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4 Easy Ways to View Photos on Your TV

by on November 08, 2010
in Music and Video, Cameras and Photography, Photo / Video Sharing, TVs & Video Players, Music & Video Services, Tips & How-Tos, Tech 101 :: 25 comments

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By Panasonic

What’s on TV? You are—and your kids, pets, family, friends.

There’s no need to crowd around the 3-inch displays found on today’s cameras and camcorders, or even your computer, when it’s so easy to show off your photos and videos on your big-screen TV.

Here are four simple ways you can view your pictures and videos on your TV.

  1. Pop the memory card out of your camera and put it into the TV’s SD card reader. Most new flat panel TVs have an SD card reader. If you're not sure whether yours does, your owner's manual will tell you.
  2. Take the USB cable that came with your camera and use it to connect the camera to your TV's USB port. Again, most flat panel TVs made over the last few years have a USB port included.
  3. If your photos and videos are stored on your computer, you can copy them onto a USB flash drive and then insert the drive into your TV's USB port.
  4. If you have flat panel TV with Internet apps, you can use your TV’s photo viewing app to access images you’ve stored on the Web. Press the Internet app button on your remote control. Each manufacturer has a unique name for its service, so be sure to check. For Panasonic products, you’d look for and press VIERA Cast. Then select the photo service app, which is Picasa for Panasonic. After logging in, you can choose to view your photos--individually or in a slideshow—or photos that others are sharing across the web.

On most TVs, like the Panasonic Viera in the video, inserting the SD card, USB cable or USB flash drive will automatically launch the TV’s photo viewing app. From there, you can choose to view photos, videos or a combination of both. Manually scroll through or set your photos to music for a slideshow.

We walk you through each of these options in the video. As you can see, it's there's no reason to make everyone crowd around a tiny display when it's so easy to share them on your big-screen TV.

This article was brought to you by Panasonic.

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Samsung smart tv

From Nina C on November 06, 2012 :: 6:51 pm

I have a Samsung 6000 Smart Tv that I would like to set up for viewing photos and accessing apps. What is the easiest way for me to set this up. Unfortunately, it is not wifi-ready but I do have wifi n my house. Do I have to purchase a Samsing Linkstick?


Yes, you'll need the LinkStick

From Suzanne Kantra on November 07, 2012 :: 2:25 am

Yes, you’ll need the LinkStick for a wireless connection. Or, you can run an Ethernet cable from your router if it’s close by.


panasonic hd tv

From yusufkhan on July 12, 2017 :: 3:21 pm

I have a Panasonic hdtv it have usb port but when i insert a card reader its not support


Thank you Suzanne. I also

From Nina C. on November 07, 2012 :: 2:51 am

Thank you Suzanne. I also have a Samsung Wifi Blue-Ray player and I think I can go through it to make the connection, is that correct? Would I need the Linkstick if I connected this way?


Automatic slideshow possible?

From Amit on November 25, 2012 :: 1:50 am

I want to set up a TV in a remote location where I can set up a slideshow on it. I will need to have this TV turn on and off every day automatically. I will then need for the slideshow to turn on automatically. The whole idea is to have the slideshow go on in the morning and then turn off at night automatically without me being there again this is a remote location.  is anyway can do this please help thank you.



From Josh Kirschner on November 28, 2012 :: 2:14 am

I don’t know of a TV offhand that would allow you to do all of that (though one of the models might), you could produce the same effect by having a cheap computer continuously send the slideshow to the computer and set up the TV power settings to turn on and off at the times you desire.

I haven’t tried this out, so not sure which model TVs have auto on and off capabilities, but this would be one way to do it.


viewing photos

From Nancy Marsden on November 17, 2013 :: 10:39 pm

I have a Panasonic 55st60 & am having problems with the picasa app.  it asks for a user ID & password.  I type type in my Picasa/google ID & pass word it is not accepted. Is there a set up ID/password that I should have entered?  I’m connected to WIFI


Slideshow Order

From Martin Pettit on January 30, 2014 :: 11:18 am

What determines the order the images stored on a USB memory stick are displayed?  It seems not to follow the order displayed on the PC, nor date taken, nor file name.  Is it possible to define the display order?  TV is a Panasonic Viera.


Martin, I am having the

From Cathi on December 03, 2014 :: 9:56 am

Martin, I am having the same problem and was wondering if you ever figured it out.


Facebook when viewed on Panasonic TV

From Anthea Rocker on December 28, 2014 :: 7:25 am

I can read the Newsfeed but it does not show up the pictures with the comments - how do I get it to do this?


