Samsung TV Won’t Turn On – Simple Fix

Samsung TV Won't Turn On
Samsung TV Won’t Turn On

We have all gone through that numbing experience when our Samsung TV won’t turn on. Plugging the tv into a power source and switching on the remote control fails to bring the tv to life. Or sometimes it does turn on your tv, but there’s no video. Then, at times, you could see or hear nothing except the menu option, and at other times the tv only shows a black screen, and nothing else happens.

Sometimes the solution to any of these problematic issues is straightforward. All you need to do is soft reset your tv or do a firmware update. At other times it may be a bit more complicated and require professional expertise.

Troubleshooting a Samsung tv that won’t turn on can be a frustrating experience. But the solutions are more straightforward than you think they are. We won’t recommend repairing your tv on your own (there are professional hands for that kind of work).

We can suggest some basic preliminary checks and simple reset ideas that can eliminate all the other reasons your tv won’t turn on.

So, without further ado, let’s get started.

What could cause a Samsung TV not to turn on?

The reasons your Samsung tv won’t turn on could be several. There could be a problem with the adapter or the remote control; there could be residual power in the tv that you need to drain out.

If you notice the red light on your Samsung tv is blinking, that usually means the power supply is bad.

What is the red standby light?

The cue to detect if the tv is connected properly to a power source is the tiny red light at the bottom edge of the tv. It could be on the bottom right or left of the tv depending on the model.

Samsung TV red light flashing
Red Standby Light

When the light turns red, the tv is properly connected to a power supply and is on standby mode. This is also why it is also known as the standby light.

When the tv is functioning properly, the light will turn off.

It could also turn off or flash rapidly when the tv is not working. That will suggest there is a bad power supply.

Sometimes, though, the red standby light turns green. This usually indicates that there is a problem with the panel of the tv.

This also suggests that at least the central processor is working and sending information to the panels to turn on your tv. But because of any issues with the panel, there is no display or a black screen on your Samsung tv.

Samsung Remote
Samsung Remote

Precheck for hardware issues

Before you start the troubleshooting processes, ensure that your tv does not suffer from any major hardware issues. Check the remote control to confirm if anything is broken.

Check the keys and figure out if they are all intact. Make sure that the batteries are freshly charged and that they are not damaged or leaking in any way.

Also, check for any physical damage on the tv, check if the panel is intact, and if there are any issues with that.

Gently tap on the tv screen with your finger. Does it blink? If it blinks then the tv is working properly.

To confirm if the remote is not working, you can download a remote application on your mobile device to control the tv and ensure that the remote is the problem.

Check for any broken button on the TV

Make sure that there are no broken buttons on the TV. Press the power button and hold it for a minimum of ten seconds to confirm if the tv turns on.

If it does not turn on and the button recedes inside the panel, then definitely there is an issue with the power button. That’s just one of the buttons. The problem could be any one of the other buttons.

On the other hand, if pressing the power button turns off the standby mode, the internal lock is activated.

If there are any hardware issues resulting because of the power or any other button, make sure that you don’t attempt to fix the problem on your own.

You will require the assistance of a trained professional who knows how to repair your Samsung tv. Contact Samsung tv service center to have a trained professional sent to you.

Make sure you have selected correct input source

Check if the correct input source has been selected. Sometimes the connection of an additional source like an AV device or wireless internet connection etc. can interfere with your Samsung tv.

Samsung TV Input Source
Samsung TV Input Source

For example, if you have a mobile device casting to the TV and the cast is paused, your tv screen can go black after a while.

You can switch off all HDMI, AV, or other input devices if there is a problem. Stop casting and switch off the connection between your Samsung tv and your mobile device.

There is an easy check to confirm if the issue is an incorrect source. Press the menu button on your tv remote. Does the Menu appear on the tv screen? If it does, your tv screen is working fine, and the issue is the source.

How do I fix an unresponsive Samsung TV – The hard reset option

Once the basic precheck is done, you are sure that the problem is not physical damage and that your tv remote is not the issue you can move on to the other steps.

There could still be an issue with your remote. To solve it, you can hard reset the remote. We will show you how to do it in a moment.

If your Samsung tv doesn’t turn on, you can try the hard reset option that would squeeze out any residual power from your tv. This is how to do it.

First, unplug your tv and wait for 60 seconds. Now, while the tv is unplugged, press and hold the power button on your tv for a full 30 seconds.

After 60 seconds are up, plug it back into the power supply and switch it on. This should soft reset your Samsung tv.

This short helpful video shows the hard reset method, along with a few other fixes.

Your tv should work this time without any issues. Make sure to wait the full 60 seconds and not plug back your tv in haste.

You could wait for more than 60 seconds. But you shouldn’t in haste, try to plug back your tv before the 60 seconds are up.

Hard reset the remote control

Sometimes your Samsung tv won’t turn on even after resetting the power button. The heart-stopping black screen of death may still be there.

It may be necessary to hard reset the Samsung tv remote control just as you did a reset of the tv unit.

So switch off your Samsung tv and also switch off the power button on the wall power supply.

Next, take the batteries off your remote control. Ensure that both the batteries are taken off. This should reset your Samsung tv remote.

Samsung tv won’t turn on because of a bad power socket

If this is the root of the problem, i.e., a bad power socket, it may take a while to figure out. Depending on what your preliminary checks have been.

Try an alternative power socket. If the Samsung tv turns on, then the problem is identified.

The same goes for faulty surge protectors. Sometimes due to a thunderstorm or lightning strike, the surge protector can take a hit and go out of action.

Changing the surge protector can help, or you can plug the TV directly into a wall socket and check if it is working correctly.

Poor signal strength due to bad weather

Sometimes your Samsung tv may show the standby mode light, but when you switch it on using the remote, it only shows a black screen. This may sometimes happen because there is poor signal strength due to bad weather.

At that point, there is nothing much that you can do. There are no power issues, as fiddling with the power button or the power cord will worsen things.

In such a situation, you have to wait out the bad weather and let the signal strength improve.

Check if you have accidentally turned on the sleep timer/power saver mode

Samsung TV Sleep Timer
Samsung TV Sleep Timer

This could be yet another simple issue that could result in the frustrating problem that your Samsung tv won’t turn on.

There are two modes on your tv that can turn off the tv after a while. The first is the sleep timer, and the other is the power saver.

If the sleep timer is switched on, your tv will automatically switch off after a stipulated time. The result will be a black screen that would leave you baffling.

Alternatively, if you have the power saver mode turned on, it could result in a similar switching off of the tv after a while.

To turn off the Sleep timer, follow these steps –

  • Press the Menu button.
  • Then select System and click time.
  • Select Sleep timer and set the Off option.

To turn off the Power saver mode, follow these steps –

  • Press the Menu button.
  • Navigate to the Settings option in the Menu.
  • Click on something that says Eco Solution or Energy Saving mode.
  • Choose the option Off and exit the menu. Your tv will now never switch off on its own.

Firmware update issue

Sometimes if every other check passes and the Samsung tv still won’t turn on, it could be an issue with the firmware. Obsolete firmware is something that many of us don’t always think of when checking for problems.

Follow the steps mentioned in your Samsung tv manual to update your tv’s firmware and restart it.


As you saw, several reasons could lead to a black screen and your Samsung TV not turning on. But the solution, most of the time, is simple. In most cases, you may not even need the expertise of a professional tv repair person to take a look at your tv.

Using the checklist and following the simple solutions, you can start watching your favorite shows in no time.

Only on rare occasions will you need call for someone to come down. And that would be for the unlikely situation when there is a physical issue with your tv. Most software and simple power-related issues can be taken care of on your own.

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