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How do I get Disney+ on my smart TV? How to download and set up the app

Whether you've got a Samsung, Philips or LG Smart TV – or no smart TV at all – here is how you can gain access to Disney Plus, which now includes all the Star content!

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In recent times, while we’ve all been stuck at home with little to do, streaming services have been a more-than-welcome relief to the long evenings inside.

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Happily, Disney Plus is on hand to help, and not only do we have a ton of movies and shows already on the service, but many many more have been added with the wealth of Disney+ Star content making Disney Plus one of the biggest streamers out there.

2021 got off to a good start with WandaVision, the high-concept thriller inspired by classic sitcoms, going down a storm and now The Falcon and the Winter Soldier underway – with much more from the MCU to come.

From Pixar and Disney, as well as the mind-blowing documentaries of National Geographic and huge franchises like Star Wars, there has never been a better time to sign up if you haven’t already.

Yes, the keen-eyed among you will notice that both costs have increased a little with the launch of Star – but it’s worth noting that you’ve now got way more content to stream than you had previously.

The beauty is that most viewers will be able to get all this content directly to their TV by downloading the Disney Plus app, which will give you access to the full library.

However, exactly how to download the Disney Plus app varies depending on your TV. Here’s all you need to know.

How do I download the Disney Plus app on a Samsung Smart TV?

The easiest way to download the Disney Plus app on this TV is through the in-built app screen. It’s easily done in a few steps.

  1. Sign up to Disney Plus. You can do this on the Disney Plus website
  2. Make sure your TV is connected to the internet
  3. At the home screen, select the ‘apps’ icon (normally by scrolling left)
  4. In the search box, enter “Disney+”
  5. Select the Disney Plus icon and “add to home”. This will install and download the app
  6. Open the app and log in

The Disney+ app is available to download on Samsung Smart TVs from 2016 (devices using the Tizen OS).

How do I download the Disney+ app on a Sony Smart TV?

The Disney+ app can be downloaded by either the Google Play Store or Sony Select (whichever is available on your TV).

  1. Sign up to Disney Plus
  2. Make sure your TV is connected to the internet
  3. Locate Google Play Store or Sony Select on your home screen
  4. In the search box, type in “Disney+” using your remote
  5. Select the Disney Plus app and press “Install”
  6. Once installed, open up the app via the home screen
  7. Log in using your credentials and enjoy

Like most Smart TVs, Disney+ is only available on Sony models made from 2016 and after.

How do I download the Disney Plus app on an LG Smart TV?

The best route is through the LG Content Store. A few steps is all you need

  1. Sign up to Disney Plus
  2. Make sure your TV is connected to the internet
  3. On your home screen, select the LG Content Store
  4. In the search box (at the top of the screen) type – you guessed it – “Disney+”
  5. Select the Disney Plus icon and install. This will download the app to your home screen.
  6. Press the Disney Plus in the LG Home Launcher
  7. Log in and binge away

Note: Disney Plus only supports LG TVs from 2016 or later with WebOS 3.0 and up.

How do I download the Disney Plus app on a Philips Smart TV?

As most Philips TVs use Android software, you’ll need to download the Disney Plus app via the App Store. It’s easily done.

  1. Sign up to Disney Plus
  2. Make sure your TV is connected to the internet
  3. On your home screen, navigate to the Play Store icon
  4. In the search box type “Disney+”
  5. Select the Disney Plus icon and install. This will download and install the app
  6. Return to your home screen and you should see a Disney Plus icon. Select it
  7. Log in. Enjoy.

How do I download the Disney Plus app on a Panasonic Smart TV?

The Disney Plus app is not currently available to download on Panasonic Smart TVs.

In a statement, the company said: “Panasonic recognises the importance of supporting popular video on demand services and we are continuously working to provide native support on our televisions where possible.”

Although a date has not yet been provided, Panasonic customers can expect the app in future. Check this page for any updates.

In the meantime, you can watch Disney Plus through a web browser or through a tablet or Smart TV stick (see below).

How can I download Disney Plus if I don’t have a smart TV?

You can still access Disney Plus with a Fire TV stick. This is a small device that plugs into the back of your set connecting it to the internet. Each stick comes with easy-to-use software that allows you to download different streaming service apps such as BBC iPlayer, Netflix and, of course, Disney+.

If you’re not sure which to choose, read our Amazon Fire TV Stick review and Roku Express review or our round-up of the best streaming sticks. It may also be worth browsing the latest Amazon Fire TV Stick deals as the online giant regularly drops prices on its own devices.

Almost all of these devices come with an app store, which will allow you to search for and download the Disney Plus app. You can either create a Disney Plus account through the app or – much easier – register on a browser first and then log in.

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