Displaying Pictures

From Andy on July 16, 2015 :: 6:57 am

My Viera tv has an sd slot but it doesn’t recognize jpeds on the sd card. The same sd card can be read by my computer (and my camera) displaying the images stored on it.

Is there some extra step I need to do in order to get the tv to “see” the jpegs and read/display them?


Panasonic Slide Show - photo order

From Tony Roberts on October 29, 2015 :: 2:01 am

Have slide show running off a USB stick no problem.
But would like the photos to be displayed in order based on the name of the photo.
I name my photos 001 flight out.jpg 002 landing in Penang.jpg etc etc
So want the order to based on the name of the file.
Can’t find it - any suggestions?


Slide Show

From Martin on July 20, 2017 :: 12:38 pm

I did eventually get a reply from Panasonic.  They stated that the images would be shown in date/time order of the image, so I altered the date/time on the image in order to FORCE the viewing in the order I wanted - it didn’t work, so I’m none the wiser!


Sequenced slideshow

From Ross McClelland on December 24, 2018 :: 1:18 am

If you have a number of pics that you want to put into a slideshow just “rename” the slide A and then B etc. If you have a great number you can go Aa and then Ab etc all the way through the alphabet.


SD Card Stuck

From Bill on September 22, 2016 :: 11:29 am

I put a sd card in my Viera and now it won’t come out. It does push in a little like it should but, it does not pop out….. Any ideas?

Thanks, Bill


Just pull it

From Josh Kirschner on September 22, 2016 :: 12:04 pm

Could be there is a little spring in there that is broken, which is why it doesn’t pop out. But you should be able to just pull it out without any issues.


Any ideas?

From Andres Jss on January 25, 2017 :: 3:56 pm

My dad wants to see ALL the photos we have. The problem is that there are about 300 GB of pictures. He also wants a slideshow with music. Any ideas? Is it possible to connect a Storage disk? Would it be better to make a video of all the pictures?


Loop video

From Eujin on July 20, 2017 :: 8:56 am

I have Panasonic Viera and was wondering if it is possible to loop video using SD cards. If not SD card, is there other way?


If you can put videos

From Suzanne Kantra on July 20, 2017 :: 12:31 pm

If you can put videos in a slideshow, you can turn on the “Slideshow Repeat” feature to create a video loop. If you can’t create a slideshow with just the one video, you can put two copies of the same video on your card to create the slideshow. Hope this works out for you!


Images wrong way round

From Leigh on May 27, 2018 :: 9:59 am

I have put photos from my pc onto a usb flash drive as I want to have a photo slide show for a party, when usb inserted it plays through but some photos are the wrong way round but show the correct way before the slide show starts, I have rotated and saved but it comes up saying cant be saved. Can you help


Slide show speed

From Jill Thompson on December 07, 2018 :: 1:08 pm

I purchased an inexpensive TV for slideshow purposes in my office. The brand is ONN. Unfortunately these slides move very fast. The slides are powerpoint and I convert them to jpeg onto usb. I was told this needed to be done. What are my options in order to slow them down once they are playing on the TV from the USB? Thank you!


You'll have to check your owner's manual

From Josh Kirschner on December 07, 2018 :: 2:11 pm

Every device is different as far as controls and settings, and as a Walmart house brand, we don’t know much about ONN. See if you can find information in the owner’s manual. If not, there is likely a customer support number or email listed for ONN.


Pictures from phone to tv screen

From J Blowe on March 02, 2020 :: 5:23 pm

I have a samsung smart tv and my photos are on my iPhone 6s Plus. I get my internet from a hot spot Verizon. I live in a very remote farm area. So how do I get to see my pictures on my big screen screen tv?


It depends on how you want to do it

From Josh Kirschner on March 03, 2020 :: 6:26 pm

All the methods above we describe for a camera will work for an iPhone, too, with some minor tweaks. If your Samsung TV is one of the newer models with the Apple AirPlay app, then streaming from your iPhone to the TV is a piece of cake. Otherwise, your best solution is to download the photos from your iPhone to a USB stick or SD card (may be easiest to sync the photos with your computer first an use that to create the USB stick) and put that in your TV.

You could also buy an Apple TV and use that for streaming, but at $149, that seems like a lot to spend unless you also want to do movie streaming, but since you have poor internet, that’s probably not an option. Or, get a lightening to HDMI cable, but that would require you to leave your phone plugged into the TV, which also isn’t the best solution.


I just want to see my sd pictures added unto my TV channel station?

From Darius Perry on April 01, 2020 :: 1:21 am

Thank you all for the support to help?


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