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Use Ambient Mode on your Samsung QLED TV

Ambient mode displayed on a 2019 QLED TV

Since the TV is the focal point of your living room, it should always make a statement. With Ambient Mode on your Samsung QLED TV, you can make your TV look beautiful even when you’re not watching it. Ambient Mode elevates your space by displaying décor, weather information, and (new on the 2019 QLED TV) artwork, trending pictures, and stories based on your interests.

Enter Ambient Mode

It couldn’t be easier to enjoy a little ambience on your QLED TV. You can display décor, weather info, news, photos, and artwork.

You can even create a background theme, where you take a picture of the wall and use it as your TV’s background, making it blend in seamlessly.

To enter Ambient Mode, press the Ambient button on your Samsung Smart Remote, or press Home, then navigate to the ambient icon that is located on the home menu bar. When you select a category at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a preview of the available features and content. To view more detailed information, highlight it, and then press the Up directional button. Press the Home button to return to TV mode.

Ambient Mode button highlighted on Samsung Smart Remote

Note: The ambient button only appears on the Samsung Smart Remote. If you press the Ambient button when the TV is turned off, the TV will turn on in Ambient Mode.

Customize Ambient Mode content

Once you’re in Ambient Mode, take a look around and enjoy the scenery. You can press the Up button on your remote to view detailed information about the content on your screen. But it doesn’t end there – you can customize the content on your screen to make it look even more unique. Press the Down directional button to change the following settings:

Note: Available functions may not be supported depending on the content.

Customize Ambient Mode option
  • Backgrounds: Changes the background color of the content in Ambient Mode.

  • Shadow Effects: Applies a shadow effect to give more depth to the images.

  • Brightness: Adjusts the brightness level.

  • BG Saturation: Adjusts the color saturation of the background.

  • BG Color Tone: Adjusts the color tone of the background.

  • BG R-Gain/BG G-Gain/BG B-Gain: Adjusts the red, green, and blue contrast of the background.

Adjust Ambient Mode settings

One of the best parts about Ambient Mode is that it’s self-adjusting; you can set the brightness to automatically match the level of light in the room. But if you’d prefer it more dim so you can unwind, or you want to set a timer for Ambient Mode to turn off automatically, you can do so by adjusting the settings. Press the Ambient button to enter Ambient mode, and then select Settings. Here are the different settings you can customize:

Ambient Mode settings displayed on a QLED TV
  • Auto Brightness: Changes the auto brightness setting for Ambient Mode.

  • Ambient Off Timer: Sets the time when the Ambient Mode screen turns off automatically. If there is no remote control input for the set time, the screen will go off. To turn the screen back on in Ambient Mode, press the Ambient button on the remote.

  • Reset All Photos: Resets the photos imported from your phone or Samsung Cloud.

Note: Ambient Mode settings can also be adjusted in the SmartThings app available on Android and iOS devices.

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