How To Fix Samsung TV Turning On By Itself In The Night?

Imagine this, you are tired of working the whole day and in the middle of a good sleep, and suddenly your Samsung TV is turned on by itself. You know that there is no ghosty reason but it is annoying to wake up in the middle of the night to turn off the TV set frequently.

Note one thing, this is not happening only with you. TV that turns on autonomously is a common issue, often fixable with some straightforward solutions.

In this guide have listed various reasons behind this TV problem and possible fixes that could save your sleep tomorrow.

Note: This guide is applicable to Samsung and various other TV brands such as Vizio, Sony, and more. As many of them use similar Android TV systems.

Possible Causes of Your TV Turning On by Itself

Here is the list of the most common possible reasons your TV set is turning on by itself,

  1. Stuck Remote Power Button
  2. HDMI or CEC Settings
  3. Low Remote Batteries
  4. TV Softwars’s Internal Timer
  5. Connected Devices

If there is no fixed timing or daily pattern for the TV to power on itself. It must be issued with your remote controller or software update which is causing restart.

But, if you observe a fixed daily pattern, you need to check with the TV’s internal timer settings or connected devices.

Some TV sets record activity logs, Check the Event logs to identify the exact reasons. To identify,

  1. Go to Settings and select Support.
  2. Select About this TV then Event logs.
  3. Loon for “Power-on Reason” appears in the log history.

For example, in the following screenshot, YouTube is turning power on.

samsung tv activity log
Screenshot of About TVs event log showing “Poweron reason”

The good news is that most of the time, these issues can be resolved with some straightforward fixes, regardless of your TV’s brand or model.

How to Fix Your Self-Turning TV

Here’s a step-by-step guide to diagnose and rectify your TV’s ghostly habit:

1. Check the Remote Control: The power button on your remote might be stuck, triggering unintended signals to your TV. If the remote’s batteries are running low, it can send random signals to the TV, causing it to turn on or off.

  • Make sure the power button on your remote isn’t stuck. If it is, disassemble the remote for a thorough cleaning.
  • Check the remote’s batteries. Low battery power can send random signals to your TV, potentially turning it on. If you find yourself pressing the remote buttons more than once, it’s a sign to change the batteries.

2. Look for Internal Timers: Sometimes, an internal timer is inadvertently set to turn on your TV at inconvenient times.

  • Check for internal timers in your TV’s settings. Depending on your TV brand, you’ll find it in the settings or preferences section. Disable any timers that you don’t need.

3. Investigate Connected Devices: Unplug one connected device from your TV at a time and observe if the issue persists overnight. This process of elimination will help you identify the device causing the problem. Depending on the culprit, you might need to purchase a new cord or device.

4. Review HDMI or CEC Settings: External devices like routers or network devices can unexpectedly turn on your TV. Internal settings, like HDMI CEC, may inadvertently turn on your TV during updates.

  • Investigate your TV’s HDMI or CEC settings. Sometimes, during service provider updates, your TV may turn on automatically to apply new software. You can disable HDMI CEC or similar features to prevent this from happening.

5. Factory Reset: If none of the above methods work, you can try resetting your TV to its factory settings. Please note that the process may vary depending on your TV’s brand and model, so consult your TV’s manual for specific instructions.

6. Seek Customer Support: If a hard reset fails to resolve the issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to customer support. You can usually find the support contact information for your specific TV brand online.

Here is support number of top TV brands,

  • Samsung: 1 (800) 726-7864
  • Sony: 1-800-538-7550
  • LG: 888-376-6825

Have you ever faced the late-night TV activation mystery? Share your experiences, questions, or any other insights in the comments below. 📺

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