Like many leading brands, Samsung continues to lead the refrigerator market with WiFi-enabled models. So if you’ve bought such a model and need help setting up the WiFi, you’ve come to the right place.
The WiFi setup for Samsung refrigerators happens through the SmartThings mobile app. First, the app will provide you with model-specific instructions to connect your fridge to the app. Then, you can select your WiFi network and enter its password through the app. The refrigerator will connect to the WiFi network and internet as a result.
The following sections will walk you through the step-by-step setup process so you can enjoy the WiFi-enabled features of your Samsung fridge quickly.
How Do You Setup The WiFi On A Samsung Fridge?
The WiFi setup process for your fridge will happen through SmartThings, Samsung’s mobile app. That means your fridge and your phone must be within range of the network you’d like to use.
Follow these 5 steps to connect your Samsung fridge to your WiFi network:
Step 1: Download And Sign Into SmartThings
First and foremost, you must download the SmartThings app onto your phone or other smart devices. The app is straightforward to get as it’s available on both the App Store and Google Play.
Once the app is installed, create an account (if you don’t already have one) and sign in with your credentials.
The SmartThings app allows you to monitor and control all your Samsung appliances in one place, including your refrigerator.
When you open it for the first time, click on ‘Start’ and give the app access to your phone’s location. That will make it easier for the app to recognize compatible Samsung appliances nearby.
Then comes the next step: add your fridge to the SmartThings app. Proceed to the next step to do that.
Step 2: Begin Adding Your Samsung Fridge
The second step is to add your Samsung fridge to the SmartThings app. You can do so by:
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- Firstly, press the plus (+) icon at the top of the screen.
- Then, press the button that reads ‘Device’.
- Next, select Refrigerator and choose your brand, which is Samsung.
- Lastly, press Start to begin the next step of the process.
Step 3: Follow SmartThings Setup Instructions
At this point, the SmartThings app will provide you with step-by-step guides to connect the fridge to your phone.
The precise steps shown by the SmartThings app will differ depending on your fridge brand and model.
Still, here’s an example of what the app will tell you to do:
- Firstly, the app will show you where to find your fridge control panel.
- Then, it’ll let you know to press the Door Alarm button to unlock the temperature control panel.
- Lastly, the app will instruct you to press and hold the Fridge button until AP appears on display.
Following the app’s instructions will allow the fridge to connect to your phone. This part of the process might take some time, so you’ll have to be patient. Be sure to stand near the fridge, so it’s always in your phone’s range.
Once your fridge and phone are connected, next comes the WiFi setup portion of this process. Again, the app will proceed automatically, so you must follow its instructions.
Step 4: Select WiFi Network And Enter Password
The SmartThings app on your phone will show a list of nearby WiFi networks. Look for your network and double-check that its name is correct.
Once you’re sure, click on the network name, enter its password, and press ‘Connect’.
After a few more moments, the app will complete the process, and your Samsung fridge will be connected to your WiFi network.
Step 5: Test Fridge Connectivity
The final step of this process is to test your fridge to ensure it has a stable internet connection. You can check the SmartThings app on your phone when you’re away from your home WiFi network.
You’ll know the setup was successful if you can check the fridge status and change some of its settings through the SmartThings app.
Why Won’t My Samsung Fridge Connect To WiFi?
Setting up WiFi for your Samsung refrigerator is a very straightforward process, thanks to the SmartThings app. However, it’s still possible to run into issues that prevent the appliance from connecting to the network.
Here are the most likely connectivity issues and how you can solve them:
#1 WiFi Network Not Detected
In Step 4 of the setup process, the app will list all available WiFi networks nearby. Suppose you don’t see your home WiFi network being detected on that list. In that case, your WiFi router is out of range or in ‘hidden mode’.
How to fix: Firstly, ensure your WiFi router is within 50-150 feet of your Samsung refrigerator. Then, check the router’s settings to ensure that your WiFi network isn’t hidden, as that will prevent the SmartThings app and your fridge from detecting it.
#2 Password Is Incorrect
There are a few possibilities to consider if you’ve found the correct network but still won’t connect because the password is wrong. Firstly, you might be mistakenly connecting to the wrong router with a similar name to yours.
Secondly, the password that you enter might not be entirely correct. WiFi router passwords use numbers, symbols, and case-sensitive alphabets that must have the proper capitalization.
As such, it’s very easy to make mistakes when keying them into the SmartThings app.
How to fix: Firstly, you have to double-check the network name you’re trying to connect to. Unfortunately, many network names are generic and easily mistaken for each other.
Then, check that you’ve entered the password correctly. Remember: each capitalization must be correct, as the passwords are case-sensitive.
#3 Fridge Can’t Connect To The WiFi Network
Lastly, you might find that the fridge still won’t connect despite having the correct network and password. In that case, the WiFi signal is likely too weak or facing interference.
A weak signal is due to your fridge being on the edge of the network’s signal range. However, interference can come from nearby appliances, like your microwave oven.
These will cause the WiFi signal to be unstable and prevent the fridge from connecting.
How to fix: Firstly, you’ll have to move your router closer, so the fridge is within the network’s range. Then, relocate appliances like your microwave to another side of the kitchen so it doesn’t interfere with the refrigerator and its WiFi connection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are a few more things you’ll want to know as you set up WiFi on your Samsung fridge:
What Does SmartThings by Samsung Do?
The SmartThings app monitors and controls all your Samsung appliances in one app. Some appliances from other brands are also supported by the app.
What Does WiFi On A Samsung Fridge Do?
Connecting your Samsung fridge gives it access to the internet and connects it to your SmartThings app. That connectivity allows you to monitor and control the appliance remotely, like when traveling away from home.
How Do I Get Apps On My Samsung Refrigerator?
You can download apps through the refrigerator’s display. First, scroll through the icons and select Apps to see which ones are available for your fridge. Then, the refrigerator will download it through its WiFi connection when you select the ones you want.
What Is The Range Of A WiFi Connection?
A Wifi connection’s range is 150 feet for 2.4 GHz and 50 feet for 5 GHz. But that range is shortened if obstacles like walls, panels, and furniture are in the way.
What’s The Point Of A Smart Fridge?
A smart fridge offers you a vast range of functionality that a conventional one doesn’t. As you’ve seen above, the appliance has WiFi and internet connectivity allowing for remote monitoring and control. Besides that, smart fridges also come with plenty more sensors to monitor themselves, like keeping track of your food items inside.