How To Fix Sony TV Screen Is Flickering

Is your Sony Bravia TV screen flickering? There are various factors that can cause this issue such as a software glitch, settings issue or even loose HDMI cables. To fix this, you will need to perform several troubleshooting steps.

Sony is a popular Japanese company that manufactures and sells several products ranging from appliances, consumer electronics, gaming consoles, smartphones, and Smart TVs. The Sony Bravia line of TV products is well known for having some of the best features available making them perfect for a home theater entertainment system set up.

What to do when your Sony TV screen flickers

What to do when your Sony TV screen flickers

Screen flickering is one of the issues that you might encounter with Sony Bravia TVs. This can happen after you turn on the TV or when watching you favorite show. There are instances when the flickering problem disappears on its own but more often you will need to find out what’s causing it.

Here’s what you need to do to fix Sony Android TV screen flickering problems.

Solution 1: Power reset your Sony Bravia TV

One of the common causes of the flickering screen issue on your Sony Bravia TV is a software glitch. A power reset or soft reset will usually fix issues caused by minor software glitches or bugs as it will remove any temporary corrupted data that could be causing the problem.

  • Turn off the TV using the supplied remote control.
  • Unplug the TV power cord from the power outlet and wait about 60 seconds.
  • Reconnect the TV AC power cord to the electrical outlet then and make sure to turn on the Sony Android TV.

You can also perform a soft reset using the remote control.

  • Point the remote control to the illumination LED or status LED and press and hold the POWER button of the remote control for about 5 seconds.
  • Select Restart to restart.
  • The TV should restart automatically. Wait for approximately one minute, and the TV will turn back on. If it does not reboot, press the POWER button on the remote control to turn on the TV.

Try to check if the flickering issue still occurs.

Solution 2: Check the picture mode setting of your Sony Bravia TV

There are instances when the flickering issue is caused by some custom picture mode setting you made on your TV. Try adjusting the picture settings of your TV and check if this fixes the problem.

  • For Google TV models: On the remote control, press the Quick Settings button, then select Display & Sound — Picture.
  • For Android TV models: Press the Quick Settings button, then select Settings — Display & Sound — Picture.
  • For other TV models: press the HOME button, then select Settings — System Settings or Display — Picture.

Try choosing these two modes:

Vivid: A picture with enhanced edges and high contrast.

Standard: Recommended for everyday use at home.

If the screen still flickers when watching movies then try to manually increase the brightness setting of your TV.

You should also try to turn off the light sensor of your TV. If this setting is enabled it will automatically adjust the brightness level of the screen according to the surrounding brightness. This means that if you are in a well lit room then the brightness level will increase while if you are in a dark room viewing movies then the brightness level will decrease.

If there is a problem with the light sensor then it will not be able to make the correct brightness setting automatically which is why turning this feature off usually works.

Solution 3: Change digital noise reduction setting

One of the causes of a flickering screen on your Sony Bravia TV are video sources. The video might be recorded in high resolution settings during night which causes some flickering. To fix this you have to adjust the following settings.

Open the Settings screen.

Select Display — Picture — Advanced settings — Clarity.

Change Digital noise reduction from Auto to High.

Change Random noise reduction from Auto to High.

Decrease Sharpness to 50.

Change Reality Creation from Auto to Manual, then decrease the Resolution value.

Solution 4: Check all connections

One of the causes of the Sony Bravia TV flickering issue is bad HDMI connections. Try removing the HDMI cables then plug them back in making sure that they are secured tightly. There are instances when the issue is caused by a faulty HDMI cable. If this is what’s causing the problem then you will need to use a different HDMI cable.

Solution 5: Make sure your Sony Bravia TV is running on the latest software version

You should make sure that your Sony TV has the last software version installed as this will usually have several improvements as well as bug fixes that could fix the flickering issue.

Sony Google TV models

  • On the supplied remote, press the Quick Settings button.
  • Select the Settings icon.
  • Select System → About → System software update.
  • On the supplied remote, press the Quick Settings button.
  • Select the Settings icon.
  • Select System → About → System software update. If the Automatically check for update settings is turned off, check manually if there’s an update. To check manually, select System software update with the procedure above, and then select Software update.

Sony Android TV models

  • On the supplied remote control, press the Help button (if available), otherwise press the Home button and then select Help.
  • Select Status & Diagnostics, then select System software update.
  • Check if the Automatically check for update or Automatic software download setting is set to ON. If this option is set to OFF, select Check for a system software update or Software update to manually check for an update.

Once the Sony TV is running on the latest version try checking if the flickering issue still occurs.

Solution 8: Factory reset your Sony Bravia TV

If the above troubleshooting steps fails to fix the problem then you should consider doing a factory reset, This step will erase all user settings and resets the TV back to factory specifications.

Navigate to the Settings app using your Sony TV buttons.

Perform any of these three steps depending on your Smart TV model.

  • Select System → About → Reset → Factory data reset → Erase everything → Yes.
  • Select Device Preferences → Reset → Factory data reset → Erase everything → Yes.
  • Select Storage & reset → Factory data reset → Erase everything → Yes.

Solution 9: Contact the nearest Sony service center

If after performing the troubleshooting steps listed above the flickering screen problem persists then you should contact the Sony service center for assistance as this might already be caused by a faulty hardware component.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is my Sony Bravia screen always flickering?

    Your TV will flicker due to several factors such as wrong picture settings, software glitch, a low power supply issue, or even a hardware problem.

  2. Why does my Sony Bravia TV keep turning on and off repeatedly?

    It's likely that this is caused by a loose power cord. Make sure that the power cord is secured tightly to the electrical outlet. If it is and the issue persists then you will need to contact Sony customer service for assistance.

  3. Why is the picture on my Sony TV too dim?

    This is usually caused by a picture setting issue. The brightness level might be too low, the power saving feature might be enabled, or the program coming from the connected device such as a DVD player is just too dark.

  4. How much does it cost to repair the screen of my new TV?

    If your TV is new and under warranty then you can have this repaired or replaced for free.

  5. Why can't I change my Sony Bravia TV picture settings?

    This might be caused by a temporary software glitch. Restarting your TV will usually fix this problem.


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