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How to change input on Samsung TV?

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Your Samsung TV can have more than one device as an input source; for example, you can attach an external device like a Roku box, Xbox, Comcast, or a PlayStation to play games or watch shows. However, it might not be very clear when you are trying to switch your Samsung TV screen to show the external device’s information.

In this article, we will provide you with various methods for helping your Samsung TV to recognise the various input devices. You can also rename them according to your preference and ease.

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5 ways for input recognition

First, ensure your input device is connected properly to your Samsung TV. There are five ways in which you can make sure that your Samsung TV successfully switches to your desired input source:

Menu button

Take your Samsung TV remote and follow the steps given below in an orderly manner:

  • Click on your Menu button.
  • Now press the Source option.
  • From the various Source options shown, pick your favoured input device.
  • After you have picked your connected input device, press okay.

Source button

You can cut the above method short by directly pressing the Source button. Then select your preferred input device from the options shown.

SmartThing App

If you have Samsung’s SmartThings app on your phone, you can control your smart TV’s settings as a virtual remote. Follow the steps given as follows:

  • Open the SmartThings app on your phone and select Menu.
  • Tap on Samsung TV from the given list.
  • Your screen will change into a virtual remote.
  • Tap on the Source option on this virtual remote.
  • Choose your desired input source and the Samsung TV will switch from its default view.

Also read: How to change the resolution on Samsung TV?

TV control button

Try locating this TV control button on the side, behind, or beneath your Samsung smart TV. You can find the source button from these buttons and follow the same steps as above to switch to your connected input device.


Make sure your Samsung TV is switched on and connected to the internet (in the case of a streaming box). Now try to connect your input device through an external port and check if the source or input menu shows up for this device.

Types of ports

Your Samsung smart TV is capable of accepting a variety of both audio and video sources. Some of the ports that your smart TV can accept are:

  • HDMI: The most common type of connector is High definition Multimedia Interface. They come in a variety of options depending on the video quality supported. Some include HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.2, and many more.
  • ARC: A type of HDMI port, the Audio Return Channel offers two-way communication from a single HDMI cable. You can connect a TV with a soundbar, giving you input and audio output.
  • Composite video: It uses a yellow round plug called RCA for audio and composite videos, which are old videos that don’t support HD formats but can be used to connect DVD players and any analogue games.

Also read: Why are my Samsung TV apps not working?

Sania Usmani

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