How to Bypass Locked TV HDMI Inputs in Hotels: A Quick and Easy Guide

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What To Know

  • Most hotels disable HDMI ports to control TV usage, but these can often be enabled through specific settings or by unplugging certain cables.
  • For LG TVs, use the settings button and a passcode like “1105”; or for Sony, use “Display-5-volume up-power” to change HDMI settings.

Navigating the challenges of a hotel TV’s HDMI restrictions can be easier than you think.

This article will guide you through simple steps to bypass locked HDMI inputs, ensuring your devices work seamlessly with your hotel TV.

Before you take on this challenge, consider the following points:

  • If you’re not confident with electronic devices, don’t modify or change the settings you’re unaware of.
  • Test the changes you’re making to the settings before you save them.
  • If possible, take a picture or write down the initial settings on the TV. This can be useful if you ever want to go back to the TV’s original settings.
  • Bear in mind that making these changes to the TV may damage or misconfigure it.

How Do I Unblock HDMI Ports on Hotel TVs?

connect HDMI cable to TV

Before we dive into this process, remember these general tips:

  • Simultaneously holding the “Menu” button on the TV and the remote will give you access to the factory menu, which will let you disable the restrictions on the TV.
  • Ensure the cables are connected and secure. The remote should also be working correctly.
  • Unplugging the TV might reset the connection between the TV and the hotel’s network.
    If you do so, the restrictions may get disabled due to not being connected to the network.

With that out of the way, here are some additional ways to unblock the HDMI connection on a hotel’s TV. 

Even though these devices are quickly becoming obsolete, several full-service hotels (Westin, Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, etc.) still use On-Command systems to control their TVs.

These are also common in mid-tier hotels.

You can gain access to the input control in the following ways:

Older TVs (Buttons On the TV)

Old TV in hotel room

  1. There’s going to be a cord plugged into the back of the TV. It looks like a phone cord, unplug this cord.
  2. Now, use the input button on the menu to view the input settings. If you want, you can also use the arrows to go through the input options on the TV.
  3. Once you’ve enabled the input options on the TV, you’ll have the ability to screencast anything onto the TV through your mobile phone, use a USB device, and then access the file through the TV, or plug in an HDMI cable.
    Having the ability to cast something onto a screen depends on the TV model.

Newer TVs (No Buttons On the TV)

Modern TV in Hotel room

On almost every modern TV that you use, there’s going to be a standard setting that lets you unblock the HDMI input settings.

However, before you do this, press the input button on the TV remote.

On the top of the TV screen, you’ll see the sources available to you to source a video or a movie.

If pressing the input button does nothing, you’ll have to override these settings by trying one of the following methods. 

  • Hold the “*” button for 10 seconds.
  • Hold the “0” button for 10 seconds.

If none of these tricks work, consider contacting the customer support department for the TV manufacturer and ask them about the manual override settings for HDMI blockage. 

Internet TVs or Control Boxes

Most newer hotels (like the Marriott) and those that have replaced On-Command TVs with Internet TVs have increased input panels that can work with the TVs.

With these systems, you can usually use the remote to change the input settings.

However, to do this, you must plug the streaming stick into the control box and not the TV. 

HDMI on your TV is actually the HDMI port on a control box.

If you plug the cable into the TV, you’ll have to hack the control box to make the HDMI work.

That said, when you’re using a remote to override the hotel’s settings, the process you have to follow can differ based on the TV’s manufacturer. 

Here are step-by-step instructions for the most popular TV manufacturing companies. 

LG

  1. Hold the settings button on the remote for at least 5 seconds.
    Then, enter the passcode “1105” to access the setup mode.
    You’ll be able to disable the restrictions and change the settings from this menu.
    Now, you’ll be able to connect to any compatible device.
  2. If the passcode doesn’t work, here are some alternative options: 8878, 0413, 8741, 7777, or 0000.

Sony

  1. Enter the code “Display-5-volume up-power” to access the settings.
    If this password doesn’t work, try typing “Left-right-mute-OK button-mute-menu.”
    The TV must be on while you do this. 
  2. You’ll now see the settings. Scroll down to the “Sources” tab and switch to HDMI.

Why Do Hotels Disable HDMI Ports?

Almost every hotel’s TV is plugged into an external box that helps track the TV’s activity and control what applications, TV features, and channels the guests use.

These boxes are the culprits in almost every hotel room.

On the other hand, some hotels also do this because they offer movie rentals or paid subscriptions as entertainment. 

When they disable the HDMI feature, guests are more likely to find another way to avail of these services.

Even though this limitation won’t render your TV completely useless, we can say the content you’ll be able to watch will be shabby.

Final Words

As streaming services have now garnered mainstream attention, an increasing number of hotels have stopped disabling the HDMI feature on their TVs.

That is because most guests can mirror their phone’s screen onto the TV to enjoy the content they want.

As a result, you may not have to perform an override to access the HDMI settings in the near future.

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One Comment

  1. I have a RCA 15in model # J15SE821 ,the HDMi port doesn’t work, the 4pin beside it only plays sound. What setting in the hotel settings do I need to change to be able to watch movies from my phone on the tv.

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