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WIFI apps missing. Search symbol where apps used to be

The searching circle in the screen is where the apps were. It stays there until the TV is turned and then on

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Sounds like something is interfering with the WiFi signal that is coming from your router.

If it has worked OK before has something changed in the room/house /etc layout, between your router and your TV? Is there a second router maybe or other WiFi source?

The WiFi aerial in a TV is usually mounted behind the screen, and mostly, TVs are backed up to a wall, making for less than ideal reception.

If possible try moving your router closer to your TV or try changing the WiFi channel being used by the router, to a less "popular" channel, being used in your immediate vicinity. A lot of routers default to using Ch 1,6 or 11. If their signals are strong enough, interference problems can occur. "Google" WiFi scanner for Win or Mac to get a programme that allows you to "see" which channels are in use around your area so that you can avoid them if possible, by selecting a "quieter" channel, thereby minimizing interference. This is also handy to use when setting up your home WiFi network. Your PC/Mac will need to have Wifi capability to use the programme.

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