3 Ways to Change Input on an LG TV (with Troubleshooting)

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What To Know

  • Change inputs on LG TVs using the remote’s Input or Home button > Navigating to All Input or Recent Input > Select the desired input.
  • Without a remote, repeatedly press the TV’s Power button to toggle through and select inputs.
  • The LG ThinQ app allows input changes remotely after connecting your TV and the app on a mobile device.

Are you struggling to switch your LG TV to the PlayStation or streaming box?

Our guide delivers seamless solutions for changing inputs, from remote shortcuts to power button hacks, even when conventional methods are out of reach.

1. With a Remote

On webOS 6.0

Step 1: Hit the Home key on the remote.

step 1 - press the home button on lg tv

Step 2: Navigate to Recent Input, which may be the Input you want to display.

step 2 - choose input on an lg tv

On Some Other webOS Versions

Step 1: Depending on your LG TV, press the Home or Menu button on your remote. 

Step 2: Head to Input, then All Input

Step 3: Highlight and select the input you want to display on your TV. 

On Specific Remotes

Step 1: Press the remote’s Input button.

step 1 - press the input button on lg tv

Step 2: Choose the input you want to display.

step 2 - choose the desired input

2. With Only the Power Button

Step 1: Ensure your TV is powered on before clicking the control panel’s Power button, commonly found right below the LG logo, one time. This will reveal the options menu.

step 1 - press the power button on an lg tv to show up the quick menu

Step 2: Repeatedly press the Power button until the Input option is highlighted on-screen.

step 2 - move the highlight to input option on an lg tv

Step 3: Press and hold the Power button to select the Input option.

step 3 - long-press the power button when at the input option to choose it on an lg tv

Step 4: Then, press your Power button again until the input you’d like to display is highlighted on-screen before long-pressing the Power button again to choose it.

step 4 - press the power button to confirm switching input on an lg tv

3. With the ThinQ App 

Link your TV to the ThinQ app and change the input remotely by following the instructions below.

Step 1: Ensure your LG TV supports Bluetooth before enabling it on both your LG TV and mobile device.

Step 2: Open your phone’s Google Play Store or App Store, search for the ThinQ app, and install it.

Step 3: Open the ThinQ app to get started.

Step 4: Head to Add a Device.

Step 5: Go to Select Device, then select Next.

Step 6: In the Appliances list, find and click on TV.

Step 7: Find your LG TV from the list of available TVs in the app.

Step 8: If you’ve selected your TV, there should be a list of numbers on its screen. Enter these numbers into your mobile device.

Step 9: Select Skip to log into your account on your Amazon account later or choose Link/Log in to link your account now.

Step 10: Click Move to Home (sometimes labeled Go to Home) to link your TV to the app.

Step 11: Then, go to your TV within the app and tap the Input button, marked by a jack with part of a cable, to adjust the input.

If you’re a visual learner, check out the video below to see how to pair the ThinQ app to your TV to control it remotely.

[LG WebOS TV] How To Set Up The LG Thinq App On Your LG Smart TV

Can an LG TV’s Input Be Blocked?

Yes, you can block inputs on an LG TV.

Smart TVs in hotels often have Hotel Mode (which is a service/hidden menu), that restricts their settings and can also lock certain inputs.

However, there is a way to lock/unlock inputs on a hotel smart TV by following the steps below.

On Older webOS Versions

Step 1: Long-press your remote’s Settings button until the Input Banner pops up (NOT the All Settings menu).

The Input Banner might display options like HDMI 1, HDMI 2, or Live TV, which varies based on the kind of input your LG TV shows.

Skip the Settings menu, wait til the Input Banner appears

Step 2: Enter the code 1105 and hit OK. This code may vary depending on your TV model and version, so if it doesn’t work try 0000, 7777, 0413, 8741, 8743, or 8878.

a hand holding an lg tv remote before an lg tv screen showing the hotel mode setup

Step 3: You should now be able to access Hotel Mode, and toggle it Off. Now, try switching to your desired input.

