How to Add Apps or Channels to an LG TV

LG smart TVs use the webOS platform to deliver apps, on-demand content, and live TV channels. Adding new apps and channels to your LG TV is easy once you know the steps. Here is a guide to help you install apps and add channels on an LG smart TV.

Accessing the LG Content Store

The LG Content Store is the marketplace where you can browse and install apps on your LG TV. Here’s how to access it:

  1. Press the round Home button on your LG TV remote. This will bring up the webOS launcher.
  2. Look for the LG Content Store icon on the bottom row of the launcher. Select this icon using the D-pad or point and click on the icon.
  3. This will launch the LG Content Store app. You can now browse apps by category or search for specific apps.

Searching for and Installing Apps

To install a new app from the LG Content Store:

  1. Select the Search icon from the top right of the Content Store screen.
  2. Use the on-screen keyboard to type in the name of the app you want to install. Then select Search on the keyboard.
  3. Browse the search results and select the app you want. This will bring up the app details screen.
  4. Select Install and accept any permissions or terms to start downloading the app.
  5. Once installed, you can launch the app directly from the Content Store or find it in the webOS launcher.

Adding Live TV Channels and Sources

In addition to apps and on-demand content, you can watch live TV from various sources on your LG smart TV. Here are some options for adding live TV channels:

Use the LG Channels App

The LG Channels app comes pre-installed on LG TVs. It offers over 300 free live channels spanning news, sports, movies, TV shows, and more.

To start watching, simply open the LG Channels app from the webOS launcher. You can browse channels by category or use the search feature.

Connect an OTA Antenna

Connecting an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to your LG TV will give you access to free local broadcast channels in your area in HD quality.

Make sure you select Air/Cable instead of Satellite when setting up the TV tuner input. The TV will then scan for available OTA channels and add them to your channel list.

Subscribe to a Live TV Streaming Service

Options like YouTube TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, and others allow you to stream live TV over the internet. These services offer popular cable channels as part of various pricing plans.

You can subscribe to these services directly on your LG TV by installing their apps from the LG Content Store. Once subscribed, you can watch live channels through the streaming provider’s app.

Use an External Tuner or Receiver

If you have an external tuner box like Tablo or HDHomeRun connected to your home network, you can install the corresponding app on your LG TV. This will allow you to view live TV from that source.

You can also connect external tuners like TiVo or cable/satellite boxes via HDMI. Just make sure you properly set up the device as an input source so your LG TV interface detects it.

Tips for Managing Apps

Here are some additional tips for managing apps on your LG smart TV:

  • To delete an app, press and hold the app icon from the launcher. Then confirm deleting.
  • Check available storage space for apps under Settings > General > Storage.
  • Set apps to auto update under Settings > General > About This TV > Additional Settings > Auto App Update.
  • Report issues with any app to LG from the app details page in the Content Store.


The webOS platform makes it simple to discover and install new apps on LG smart TVs. With abundant app choices from the LG Content Store and various options for streaming live TV, you can easily customize your LG TV. Follow the tips outlined here to start accessing new entertainment options.