How to Get Disney Plus on TV

Published on: April 18, 2024

You can stream Disney Plus on any Smart TV, including an older non-Smart TV you use in a guest room or basement.

Some subscribers find it challenging to set up Disney Plus across all of the screens in their home, especially if you have an older TV without HDMI ports. 

This guide explains how to get Disney Plus and add your subscription to any TV. You will also learn how to get Disney Plus on devices such as streaming sticks and game consoles like Xbox and PlayStation.

If you use an iPhone or another smartphone, you can easily download the Disney Plus app and start streaming to your TV.  

How to Stream Disney Plus on Your Smart TV

Disney Plus debuted in 2019, and since its debut, the streaming service has been adding support to a number of Smart TV models, including LG TV, Samsung Smart TV with the Tizen system, and Sony TVs with Android TV or Google TV.

Generally speaking, most Smart TVs operate the same when it comes to adding apps. 

  1. Navigate to your TV’s app store, search for Disney Plus and install it to your home screen. 
  2. After launching the Disney+ app, enter your email and password. 
  3. You’re ready to watch your favorite movies and TV shows.

Smart TVs from Samsung, Vizio, and LG offer the Disney+ app in their app stores. To get the app, go to the Samsung Smart Hub or LG content store. Search for and download the Disney+ app directly. 

Vizio Smart TVs provide Disney Plus on SmartCast, which means it is likely pre-loaded into your TV hub. Hisense smart TVs (2017 or newer) will find the Disney+ app in the VIDAA Home Launcher. 

Smart TVs with Android TV, Google TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV systems support the Disney+ app as well. 

What to Do If Your Smart TV Doesn’t Have the Disney Plus App

Some Smart TV owners are disappointed to find that the Disney+ app is not available on their television’s software. 

This often happens with older Smart TVs. Since the Disney+ app launched in late 2019, it may not be compatible with older systems, or TV software.

An affordable streaming device like Roku, Google Chromecast with Google TV, or Amazon Fire TV Stick can quickly give your old smart TV a new life.

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Streaming devices are regularly updated, and support most major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and of course, Disney Plus.

For around $30, the cost of a tank of gas, you can upgrade your TV’s streaming capabilities. If you are using an older TV, it’s a good time to check your Wi-Fi setup to make sure you have a stable internet connection to your streaming device. Make sure your Wi-Fi router is not tucked away in a closet, or sitting on a floor. 

My parents’ TV is about 9 years old but still has excellent picture resolution. Last year, I helped them transition away from traditional cable by installing a Roku Ultra. 

I connected the Roku via Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi because I knew a wired setup would have far fewer issues with buffering.  They now enjoy streaming Disney Plus without any hassle.

How to Stream Disney Plus on Roku or Roku TV

The Disney+ app is available through Roku’s Streaming Store. If you’re setting up Roku for the first time, or if you’ve just purchased a Roku TV, follow these steps to add Disney Plus and begin streaming:

  1. Turn on your Roku device or Roku TV.
  2. Navigate to ‘Streaming Store’ from the menu on the left.
  3. Select the ‘Search’ tab at the top of the screen.
  4. Enter ‘Disney Plus’ and select the Disney+ app when it appears.
  5. Choose ‘Add Channel’ to install the Disney+ app.
  6. Find Disney+ on your Home Screen and select it.
  7. Log in by entering your email under ‘Username’ and your password.

You’re now ready to watch Disney Plus’s vast library of films and TV shows.

How to Install Disney Plus on Fire TV or Fire Stick

You can add apps to any Amazon Fire TV device from the Apps & Games section. For Fire TVs equipped with a voice search feature, you can quickly find apps. Simply say “Disney Plus app” into the remote, and select it to start the download.

If voice search is unavailable or you prefer the manual method, follow these simple steps:

  1. Navigate to the Find tab on your Fire TV menu. 
  2. Choose the ‘Appstore’ block from the menu below.
  3. Select search, and use the Fire TV remote to type in ‘Disney Plus.’  
  4. Download the Disney Plus app, and use your credentials to log in.

How to Install Disney Plus on Apple TV

Apple TV (4th generation or later) supports the Disney Plus app. To add Disney Plus to your Apple TV:

  1. Open the App Store from your home screen.
  2. Search for the Disney Plus app.
  3. Select the app, then click on ‘Get’ to install it.

Once installed, you can login and start watching your favorite Disney movies and shows.

Adding Disney Plus to Xbox Series X

Installing the Disney Plus app on your Xbox One can be done in a few steps:

  • Navigate to the ‘Store’ tab at the top of the home screen.
  • Enter the Microsoft Store, then select the Search function.
  • Type ‘Disney Plus’ into the search bar.
  • Select the Disney+ app and confirm you want to download it.

After downloading, sign in with your email and password.

How to Install Disney Plus on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5

Adding the Disney Plus app to your PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 is as simple as installing any other app:

  • Go to the PlayStation Store.
  • Select the search bar.
  • Type ‘Disney Plus’ into the search field.
  • Download the Disney+ app.
  • After installation, log in with your email and password to start enjoying Disney content.

Is Disney Plus Available on Nintendo Switch?

Currently, the Nintendo Switch does not support the Disney+ app. Disney Plus is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and NVIDIA Shield. It remains to be seen if this will extend to the Nintendo Switch in the future.

How Do I Get Disney Plus on my TV?

If you own a Smart TV from LG, Samsung, Hisense, and VIZIO, check your television’s app store because the Disney Plus app is likely available. If you have an older TV (prior to 2016), then add a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or Apple TV to broaden the lineup of your streaming apps.


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Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.