Having a smart TV is a definite home to be able to take advantage of the full potential of an Internet connection, whether by cable or Wi-Fi. And no, we are not just talking about accessing applications. online services (Netflix, HBO Max, Spotify …). Same to update the firmware we need a connection on the TV, although in this case we can count on an additional resource.
And is that updating a TV based on Android TV is very easy to do even if the TV does not have a network connection. We have tested one of the Sony models, but we will also see how to do it on Philips TVs with the Google operating system. If you don’t have Wi-Fi nearby or the cable is not reaching you, you can always update it if you have USB memory and a device with an internet connection.
For Sony TVs with Android TV
To update a TV with Android TV, in this case from the Sony brand, you have to follow a series of steps. First, identify the model, which we can do by looking at the little sticker that is in the back area or going into the “Settings” of the TV and looking for a section related to device information (usually comes about the device “). But what has been said, the easiest is to look at the back and look for the sticker that identifies it.
With this data, we need to access the Sony website referring to our specific model. There we will find a section with the title “Product and Support Registration” O “Downloads” and confirm that our model is among those included.
We connect the USB stick, making sure it is in FAT32 format and download the installation file and transfer it to the USB stick. Usually a .PKG file and we will have to place it in the root directory of the USB stick.
With the TV turned off, we connect the USB stick which contains the extracted file with the precaution of not having any other USB accessory connected and when you turn it on, the update starts automatically. The process can take up to 30 minutes and during the installation the TV will automatically turn off and then on again until the update is complete.
When the software update process is complete, a message will appear on the screen indicating that the update is complete.
For Philips TVs with Android TV
In the case of Philips TVs, the process is very similar, with a few differences. Once we have checked the TV software on the route “Menu” > “Setting” > “Software” > “Real software”, we go to the Philips website on the support page.
On the support page you must enter the model number, data found on the back of the TV.
If there is a newer version available in the support section, we proceed to download the file to the computer, usually a compressed .ZIP file. We unzip it and take it to the root folder of the USB drive we are going to use.
With the TV off we connect the USB stick to the TV’s USB port and turn it on. The software update screen will automatically display and we will follow the on-screen instructions to install it, then the TV will download and install the software. All settings and connections will remain intact.