Samsung TV Screensaver Keep Coming ON – How to Fix

Samsung smart TV is one of the most widely used smart TV, and this is not only due to its structural superiority but also its exceptional features. One such feature is the built-in screensaver.

The screensaver of the Samsung smart TV is a helpful feature that displays moving pictures or animations on the screen when the TV screen is inactive or showing still image/video. Usually, on Samsung TVs, it automatically comes ON after 30 minutes of screen activity or still image display.

But if this feature keeps coming up every time, not within the automatic time of activity or even during activity, it gets annoying and frustrating. Fortunately, there are solutions for Samsung TV screensaver that keeps coming ON.

In today’s article, we will explore why screensaver comes up, the causes of this frustrating condition, and how to fix the Samsung TV screensaver that repeatedly activates itself.

Why Screensaver?

The screensaver prevents the Samsung Smart TV screen from burning in and preserves the dynamic image quality of the screen.

Burn-in is a physical mark left on the screen and remains forever, no matter what you’re watching or doing. It’s mainly caused by prolonged fixed/still images, icons, or logos on the screen. It then leads to the degradation of some of the organic material in the screen.

Also, pictures and videos shown on the screen are a product of different pixels combining the light they emit to produce a visual effect. Therefore, the prolonged exposure of a particular color by the pixels may begin to wear and degrade it, reducing the screen’s image quality.

Therefore, we can all agree that incorporating the screensaver feature benefits the user. You can’t purchase such an expensive gadget and have the picture quality reduced or several black marks in a few months.

However, this useful feature can become annoying or frustrating if it starts coming up when viewing a streaming service or pausing your streams for a few minutes, and the screensaver comes up. What should you do?

Proceed with this guide to find a solution.

Why Samsung Smart TV Screensaver Keeps Coming ON – 4 Common Causes

There are several reasons for the frequent activation of Samsung TV screensavers. It’s best to know the cause of the frequent activation before troubleshooting the Smart TV.

Here are the common causes of screensavers that keep coming up:

1.     The Auto-protection Time Setting

Auto-protection setting is one of the major reasons the screensaver of your Samsung activates itself frequently. The Smart TV screensaver automatically comes up at the set time of this feature.

The auto-protection time serves as the time the TV system should automatically turn on the built-in screensaver of the Samsung TV. For example, suppose the Auto-protection time is set to 10 minutes. In that case, the built-in screensaver will automatically turn ON when the system detects a still image/video for 10 minutes.

2.     System Glitch

Some form of misconfiguration or software glitch can automatically activate the in-built screensaver. Any of these on your Samsung smart TV may cause frequent screensaver activation.

3.     Outdated Operating System or Any Other Firmware

Operating systems and firmware software are programs incorporated into hardware such as the Samsung TV to help them operate effectively. Therefore, if they need to be updated, it means the developers have created a better version, and the previous one may contain bugs.

These bugs can then be responsible for the TV’s idleness, frequent activation of the screensaver, and other system errors on the streaming device.

4.     Peripheral Devices

Peripheral devices are devices connected to the Samsung smart TV, such as sound bars, source/cable boxes, external storage devices, game consoles, video players, etc.

These devices may cause the TV to activate the screensaver when inactive or corrupted automatically. For example, suppose the source/cable box has nothing to deliver to the TV. In that case, it remains inactive, and the screensaver feature comes up after some time.

Samsung TV Screensaver Keep Coming ON – How to Fix

There needs to be more than just knowing the causes of the frequent screensaver activation; fixing the issue to enjoy a better watching time is the goal. And that is the focus of this article.

After several research and interactions with people with similar issues, here are the working methods and adequate instructions to follow depending on the cause:

1.     Disable the Auto Protection (Screensaver feature) or Increase the Auto Protection Time

Turning off the Auto Protection Time feature of the Samsung TV is the simplest and the easiest method to fix the problem. By disabling it, you’re assured that your smart TV will stop using this feature at random.

However, there’s a huge risk associated with this – the television risks burning in and losing its image quality.

Furthermore, in some Samsung Smart TV models, you can select a particular duration the Auto Protection Time feature should automatically come up.

How to Disable Auto Protection Time Feature on Samsung Smart TV

Follow the steps below to disable the Auto Protection Time Feature on Samsung smart TV using the remote.

  • Press the ‘Home’ button on the remote
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
  • Navigate to ‘Settings’ on the SmartHub menu. It opens a window tab
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
  • Proceed to click ‘All Settings.’
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
  • On the window tab, navigate to ‘General.’
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
  • Then proceed to ‘System Manager.’
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
  • On the System  Manager tab, navigate to ‘Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time

Depending on your Samsung Smart TV model, toggle the Auto Protection Time button to disable the feature. Moreover, you may also choose an Auto Protection Time duration if your smart TV allows you to do so.

How to toggle off Auto Protection Time
How to toggle off Auto Protection Time

2.     Disconnect the Peripheral Accessories/Gadget

As said earlier, the accessories and gadgets associated with the Samsung TV may be the culprit to the frequent activation of the screensaver. Hence, to detect whether this is the culprit, disconnect all the accessories and observe the behavior of the smart TV.

However, some accessories are necessary for watching different events, and it’s not ideal to disconnect them all the time, e.g., the cable box, game console, or video player. Therefore, after disconnecting, you should power cycle (hard reboot) the television and the cable box.

Disconnect the smart TV, cable box, or receiver from the power source to power cycle them. Reconnect them and check if the problem persists.

If the problem persists, there is a possibility that the recurring effect of the screensaver feature is associated with one or more channels on the cable. Try changing the channels to find out if they are responsible for the cause. If yes, consider removing the problematic channel or stop watching it.

