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LG TV Static Screen – Causes and How to Fix

As an LG TV owner, I was recently frustrated with a static screen that suddenly appeared on my TV. After doing some research and testing, I’m here to share with you what I discovered and how I solved it, as well as other potential solutions.

A static screen can appear on your LG TV due to a faulty cable, a weak connection from the satellite, interference from other devices or an issue from the cable provider.
Troubleshooting steps such as turning off the TV and unplugging the box can help to fix the issue.
If you don’t have cable television, you can change the setting of the static screen to a peaceful screen saver.
Switching to HDMI input is a convenient way to make sure that your TV will turn back on to the setting it was previously on.
Soft reset and unplugging the TV are two other potential solutions.

Why Does Your LG TV Show a Static Screen?

If you’re a tech geek like me, you’ll want to know why the static screen shows up in the first place. There can be several answers to that question, but they boil down to two major answers.

What do the answers depend on? Whether or not you have live television. Because of streaming apps, the demand for cable television has been decreasing. But that doesn’t mean there’s no demand. 

So, we’ve made sure to include all possible reasons.

If You Have Cable Television

If you’re trying to watch live television and you see a static screen, it might be glitching.

There are different reasons why it could be glitching, so let’s elaborate a little more on them:

  •  A faulty cable is connecting your box to the TV.
  • A weak connection from the satellite.
  • Interference from other devices such as a modem or BlueTooth device.
  • An issue from the cable provider themselves.

If the screen is glitching because of one of those reasons, there are troubleshooting steps you could take to fix the issue.

Any other issue would probably need a technician visit, which your cable provider would need to send over. Lucky for you, cases like that are rare.

How To Get Rid Of The Static Screen

Now that you know why there might be a static screen on your TV, let’s go over a few troubleshooting steps that solve the issue most of the time. 

  1. Turn off your TV screen.
  2. Unplug your box.
  3. Wait 1 minute.
  4. Plug your box back in.
  5. Turn on your TV.

In most cases, your TV screen should be back up and running. If not, you’ll need to contact your cable provider for a technician visit. 

If You Don’t Have Cable Television

If you’re more into streaming apps than live TV, then you’re in the completely wrong section of your LG TV. 

The beauty of an LG TV is that it can display almost anything, whether it’s an app, site, or live television. That is why the TV is divided into different sections that display certain things.

The LG TV is set to switch on to the cable section automatically, so you might encounter a static screen when you’re first opening the new TV up. 

How To Get Rid Of The Static Screen

You can change the setting of the nostalgic and loud static screen to a peaceful screen saver next time you switch on your TV. 

There are minor differences between each model of an LG TV, but the titles of the settings are overall the same.

There are six steps:

  1. Go to your settings.
  2. Pick general.
  3. Go to channel tuning (in some models, you’ll need to go to channels first, then channel tuning).
  4. Go to manual tuning.
  5. Click on cable DTV. 
  6. Select add to switch sections. 

Once you shut off your TV and turn it back on, you should be able to view your streaming services or whatever you intended to watch. 

Switching to HDMI Input 

If you come across a screen saver that says something along the lines of “No Signal,” just click on the Gallery Mode option on your home screen to get access to your other viewing options.

And a convenient way to make sure that your TV will turn back on to the setting it was previously on is by switching to HDMI input. You can do that by following these four simple steps:

  1. Go to your home screen.
  2. Open the Inputs menu, which is usually on the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Click on the HDMI input.
  4. Press confirm.

This saves you from the hassle of having to switch to what you were previously watching every time you turn your TV back on!

Soft Reset

You can start with a soft reset. Simply press the volume down and power buttons simultaneously until the TV reboots. It usually takes 11 to 12 seconds, and then you can let go of both buttons when you see the LG bootup logo.

Alternatively, you can hold down the power button for three seconds or until the TV turns off. Then, turn on the TV and check for the LG WebOS logo.

Both soft reset methods only reset the operating system, so they don’t completely reset the TV. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to try resetting the entire TV using the methods listed below.

Unplug the TV

If you were unable to operate the menu screen, or do a soft reset, unplug the TV while it’s still turned on. 

Wait for 30 to 60 seconds before plugging it back in, and then check to see if the screen now works normally.

Final Thoughts

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It can definitely be annoying to switch on your LG TV to a static screen and that absurdly loud noise it comes with. But at least you got a little blast from the past!

And the issue is super easy to fix. Whether you use cable television or not, the steps are simple, even if you’re not a tech genius.

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So, happy streaming!