How to set HDMI to default on your Samsung TV

HDMI is a high-frequency multimedia interface that allows you to transmit high-resolution data, including pictures or video. This type of connection is used when you decide to connect a set-top box or multimedia player, for example. Also, you need to use HDMI if you want to connect a game console.

Of course, you can switch the input type to HDMI all the time and this might even be handy if you only occasionally use third-party devices.

However, in case you use, for example, Apple TV or Roku set-top box all the time, it will be more convenient if HDMI is set as default.

If that’s what you need, you can easily set HDMI to default in Samsung TV. Here’s how.

How to set HDMI as a default for your Samsung TV with Anynet+

By default, any TV is oriented to receive broadcast instead of HDMI, so to switch, you need to select this option in the settings.

Any TV uses HDMI CEC technology to synchronize the TV and the connected device. Samsung calls this technology Anynet +, so you need to turn it on. To do this, do the following

  • Go to the menu.
  • Go to “System“.
  • Select “Anynet+” and make it to be ON.

When this feature is on, every time you turn the TV on, it will be in HDMI mode and will automatically pick up any device connected to the TV. Also, if you turn on a connected device, the TV will turn on automatically.

However, sometimes (though quite rarely), the TV won’t use HDMI as default, even when Anynet+ is on. In this case, you need to change the input method in the settings menu.

How to set HDMI as a default via settings menu

In case you have enabled Anynet+ but HDMI is still not used by default, you need to change the Start setup input in the Samsung TV settings menu. Here’s what you should do:

  • Go to Settings
  • Go to General
  • Find Start setup
  • Choose HDMI as a default input

Now, HDMI will be used by default when you turn on your Samsung TV, but don’t forget to keep Anynet+ option turned on.

How to set HDMI as a default via secret menu

You can also use the secret menu to set HDMI as a default. Moreover, there are additional settings that allow you to configure HDMI input more flexible. However, keep in mind that this method is only for advanced users only, so if you aren’t sure you are ready, we don’t recommend using this method. But if you feel like you’re ready, here’s what to do:

  • Enter Samsung secret menu (you can read about this here).
  • Go to Control.
  • Choose Hotel Options.
  • Turn Hospitality Mode ON
  • Now, go to Power ON
  • Choose the Power ON source to be TV
  • Now, choose HDMI/DVI On

As I said, I don’t recommend to use the last method, as it demands you to be an advanced user. However, the first 2 methods are extremely good.

Vladislav Mashirenko
Vladislav Mashirenko
I'm currently a lead editor and owner of Splaitor. Also, I'm the chief editor at


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