Just bought a 2018 55" Samsung "the Frame." Have downloaded the Smart View app so that I can upload my own photos to display using Art Mode and it won't connect to my TV. The TV is connected via Wifi to my 2.4Ghz wifi network, as is my mobile phone with the app. I have power cycled everything. Software on the tv is version 1131 and up to date, TV model is UN55LS03N. I'm running Android 9.0 on my Pixel. I also downloaded the windows 10 app and tried that way - does not work either. Currently Ipv6 settings are off. I had turned them on and turned on the Ipv6 settings on my router. Does not work. I tried connecting to the 5G network. Does not work. I tried hardwiring the connection. Does not work. Under External Device Manager, my phone is listed under Device List as "allowed" and allowed services include Smart View. Access notifications are on but I'm not getting any notifications. I can stream Netflix so the tv is connected to the internet without problems.
I have seen some comments from support that 2017 and 2018 models are not supported, but I don't buy that. The "my photos" options under Art Mode directs the user to the Smart View app specifically. That would be a pretty big oversight. I also see comments from people who can use the the app to upload photos, so it works somehow. I need answers on how to fix this. This is too much money to spend on a premium TV to have on of it's primary features be non functional.
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I have been reading this thread with interest because I have just taken delivery of a 65" The Frame and have been struggling with exactly the same problems connecting for upload of photos, etc. In my case I think I may have found the answer. Time will tell, here's hoping.
When it's behaving it's survived logging on and off, changes to wifi and wired connections both on my phone and the TV. When I find that I've lost connection I have been able to restore it again relatively quickly.
The key seems to be to get the phone registered as an allowed device under the Device Connection Manager and also to have patience in allowing the TV, the phone and your network to get their collective act together. For instance, today when I turned the TV on, I had no connection and the phone was not listed as an approved device and that is essential to get the photo uploading to work.
To get that back again:
- I turned the TV off completely, turned off the power for a full minute at the wall.
- Turned the TV back on. I already had the phone connected on my wifi and had the SmartThings app running.
- About 15 secs later it reported having logged into my Samsung account. i.e. it was connected on the network with internet access.
- Another 15 to 20 secs later it asked for approval to Allow connection of my phone. Look for this at the top right corner of the TV screen and respond promptly as it will pop up quietly and time out and without it you won't get the connection you want for uploading artwork or photos. Note that for this you need to have set the Device Connection Manager to ask for approval to connect devices. I have mine set for Access Notification > First Time Only.
At that point the desired indication for "ADD YOUR PHOTOS" became available on the Art page of the SmartThings phone app. Success!!
For the record, I have set the TV as follows:
Network > Expert Settings > Power on with mobile: Enabled
> IP Remote: Disable
> IPV6: Disable
All other network settings are as standard. No changes to defaults for address or DNS.
Connection is via wifi. Although as I said above it still works when connected via a direct cable.
External Device Manager > Device Connection Manager > Access Notification: First time only
Good luck with yours.
I selected the option to set up the TV again and went through all the set up screens. Is that considered a factory reset?
On both the mobile app and desktop app it almost immediately says no TV found, as if it's not even able to try to connect? There a setting somewhere that's incorrect.
It is a design defect. I tried everything they recommended for 4 days. Then they recommended having a technician sent out at what may be my expense if he could find nothing wrong. Clever way of not having to admit a design and software flaw.
Don’t hold your breath. There is a comparable problem with Ambient Mode on QLED’s that Samsung admits exists (and apparently has existed for some time), and the best we can get out Customer Support is “yeah, it doesn’t actually work with anything other that the crappy stock images that came with the TV. Sorry for the inconvenience.”
From my experience, Samsung is perfectly capable of misrepresenting the features of its high end TV’s.
I too just installed The Frame 2018 55" model today and have been trying to get the smartview app to connect. I have another Samsung TV in the house (7 Series) that connects just fine with the smartview app via IOS and Android. Oddly, if I install the Samsung 'Smart Things' App, the Android (S8) can find both Tv's but gives an error message under the Frame Tv saying, 'Server Error'. The Smart Things app on the iPhone X does not find either TV.
The Frame TV is up to date as is both the S8 and iPhone X. All the apps are up to date and the TV is brand new. Like I mentioned, the 7 series Samsung TV in the other room works fine.