2019 LG WEBOS 4.5 TELEVISIONS & 2020 WEBOS 5.0 MODELS FEATURING APPLE AIRPLAY 2 & HOMEKIT
[UPDATE: January 2021]
Upon rolling out the release of the Apple AirPlay 2 & HomeKit App for LG webOS 4.5 (2019 model line-up) and moving forward featuring said application, the thought of developing a software update to include the app in previous 2018 models did figure in the plans.
Software update for some 2018 models began rolling out while more models will keep adding shortly. Software update version which includes AirPlay 2 & HomeKit for webOS 4.0 (2018 model line-up) Smart TV is: 5.30.10 (or greater) and can be downloaded from LG.com website at:
In the case of webOS 4.0 TV, there is no Home Dashboard, so the entry point will be different as the Airplay Card will be displayed in webOS Home Launcher. When the TV is updated to software version 5.30.10 or greater, the TV will be searched on iOS-based mobile device without the Airplay Card running.
Airplay 2 functionality is the same as year model LG TV 2019 & 2020.
OTHER 2018 MODELS TO FOLLOW WITH IMMINENT SOFTWARE UPDATE:
OLED “B8” series
NANOCELL LED models
Standard UHD LED models
[END of latest news]
Herewith following is an Overview, Press Release and tips on connecting and using both Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on featured model LG ThinQ A.I. televisions. (article recently updated with new support information – kindly scroll down) .
[ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE] July 24. 2019
LG ROLLS OUT APPLE AIRPLAY 2 ON 2019
THINQ AI TVS, FIRST GLOBAL TV
MANUFACTURER TO SUPPORT HOMEKIT
Play Content Directly from Apple Devices and Effortlessly
Control TV and Connected Smart Devices with Voice
Toronto, July 23, 2019 — LG Electronics today announced that Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are available starting July 25 on its 2019 AI TV lineup, making LG the first global TV manufacturer to support HomeKit. The Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features will be available through a firmware update for 2019 LG OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs and UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability.
With AirPlay 2, LG 2019 AI TV owners can effortlessly stream content -- including Dolby Vision titles – from iPhone, iPad and Mac straight to their TV sets. Users can stream their favourite movies and television shows from the Apple TV app and other video apps as well as view photos directly on their LG AI TVs. Users can also play Apple Podcasts, Apple Music and music from their library or other streaming services through their LG AI TV and other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers in their home at the same time – all in sync.
HomeKit enables users to conveniently control their smart home with the Home app or via Siri on their Apple devices. LG AI TVs can be easily added to the Home app, from which users can access basic TV functions such as power, volume and source. LG AI TVs can also be added to scenes or automations along with other HomeKit accessories.
“LG remains at the forefront of TV technological innovation because of our never-ending quest to deliver the best home viewing experience,” said Richard White, Vice President Strategy and Marketing at LG Electronics Canada. “With Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, we are demonstrating our commitment to offering consumer benefits that go beyond just best-in-class picture quality.”
Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will begin rolling out to owners of LG OLED and NanoCell TVs in more than 140 countries, including Canada, starting this week, with the update continuing over the weeks to follow.
AirPlay is Apple’s own system for wirelessly streaming both audio and video from Apple devices to speakers and displays. It was originally known as AirTunes. The AirPlay app will work between Apple devices. AirPlay 2 was developed to incorporate more devices to the fold from other manufacturers.
HomeKit is Apple’s home automation app/framework that lets you control connected accessories from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod and Siri.
- Verify TV SW model name and SW version. TV SW model required: webOS 4.5 -TV SW version (3.5.XX or higher is required)
- Check customer’s iOS SW version. (iOS version 12.3 or higher is required). Checking iOS SW version (Setting App-General-About-Software version)
- Check that TV and mobile phone are connected to the same network AP.
- Both TV set and Mobile phone need to be connected in the same Network AP for AirPlay 2 use.
- When it comes to Airplay2, it supports screen mirroring, video/audio streaming and casting. (Please refer to instructions down below).
- Pin code input is needed when initially connecting from mobile to the TV set (Airplay/Homekit; Please refer to the Appendix for detailed info)
SUPPORTED LG MODELS:
Year webOS version Model series
2020 webOS 5.0 OLED: BX / CX / GX / WX /ZX / RX
UHD: UN series, NANO80 / 85 /90 / 95 / 97 / 99
2019 webOS 4.5 OLED: B9 / C9 / E9 / W9 / Z9
UHD: UM series, SM series
2018 webOS 4.0 OLED: C8 / E8 / W8
OLED: B8 (any day now)
NANO: SK series (any day now)
UHD: UK series (any day now)