The benefit of having your Samsung TV integrated with your Ring Doorbell, is a pop-up window will interrupt your program providing you live footage of who is at the door.
However not all Ring Doorbells can integrate with all Samsung Smart TVs, so read on to learn more.
How to View Your Ring Doorbell on a Samsung TV
Whether it's waiting for pizza delivery, an important package, or the arrival of your friends, it is possible to stream your Ring doorbell's video camera on your TV.
For example, if you are away from your phone and don't have Alexa or any other smart devices to notify you of the arrival of any guests, you can use the Ring app along with Samsung's SmartThings app to link both your TV and doorbell.
If you've set up your Samsung TV and Ring doorbell in the usual manner, all you need to do is download the two apps and link your accounts. After which, everything will be set up for your TV to receive notifications from Ring.
What You Need to View Your Ring Doorbell on a Samsung TV
As you're probably aware by now, you can connect your Ring doorbell to your smart TV. However, not all Ring video doorbells will work with any smart TV.
There are some limitations where specific models of Ring doorbells will only work with specific smart TV brands and models.
We realize this may complicate things. Home automation and smart home devices are technologies that only made their way to the industry recently. Therefore, older models will not have the much more advanced functionality that newer models have.
Simply put, there are only two smart TV brands compatible with Ring doorbells: Amazon and Samsung.
In the case of smart TVs by Samsung, you are only limited to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which is the slimmer model that can only be hardwired.
Therefore, to get this TV integrated with your Ring video doorbell, you need:
- High-speed internet connection
- Samsung Smart TV
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro
How to Connect Your Ring Doorbell to a Samsung TV
If you've already been using both devices – the Samsung Smart TV and Ring Doorbell Pro – you don't have to do the initial setup. Just follow the steps laid out in this guide and you'll be good to go.
- First, let's set up the Ring app. If you haven't already, we recommend that you download it from the App Store or Google Play Store.
- Next, create a Ring account or log in to your existing Ring account.
- When your account is all set up, you will have to add your Ring video doorbell device and link it to your account.
- Check your doorbell's live feed and all its features before moving on to the next step.
- Next, we are going to set up the Samsung SmartThings app. First, download the app and create an account. If you've set up the Samsung TV before, you might have already created an account.
- Then, go to Devices and select Add Device.
- Choose the option Add Device Manually. Select Doorbells from the list shown and search for the option Ring.
- After that, you will be asked to authorize your Ring account. Provide your Ring account credentials, and we can move on to the final stage: enabling the settings.
- When that is done, access your Ring device's dashboard in the Ring app and tap on Motion Settings. Enable Motion Alerts and Ring Alerts.
- Finally, in the SmartThings app, go to Settings and enable the settings called Ring and Motion.
Failure to Connect
In the previous guide, we talked about how you can set up your Samsung Smart TV to interface with your Ring Doorbell Pro.
The process was simple, albeit it included you going back and forth between the Ring app and the SmartThings app.
Unfortunately, whenever you are trying to connect the Ring Doorbell Pro to a Samsung TV, there can be several issues that will not allow access to the doorbell's camera footage.
When you try to access the live feed of the doorbell, you may just get a black screen or the TV won’t react to notifications at all.
Fortunately, here are a few quick fixes for these issues:
Compatibility: First of all, we recommend you check the compatibility with the Samsung Smart TV. The TV is only compatible with the Ring Doorbell Pro if it’s integrated with a SmartThings hub.
Compatibility Fix: If you have incompatibility issues, we recommend installing either a Fire TV or Chromecast thumbstick which will connect to almost any model of the doorbells by Ring.
Updating the Software: If the issue involves software inconsistencies, we recommend you check for any firmware updates/software updates and update them accordingly.
Factory Reset: If you have confirmed the compatibilities and upgraded all the software to its latest versions, the last resort is to try out a factory reset. Unfortunately, you will lose some data, but a hard reset is sure to rectify any software-related hiccups.
The Apps You Need to Connect to a Samsung TV
A smart TV has plenty more advantages compared to a regular TV. With only a Wi-Fi connection, you can watch YouTube, Netflix, browse through social media, and more.
Now, if you've followed the previous guide where we've laid out how to connect your Ring Doorbell Pro to your Samsung Smart TV, you might have noticed that we used two mobile applications. One of them being the Ring app and the other being the Samsung SmartThings app.
Therefore, when connecting and maintaining the interface between the Samsung Smart TV and the Ring Doorbell Pro, you need these two apps to keep working together.
Luckily, these are the only two apps needed for these two specific devices, and you don't require any other third-party applications.
Therefore, the following list summarizes the apps you need.
Ring App: This app is essential for connecting to Ring doorbells.
Samsung SmartThings App: This app is essential for connecting to a Samsung Smart TV and interfacing the TV with your Ring Doorbell Pro.
Common Questions Relating to Ring Doorbell on Samsung TV
Yes, you can connect your Samsung Smart TV to show the doorbell’s video feed. On top of that, it will also open a small window whenever somebody presses the button on the Ring doorbell. However, your Samsung Smart TV should have the SmartThings hub pre-installed.
Samsung SmartThings is Samsung's version of a smart home ecosystem. SmartThings is a platform partnered with other brands such as Google Next, Philips Hue, and Ring to unite many of these devices under a single ecosystem.
With a single ecosystem such as this, users do not have to worry about compatibility issues whenever they buy a smart home product regardless of the brand.
Yes, you can view other security camera devices from Ring and other smart home devices. However, they need to be compatible with the Samsung SmartThings app.
Overall, viewing your Ring doorbell on your Samsung TV is relatively straight-forward. With it, you can get a quick glimpse of who's at the front door without having to use your phone. Anybody can set this up with a couple of extra configurations on the Ring and Samsung SmartThings applications.