Samsung TV Won’t Turn On (SIMPLE FIX!)

Do you have a problem where your Samsung TV won’t turn on? It’s probably not a huge deal. Samsung technology is high-tech, but also fragile. I bet we can fix it.

The first thing you should try is power-cycling your Samsung TV.

To power-cycle your Samsung TV, you need to unplug your tv power cord from the wall. Do not plug it back in yet. With the power cord unplugged, press and hold the power button on the TV for 30 seconds.

After the 30 seconds is up, wait another 30 seconds and plug the tv back in.

Did it work!?

Power-Cycling Your TV

The first troubleshooting technique you should try is always power-cycling your TV.

Power-cycling will fix almost any tech issue you come across. If your Samsung TV won’t turn on, here are the steps you should take to try the power-cycling fix.

Unplug Your Samsung TV

The first thing you should do is unplug your TV from the wall. This will start the process of power-cycling your TV.

Unplug TV to Fix Samsung TV Won't Turn On

Hold the Power Button

Your Samsung TV should have a power button on the TV. This will need to be on the TV, not the remote. Once you locate this power button, hold it in for 15 seconds.

Doing this will allow your TV hardware to properly recycle power inside.

After 15 seconds is up, you can release the power button.

Wait 30 Seconds

After you have released the power button on the TV, wait 30 more seconds. Do not plug in your TV yet.

If you wait the proper amount of time, you should be able to plug your TV back into the wall (not a surge protector) and your TV should work!

Samsung TV won’t turn on still, keep reading. There are more things for us to try.

Check Your Samsung TV’s Power Cord Connection

You should check to make sure your TV’s power cord is properly all the way plugged in.

This will involve checking the power cord connection in the back of the TV and checking the power cord connection in the electrical wall outlet. These shouldn’t move when plugged in.

If they are not snug, give a little push to ensure it’s all the way in.

Do you have an extra TV power cord? If you do, it would be a good idea to check the other power cord. Sometimes power cords go bad and cannot be revived.

Check Power Cord to Fix Samsung TV Won't Turn On

Check Your TV’s Electrical Outlet

Your TV’s electrical outlet should work for all devices requiring power.

Do you have an Amazon Echo Alexa, phone charger, or anything else you could plug into that outlet? This would help you nail down that it’s not the wall outlet. You can plug anything into the wall that gives you instant feedback.

If your Alexa works, or the lamp turns on, your outlet is fine. We can go on to the next step.

Confirm Your TV Input

Most updated TV’s have multiple source inputs. These inputs could range from:

  • Antenna
  • HDMI
  • Cable
  • Digital Cable
  • Components

You will need to check if your TV input is on the right source.

The easiest way to check this is follow your HDMI cable from the cable box, DVD player, etc and see what port the HDMI cable is plugged into on your TV. TV’s sometimes have HDMI 1, HDMI 2, HDMI 3, and sometimes more.

You will need to check your inputs. Sometimes this can cause power issues.

Check HDMI Cable to Fix Samsung TV Won't Turn On

Update TV Firmware

If you are still experiencing issues, it would be in your best interest to check the Samsung TV’s website for firmware updates.

Not having the correct firmware updates will sometimes cause power issues if they are not correctly installed.

Samsung TV Won’t Turn On FAQs

How do I reset my Samsung TV if it wont turn on?

You should unplug your TV and leave it unplugged for a full 60 seconds. While it is unplugged, press and hold the power button on the TV (not the remote) for 30 seconds. Wait another 30 seconds before you plug the TV back in.

What would cause a Samsung TV not to turn on?

If your TV won’t turn on, you should check the cables are properly plugged in the TV and the wall first. If the red stand by light is on, try turning it on from the TV, not the remote.

Why won’t my Samsung TV turn on with a red light?

The red light means your Samsung TV is turned off and is on standby. Check your HDMI cable to ensure it is completely plugged in.

How do I fix an unresponsive Samsung TV?

Unplug the TV from the electrical wall outlet for 30 seconds and then plug it back in. The issue should be resolved when you plug it back in.