The world of entertainment is at your fingertips with a Samsung smart TV. But with so many streaming services available, navigating how to access specific apps like Disney+ on older models can be tricky. Fear not, Disney+ fans! This guide will be your compass, helping you find Disney+ on your older Samsung Smart TV and set sail for a world of movies and shows.

Identifying Your Samsung Smart TV

The first step is to identify your specific Samsung TV model and its operating system. Here’s how to become a TV detective:

  1. Consult the Manual or Settings: Most TVs have the model number displayed on the back panel or within the user manual. You can also try navigating to the settings menu on your TV and finding a section about “About TV” or “System Information.” This section might reveal the model number and operating system details.

  2. Online Search: If you’re still unsure, the internet can be your friend. Search using your TV’s model number. The Samsung website or retailer websites where you purchased the TV might have information about the model and its operating system.

Operating Systems in Older Samsung TVs:

There are two main operating systems you might encounter on older Samsung smart TVs:

  • Samsung Smart Hub (2012-2015 models): This is an earlier version of Samsung’s smart TV platform. Disney+ availability might be limited on these models.

  • Tizen OS (2016 and later models): This is the current operating system used on Samsung smart TVs. Disney+ is readily available on Tizen OS.

Charting Your Course to Disney+

Once you’ve identified your operating system, follow these steps:

For Samsung TVs with Tizen OS (2016 and later models):

  1. Power on your TV and connect it to the internet. Most TVs connect via Wi-Fi, but you can also use an ethernet cable for a more stable connection, especially if you experience buffering issues while streaming.

  2. Press the “Home” button on your remote control. This usually brings you to the Smart Hub, the central hub for your apps and entertainment options.

  3. Navigate to the “Apps” section. You might see icons for popular streaming services, with options to “Add Apps” or “More Apps.”

  4. Look for the Disney+ app icon.

    • Found the Disney+ icon? Great! Select the icon and launch the app. You’ll need to sign in to your Disney+ account (or create a new one) to start streaming your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content.

    • Disney+ icon missing? Don’t fret! Here’s what you can do:

      • Navigate to the settings menu on your TV using the menu button on your remote.
      • Look for a section about “System Update” or “Check for Update.”
      • Download and install any available updates. Sometimes, updates can add new apps like Disney+.

For Samsung TVs with Samsung Smart Hub (2012-2015 models): (Limited Availability)

Unfortunately, Disney+ availability might be limited on these older Samsung Smart Hub models. Here’s what you can try:

  • Check for the Disney+ app icon following steps 3 and 4 from the Tizen OS instructions above.
  • Contact Samsung customer support for your region. They can provide specific details about Disney+ availability on older models and any workarounds that might be available.

Alternative Routes (if Needed):

While Disney+ might not be natively available on some older Samsung TVs, here are some alternative routes to consider:

  • Casting Magic: If your Samsung TV doesn’t have a Disney+ app, you might be able to cast Disney+ content from your smartphone or tablet to your TV. Both Disney+ and most Samsung TVs with internet connectivity should support casting functionalities. This typically involves using the built-in casting features of your phone or tablet and the TV.

  • Streaming Devices: Consider using a streaming device like Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Apple TV that has the Disney+ app pre-installed. These devices connect to your TV’s HDMI port and offer a wider variety of apps, often including Disney+. They’re a good option if your Samsung TV doesn’t natively support Disney+ or if you prefer a wider selection of streaming services in addition to Disney+.


  • App availability can vary depending on your specific Samsung TV model and region.
  • Always check for updates on your Samsung TV. Sometimes, software updates can add new apps or improve compatibility with Disney+.
  • If you’re unsure about Disney+ availability on your older Samsung TV, contact Samsung customer support for your region. They can provide specific details about compatible models and regions.

Troubleshooting Tips:

Even with the best planning, things can sometimes go awry. Here are some troubleshooting tips if you encounter issues:

  • Internet Connection: Ensure your Samsung TV has a stable internet connection. A weak connection can cause problems when installing or using apps.
  • Remote Control: Make sure your remote control batteries are functional. A dying battery can disrupt remote commands.
  • Restart the TV: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve glitches that might prevent apps from working correctly. Turn off the TV completely (not just standby mode) and unplug it from the power outlet for a minute. Then, plug it back in and turn it on.

Enjoying Disney+ on Your Samsung TV:

Once you’ve successfully launched the Disney+ app, you’re ready to set sail on a voyage of discovery through a vast library of movies, shows, documentaries, and even exclusive originals! Here are some tips to maximize your Disney+ experience:

  • Multiple Profiles: Set sail with the whole crew! Disney+ allows you to create multiple profiles, making it easy for everyone in the family to have their own personalized recommendations and watchlists.
  • Parental Controls: Disney+ offers parental controls, allowing you to manage what content your little mateys can access.
  • Download for Offline Viewing: Many Disney+ shows and movies can be downloaded for offline viewing. This is a great treasure for traveling or when you have a limited internet connection.


With a little detective work and these steps, you can unlock the magic of Disney+ on your older Samsung Smart TV. Whether you have a Tizen OS or an older Samsung Smart Hub system, there’s a way to access a world of entertainment for the whole family. Remember to check for app availability, updates, and explore alternative methods if needed. Happy streaming!

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