How to Change HDMI Input on Samsung TVs [Guide]

Like other TVs available in the market, Samsung packs its TVs with multiple HDMI, USB, and other ports. While Samsung TV works fine with the default, when we connect an external device to check or watch the content we need to change the input source. In this article, you will learn how to change HDMI input on Samsung TV.

Every Samsung TV, be it a modern basic TV or a very feature rich TV, all have HDMI input ports. With the help of the HDMI input port, one can easily connect devices to the TV like set-top boxes, streaming sticks like Roku, Firestick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast or even your PC. Even gaming consoles now use HDMI ports to display contents on TV.

While this is all great, it can be a headache if you’re not familiar with HDMI settings and how to switch between HDMI ports on the TV. In this guide, we will show you various steps that you can follow to change the HDMI input on different Samsung TV models.

How to Change Input Source on Samsung TV

Before we go into the steps needed to change the HDMI input on your Samsung TV, make sure to have your device plugged into the TV via the HDMI input ports. Most of these HDMI input ports will be present on the back panel of your TV. So, once you have plugged the device into the TV via the HDMI port, you can follow the steps that we have mentioned below.

On 2022 and Newer Samsung TV Models

Follow the below-mentioned steps to change the input source on Samsung TVs released in 2022 and later.

Step 1: Press the Home button on the remote control.

Step 2: Tap the Left button on the control circle, and a sidebar will appear on the TV.

Step 3: Navigate to the Connected Devices.

How to Change Input on Samsung TV

Step 4: Now with the Right button, choose the input of your choice under Sources.

2016 to 2021 Samsung TV Models

If you are using the newer Samsung TV models released between 2016 and 2021, you can follow these steps.

Step 1: Grab the TV remote for your Samsung TV and press the Home button.

How to Change HDMI Inputs on Samsung TVs

Step 2: The Smart Hub should now be launched on your TV. Navigate through the menu and select the Source option. The option will be next to Settings.

Step 3: From here, you can choose the source input by selecting the right HDMI input source.

Samsung TVs with Universal Remote

If you are the owner of a Samsung TV that was manufactured in 2015 or before, you will have a remote with a lot of buttons. Even if you are using a non-smart remote with a new TV, you can follow these steps to adjust the HDMI input.

Step 1: Power up your Samsung TV and grab the TV remote.

Step 2: On your remote, press the Source button.

How to Change HDMI Inputs on Samsung TVs

Step 3: It will switch to another Source, Stop pressing the button once you reach the correct HDMI input source connected to your TV.

How to Change Input Source on Samsung TV Without Remote

If you don’t have a remote control in your hand or if it’s not working properly, you can also change the input on your Samsung TV without a remote. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Find the control menu on your Samsung TV. You will find it on the side or bottom bezel.

How to Turn On and Control Samsung TV Without Remote

Step 2: Use the buttons to go to the source menu.

How to Change Input on Samsung TV

Step 3: Highlight the input source you wish to use, and the TV displays the content from the relevant source.

Controls for Physical buttons can vary depending on the model. If your TV has only one button, then press it once to bring control menu. Now press the button to navigate to Source option. Then to switch between source, press and hold the button.

Moreover, you can also use Samsung’s SmartThings app to control the TV and change the input source. Check out our dedicated guide to achieve this.

How to Enable HDMI ARC Output on Samsung TV

Apart from just using the HDMI input source by connecting various devices, you can also send your TV output to modern home theaters and soundbars via the HDMI ARC output port.

To ensure that your Samsung TVs’ audio output is sent to the home theater or soundbar, make sure to connect both devices via the HDMI ARC ports. Once both devices are powered on and connected, you can follow these steps based on the TV model and year that you have.

Samsung TV Models – 2019 and Newer

If you have a 2019 or newer model Samsung TV, follow the below steps to enable HDMI ARC:

Step 1: Grab the TV remote and press the Home button on it. 

Step 2: Now, navigate and select Settings from the Smart Hub on your TV. If your remote has Settings button, you can press it and then open All Settings.

How to Change Input on Samsung TV

Step 3: Now go to Connection tab. On some models you will need to open General tab instead of Connection tab.

Step 4: Select External Device Manager.

How to Change Input on Samsung TV

Step 5: Now, choose Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC). And make sure its enabled.

How to Change Input on Samsung TV

The TV’s audio will now be sent to the connected speaker via the HDMI ARC port.

Samsung TV Models – 2018 and 2017 (T/Q, R/Q, N/Q, and M/Q series)

For Samsung TV 2017 and 2018 models, use the below-mentioned steps to enable the HDMI ARC port.

Step 1: Press the Home button to launch the Menu and select the Settings option.

Step 2: Select the General option, then choose External Device Management.

Step 3: Finally, select Anynet and then HDMI CEC.

Samsung TV Models 2016 (K Series)

Follow the below steps for Samsung TV’s 2016 K series models:

Step 1: Press the Home button and select Settings.

Step 2: Select System, followed by Expert Settings.

Step 3: Finally, choose Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC).

Samsung TV Models 2015 and Older (J Series)

If you have 2015 and older Samsung TV models, follow the below steps to enable the HDMI ARC port.

Step 1: Press the Menu button on your Samsung TV remote.

Step 2: Select System, and finally Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC).

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Change HDMI 1 to HDMI 2 on Samsung TV?

You can easily switch the input source with the Source button on Remote or in the Connected Devices option.

Can I Change the Input on Samsung TV Without Remote?

Yes. You can change the input source of your Samsung TV even without the remote control, either by using the control menu or the SmartThings app.

Why are Samsung TV HDMI Ports Not Working?

There are several possible reasons why the HDMI ports are not working, whether the cable is not properly connected, the correct input source is not selected, or others. We have a dedicated guide on how to fix it.

This concludes the guide on how you can change and adjust the HDMI inputs on a Samsung TV. There are different ways you can change the input source on your Samsung TV. The methods mentioned above work perfectly for those remotes that have the Source button and the Menu button.

There is, however, another way that you can follow to change the source of your Samsung TV. All you need to do is plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI input port while the TV is on. It will automatically switch to the HDMI input device that has been connected. We hope that this guide helps you understand how to change the HDMI input on your particular model of Samsung TV.

If you have questions, feel free to ask us in the comments section below.

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