini Home menu. This rather brilliantly presents you with access icons for all the services found in the Premium and My Apps (the apps you’ve got set along the bottom of the Smart TV screen) sections of the Smart Hub; just press an icon here, and the relevant feature will fire up on the TV.

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LG 2013 Smart TV System - Second-screen Searching

Actually, in a couple of cases – YouTube and Netflix – you can use the app on your Smart device first to find what you want to watch on the service’s servers before sending the ‘play this’ command to the TV. Such ‘off-TV’ browsing is always hugely appreciated.

Also present on the Mini Home screen is a link to a cutely presented SmartShare interface for sharing your own video, photo and music multimedia content with the TV. Again, being able to browse for stuff first on your second screen before calling the TV into play is a hugely useful, family-friendly touch.

Overall, it’s difficult to see how LG could have done much more with its smart app – aside from delivering uniform functionality across Android devices, of course!


June 26, 2013, 1:49 pm

This isn't WebOS is it? Doesn't look like it anyway. They are supposed to be revamping all these interfaces with WebOS in 2014, might be a bit of a bugger if suddenly your Smart TV gets all stupid with no updates. You could buy a Sony TV if you wanted that.


June 27, 2013, 10:06 am

I have a 2012 LG TV and it is fantastic for DLNA. Plays every format.


August 30, 2013, 9:46 pm

The mini tv does not work on my Samsung Gs4 either:( I can do everything just like more than a remote control but this function is not working and makes me sad:(

Marcelo Taranto

October 4, 2013, 12:05 pm

What a joke!! How could a review being made without any mention about the image quality, like black level, view angle, response time, etc??
It can't be serious...


October 4, 2013, 12:43 pm

This is a review of the Smart TV features on their own. It's not a standard TV review. We cover all that stuff in our reviews of specific TV models.

Marcelo Taranto

October 4, 2013, 12:57 pm

My bad! I didn't realize it was a Smart functions only review. ;)

Casper Joefield

October 8, 2013, 4:29 pm

ok I am having some problems with my 42 inch smart tv..my remote works just like any other remote,where it suppose to be a magic remote where I can use the pointer as seen in videos on youtube unfortunately mine doesn't work like that..been tryin like forever to solve this problem and no help so far..question!! does my smart tv must have a motion LG camera to use the pointer from my remote,and yes the remote that I have is the remote I got with the tv when I bought it...and help on this would be great...getting pissed..

Ivm Ivm

October 11, 2013, 4:11 am

LG TVs have serious issues with DLNA technology. It does not support changing sound track for now. But it worked in earlier firmwares and one day they just decided to break it. NEVER LG ANYMORE!!!


November 8, 2013, 1:59 am

LG sucks.. Well the tv was great tell it went dead. Bought a 47"3D smart tv and it went to crap a just over a year later. Just stopped working. Customer service sucks.. Now I have to go out 30 miles away from my home to get butt rapped on the repairs. It would be one thing if I lived in the damn hills but I live in Tacoma Washington and still have to travel.. Aholes..

Steven Pribilinskiy

November 9, 2013, 11:17 am

I have to confirm that i can't change sound track for downloaded mkv files, however it was worked a year ago. Since then i'm waiting for a new firmware because there's no way to roll back to a previous version :( Very frustrating


November 24, 2013, 3:21 pm

lg 2nd display is usless, no notebook app that supports it also is not working on HTC Mobile Devices


November 28, 2013, 7:56 am

LG Smart TV is probably the worst news journalism ever on this Earth. I mean the MSNBC talking head is talking about shitting and pissing in a female's mouth and Lg calls this smart TV


January 5, 2014, 9:09 am

hey can you show a video about how to mirror using NFC tag pleas


February 3, 2014, 6:00 pm

You need the magic remote as the standard one sold with the TV is usually only a generic push button type: http://www.johnlewis.com/lg-an...

mick london

March 6, 2014, 8:07 pm

I bought a 55" lg smart just over a year ago and the lcd penal is gone and they LG dont want to know great it is like burning £1800 pounds


March 15, 2014, 2:40 pm

If you're thinking of buying an LG TV because of the Eurosport Player, take my advice - don't bother!
The app does not work, Eurosport ignores any attempt at communication regarding its non-performance and trying to get a subscription refund is impossible. In short, probably the worlds' worst (cr)app.


March 17, 2014, 4:59 am

I'm thinking of buying either LG or Samsung. Which one is better?

Vinícius Rodrigo

April 7, 2014, 7:37 pm

I have the same problem .... do you solved?

kathleen nepia

June 24, 2014, 10:17 am

i have LG on now dont forget smart remote i forgot now im in need minz 2013


August 18, 2014, 7:17 am

LG for the win!


August 18, 2014, 7:19 am

Some models come with magic some come with regular. If you're sure yours is supposed to be a magic remote I would contact LG


August 18, 2014, 7:20 am

As an owner of 2 LG smart TV's (6205 and 6700) I will say the image quality of LG is amazing


August 18, 2014, 7:21 am

I agree, I have the 6700 and it plays almost everything I throw at it. Only the Xbox has better DLNA IMO


August 18, 2014, 7:23 am

Really? I have 2012 and 2013 LG's that would be nice. As it is there are still updates but not webos

Miyako O'Conner

February 12, 2015, 8:29 am

Great article John. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your LG Smart TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

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