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Samsung TV USB Not Working (Keyboard/Mouse/HDD/Etc)

USB’s are an invention that has changed the world of technology. From computers, to phones, to now your TV, there are so many ways that USB ports can make life easier. What do you do if your Samsung TV’s USB keyboard, mouse, HDD or other things aren’t working?

If your Samsung TV USB is not working, such as the keyboard, the mouse, the HDD or other various issues, there are different ways to resolve such problems. These include reformatting the USB, performing a factory reset, and manually connecting the keyboard and mouse among many other solutions.

TV ports with USB cable

Through the use of USB ports, Samsung TVs are made even better as they are able to connect to a keyboard, HDDs, flash drives, computers, gaming systems, and even mobile phones. However, when you run into a problem with the USB, you may be left wondering what to do. Continue reading to find all the solutions to your various USB issues with your Samsung TV.

Samsung TV USB Not Working / Recognize / Reading / Detected

Hand holding USB cable

If you are having trouble with your Samsung TV either not working, not recognizing, not reading, or not detecting the USB, you may be wondering what exactly either you have done wrong or what is wrong with the manufacturing of your device. There are two ways to solve very general problems and if one of these solutions does not work for you, always be sure to try the other.

If your Samsung TV is not detecting your USB drive, one possible reason could be that the USB drive is not formatted properly. To fix this issue, you can format the USB drive to a file system supported by your Samsung TV.

Another reason for this issue could be that the USB port on your TV is dusty or faulty. In this case, you can try cleaning the port or using a different port on your TV. If you have multiple USB drives connected to your TV, it may not be able to recognize some or all of the drives. In this case, try disconnecting other drives and only connecting the drive you want to use.

If the above solutions do not work, you can try resetting your TV by going to ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Reset’ > Enter 0000 for pin > ‘Reset’. This should help your Samsung TV detect your USB drive. If the issue persists, you may want to check if the USB drive is damaged or corrupted⁷.

If you find that the problem does not lie in the connected USB drive, you will need to perform a factory reset on your Samsung TV. This is going to cause your TV to go back to its factory state, but may quickly resolve these general issues. Go to the ‘Menu’ and select ‘Support’ > ‘Self Diagnosis’ > ‘Reset’ > enter a pin of 0000 > select ‘Yes’ > and the reset will commence.

Samsung TV USB Keyboard Not Working

Smart TV wireless keyboard

The beauty of Samsung TVs is that they are essentially able to work as oversized home computers. This is possible through the connection of a USB keyboard that enables owners to use their keyboard in the same way that they would with any other laptop or computer. If you connect your keyboard to your Samsung TV and notice that it is not automatically working, there is something you can do to manually enable it.

If your Samsung TV USB keyboard is not working, you will need to manually try to connect the keyboard through the settings on your TV. To do this, from the ‘Menu’ button on your remote go to ‘Settings’ > select ‘General’ > click on ‘External Device Manager’ > then hit ‘Input Device Manager.’ This should then cause your keyboard to be identified and will cause it to begin working.

Samsung TV USB Mouse Not Working

Wireless mouse

If you have a keyboard and do not have a touchpad that is centered on the keyboard itself, you will be using a mouse to navigate the screen of your Samsung TV. The mouse is an essential component to bridging the gap between keyboard and TV, therefore, if it is not working, the combination of these two things is essentially useless. If you find that your USB mouse is not working for your Samsung TV, try this:

If your Samsung TV USB mouse is not working, you can follow the above directions under “Samsung TV USB Keyboard Not Working” to get your TV to identify the mouse manually. To simply connect your USB mouse, plug the mouse into the ‘One Connect’ USB port then click on your mouse to find the cursor. If your mouse is not plugged into the correct port, it will not be recognized.

Samsung TV USB Cannot Read Folder/No Content Found

Smart TV folders

Once you have your USB connected successfully to your Samsung TV, you may try to get into your own personal files. Within these can be just about anything, but what do you do if your USB cannot read the folder or displays that there is no content found? You know that there are items within this file, therefore, there must be a solution to get them to appear on your Samsung TV.

If your Samsung TV USB cannot read a folder or shows that there is no content found, the solution is quite simple: an electrical reset is needed for this issue. To perform an electrical reset, simply unplug your TV directly from the power source and leave it unplugged for two minutes. Once two minutes have passed, plug the TV back into the wall and once the TV is back on, your files should reappear.

