If you’ve ever owned a flat screen TV, you’ll know that screensavers are very important to prevent static images from burning into the screen. For this reason, it can sometimes be difficult to adjust the screensaver settings. For those that are interested in changing the screensaver, I have made this guide to help navigate through the screensaver settings on an LG TV.
LG TV screensavers protect your screen by activating when a static image is detected. On most models, the screensaver can only be disabled in the service menu. You also cannot customise the screensaver, but can manually turn the screen off or enter Gallery mode to display images instead.
Even though it can be more difficult, I will explain the few ways you can disable the screensaver on your LG TV. I will also help you understand how to manually turn the screen of or enter Gallery mode.
LG TV Keeps Going to/Turning on Screensaver
Most LG TVs have a screensaver built in to protect the screen from static images burning in. If you do not think this is necessary and the screensaver annoys you, you may be able to turn this off under settings.
Turn Screensaver Off in Settings (limited models)
Start by pressing the ‘Menu’ or ‘Home’ button and following the steps below.
Settings > All Settings > General > Screen Saver > Off
Unfortunately, many people find that their LG TV doesn’t have this option. In this case, turning off the screensaver entirely will be harder.
Using the Service Menu
For some LG TV models, you can only access the screensaver settings through the service meu. This is a hidden menu that can be accessed via an LG remote or special service remote.
With the LG remote, hold down the ‘Menu’ button until you are prompted to enter a passcode. If this doesn’t work, try holding the ‘Menu’/’Ok’ button on the TV and remote at the same time for 10 seconds. If this still doesn’t work, you might need a dedicated service remote.
The passcode for the service menu should be in your TV manual. If not, try one of the following codes: 0000 (usually the default), 7777, 0413, 8741, 8743, 8878 or 1105.
A service remote, such as this one, will allow you to access the service menu to change more advanced settings. Every model will be different, but you should find the screensaver settings here.
Just be careful, accessing this menu may void your warranty and turning off your screensaver may cause static images to burn into your TV screen.
Turn Off Quick Start
Some people have found that turning off the ‘Quick Start’ setting has made the screensaver less frequent. To turn this setting off, follow the steps below.
Settings > All Settings > General > Quick Start > Off
LG TV Stuck on Screensaver
If your screensaver is on and seems to be stuck that way, your TV may be experiencing a glitch. You can start by restarting the TV. If it is not responding to any buttons, turn it off at the wall.
If you are still struggling when it reboots, try unplugging the TV from the wall and hold down the power button on the TV or remote for 30 seconds. This is the recommended way to reset your LG TV. If this works, the problem should be fixed once you plug in the TV and turn it back on.
Can I Put a Screensaver on my LG TV?
Your LG TV should come with a screensaver activated. If not, you may need to turn it on in the settings below. This will cause the screensaver to turn on whenever it detects a static image. Start by pressing the ‘Menu’ button on your remote.
Settings > All Settings > General > Screen Saver > On
Unfortunately, this is the most you can do with your LG screensaver, if your TV model even as this option at all. There is no function that allows you to customise your screensaver or download screensavers.
The only thing you can customise is the home screen on an LG TV. However, some LG TVs allow you to manually turn the screen off or open a gallery of images to cycle through. You can find out how to do this below, under ‘How to Turn on Screensaver on LG TV’.
How to Turn on Screensaver on LG TV
The LG TV screensaver will turn on after a specified amount of time. This can range from 1 minute to 20 minutes. As I mentioned earlier, this setting is in place to protect your TV screen from the damage caused by static images.
With this in mind, there is no way to turn on your screensaver instantly; you just have to wait until it comes on. However, there are other manual options that you can consider.
Turn the Screen Off
This feature does not turn the TV off, it just turns off the display to protect the screen. This allows you to continue playing any music while giving the TV a break from static images. In newer models with voice activation, you can simply say ‘screen off’ and the screen will enter this mode.
Older models and certain new models do not have voice activation. Therefore, you can find this feature in the energy saving settings. Start by pressing the ‘Menu’ or ‘Home’ button on the remote and follow these steps below.
Settings > Picture > Energy Saving > Screen Off
Display OLED Gallery Images
If you would like the display to cycle through a number of different images, you can choose to display the OLED Gallery images. This is similar to a screensaver on other devices, but you will need to set it up manually on the LG TV.
Some people like the idea of having their TV on in the background playing music and cycling through these images.
If this is something that appeals to you, press the ‘Home’ button on your remote and navigate across to ‘Gallery’. Choose which series of images you would like to display and hit the ‘Ok’ button.
Whether you choose to turn the display off or cycle through the OLED Gallery, neither of these functions can be accessed automatically on a timer to act like a screensaver. It would be quicker to turn the TV off every time you pause a movie or walk away.
How to Put a Screensaver on LG TV
You cannot add images to your LG TV to make a new screensaver. The default screensaver, which is usually fireworks, is set and cannot be changed. The only other options you have are those mentioned above; either turning off the screen or displaying the OLED Gallery images.
However, the OLED Gallery will regularly offer new photo galleries with new updates, allowing you to download them to the TV. These images are sourced from sites such as TripAdviser. In this sense, if using the OLED Gallery as a manual screensaver, you do have the ability to add new material to the TV.
How to Change LG TV Screensaver
As I mentioned earlier, you cannot change anything about the automatic screensaver that is built in to your LG TV. However, if you decide to use the OLED Gallery as your manual screensaver, you can choose a different set of images each time. To access the OLED Gallery, refer to the information above.
How to Turn off LG TV Screensaver
You can press any button to turn the screensaver off and resume normal activity on the LG TV. If it is stuck on the screensaver, you may need to restart you TV.
However, if you want to prevent the screensaver from coming on, you will need to refer to the information at the beginning of this article regarding the service menu.
LG have deliberately made it difficult to disable the screensaver so that static images do not burn into the TV screen. Changing these settings has the potential to void your warranty.