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Best Picture Settings for Samsung TV (UHD/4K/QLED)

Samsung is a world leader in the area of displays and their TVs are known for their excellent picture quality. However, by tweaking the picture settings, you can enhance your viewing experience to the optimum level. In this guide, I’ll be describing the best picture settings for Samsung 4K and UHD TV with LED and QLED screens. Besides, we’ll also walk you through the steps to tune the best Samsung TV settings for gaming.

Being a tech enthusiast, I tend to explore all available settings whenever I purchase a new smartphone, TV, or computer and tune them to my preference. When I got a 55-inch 4K QLED TV (QA55Q60RAKXLL) from Samsung, the first thing I did was to tune the picture settings for the best possible experience.

Please note that the best picture settings for your Samsung TV may differ depending on the room lighting conditions of your room. For instance, If you watch TV in a bright room with natural or artificial light, you need to keep the levels of brightness, contrast, sharpness, color, and backlight on the higher sight. However, if your TV is in a dark room, you should keep the brightness, color, and sharpness below 50% for better picture quality.

Below, you’ll find the best picture settings for the Samsung 4K UHD TV, SUHD TV, and QLED TV.

Samsung TV Picture Modes

When it comes to the number of preset picture modes found on a Samsung Smart TV, they are not as many as present on LG TVs. You should also check out our recommendations about the best picture settings for LG 4K UHD, OLED, and NanoCell TV. On the Samsung TV, you would find only four picture modes tuned by the manufacturer.

samsung tv picture modes

  • Dynamic: If your TV is placed in a room with bright or natural light, you’ll need heightened levels of brightness, contrast, colors, and sharpness. When your Samsung TV is in dynamic mode, it will have a bright and vivid picture, too much saturation, and unbalanced black levels. If the Dynamic mode is enabled, you may experience eye fatigue while watching TV in low light conditions. It consumes more electricity than all other picture modes.
  • Standard: This mode offers a balanced viewing experience with moderate levels of brightness, color, contrast, and sharpness and is best suited for normal lighting conditions.
  • Natural: If you prefer less brightness, color, contrast, and sharpness than Dynamic and Standard modes, the Natural picture mode should suffice your needs as it is good for eye comfort as well. Since Samsung TVs don’t have an option like LG’s Eye Comfort Mode, you should check my guide to learn how you can enable the blue light filter on your Samsung TV.
  • Movie: This picture adds a warm tone to the picture and offers subdued levels of brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color that are perfect for watching TV in low light or in a dark room. Since the Movie mode disabled any extraneous picture processing, it’s good for watching movies with smoother motion.

Apart from the default picture modes, Samsung TVs also come with Expert Settings that let advanced users tune the picture settings to their taste. Depending on your Samsung TV model number, the picture settings may differ.

Best Picture Settings for Samsung QLED TV

If you have a Samsung QLED TV or its model number starts with ‘Q’, you can try the following picture settings for balanced picture quality for the Samsung QLED TV series with 4K and 8K screens.

  • Samsung Q9FN (2018)
  • Samsung Q8 (2018)
  • Samsung Q900 (2018)
  • Samsung Q90 (2019)
  • Samsung Q60 (2019)
  • Samsung Q70 (2019)
  • Samsung Q80 (2019)
  • Samsung Q90/Q95 (2020)
Expert Settings Value
Picture mode Movie
Backlight 15
Brightness 0
Contrast 75
Sharpness 5
Color 28
Tint (G/R) 0
Apply Picture Settings All sources
Digital clean view Off
Auto Motion Plus Settings Off
Contrast Enhancer High
Film Mode Auto1
Color Tone Warm2
Gamma 2.2
Color Space Settings Auto
White balance 2 Point
Red Gain 9
Green Gain -5
Blue Gain -8
Red Offset 0
Green Offset 1
Blue Offset 3

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Best Picture Settings for Samsung 4k UHD TV

If you own a Samsung UHD TV with 4K resolution, you can use the picture settings given below. Please note that depending on the lighting environment, the best value for Backlight might differ for you.

