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TV Image Is Zoomed In (Causes and How to Fix)

Are you dealing with an image on your TV that is zoomed in? I know this can be incredibly frustrating and can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite shows and movies. Recently, I experienced this issue and after a lot of research and trial and error, I was able to find a few solutions. In this post, I’m going to share what I learned and offer some tips on how to fix this issue. This post will discuss some of the causes of this issue as well as provide detailed instructions on how to fix it.

Several factors can cause the images on your TV screen to look zoomed in or stretched. It could be due to the TV settings, the input source, or the media you’re trying to play.

Why Is the TV Image Zoomed In?

One of the most common causes of a zoomed-in display is that the aspect ratio of the media and the TV may not match. 

Sometimes your TV might zoom in automatically to fill the screen with the image. It could have also been the result of accidentally pressing some buttons on your TV remote. 

If you think this may be the cause, you can use the remote to put things back in order.

What Is the Aspect Ratio?

Your TV screen and the movie or show you’re trying to play both have an aspect ratio. It describes the screen or video’s width and height relative to each other.

Older TVs and videos were in Standard Definition. The aspect ratio used was 4:3, and images were contained in almost a square shape. The resolution was usually limited to 480p.

Nowadays, most TVs and videos come in widescreen and High Definition. The aspect ratio has been adjusted to 16:9, which shows us more of the scene. Resolutions from 720p and up are now supported by modern TVs.

If the aspect ratio of the TV and video don’t match, it may cause some distortion.

How to Fix the Zoomed-In Image?

Here are some of the steps you can take to try and fix the zoomed-in image on your TV:

Using Your TV Remote Control

If your remote control has a button labeled Aspect, Ratio, Zoom, Wide, Format, Stretch, or Picture Size/Mode, press it so you can start adjusting your screen.

This button will let you cycle through the different adjustments in your TV’s display. Keep pressing until you find one that suits what you’re currently watching.

If you can’t find that button, these settings might also be found after pressing the Menu button. Once you’re in the menu screen, look for Picture Settings, Display Settings, or Aspect Ratio, then choose the setting you prefer.

When using a smart TV, you can head over to the home screen and click on Settings. From there, choose TV Settings, then Display. If you select Screen Position, you’ll be able to see options to zoom in and out of your screen.

Using Your Cable Box Remote Control

If you’re watching on cable and your TV remote control doesn’t fix the zoomed-in image, you can try using your cable box remote

Look for a similar button as mentioned above and cycle through the options until you find one that fixes the zoom.

You may also want to check if all the wires connecting your TV to the cable box are plugged in properly. This is to make sure your signal is strong and that it really is the aspect ratio that you need to fix.

If this method still doesn’t work, the broadcast itself may not be in an aspect ratio that fits your TV. This usually happens when watching older programs.

Restarting Your TV and Other Devices

In case the previous steps didn’t work, don’t worry just yet. You can always try to restart your TV to see if that will bring back the original settings. 

First, turn off and unplug your TV and other devices that might be causing the zoomed-in display. This could be your cable box or DVD player. Leave them unplugged for about 10 seconds.

Check to see if the image has been fixed after turning your devices back on.

Checking If the TV Is the Issue

Continue checking if the problem is with your TV or other connected devices. You can switch through different HDMI inputs to see if any of them are clear and the right size.

If none of them appear right, your TV might have an issue. You can also tell if this is the case when even the main menu looks zoomed in. At this point, you may need to call a professional to repair your TV.

Try a soft reset

A soft reset, is where you turn off the TV and unplug it from the wall outlet. You then usually have to wait for 60 seconds then you can put the plug back in and turn the TV on again. Performing a soft reset clears a device’s internal memory of running programs, which often clears up any technical glitches.

Try a hard reset

A hard reset involves completely resetting the TV to its factory defaults. Most TV models have specific instructions. However, if you have a Samsung TV here are the steps to follow:

To perform a factory reset:

  1. Head to Settings > General.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. Enter your PIN > then select Reset.

Note: If you didn’t change your PIN initially the code is 0000

Wrapping Up

Sometimes, the fix for your zoomed-in TV display is just a few button presses away. It’s best to try out all the solutions before seeking professional help.

Keep in mind that some older programs won’t fit your TV’s aspect ratio perfectly. However, you can still adjust the picture settings so you can enjoy the show better.

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