Change the Source of a Samsung TV

Last Update date : Dec 14. 2020

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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

Add a Source to Smart Hub for quick access.

1 Press the House icon Home button on your remote and then navigate to Box with arrow on left side. Source by using the directional pad.
Source, located lower left corner of screen.
2 Navigate to the Source you want to add to Smart Hub and press the Up button on the directional pad of your remote.
List of Sources plugged into your TV.
3 Select Add to Home.
Source options. Information and Add to Home.
4 Choose the position you want to place the source for quick access.
Moving tile position.
5 The Source tile will now be on the Smart Hub.
Source tile added to Smart Hub.

Please Note: When the Source has been removed from the TV, the Source tile will also be removed from the Smart Hub. Repeat the steps above to add the Source tile back to the Smart Hub.

TV Source and connection types

TV Source and connection type

Connected Input 














USB Stick/HDD 










Need More Help?

Need More Help?

Smart Simulator - Changing the Source

Try using our Smart Simulator for an interactive guide on changing the source of your Samsung TV.

Smart Simulator - Adding a Source to Smart Hub.

Now that you know how to change the Source of your TV, continue using our Smart Simulator for an interactive guide to add a source to the Smart Hub for quick access.

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