Samsung TV USB Not Detected (HDD, Flash Drive)

Smart TV connectivity devices

If you are using an HDD with your Samsung TV or even a flash drive, you expect that such a high-quality and technologically advanced system to be able to detect each of these different devices. However, there are times when even the most advanced technology does not perform correctly and there are solutions to help get things back on track. If you find that your Samsung TV is not detecting an HDD or a flash drive, is the solution,

If your Samsung TV USB is not detected (such as an HDD or a Flash Drive) you first need to reset the TV by opening ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Reset’ > Enter 0000 for pin > ‘Reset.’ Once the reset is complete, you need to immediately follow this step with a reset of the Hub by going back to ‘Settings” > ‘Support’ > ‘Self Diagnosis’ > ‘Reset Smart Hub.’ This should get your Samsung TV to detect an HDD or Flash Drive.

Samsung TV USB Video Not Supported

Arms crossed saying no

Sound is wonderful, but when it comes to TVs, without picture or video, they are relatively useless to most owners. If you have a USB connected to your Samsung TV and go to find that the video is not supported, you will certainly be wondering what is causing the issue. Unless you plan to sit and only listen to the audio coming from your TV, here is a solution to fix a USB video that is not supported by your Samsung TV.

If your Samsung TV USB video is not supported, you will need to install a software like VIP Video Converter. Once this has been installed and opened choose ‘MP4’ format and ‘H264’ video > click ‘Add Files’ and choose the file you are wanting to play > click ‘Start Converting’ and the conversion will begin. Once this is done, you can copy the newly converted video to the USB key and then play it on your Samsung TV.

Samsung TV USB HDD Not Recognized

Cardboard error sign

Previously discussed in this article was the problem of your Samsung TV not detecting your USB HDD or flash drive. This problem is certainly a problem, but more specifically, what do you do if your Samsung TV USB is not recognizing your HDD. Recognizing an HDD should not be that complicated, so to get your HDD up and running, there are a few steps you will have to take to make the process easier for your Samsung TV.

If your Samsung TV USB HDD is not recognized you can try to reformat the HDD within a PC. To do this, download ‘MiniTool Partition Wizard.’ Once launched click the partition on the USB HDD and choose ‘Copy’ > choose a destination location > ‘Next’ > adjust size and location > ‘Finish’ > ‘Apply.’ This will then reformat your HDD so it can be recognized on your Samsung TV.

Samsung TV Not Playing USB Movie

TV remote changing channels

If you plug in a USB that is connected to another device into your Samsung TV, you expect the TV to be able to play any movie that you have selected with ease. Although this would be the most ideal case for everyone, it is not always the outcome. There are times when Samsung TVs simply will not play the USB movie that the owners have selected and this can be a huge interruption for smooth TV viewing.

If your Samsung TV is not playing a USB movie you will likely need to convert the AVI file to an MP4 (or other compatible formats). To do this, download ‘EaseFab Video Converter’ on your computer > drag and drop AVI file into the program > click profile icon > ‘TVs/Players’ > ‘Samsung-H.264’ or ‘Samsung-DIVX > click folder icon to set a destination > ‘Convert.’

Once the AVI file is converted, you will then need to move it to the appropriate USB. To do this, simply connect the USB drive to your computer and go to the destination folder that you chose. You will find your converted AVI file there and can then move it directly to the USB drive and plug it straight into your Samsung TV.

Samsung TV USB Not In Source

Smart TV source input

If you are looking at the different options that are located within the ‘Source’ menu while you have a USB plugged into your Samsung TV, you would certainly expect that same USB to appear within the available sources. If the USB is not showing up within the source, you may need to reformat the USB drive so that it is compatible with your Samsung TV which can be found under the section “Samsung TV USB HDD Not Recognized.”

If reformatting your USB is not the problem, there are a few other options. If your Samsung TV USB is not found within the ‘Source,’ try to connect the USB to another USB port on the back of your TV. If you have other devices connected to the TV, it can also help to disconnect these so that the TV will not be flooded with various sources. A reset on your TV can also be a quick solution to USBs not found.

Samsung TV USB Keeps Loading

Smart TV keyboard connectivity

Oftentimes, when owners attach a USB to their Samsung TV, it is automatically recognized with no loading time – the beauty of smart TVs. However, on occasion, there can be problems with USBs that keep loading and never complete. If you have been sitting around for over half an hour waiting for your USB to load, it is likely that your Samsung TV needs a little aid in getting things back into motion rather than remain in a frozen state.

