Have you been taking maximum advantage of your Samsung TV’s HDMI feature?
If 21st Century technology overwhelms you and you don’t know where to get started with your Samsung TV, read along.
We’ll begin with the basics.
The HDMI interface allows you to connect a TV to devices of all types, making it easy to share and transfer files.
We’ll look at how many HDMI ports we have on a Samsung TV and where to find them on the TV.
We’ll also tell you how to connect HDMI cables to your TV and show you how to increase the number of HDMI ports on your Samsung TV to seamlessly connect even more devices to the TV.
How many HDMI ports are on Samsung TVs?
Samsung TVs come with no less than 2 HDMI ports, and in many models, the number of HDMI ports is usually much higher.
Let’s see how many HDMI ports specific Samsung TV models have:
- Neo QLED Smart 4K TVs have 4 HDMI ports.
- Neo QLED Smart 8K TV series come with the Y21 8K One Connect Box, which has 4 HDMI ports.
- The 32-inch version of The Frame QLED Smart 4K TVs comes with only 2 HDMI ports. All other The Frame QLED models—from the 43-inch to the 85-inch model—have 4 HDMI ports on One Connect.
- The Sero QLED 43-inch Class 4K Smart TV comes with 3 HDMI ports.
- The Terrace Full Sun Outdoor 4K Smart TVs have 3 HDMI ports.
- The Serif TV series has 4 HDMI ports, courtesy of One Connect Box.
- The Crystal series is diverse, with many of the TV models having 2, 3, or 4 HDMI ports.
- The Q60 Series has between 2 and 4 HDMI ports.
- The Series 7 has 3 HDMI ports.
- The Series 6 has 3 HDMI ports.
Know your HDMI ports
The ports have HDMI 1, HDMI 2, HDMI 3 (eARC), and HDMI 4 (game) labels.
HDMI 3 plays host to HDMI eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel), an audio feature that can send signals both ways between the TV and the speaker.
HDMI 3 ARC/eARC
Please note that ARC/eARC is optimized to work on this specific port and not any other HDMI port.
HDMI ARC eliminates the need to use an audio cable in addition to an HDMI cable. Instead, you only use one HDMI cable to send the video signal that’s coming into the speakers/soundbar from the source device to the TV.
Then you use the same HDMI cable to send the audio signal from the TV to the speakers or soundbar.
eARC, the advanced version of ARC, is available with HDMI 2.1. It offers more bandwidth, speed, and lip-sync compensation, ensuring that the video and audio are more aligned.
For ARC/eARC to work, both the TV and A/V receiver—must have matching sockets.
On TVs, the HDMI ARC/eARC port is an IN port. But on Samsung TVs, it’s not labeled IN. It simply reads HDMI ARC/eARC.
On speakers/soundbars/AV receivers, the ARC/eARC port is an OUT port and may be labeled HDMI OUT (TV ARC/eARC).
HDMI 4 (gaming)
HDMI 4 bears the game console icon.
As HDMI 3 caters to eARC, HDMI 4 is customized for gaming and ensures you have the most optimal gaming experience.
The rest of the HDMI ports may not have advanced gaming features. Therefore, connecting your gaming console to any of them may not yield the same experience as connecting to HDMI 4.
Where are the HDMI ports on a Samsung TV?
You can find HDMI ports at the back of your Samsung TV.
Hold the TV in front of you with the screen facing away from you. The ports will be on the right side of the TV, lined up in a vertical position.
The HDMI 1 port is typically at the bottom, with the rest positioned above it in ascending fashion.
If your TV comes with One Connect Box, the ports are arranged horizontally on the box.
How can I add more HDMI ports to my Samsung TV?
You can increase the number of HDMI ports on your Samsung TV using an HDMI switch .
This handy gadget comes with one HDMI output port and multiple HDMI input ports. The output plugs into your TV, and the input ports are where you connect your multimedia devices.
So the switch receives signals from many sources and directs them to the TV.
To view content from a specific source, you need to select the corresponding HDMI input on the TV menu. That means taking note of the port number where you’ve plugged each device.
Let’s say you’ve connected your Xbox to HDMI 1 on the switch, your Roku to HDMI 2, and your Apple TV to HDMI 3, and you want to stream on Roku.
You’ll go to HDMI Input on your TV and select HDMI 2. The TV should detect your Roku device and automatically connect to it.
What if you wish to run the Xbox instead?
From your TV, you will select HDMI 1. And as it did with the Roku, the TV will detect the console and auto-connect to it.
As seen here, you can plug in as many devices as the switch allows. Some HDMI switches have only two outputs, and others have 5-6 input ports.
If you have more devices than the ports on one HDMI switch can accommodate, you can connect two HDMI switches to the same TV.