  • TU (UHD series
  • RU (UHD series
  • NU (UHD) series
  • MU (UHD) series
  • KU (UHD) series
Expert Settings Value
Backlight 5-6
Brightness 0
Contrast 85
Sharpness 5
Color 45-55
Tint (G/R) G50/R50
Use Picture Settings All sources
Digital clean view Off
Auto Motion Plus Settings Off
Contrast Enhancer Off
Local Dimming Low
HDR+ Mode Off
HDMI UHD Color On for HDR HDMI sources
Color Tone Warm2
Gamma BT.1886
Color Space Auto
White balance 2 Point
Red Gain 8
Green Gain -5
Blue Gain -9
Red Offset 5
Green Offset 8
Blue Offset 5

Samsung SUHD & LED TV Picture Settings

If you own a Samsung SUHD TV with an LED screen, you should try the picture settings mentioned below for optimal results.

Picture Settings Value
Picture Profile Movie
Backlight 8
Contrast 80
Brightness 45
Sharpness 35
Color 45-55
Tint G50/R50
Advanced Dynamic Contrast Off
Black tone Off
Flesh tone 0
Color space Auto (native for DCI-P3)
White balance 2 Point
– Red 4
– Green 3
– Blue -5
+ Red 5
+ Green 0
+ Blue -5
Gamma 0
Picture settings Color tone Warm2
Digital Clean View Off
MPEG noise filter Off
Movie Off
Auto Motion Plus Blur 5
Judder 0
LED Clear Off or On (with the backlight on max)
Smart LED Standard

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Best Samsung TV Settings for Gaming

If you want to enjoy the best possible gaming experience on your Samsung  TV by connecting to a gaming console like PlayStation or Xbox, you must tweak the picture settings. It doesn’t matter whether you own a LED (SUHD/UHD) or QLED (4K/8K) from Samsung, you just need to enable Input Signal Plus and Game Mode.

Once you’ve turned on those settings, the TV screen will be optimized for low latency while using a gaming console. Moreover, the color, sharpness, and contrast will be enhanced to optimize fast-moving objects.

  1. Open your Samsung TV Settings.
  2. Navigate to General > External Device tv general settings
  3. Now, click on Game Mode Settings and turn it On.
  4. When the Game Mode is on, enable Game Enhancer and set Dynamic Black Equalizer value to 4.
  5. Then click on Game Motion Plus Settings and enable Game Motion Plus.
  6. Set Blur Reduction to 8 and Judder Reduction to 9.
  7. Make sure that LED Clear Motion is turned off.

Additional Settings for Gaming on Samsung TV

Turn on HDR+ Mode

Some Samsung Smart TVs come with HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode. When enabled, HDR+ Mode will add more shades of color than that of normal mode even if your Gaming Console does not support HDR.

  1. Just open Settings > Picture.
  2. Navigate to Expert Settings and enable HDR+ Mode.

Turn On Input Signal Plus

  1. Open Settings > General and select External Device Manager on your Samsung Smart TV.
  2. Now, click on Input Signal Plus and enable it for the HDMI port to which your gaming console is connected.

You are now all set to enjoy gaming on your Samsung TV with enhanced colors, smooth motion, less judder and blur, and low latency.

Samsung TV Dark Screen Fix

If you think that your Samsung TV is too dark and even tuning the backlight setting is not working, try the following tip. This solution will also work if your TV screen dims or brightens by itself.

On New Samsung TVs

Go to Settings > General > Eco Solution and turn off the following items:

  • Ambient Light Detection
  • Energy Saving Mode
  • Motion Lighting

On Older Samsung TVs

Navigate to Screen Menu > System > Eco Solution > Eco Sensor and turn it Off.

This will fix the Samsung TV dark screen issue.

Fixing Samsung TV Blue Tint/Hue Issue

One of our visitors recently had this issue. The display of his Samsung TU8000 Crystal UHD TV had a bluish hue or tint regardless of channel or app. He tried adjusting the picture settings but it didn’t help. If you are having this problem as well, try the following tip.

  1. Press the Home button on your Samsung TV remote.
  2. Navigate to Settings and select it.
  3. Then go to Picture > Expert Settings.
  4. Look for a setting named RGB Only Mode, click on it and turn it off.
  5. If you don’t find this setting, select the Reset Picture option.

The blue tint problem on your Samsung Smart TV will be fixed if it doesn’t have any hardware issues.

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