How To Fix Samsung TV Screen Is Dim

Are you experiencing the Samsung Smart TV dim screen issue? There are several factors that can cause this problem such as wrong picture mode settings, tv’s firmware is outdated, or even a software glitch. To fix this, you will need to perform several troubleshooting steps.

Samsung is a popular South Korean company that manufactures various products ranging from smartphones, air conditioners, refrigerators, and various Smart TV models just to name a few. The company’s Smart TV lineup is one of the best in the market today as it comes with some of the best features to provide a great viewing experience.

How do I fix a Samsung TV that is too dark?

 Samsung TV that is too dark

One of the issues that you might encounter with Samsung TVs is when the TV’s screen brightness appears to be quite low. When watching a movie you will only get a dim or dark screen making the viewing experience quite lacking.

This issue usually occurs when:

  • Watching a show and the screen dims during a dark screen.
  • A new update has been applied.
  • Using a particular app.
  • A temporary software glitch occurs.

Here’s what you can do to fix Samsung TV’s screen brightness issues.

Solution 1: Power cycle your Samsung Smart TV

The first thing you need to do when your Samsung TV’s picture is too dim is to do a restart. This will eliminate the possibility of a software glitch that might be causing the problem.

Restarting the Samsung TV

Unplug your Samsung TV from the wall outlet or wall socket

Wait for 60 seconds then press and hold the power button on the TV for 30 seconds. Do this while the TV is still unplugged.

Wait for another 60 seconds before plugging your Samsung TV back on.

Solution 2: Check the Samsung TV’s brightness settings

One of the reasons why your screen’s brightness is too low is because the brightness level setting is too low. Try increasing this setting and check if the issue still persists.

Change the brightness on your Samsung TV

Press the MENU button on the remote control.

Press the up or down button to select the Picture mode.

Press the ENTER button to access the Picture menu.

Press the up or down button to adjust the Brightness level of the picture.

Solution 3: Change the picture mode of your Samsung TV

The preset picture mode that your TV is using is Standard mode. If this is not bright enough for you then you can try using the Dynamic mode.

The various modes available are:

Standard: This is the Default mode that’s suitable for most viewing environments.

Dynamic: Pictures are brighter and clearer in bright viewing environments.

Natural: Reduces eye strain for a comfortable viewing experience.

Movie: Suitable for watching TV or movies in a dark room.

Filmmaker Mode: Watch the content (movie or TV show) without any changes to the picture settings.

Changing picture mode

Press the MENU button on the remote control.

Press the up or down button to select the Picture mode.

Press the ENTER button to access the Picture menu.

Select Dynamic Mode

Solution 4: Reset picture settings on your Samsung Smart TV

There might be instances when after making a few changes on your TV picture settings the TV’s brightness becomes too low. Increasing the brightness level does nothing to fix the problem. When this happens the best option for you is to reset the picture settings back to their default values.

Resetting picture settings

Using your remote, navigate to and select Settings (All Settings) > Picture > Expert Settings > Reset Picture, and then select Yes to confirm.

Solution 5: Turn off Energy saving mode

If resetting the picture settings of your Samsung TV does not work then try to check if energy saving mode is enabled . Samsung TV’s features an energy saving mode that will adjust the brightness of your Samsung TV automatically. This is to reduce power consumption.

Disable Energy saving Mode

On your Samsung remote control, press home button

Click on Settings menu

Scroll down and click General tab

Click to select Eco solution

Click to Select Energy saving mode

On samsung remote control, press Enter to turn energy saving mode OFF.

To avoid confusion, Energy Saving mode and Power Saving mode are the same since some Samsung TV models uses Energy saving mode while other TV models uses Power Saving Mode.

For older Samsung TV model, Ambient light detection is used. Therefore to turn the feature off, go to settings then general and then eco solution and then Ambient light detection.

Solution 6: Make sure your Samsung TV is running on the latest software update

There are instances when the your Samsung TV will experience picture related issues because of a bug in its current software version. You need to make sure that your TV is running on the latest software version as this will com with various enhancements and bug fixes that could address this problem.

Updating Samsung Tv software

Turn on your Samsung TV

Connect your Samsung TV to the Internet.

Press the Menu or Home button on your Samsung remote.

Select Settings menu by using the Samsung TV remote.

Find Support in the left panel and select it by the TV’s remote.

Select Software Update.

Select the option of Auto Update to set your Samsung TV update automatically

You can also manually update your Samsung TV software by following these steps.

Search for your TV’s model code on the Samsung Support website and then download the Upgrade file.

Unzip the contents and store it on your USB drive.

Insert the USB drive into the USB slot on your Samsung TV.

The firmware update will start automatically.

Solution 7: Factory reset your Samsung TV

If after performing the methods above the screen is still too dim then it’s best to perform a factory reset. This means that the settings on your Samsung TV will be restored as if it is a new tv.

There are two ways that you can do this, using the remote and without a remote.

To factory reset using the remote

On your samsung remote control, click Home button.

Select Settings tab

Select General

Scroll down and select Reset.

When prompted, enter security pin when applicable. (Default PIN is 0000)

TV will restart on its own. After tv completely restart, go through the initial set up again.

To factory reset without the remote

Locate the power button on Samsung TV. Location of the power button varies with Samsung model either on the right, left or bottom of the device.

Using the Menu button, move to select Settings

Then select General

Scroll down and select Reset option.

Solution 8: Contact Samsung support

If after performing the troubleshooting steps listed above the picture issue persists then you should get professional help by contacting the nearest Samsung service center.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What to Do If Samsung TV Has Sound But No Picture?

    There's a possibility that the wrong HDMI port is being used causing the no picture issue. Check whether the HDMI cables have been properly connected at the back of your screen. Note the HDMI port number on the port’s side. Press the Source button on your Samsung remote and select the correct port number.

  2. Why does my Samsung TV screen dim or brighten by itself?

    This is most likely due to the Ambient Light Detection function which is turned on.This feature measures the light in the room and changes the screen brightness automatically to reduce power consumption.
    You can turn off Ambient Light Detection on Samsung TVs by going to System > Eco Solution > Eco Sensor > select On or Off.

  3. Why does my Samsung TV turn off when I turn it on?

    This could be caused by a problem with the remote control, loose connections, or power supply issues.

  4. Why does my Samsung television keep turning off after an update?

    If you are experiencing this issue after a system update then try resetting the TV by unplugging it for a minute then plugging it back in. If the issue persists then try to perform a factory reset.

  5. Why is my Samsung television remote not working?

    The most likely reason why the remote is not working is because the batteries are drained. Try getting a new battery and check if this fixes the problem.


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