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How to set up a VPN on your Samsung Smart TV

Samsung Smart TVs don’t have native VPN support. Since you can’t download a VPN app directly from the Google Play Store, there are three alternative methods to secure your Samsung Smart TV with a VPN: smart DNS, a VPN on your router, or setting up a virtual router (it’s essentially a Wi-Fi hotspot with extra steps!) on a Windows PC.

Set up smart DNS — it’s easy!

Smart DNS allows you to overcome basic firewall and ISP blocks.

Step 1: Sign in

Sign in to your Surfshark account or create a new one.

Step 2: Activate smart DNS

On the My account page, you’ll find the option to turn on the smart DNS feature. Click Activate!

Step 3: Configure your smart TV

You’ll receive an email once your smart DNS is ready. Follow the instructions to set it up by changing the DNS settings on your Samsung TV.

Still not sure about how to enable smart DNS on your TV?

Don’t worry — we’ve got a detailed guide on setting up smart DNS on a Samsung TV that will make the setup a breeze.

Install a VPN on your router

Setting up a VPN on your router protects all your devices simultaneously if they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This includes your smart TV. Once connected to the Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to enjoy more privacy and access features that smart DNS offers.


The short version goes like this:

Step 1: Check your router

Find out if your router is VPN compatible.

Step 2: Get the firmware

Install the right firmware on it.

Step 3: Get a VPN

Install a VPN on the router.

Step 4: Connect

Connect your TV to the router. 

However, the setup is not a one-size-fits-all solution, as each router has a different installation process. We suggest following this comprehensive guide on VPN router setup:

What to look for in a VPN for your Samsung TV?

Server speeds

Server speeds

Look for a VPN that provides fast speeds and various up-to-date servers. Surfshark invests in the latest server hardware, so you don’t have to look at that irritating loading icon.

Private DNS & leak protection

Private DNS & leak protection

Good VPN providers use good VPN protocols. By default, Surfshark users are set on Wireguard, a great protocol for any occasion!

No-logs policy

No-logs policy

A reliable VPN provider should keep your information safe and not store it. Surfshark doesn’t log your IP (Internet Protocol) address, browsing history, bandwidth usage, session information, network traffic, or connection timestamps.

Disclaimer: We prohibit using Surfshark services for any unlawful purposes as it is against our Terms of Service. Please be sure to act in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Free VPNs vs. Surfshark VPN

Free VPNs will never be as secure as paid VPNs. Not to mention free services also lack many features a paid VPN service provides.

Unlimited data

Unlimited data

Don’t let a free VPN decide how long you can stay connected or how much data you can use.

Prioritizing security

Prioritizing security

Free VPN apps do not have the resources to put your security first.

Modern protocols

Modern protocols

Modern protocols are optimized to deal with the newest threats and work with the latest systems.

Good speeds

Good speeds

Premium VPN services can maintain fast servers and minimize speed drops.



A secure VPN service will never log or sell your data the way free VPNs do.

Thousands of servers

Thousands of servers

Having more servers results in a faster connection as they’re less crowded.

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If you’re not ready to commit, try our subscription for 30 days risk-free. You will have access to our premium features, and if you don’t like the service by the end, you can get a full refund.

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Can I use a free VPN on a Samsung Smart TV?

You can, but you shouldn’t. Free VPNs are inherently worse in every aspect of operation except for the price. You’ll have fewer servers to choose from and worse speeds. Not to mention, you’d be putting your information at risk of being sold to third parties. We wouldn’t recommend it.

Why is my VPN not working on my Samsung Smart TV?

There might be several issues affecting your connection. If your VPN is not working on your smart TV, you should: 

  1. Check your internet connection;
  2. Make sure your smart DNS is on and updated; 
  3. See if your router is working properly. 

Otherwise, contact our customer success team, available 24/7, for further assistance!

How do I set up a VPN on a Samsung Smart TV?

To set up Surfshark as your Samsung TV VPN, you have two options: either use the smart DNS service or a VPN router setup. Smart DNS is different from a VPN connection but works great on TVs. A router setup protects all devices connected to that network, including the TV, with no extra work.

Does Samsung have a built-in VPN?

Unfortunately no, Samsung Smart TVs do not offer built-in VPNs. The best way to get a VPN for your Samsung TV is to subscribe to a VPN service.

Can I use Surfshark on my Samsung Smart TV and other devices at the same time?

Yes! Surfshark does not limit the number of devices you use. You could watch a movie on your TV while looking up movie reviews on your phone.

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