Change the Source of a Samsung TV

Last modified : May 21. 2019

All TVs will have various inputs available that are called Sources within the TV menu. You might have one or more HDMI ports, or a USB drive attached to the TV – both of these will only play on the TV when the corresponding Source is selected on the TV. You can attach both Audio and Video inputs as external devices.


When your TV is switched on and you connect a device, an option will pop up on your TV to select that device as a source to use.


Changing the Source on your TV can depend on what kind of remote  you have - older TVs will have a Source button at the top of the remote control, and newer TVs have the Source control built into the TV Menu. See the steps below for more details.

2015 TVs and older:

1 Press the Source button on the remote control to cycle through the Source Inputs
2 Choose the source of your choice based on the input connection used. The table below shows a list of sources and connection type.

Notice: If the source is greyed out (Not Active) it means the source is not connected. On 2011-2016 Model TVs, when you physically connect the TV with the external device, it will become an active source. 2017-2018 Model TVs will only show sources that are already connected.

2016 TVs and newer:

1 Press the Home button on the remote control to bring up the Smart Hub.
2 Toggle through the menu to select Source
Select Source from the Smart Hub Menu

TV Source and connection types

TV Source and connection type

Connected Input 














USB Stick/HDD 










If you require more, please consult the user manual from our Manuals & Downloads page. Otherwise, please get in touch with our Samsung Care Australia experts on 1300 362 603 (Toll Free in Australia) or contact our Live Chat Australia team.

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