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TCL TV Stuck in Standby Mode? Here are the Causes and How You Can Fix It

As an owner of a TCL TV, I know how frustrating it can be when it gets stuck in standby mode. I recently experienced this issue and after some research and testing, I am here to share what I discovered and how I solved the problem.

This blog post will discuss the possible causes of the problem and provide different solutions to help you get your TCL TV working again.


  • The standby mode on TCL TVs is designed to save power when not in use.
  • You can change the time it takes for your TV to go into standby mode or disable it entirely.
  • You can fix your TV if it’s stuck in standby mode by changing the settings or performing a factory reset.
  • Different lights on your TCL TV indicate different messages about the condition of your TV.
  • Although the standby mode is convenient, it should not be relied on to turn off your TV set.

What Causes Your TCL TV to Go into Standby Mode?

The standby mode on your TCL TV is designed to save power when you’re not using it, but it’s still powered on. This is because designers at TCL are super keen on providing their customers with the best user experience, and this is a clear example of that.

Say you fell asleep while watching your favorite TV show. Instead of just keeping the TV on indefinitely, the device is programmed to fall asleep after a certain amount of time.

The default time is set to four hours. In other words, if none of the buttons on the TV or its remote are pressed for four hours straight, the TV set will go into standby mode.

Think of it as the screensaver on your computer or laptop screen.

The good news is that you can make this duration shorter or longer. You can also disable this feature entirely from the Settings menu on your TV.

Is Your TCL TV Stuck in Standby Mode? Here’s How to Fix It

One of the highlights of owning a TCL TV is that it has a glowing light that turns on whenever you leave your device switched on but not in use. Some even say it adds aesthetic appeal and gives the room a soft glow.

However, many users get tired of this standby light after a while. Yet, they’re at a loss as to how they can turn it off.

Below are two ways to get your TCL TV out of standby mode.

Change the Settings

Luckily, TCL TVs feature top-of-the-line user experience design. So, if you ever find your standby lights too bright or annoying, you can simply head to the Settings menu and shut it down.

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to fix your TV if it’s stuck in standby mode.

  1. Go to ‘Home Settings’ on the TV by pressing the ‘Home’ button on the TCL remote control.
  2. Scroll down until you find the ‘Settings’ option.
  3. Next, scroll until you find the ‘System’ option.
  4. Then, select the ‘Power’ option.
  5. Finally, choose the option that says ‘Standby LED’ and toggle it off.

Perform a Factory Reset

Sometimes TVs, especially the newer models, update their software, which causes glitches in the system later on. Having your TV stuck in standby mode could be one of these glitches.

Yet, the fix is super easy. Simply restore the settings on the TV to how it was when you first bought it.

One way to do this is by pressing down on the reset button on the TV itself. Next, use a paperclip and hold down the button for about 10 seconds. It might take several tries, so don’t get discouraged if you have to repeat it a couple of times.

Another way is through the Settings menu, like this:

  1. Press the ‘Home’ button on the remote to open the home screen on your TV.
  2. Scroll until you find ‘Settings.’
  3. Choose ‘System,’ then select ‘Advanced System Settings.’
  4. Finally, click on ‘Factory reset.’
  5. A code will appear within a red box. Enter this code and follow the rest of the instructions to complete the process.

What the Different Lights Mean on Your TCL TV

Now that you know what causes the standby light and what it means, it’s time to focus on the other types of lighting on your TV.

Each type conveys a different message about the condition of your TV set.

Take a look.

  • LED light is off: if the TV is on or displaying a screensaver, it indicates that the TV is switched on
  • LED light is off: if the display isn’t on, this means the device isn’t connected to a power source
  • LED light is blinking quickly: the TV is responding to the signals from the remote control
  • LED light is blinking slowly: if the display is on, this means the TV is rebooting and updating its software
  • LED light is blinking slowly: if the TV is off, it indicates that the device is in the process of shutting down

A Final Note

Do you often find your TCL TV stuck in standby mode? Well, now you know what causes it, as well as how to fix it.

This feature does have its advantages. For example, if you often find yourself forgetting to turn off the TV when you leave the house, this can be a convenient tool.

Still, this feature shouldn’t be relied on to turn off your TV set. As long as your TV is switched on, it’ll still consume power nonetheless.

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