Dolby Vision can make your TV’s image look more vivid and defined than ever before.
It was first developed by Dolby Laboratories for HDR (or High Dynamic Range) video and quickly became a favorite of both film fanatics and gamers alike. However, since HDR intensifies an image’s shadow, enabling it will often cause the video to appear darker than it would be otherwise with SDR (Standard Dynamic Range).
So, you can expect your TV to look darker when using Dolby Vision, especially during dark scenes or if the film has an overall dark theme.
You can see the difference between HDR and SDR, and how they affect an image’s contrast by watching the video below.
While Dolby Vision usually elevates an image, it can sometimes make it difficult to see specific details. So, it may be best to turn it off.
To disable Dolby Vision on your TV or streaming stick, you must disable your device’s HDR feature.
Fortunately, this process is exceedingly simple, and I’ve included instructions on how to do so on your Samsung, LG, Sony, or TCL TVs as well as on your Roku TV/streaming device and Apple TV.
Let’s get started!
Follow the steps below to disable HDR (and thus Dolby Vision) on your Samsung TV.
Step 1: Click the Home key on your Samsung TV remote.
Step 2: Launch the Settings.
Step 3: Open Picture.
Step 4: Go to Special Viewing Mode.
Step 5: Click on HDR+ Mode and toggle it off.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to turn off HDR on a Samsung smart TV.
If you have external HDMI-compatible and HDR-enabled devices connected to your Samsung TV, you can disable their HDR function by following the instructions below.
Step 1: Press the Home key on your TV remote.
Step 2: Open the Settings.
Step 3: Head to General.
Step 4: Go to External Device Manager.
Step 5: Click on Input Signal Plus.
Step 6: Ensure that the HDMI port you’re using (HDMI 1, 2, 3, etc.) is turned Off by unticking it.
LG TVs do not have the option to disable HDR directly from their settings.
Instead, you must disable HDR on all external HDMI-connected and HDR-compatible devices (e.g. gaming consoles, streaming sticks, etc.).
Follow the instructions below to disable HDR on external devices connected to your LG TV.
Step 1: Press your remote’s Settings key.
Step 2: Navigate to All Settings.
Step 3: Choose General.
Step 4: Go to Devices.
Step 5: Click on HDMI Settings.
Step 6: Head to HDMI Deep Color and turn it Off.
As is also the case with LG TVs, you can not directly disable a Sony TV’s HDR function.
So, you must turn off the HDR function for any HDR-enabled devices connected to your Sony TV’s HDMI port.
Check out Sony’s article High Dynamic Range feature on the 4K Android TV to learn more about your TV’s HDR function, what it does, and how to turn it off.
You can also follow my instructions below outlining how to disable HDR on a Sony Google TV.
Step 1: Press the Settings button on your TV remote.
Step 2: Go to the Settings menu.
Step 3: Head to Channels & Inputs.
Step 4: Open External inputs.
Step 5: Click on HDMI signal format.
Step 6: Click on the HDMI port your external device is connected to.
Step 7: Then, adjust said HDMI port from Enhanced format to Standard format.
Let’s learn how to turn off HDR on your TCL Android TV and Google TV!
Follow the steps below to disable HDR on your TCL Android TV. Bear in mind that your TV’s settings may vary depending on when and where it was originally manufactured.
Step 1: Hit the remote’s Settings button.
Step 2: Navigate to Picture.
Step 3: Head to Picture Mode.
Step 4: Uncheck Smart HDR to turn it off.
Step 1: Press your TV remote’s Settings key.
Step 2: Choose the Settings tab.
Step 3: Navigate to Display & Sound.
Step 4: Go to Picture.
Step 5: Click on Picture Mode.
Step 6: Adjust your TV’s picture mode from Smart HDR to one of the other available options.
Turning off HDR on your Apple TV streaming device couldn’t be easier!
Step 1: Navigate to the Menu screen and open the Settings.
Step 2: Go to Video and Audio.
Step 3: Under Video, click on Format.
Step 4: Change the Format from HDR to any SDR format of your choosing.
The process of disabling HDR on a Roku will vary depending on if you have a Roku streaming device or a Roku TV.
Let’s learn how to turn off HDR on both!
Roku Streaming Device
Step 1: Navigate to the Home screen by pressing the remote’s Home button, marked by a house icon.
Step 2: On the left side of the screen, go to Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and select Display type.
Step 4: Choose any of the non-HDR display types from the list of options.
Roku TVs don’t have an HDR option in their normal Settings menus. Instead, you’ll have to access the secret menu using a remote sequence.
Don’t worry. It’s easier than it sounds.
Step 1: Access Secret Menu
Enter the following sequence into your Roku remote.
- Press the remote’s Home button five times.
- Then press the following remote keys: Rewind → Down Arrow → Fast Forward → Down Arrow → Rewind.
Step 2: Disable HDR
- Once you’ve accessed the secret menu, go to Change HDR Mode.
- Click on Disable HDR.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to access a Roku TV’s secret menu to adjust its HDR settings.
Wrapping Things Up
Dolby Vision has undoubtedly changed the way we watch movies, making once dull scenes look more high-contrast than ever before. However, it can also make certain scenes look too dark, prompting some users to disable it.
Remember, to disable Dolby Vision you must turn off HDR. On some TV brands, like LG and Sony, you may have to disable HDR on external HDMI-connected devices instead of on the TV itself.
What’s your experience turning off Dolby Vision on your TV or streaming device?
Let us know in the comments below!
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.