Samsung TV Green Screen: One Fix That Worked For Me

Samsung TV Green Screen: One Fix That Worked For Me

I’ve been using my Samsung TV primarily for gaming because I love how good HDR looks in a lot of modern games and TV’s now have support for high refresh rates as well.

However, last night when I sat down to play a game, I realized the screen had an odd green tint.

I tried restarting the TV and checked my HDMI cables to make sure they were working well, but this was to no avail.

Finally, I got on the internet and found the easiest fix to the problem. Turns out my love for HDR content is what caused this issue.

Your Samsung TV shows a green screen because the green color tends to get oversaturated by the RGB Only Mode and HDR+ mode on your TV. You can turn these off by going to ‘Menu’>>’Picture’>>’Expert Settings’ and turn off one or both modes.

Adjust Your Picture Settings

One of the main reasons for green tints on your Samsung TV is because the HDR & RGB settings have caused the green color to oversaturate in the display.

It’s pretty simple to fix, and you can follow the steps below:

  • Click the ‘Menu’ button on your remote and navigate to ‘Picture Settings.’
  • Open ‘Expert Settings’ and scroll down to HDR+ Mode and turn it off.
  • Now navigate further down and click on RGB Only Mode and select ‘Off.’

Now in most cases you’ll only have to turn off one or the other. It’s also important to note that this green screen usually tends to affect non-HDR content.

So, you can turn the setting back on if you’re viewing HDR content.

If the HDR+ mode and RGB color mode didn’t remove the green tint, then you can go to ‘Picture Settings’ and adjust the backlight and brightness settings and it should fix the issue.

Check Your HDMI Cables

If you’re trying to view HDR content on your Samsung TV, there’s also a chance that the HDMI cable you’re using doesn’t support HDR.

While all HDMI cables look similar, they have different specifications and features. 

And because HDMI is backwards compatible, you might be using an older cable that doesn’t support features such as HDR.

In such cases, you might see a green tint on your device. I’d suggest replacing your existing cable with HDMI 1.4 or higher.

Although if your cable is already a high speed HDMI, then the cable might be damaged.

Update or Factory Reset Your TV

There are chances that the issue might also be caused by a bug or software glitch.

In such situations, it’s best to check if there is a software update for your Samsung TV.

Navigate to ‘Menu’>>’Settings’>>’Support’>>’Software Update’ and click ‘Update Now.’ If there is an update, it will automatically download it and restart your TV once completed.

However, if there aren’t any updates available, it might be a software bug. You can fix this by factory resetting your TV which will reinstall any software from scratch.

Navigate to ‘Settings’>>’General’>>’Reset’ and enter the default pin 0000 if you have not set a pin previously.

Follow the on screen instructions and your TV will start the factory reset process, which should take a few minutes.

Once it’s done, you can proceed to set up your TV and check if the green tint has disappeared.

Contact Samsung Support

In the event nothing worked, you’ll need to get in touch with Samsung support as it may be a hardware failure or issue causing the problem.

In such situations, it’s better to get professional support to fix your TV. 

You can also get in touch with your local retailer such as Walmart or Target if you purchased directly from them.

Keeping the Green Screen Away

As mentioned, the green screen issue usually crops up when the green color pixels get oversaturated due to HDR and RGB only modes.

While this can fix the issue on Samsung TVs, it’s also usable for other models such as Sony, Vizio, etc.

Additionally, make sure to use the right cables when you’re viewing content. 

Preferably, always use current generation HDMI cables since they’re backwards compatible, and if you do upgrade your TV, you’ll still be able to make use of the latest features.

And finally, since newer TVs have a lot of individual arrays of pixels, power fluctuations can cause your display to have some bright spots which can alter the perceived color.

To mitigate this, you can use a voltage stabilizer which will regulate the power and can also help prevent your TV from being damaged during power fluctuations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my Samsung TV screen turn green?

A green screen or tint on your Samsung TV suggests an issue with the picture settings. You can fix this by going to ‘Menu’>>’Picture Settings’>>’Expert Settings’ and turning off either HDR+ mode or RGB Only mode.

What is the best HDMI cable for my Samsung TV?

While any HDMI will work on any Samsung TV, it’s better to have HDMI 1.4 or higher since most devices nowadays have features that you can make use of by using a more recent cable. Plus if you’re planning to upgrade your TV, you can carry over your HDMI cable.

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.

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