If the problem persists similarly with all the channels, consider restoring the factory settings of the cable box or changing the cable box.

Follow the instruction guide of the cable box to restore the factory settings.

If the frequent activation of the screensaver is associated with other connected accessories, consider power cycling, factory reset, and changing the item to prevent the reoccurrence.

3.     Change the Samsung Smart TV Picture Mode

Most smart TVs have several picture settings such as picture mode, size, and other adjustments; the Samsung smart TV is not an exception to it. These picture settings are designed for special purposes so that you can enjoy your favorite shows.

However, one or more picture modes may cause a software/system glitch that can lead to frequent screensaver activation. Although this sound extremely rare, it’s not something unheard of.

To verify picture mode is not the culprit, try switching the different picture modes and observe if the issue occurs.

Follow the instructions below to change picture modes on Samsung smart TV:

  • Press the ‘Home’ button on the remote
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode
  • Navigate to ‘Settings’ on the SmartHub menu. It opens a window tab where you click on ‘All settings.’
  • Select ‘Picture’ from the tab
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode
  • Proceed to click ‘Picture Mode.’
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode
  • Choose a picture mode different from the current one
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode
How to change Samsung smart TV picture mode

Test and apply the different modes present to see if it helps solve the frequent activation of the screensaver. If not, proceed to the next solution

In addition, you may reset the Picture setting to the factory settings. This may be advantageous because an imbalance between one or more advanced picture settings may be responsible for the issue.

To reset the picture settings, go to Settings > All settings > Pictures > Expert Settings > Picture Reset

4.     Update Firmware, Software, and Operating System (if available)

Every once in a while, your Samsung smart TV may receive a firmware, software, or operating system update. It is essential to follow these updates to new features on your device or fix bugs that may lead to frequent activation of the screensaver.

Irrespective of your Samsung TV model, the software and firmware must be up-to-date for maximum functionality.

There are two ways to update your Samsung TV; you can check for available updates through the TV settings if your TV is connected to the internet or download the firmware of the update from the Support section on the Samsung website and then install it through a USB drive.

Follow the steps below to update the Samsung Smart TV online:

  • Connect the Smart TV to the internet and Press the ‘Home’ button on the remote
How to update Samsung Smart TV software
How to update Samsung Smart TV software
  • Click on ‘Menu’
How to update Samsung Smart TV software
How to update Samsung Smart TV software
  • Proceed to select ‘Settings.’ Here, a window tab pops up (Depending on the TV model, you may have to click on ‘All Settings’ to proceed)
  • From the tab, navigate to ‘Support.’
How to update Samsung Smart TV software
How to update Samsung Smart TV software
  • Then proceed to click ‘Software Update.’
How to update Samsung Smart TV software
How to update Samsung Smart TV software

After clicking the ‘Software Update,’ you will get a pop box from here where the TV will begin to search for available updates. If there is any update, it will start downloading and proceed to installation automatically.

How to update Samsung Smart TV
How to update Samsung Smart TV

Conversely, if there’s no update, you will get a pop-up message stating, ‘There is no update for you at the moment.’

How to update Samsung Smart TV
How to update Samsung Smart TV

However, suppose this solution doesn’t stop the frequent activation of the screensaver. In that case, you can proceed to the last and ultimate solution.

5.     Restore Factory Settings

Restoring the factory settings of the Samsung Smart TV will be necessary if any of the solution methods stated above solve the issue. This should be the last resolution to the frequent activation of the screensaver.

This process wipes out all documents, pictures, installed applications, and other files on the smart TV. Therefore, it’s important you back up your data and personal settings to prevent total loss.

Follow the instructions below to restore factory settings on your Samsung TV:

  • Press the ‘Home’ button from your remote and then navigate to click ‘Menu.’
  • Click on ‘Settings’ to open a window tab
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV
  • From the window tab, select ‘General.’
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV
  • And here, click on ‘Reset.’
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV

You will be asked to enter your PIN code. The default PIN is ‘0000.’ Enter it and proceed to the reset operation.

How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV

To complete this operation, you’re required to restart the TV. Select ‘OK’ after the resetting, and the TV will automatically restart.

In addition, if you own a different model of Samsung TV and this process doesn’t correspond to yours, navigate through Settings > Support > Self Diagnosis. You will find ‘Reset’ here; click on it to begin the process. Else, you can check the user manual for directions.

Note: You may have difficulty resetting the factory settings with the operation statement ‘Sorry, this option is unavailable.’ If you encounter it, navigate to the ‘Source’ on the TV or press the ‘Source’ button on your remote and ensure it’s on ‘TV.’ Now you can proceed with the factory reset.

How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV
How to restore factory settings on Samsung Smart TV

Frequently Asked Questions

1)    What is the Difference between Samsung Auto Protection Time and Sleep Timer Mode

Auto Protection Time is an in-build screensaver feature that is activated when it detects a still image on the screen for the period it has been selected, while sleep mode is the amount of time you will prefer your smart TV to stay ON before it automatically turns itself OFF.

The major difference between these two features is their mode of action – the Auto Protection Time feature begins to display animated videos or slides to prevent screen burn and maintain screen durability. Instead, the sleep mode feature automatically turns OFF the TV at the selected time, irrespective of whether there is a still image or continuous streaming service.

2)    Can I Change My Samsung TV Screensaver Animation and Picture?

Yes, you can select the animation or pictures your Samsung TV displays on activation of the screensaver feature. Go to Settings > System > Advanced System > Screensaver > Change Screensaver to change the animation or picture. Here you can choose any animation or picture you want to display.

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