Plug each switch into a separate HDMI input on the TV. Then select the different sources you wish to connect to as needed.
Some switches come with automatic switching , which switches the input to whichever device is active.
So if the last connected device you used was the Apple TV, for example, and you turn on the Xbox, the HDMI switch will immediately shift to the Xbox input.
On most devices, you can turn the auto-switch feature off.
How to connect an HDMI cable in a Samsung TV?
Connecting your Samsung TV to a device with a matching HDMI port is simple.
Just plug one end of a standard HDMI cable into the source device, plug the other end of the cable into the TV, and turn on both devices.
Select the HDMI input of your connected device. You should see the source device on the screen.
That’s the procedure for connecting HDMI-enabled devices like the PS4, Xbox, Fire TV Stick, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Blu-ray disc player, DVD player, and laptop.
It gets a little complicated when you try connecting a device that does not have an HDMI port.
Other than HDMI, most of the devices you’re likely to connect to a TV have DVI, DisplayPort, and USB ports. In this case, you should use a DP/DVI/USB to HDMI cable or adapter.
To connect a phone or laptop to the TV via USB-C, you can use a USB-C to HDMI adapter.
Similarly, you can use an HDMI adapter or cable for the respective connector on your source device.
Always confirm that the HDMI cable/adapter you’re about to buy is compatible with your device, as not all adapters are universal. Some work with specific devices only.
To connect the cable/adapter:
1.) Plug the non-HDMI end of the cable or adapter into your source device.
2.) If using a cable , plug the HDMI end into your TV.
If using an adapter, connect one end of an HDMI cable to the adapter and the other end to the TV.
Take note of the HDMI port you’ve used to plug in the cable.
3.) Turn on the devices.
4.) From the Source/Input menu on your TV, select the HDMI port into which you’ve plugged the cable.
5.) Your TV should automatically detect your source device, in which case it’ll display images from the source device.
How many HDMI ports does a Samsung 55-inch TV have?
Samsung has numerous 55-inch TVs, and they all have a varying number of HDMI ports.
We may not curate a list of all 55-inch Samsung TVs, but we can classify them by type and series, and then we can tell how many HDMI ports most TV models in each series have.
Here you go (in no particular order):
- 55-inch Series 7 models like the JS7000 have 4 HDMI ports.
- Most 55-inch TVs under the Samsung Series 8 have 3 HDMI ports. Examples are AU8100, AU8000, AU800D, and TU8000.
- 55-inch Series 9 models like the AU9000 come with 3 HDMI ports, too.
- 55-inch Class UHD 8 Series like the RU8000 Premium come with 4 HDMI ports.
- In the UHD 7 Series, some 55-inch TVs like the TU7000 come with 2 HDMI ports, while others like RU7100 have 3.
- Most 55-inch QLED Smart 4K TVs have 4 HDMI ports. They include Q70A, Q70T, Q80A , and Q95T series.
- 55-inch Series 6 QLED 4K Smart TVs like the Q60A have 3 HDMI ports.
- 55-inch Neo QLED 4K Smart TVs come with 4 HDMI ports. Examples include the QN85A and QN90A series.
- 55-inch The Frame TVs come with 4 HDMI ports. Examples are The Frame QLED 4K Smart TV and LS03A The Frame QLED Art Mode 4K Smart TV.
- The 55-inch Serif QLED 4K UHD HDR Smart TV from the Samsung Lifestyle Series has 4 HDMI ports.
- The Terrace Partial Sun Outdoor QLED 4K Smart TV has 3 HDMI ports.
As you can see, the number of HDMI ports varies from model to model, even among 55-inch Samsung TVs of the same series.
Most Samsung TVs come with between 2 and 4 HDMI ports located at the back of the TV.
For Samsung TVs with One Connect, the ports are on the One Connect box and not on the TV itself.
A quick way to find out how many ports your TV has is by examining how many of the TV’s ports are labeled HDMI.
You can increase the HDMI input ports on your Samsung TV using an HDMI switch.
An HDMI switch is a gadget that takes AV signals from different sources and sends them to the TV using a single cable.
The switch acts as an intermediary between the TV and your source devices.
Instead of connecting the devices directly to the TV, you connect them to the HDMI switch.
The switch then carries the signals to the TV, and you can switch between sources using the TV remote control.
To connect devices directly to your Samsung TV using HDMI, use HDMI-to-HDMI cables for source devices with HDMI ports.
For source devices with USB, DisplayPort, or DVI ports, use HDMI adapters.
Plug the adapter into the source device, connect an HDMI cable to the adapter, and plug the other end of the cable into the TV.
Vance is a dad, former software engineer, and tech lover. Knowing how a computer works becomes handy when he builds Pointer Clicker. His quest is to make tech more accessible for non-techie users. When not working with his team, you can find him caring for his son and gaming.