LG Smart TV: how to record programs on the pen drive or external HD

It is possible to record open TV programming on a LG smart TV using the Time Machine feature. Available in models with webOS operating system, the function allows to save soap operas, news programs, variety programs and films in an external HD or pen drive. In this way, users can save their recordings on the external device (pen drive or HD) to watch whenever they want.

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Check out, in this TechTudo tutorial, how to format an external HD in Time Machine, make recordings and watch programs recorded on a smart TV from LG with webOS operating system.

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LG Smart TV: how to record programs on the pen drive or external HD

An LG smartphone can count on Time Machine II or Time Machine Ready. The first is on devices that have internal storage, not requiring an external device to make recordings. Time Machine Ready, as we will show in the following tutorial, can make recordings as long as an external USB HDD or USB flash drive is connected via a USB input.

The function allows you to record only the open TV signal. Pay-TV content is not supported by the feature. Only the TV with Time Machine can play back what was recorded. In addition, system-specific formatting prevents recordings from being accessed on computers, thus preventing content from being copied and shared on the web.

Format an external HD for use on LG TV

Step 1. Connect the HDD or USB flash drive to the TV's USB port. After recognizing the device, the system of the device will indicate the need to format it so that it becomes compatible for recordings. Make sure that there is no important file stored as everything will be deleted. To continue choose "Yes";

Action to format an HD to the Time Machine system format of a smart TV from LG

Step 2. The external device management screen will start on the TV. Navigate to the "Format" digital button and press the "OK" button on the remote control;

Action to delete an attached external hard drive or HDD on a LG smartphone

Step 3. Confirm the format of the device with the digital button "Yes";

Action to confirm the formatting of an external HD that will be used in programming recordings on a LG smartphone

Record TV programs open

Step 1. Tune to an open TV channel and press the "Rec" button on the remote control;

Action to start recording open TV content on a LG smartphone

Step 2. The TV system will request a test to know if the HD can be used for recordings. This procedure will only be necessary on the first recording. Use the "Ok" button to confirm the action;

Action to check if an external HD has the performance to record TV shows on a LG smartphone

Step 3. A warning that the device is compatible with recordings will be displayed on the screen. Press "OK" to continue;

Notice confirming that a USB device is compatible for recordings on a LG smartphone

Step 4. Press the "Rec" button on the remote control again;

Action to start a TV show recording on a LG smartphone

Step 5. At this point, use the digital "Record" button to start recording the program;

Action to start a programming recording on a smart TV from LG

Step 6. To interrupt a recording, press the "Stop" button on the remote control;

Button for finalizing a TV program recording on a LG smartphone

Step 7. Confirm that you want to end the recording by choosing the "Stop and Save" option. Once this is done, the program will be stored on the connected external hard drive.

Action to finalize recordings on a smart TV from LG

Start a recorded program

Step 1. Press the home icon button on the TV remote control to open the smart features menu;

Action to start the interactive menu of a smart TV from LG

Step 2. Navigate the cards to select the "Recordings" option. Press the "OK" button on the remote control;

Action to access recordings of programs made with the Time Machine feature of a LG smartphone

Step 3. Stored recordings will be listed on the screen. Select one of them and press the "OK" button on the remote control to play it.

Recording a TV program stored on an external device connected to a LG smartphone

Deleting recordings

Step 1. To delete recorded programs, use the trash icon button on the recordings screen;

Action to delete recordings on a smart TV from LG

Step 2. Use the "Delete" button to delete only the selected recording or use "Delete All" to clear all records.

Action to delete videos from recordings with TV shows on a smart TV from LG

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