If someone asks how to enable 4K on Samsung TV, it will seem odd to others who have a decent knowledge about the tech.

It is because HD, FHD, and UHD are certain resolutions that are automatically picked up by the display devices. As long as the source and carrying medium support the desired output, you won’t have to enable anything.

However, Samsung TVs come with a special option that lets you control the color output of a particular HDMI port. You can consider it enabling 4K indirectly. In this article, I am going to explain that.

How Do I Know If My Samsung TV Is Playing 4K?

A simple and easy way to know whether your Samsung TV is playing 4K or not is to play a YouTube video.

First of all, choose a 4K video on YouTube by searching with that term. On the bottom right side of the video, you will notice several resolution options.

If your TV supports it, you will see a 2160p option. Playing the video, you will know that the device is doing it right.

Also, check for the license of the content you are trying to watch on a streaming platform. It should mention UHD or 4K.

Before I move on to the next part, I want to suggest to you an interesting read. Know how do I know if my TV is 4K, and make sure that you won’t be disappointed in the image quality.

How to Enable 4K On Samsung TV

From the intro, you have understood that TVs or monitors automatically picks up and displays UHD picture as long as the source transfers 4K signals.

When the source can’t deliver Ultra HD, the TV scales up the image and fills all the pixels.

Instead of looking for the methods of enabling 4K, you should know more about the UHD color option on Samsung TVs and how to take full advantage of it.

What Does UHD Color Do?

For 10-bit color and experiencing 4K at a 60Hz refresh rate, you have to enable UHD color on an HDMI port.

Without enabling it, you can’t get the best color quality. It lets the TV display 4:4:4, 4:2:2, or 4:2:0 encoded chroma subsampling signals.

But you must not activate this option when the source device doesn’t have this feature.

As this option is for HDR10 support, you should enable it as long as the source and cable are making them available.

To give you an idea about the importance of 10-bit color, let me tell you something. It offers 1024 shades of primary colors resulting in over a billion colors.  

How Can I Enable or Disable UHD Color on The HDMI Port of a Samsung TV?

Here are the steps to find the option for enabling and disabling the UHD color.

  1. Take the Samsung smart remote in your hand, and press the home screen. It will let you access the home screen.
  2. On the bottom left of the home screen, you will see the settings button. Use the directional pad on the remote to select it.
  3. After clicking on the setting icon, a black window in the middle will appear. On its left side, select the picture option.
  4. Then, select the ‘Expert’ option from the right side of the window.
  5. Scroll down a bit, and you will notice the HDMI UHD Color option; press on that.
  6. Next, select the HDMI port number, and turn on or off the option.
  7. Finally, restart the TV so that your actions start acting.

How to Know 4K HDR is Working on Samsung TV?

Lastly, let me tell you how to know the 4K HDR feature is active or working after enabling the option described above.

The method relies on you mostly. After enabling 4K HDR, you must tell the difference in picture quality immediately.

The darker scenes show more details than before, and colors pop more brightly. As a result, you can see the video even when the room has direct sunlight.

Another way of telling is by noticing some sort of indication on the screen. It varies from brand to brand.

Particularly for Samsung TVs, you can press the info button on the remote, and look for the indicator. There is a sign named ‘HDR’ in the top right corner of the screen.


Have you got the answer to the question, how to enable 4K on Samsung TV? It is actually enabling HDMI UHD Color which lets you enjoy richer and more realistic colors.

So, ensure that the video source has the option to enable HDR and 10-bit color, active the option, and enjoy your favorite shows.

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