If your Samsung TV USB keeps loading, one of the fastest solutions is to perform an electrical reset of your TV by pulling the power from the direct power source for two minutes. If this does not work, unplug the USB from your TV, give it five minutes, and then plug it back in. You can also try to plug the USB into a different port to see if that will help to recognize the software faster.

Samsung USB Keeps Disconnecting

USB cable inserting into TV port

It is obviously a problem if your USB will not fully load and complete, but even more irritating than it continually loading is when a USB keeps disconnecting. If you are in the middle of a movie, game, or even meeting, there are few things as problematic as a USB keeps going in and out. Reliability of technology is essential and below are a few options to get your USB connected without issue.

If your Samsung USB keeps disconnecting, there might be an update to your firmware that you have missed. To update firmware go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Support’ > ‘Software Update’ > ‘Update Now.’ You should also check the stability of the physical connection of your USB. Make sure it is properly inserted and there is no looseness to its connection as this can cause disconnection issues.

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Samsung TV USB Port Not Working

Guy setting up TV

There are problems with the connection of your USB ports, but then there are problems with the USB ports themselves. If you find that the USB ports on your Samsung TV are not working, you are likely thinking of all the money you are about to have to spend to have to get such a technical repair made. Before you make that call though, try a few of these different solutions to get your USB ports back to a functioning state.

If your Samsung TV USB is not working, you should first try to connect a different USB cable to ensure that it is not a bad cable issue. If there is still a problem, ensure that all USBs are inserted firmly. If neither of these is the problem and either one or none of your USB ports are working, it is likely you will need to make a call to have your Samsung TV serviced to see what repair needs to be made.

Samsung TV USB Freezes

Man with remote yelling at TV

If you find that your Samsung USB continues to freeze, this can be a major problem when it comes to moving forward with the different material coming through that particular USB. Freezing means that there is no movement on your TV, which in turn means that there is no way you will be able to watch your favorite movie or get to that virtual meeting. However, the solution to a USB that freezes is the same solution for USBs that continue to load.

If your Samsung TV USB freezes over and over again, take a look back at the section “Samsung TV USB Keeps Loading.” An electrical reset should solve your freezing problems or change the USB port on your TV.

Samsung TV Won’t Record to USB

Man pointing remote at TV

There are so many different functions when it comes to a Samsung TV and many of them are extremely beneficial to users. One of those functions is the ability to record to USB. This is a huge plus for man owners, but what is there to do if you find that you have the proper ports on the back of your Samsung TV, yet it still will not record to USB?

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If your Samsung TV won’t record to USB, you first need to look at the remote. If you notice that there is no recording button on your remote, this is a dead giveaway that your TV model does not support the feature. Unfortunately, only some models are able to record to USB. If this is a function that you find important, be sure to check the TV model before purchasing to see its capabilities.

How To Connect Mobile to Samsung TV Via USB Cable

Phone mirrored on TV

Beyond your computer, a Samsung is capable of connecting phones to its media. This means that you can enjoy the content that is on your phone like photos, video, contacts, and even play your favorite music all from the screen of your Samsung TV. However, what do you need to do to connect a mobile phone to a Samsung TV through the use of a USB Cable?

To connect a mobile phone to a Samsung TV Via USB Cable you will first need an Android phone (Samsung TVs are compatible with 4.1 models or later). Then connect the TV and the smartphone using a Micro USB cable. Once connected set the USB setting of the phone to ‘File Transfers’ or ‘MTP Mode.’

After this, press ‘Home’ on your remote > ‘Media’ > select ‘Photo’, ‘Music’, or ‘Video.’ After you have selected a category, you should be able to see the content that is stored on your phone and will have access to that content through your Samsung TV.

How To Eject USB on Samsung TV

TV ports on the side

Although it is always easiest to simply remove the USB from your Samsung TV by pulling it straight from the port, this is not the best idea. If you do this, it can cause data that is stored within your USB to be corrupted or compromised. Although it does take a few more steps to properly eject a USB on a Samsung TV, it is worth it to protect your data.

To eject the USB on a Samsung TV press ‘Source’ on your remote > select the USB device that you want to remove > select ‘Tools’ > select ‘Disconnect USB.’ Once you have confirmation that the correct USB has been disconnected, you can then safely remove the USB from your Samsung TV without having to worry about any data being corrupted or compromised.

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