How do I set HDMI to default on Samsung TV?

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This is a fairly common problem, especially these days when the TV is used not only to watch TV channels, but primarily as a big screen for content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Disney+. Also, many users use digital media players and microconsoles. For example, you can use Apple TV and Roku, which use HDMI to connect to your TV.

However, a common problem is that HDMI is not set by default and you have to change the input each time in the TV settings.

In this article, I would show you 3 different ways of how to set HDMI to default on Samsung TV.

Why is my TV not picking up HDMI?

The reason is simple and trivial. The TV is set from the factory so that you watch TV channels instead of using a TV with HDMI-device. Therefore, in order to connect another device via HDMI, you need to select this option in the settings.

How do I connect HDMI device to my Samsung TV?

To make the explanation easier, let’s take Apple TV or Roku as an example.
To control a device connected via HDMI is used HDMI CEC technology. Samsung has its own name for this technology, so it is known as Anynet+.
To enable Anynet+ you need to do the following:

  • Open the menu.
  • Select ‘System’.
  • Choose ‘Anynet+’ On.

Now, every time you turn on your Samsung TV, HDMI-connected devices like Apple TV or Roku will turn on automatically. Moreover, you can also turn on Apple TV or Roku and your TV will also turn on automatically.

However, it’s possible that although the TV is now synced with Apple TV or Roku and turned on with them, when you turn on the TV, the antenna input will be selected by default. In that case, you will need to change the input method in TV settings.

How do I use HDMI on my Samsung TV by default?

There is another way that might help. You must do the following:

  1. Open menu
  2. select ‘Settings’.
  3. Choose ‘General’.
  4. Select ‘Start setup’.
  5. When you are asked for the source of the content, select digital media player and HDMI port with connected Apple TV, Roku, or any other digital media player.

After that, every time you turn on the TV, it would start with Apple TV, Roku or any other media player you’re using.

How to enable HDMI in secret menu on my Samsung TV by default?

The secret menu offers more flexible options for configuring the HDMI input. However, you should be aware that this is a complicated process, so if you are not prepared, we recommend not using this method.
However, if you do decide to use this method, here is how to enable HDMI as a default input way:

 SM>Control>Hotel Options>Hospitality Mode (ON)>Power On Source>HDMI/DVI (On)

How to enable HDMI by default
How to enable HDMI by default

  • Select ‘Hotel Options’

How to enable HDMI in Samsung TV secret menu
How to enable HDMI in Samsung TV secret menu

  • In some TVs you should choose ‘Hospitality Mode’ (but that’s optional)

How to enable HDMI by default in Samsung TV secret menu
How to enable HDMI by default in Samsung TV secret menu

  • In almost all TVs models you should select ‘Power On’

Power On
Power On

  • Choose ‘Power On Source’

Samsung TV HDMI enabling
Samsung TV HDMI enabling

  • Then choose ‘HDMI/DVI On’

Power on Source HDMI
Power on Source HDMI

Now your TV will always select the HDMI input as the main source when you turn it on.

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