If you haven't already, go to Google Play and download the Snapmute app to your Android device.
- First off, you need a home Wifi network, an Android phone or tablet, and a Samsung Smart TV. You need all three of these things in order for Snapmute to work.
- Make sure your Samsung Smart TV is turned on and connected to your home's Wifi network.
- Connect your Android device to that same Wifi network.
- Launch the Snapmute app on your Android device. It will search for your TV and automatically connect to it when it finds it.
- The first time you connect to your TV, you'll have to authorize it. A message will display on your TV saying,
"Detected a new device. Do you want to allow it to access this product?"
Click the Allow button on your TV screen, using the TV's remote.
After you authorize the first time, you'll never have to do it again.
Here are a few tips for using Snapmute:
- In the bottom right corner of the Snapmute screen, there are 3 vertical dots. Tapping this will bring up your Settings menu.
- In the menu, you can set the app's Volume Sensitivity. Try a few different settings and see if you work better by setting it to detect snaps that are softer or louder.
- Snapmute works better when you don't snap / clap too close to the microphone.
- The menu also allows you to select the number of snaps (or claps). If you want immediate gratification, leave it set to 1. However, sometimes the app can detect a 'false positive' from a loud sound such as a cup placed on a table or a cough. In that case, try a setting of 2 or 3.
- There's a bit of finesse needed when the app is set to detect multiple snaps. Claps / snaps that are too close together might register as one long sound. We set the software to require about a half second between snaps.
- If Snapmute isn't recognizing your snaps very well, trying moving your Android device further away from you.
- You can also try snapping with both hands at the same time.
- Snapmute has to be running in the foreground of your Android device in order to work. Just activate the app and set your android device aside. The screen will go off, but it will keep listening for snaps.
- You might want to take this opportunity to put your device on its charger while watching TV. Snapmute doesn't draw a lot of power, so your device should recharge pretty quickly.