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How to Update TCL Smart TV Firmware

This article is about how to update TCL smart TV firmware. Smart TVs have evolved and constantly keep developing and upgrading, so the manufacturers always push out firmware updates.

The firmware, also known as software, is regularly updated by smart TV manufacturers for many reasons. Some of which might include: fixing glitches, addressing and resolving bugs, improving functionalities, adding new features to the TV, all of which are done to ensure that as a user, you get premium entertainment for your money by improving on the experience you enjoy when using the smart TV.

It is then crucial that as a TCL smart TV owner, you constantly update your TCL smart TV firmware, as long as there is an update available, so you can enjoy a better seamless experience using your TCL smart TV.

Now, TCL operates two different operating devices, the Android OS and the Roku, but whichever TCL device you have, this article has got you covered. We will be exploring how to update TCL smart TV Firmware of both the Android and the Roku.

How to Update TCL Smart TV Firmware running on Android

If your TCL smart TV operates the android operating system, this article will explain the different methods you can use to update the firmware of your TCL smart TV.

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How to Update TCL Smart TV Firmware using the Internet for Android TV

Follow the steps below to update the firmware of your android TCL smart TV using the internet.

  • Switch on your  TCL Smart TV and connect to a stable WiFi network.
  • Use your TCL smart TV remote to navigate to the home screen.
  • From the home screen, navigate to the settings menu.
  • From the settings, click on the Device preference menu.
  • From the options showing on your screen, choose About.
  • From the menu, select system update.
  • Then, select Network update from the menu.
  • Follow the prompts displayed on your screen to complete the download and installation of the new firmware.

You mustn’t turn off your TV during the download and installation process. If you have followed the steps listed above, your android TCL smart TV is now running on the latest available firmware.

How to Update TCL Smart TV Firmware Manually for Android TV

Suppose you prefer upgrading your TCL smart TV firmware without connecting your TCL TV to the internet, or due to certain issues, your TV is unable to connect to the internet. In that case, this section will show you how to update the firmware manually.

To update TCL smart TV Firmware manually, you will need a computer, a USB drive of at least 2GB of available space, and of course, your TCL smart TV.

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Once you have all of the requirements in place, follow the steps listed below.

  • Turn on your computer, and from your web browser, go to the TCL official support site.
  • Navigate to software download and input your TCL smart TV model number.
  • Download the latest firmware version available for your smart TV.
  • Extract the file that has been downloaded to your computer.
  • Connect your USB drive to the USB port of your computer.
  • Copy the extracted file to your USB drive.
  • Connect the USB drive to the USB port of your TCL android smart TV.
  • Turn on your TCL TV, and from the home screen, navigate to settings.
  • Then select Device preference from the settings menu.
  • From there, click on About.
  • From About, go to software update.
  • From software update, click the local update button. 
  • TCL smart TV will automatically search for the update file and start installing.
  • Tap OK on the prompt that will pop up on your screen.
  • After the update has been installed, your TV will automatically restart and start running on the new firmware.

Either of the methods shown above is valid for updating the firmware of an android TCL smart TV. Use any of the methods, and start enjoying your new update.

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How to Update TCL smart TV Firmware running on Roku

If your TCL smart TV uses the Roku operating system, this section of the article will explain the different methods you can use to update the firmware of your Roku TCL smart TV.

How to Update TCL Smart TV Firmware using the Internet for Roku TV

Follow the steps listed below to update the firmware of your Roku TCL smart TV using the internet.

  • Switch on your TV and connect to a stable WiFi network.
  • Use your TCL smart TV remote to navigate to the home screen.
  • From the home screen, navigate to the settings menu.
  • From the settings, click on the System menu.
  • From the settings menu, select system update. The system update will show both the date of the last update and the currently available update.
  • Then, select Check now from the menu.
  • If there is a new update, the smart TV will automatically start downloading and installing.
  • The TV will automatically restart itself once the installation is completed.

You mustn’t turn off your TV during the download and installation process. Your Roku TCL smart TV is now running on the latest available firmware if you have followed the steps listed above.

How to Update TCL Smart TV Firmware Manually for Roku TV

If you prefer upgrading your TCL smart TV firmware without connecting your TV to the internet, or due to specific issues, your TV cannot connect to the internet. In that case, this section will show you how to update the firmware manually.

To update TCL smart TV Firmware manually, you will need a computer, a USB drive of at least 2GB of available space, and of course, your TCL smart TV.

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Once you have all of the requirements in place, follow the steps listed below.

  • Turn on your computer, and from your web browser, go to the TCL official support site.
  • Navigate to software download and input your Roku TCL smart TV model number.
  • Download the latest firmware version available for your smart TV.
  • Extract the file that has been downloaded to your computer.
  • Connect your USB drive to the USB port of your computer.
  • Copy the extracted file to your USB drive.
  • Connect the USB drive to the USB port of your TCL Roku smart TV.
  • Turn on your TV, and from the home screen, navigate to settings.
  • Then select System from the settings menu.
  • From there, click on System update.
  • From system update, click I can’t connect, and after checking for your USB drive, a 12 digit code will appear on your TV. 
  • Go back to the official support site and re-input your TV brand and model details.
  • After confirming, click on the, I already have it button.
  • Enter the 12 digit code shown on your TV screen into the search box provided.
  • You will receive a 6 digit code after confirmation. Type the code into the input box provided on your TV.
  • Your TCL smart TV will automatically start installing the update.
  • After the update has been installed, your TV will automatically restart and start running on the new firmware.

Either of the methods shown above is valid for updating the firmware of a Roku TCL smart TV. Use any of the methods, and start enjoying your new update.

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