How Disable LG TV Channel & Input Change

Locking/Unlocking Inputs on webOS 6.0

Step 1: Click your remote’s Settings button, and go to All Settings.

step 1 - open the settings menu of the lg tv

Step 2: Head to General, then System.

step 2 - go to general then system on an lg tv

Step 3: Go to Safety, and click on the Input Locks option.

step 3 - head to safety then input locks on an lg tv

Step 4: When prompted, enter the four-digit PIN you’ve set. If you haven’t set one, enter 0000.

step 4 - select ok on an lg tv

Step 5: Disable all of the listed inputs except for the one you wish to lock.

step 5 - unlock loced hdmi inputs on an lg tv

LG TV Keeps Changing Input by Itself

Here are a few of our tried and true solutions to try if your LG TV keeps automatically changing its input. 

1. Disable Auto Device Detection

Step 1: Hit the remote’s Settings button, and navigate to Connections

Step 2: Go to Device Connection

Step 3: Toggle Auto Device Detection off. 

To learn how to turn off Auto Device Detection, watch the video below. 

LG DIY | How to use HDMI "Auto Device Detection"

2. Disable Off Quick Start+ 

On Older webOS Versions:

Step 1: Click the Settings button on your LG remote, then go to All Settings.

Step 2: Click on General, and toggle Quick Start+ off.

On webOS 6.0:

Step 1: Click the remote’s Settings button, and open All Settings.

step 1 - open the settings menu of the lg tv

Step 2: Click on General, then go to Devices.

step 2 - go to general, then devices on an lg tv

Step 3: Select TV Management.

step 3 - select tv management on an lg tv

Step 4: Toggle Quick Start+ off.

step 4 - turn off quick start on an lg tv

3. Disable SimpLink (HDMI-CEC)

On Older webOS Versions: 

Step 1: Press the remote’s Settings button, and launch All Settings

Step 2: Open General

Step 3: Click on SimpLink and toggle it off. 

On webOS 6.0:

Step 1: Press the Settings button on your remote, and head to All Settings.

step 1 - open the settings menu of the lg tv

Step 2: Navigate to General, then open Devices

step 2 - go to general, then devices on an lg tv

Step 3: Click on HDMI Settings

step 3 - select hdmi settings on an lg tv

Step 4: Toggle SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC) off. 

step 4 - turn off hdmi-cec on an lg tv

4. Soft Reset & Power Cycle Your TV 

Step 1: Press the Power button on your TV’s control panel or remote to turn it off.

Step 2: Unplug the TV from its power supply and wait at least 30 seconds for its electricity to drain.

Step 3: Plug it back into power and turn it on.

5. Factory Reset Your TV 

Please note that this option will erase all of your TV’s information and installed apps. 

Step 1: Head to the Settings, followed by General

Depending on your TV model, you may need to select your remote’s Settings button, then go to All Settings, followed by General > System.

step 1 - go to general, then system on an lg tv

Step 2: Click on Reset to Initial Settings.

step 2 - select reset to initial settings on an lg tv

Step 3: Click OK.

step 3 - enter 4-digit pin code to confirm factory reset on an lg tv

6. Remove Your Remote’s Batteries

Your remote may be malfunctioning, resulting in the input changing by itself. To test if your remote is the culprit, remove its batteries and observe if your TV continues to automatically adjust its input.

If your remote does end up being responsible for this issue, consider replacing it or having it repaired.

LG TV Won’t Change Input

If you can’t change your TV’s input, it may be in Hotel Mode or having its settings blocked through another hidden menu. We recommend heading to the Can an LG TV’s Input Be Blocked section for more information and instructions on how to bypass this blockage. 

Wrapping Things Up

There are several ways you can change an LG TV’s input, with the easiest way being clicking the remote’s input button and using the TV’s Power button. However, you can also change the input via the ThinQ app by linking it to your TV. 

An LG TV’s input can be blocked if the TV is in Hotel Mode, though you should still be able to adjust the input using the TV’s Power button or by accessing the service/hidden menu. Just remember to change the settings back to the way they were before you check out to avoid getting in any trouble. 

If your TV’s input is changing automatically, disable some of its settings before soft/factory resetting it and replacing its remote. 

What’s your experience changing an LG TV’s input? Did you know that hotels lock their TVs’ settings? 

Let us know in the comments below!

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