This is a fairly common problem, primarily 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 micro consoles. For example, you can use Apple TV and Roku, which use HDMI to connect to your TV.
However, the 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 will show you three ways to set HDMI to default on Samsung TVs.

Why doesn’t my TV show through HDMI?

The reason is simple and trivial. The TV is set from the factory so that you are watching TV channels, not using a TV with an HDMI device. Therefore, you must select this option in the settings to connect to another device via HDMI. Of course, now that televisions have become more innovative and new HDMI standards have been developed, the TV can detect that there is an HDMI signal and automatically turn on the HDMI signal reception. But this is not always convenient and can sometimes cause conflicts between different devices.

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.

I have several devices connected to HDMI. When I turn on Anynet+, they all turn on.

When Anynet+ is turned on, this feature will be applied to all HDMI ports. If you are using multiple devices to watch a video and have various HDMI ports occupied, be aware that all devices will turn on simultaneously, which may be unacceptable. If you want to exclude any device from this process, you will need to disable HDMI CEC on that device. There is an easier option if you use the device infrequently and unplug it (unplug it from the wall outlet or put the switch on the device in the off position).

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

The TV will now always select the HDMI input as the primary source when turned on. You can like a specific input to connect by default to display video; this input will connect regardless of signal availability.

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  1. I don’t know what’s more frustrating: dealing with this ongoing issue or continually finding websites with information that takes me nowhere. My Samsung Qled TV QN55Q60RAFXZA was purchased two years ago and absolutely none of these settings apply to what I have my TV’s menu. I don’t have any main category in my menu called ‘System.’ I have a ‘System Manager” under the General category and the Anynet menu is listed under “External Device Manager.” I’ve adjusted the HDMI CEC numerous times with no change in the unit continually defaulting from HDMI1 back to TV when I turn it on (it works for about about five days before reverting back). I don’t have any setting whatsoever under General labeled ‘Start setup,’ or anything in my menu that even resembles or applies to that sub-menu. This is the fourth or fifth website I’ve looked at that doesn’t take into consideration that the menu systems on all Samsung TV’s are not identical. After dealing with this problem for almost two years I’ve pretty much resigned myself that it’s not fixable. I’ll know better than to buy another Samsung TV when this one eventually gives out.

  2. This was extremely well done. I was on Samsung chat and asked about assigning a specific HDMI port as default. He never mentioned Anynet+ but he did seem to sneak in a comment about needing to “verify” the default port upon turning on the TV. What I need is an absolute default AUTOMATIC HDMI port that will open my FireTV stick and NOTHING ELSE…unless I do it.

  3. The model number is only printed on the back of the TV. (Thanks Samsung.) It’s permanently mounted on the wall. How can I ever find the model number?

    Without the model number… how can I find the “start setup” or “default source” menus? (They are totally different than the ones shown here.)

    • You can find the model number of the TV in the menu. This information is in the TV’s menu about the system or TV info.

  4. But I have four HDMI inputs, Fire Cube, DirecTV Genie and Blu-Ray Player with the HDMI2 (ARC) going to a Sound bar. The TV comes on ok using HDMI3 which is the satellite box but then changes to HDMI2, the ARC Sound bar and I have to tell it to go to HDMI3. I’m okay telling it to go to HDMI4 if I decide to use Fire Cube and it will switch to that when I hit Home on the Fire Cube remote anyway. How do I get it to go to a specific HDMI on Startup?

    • You have HDMI-CEC enabled on your TV. At Samsung it is Anynet+. The TV switches when it detects a signal from a device connected with HDMI. Turn off Anynet+ mode.

  5. I have aQ80A , it has no setup option in the menu. Been chasing this issue for 2 weeks and have spent many hours with samsung support and searching on line with no resolve. Thinking taking it back will be quicker. Samsung dropped this ball back in 2017 and still have no fix.

    • I’ve been dealing with numerous fixes for this issue for almost two years. I have an Nvidia Shield connected to my HDMI1 port and I even had Nvidia support trying to help me with it with no solution. Remaining on a fixed port is a pretty basic setting for a tv, but I would say at this point that just being able to do that went way over Samsung’s head. I spent another hour today trying to get Samsung’s SmartThings app working with both my TV and Alexa… it’s completely useless and unresponsive as many of the reviewers of the app re-iterated. Samsung was at the top of its game a few years ago, especially in re: to tv’s. It’s too bad, because their manufacturers are pretty much just producing junk now.


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