LG TV Keeps Restarting? Fix in Minutes

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I know how annoying it is when your LG TV keeps restarting and you can’t figure out what’s wrong with it.

The most common cause if your LG TV keeps restarting is a voltage fluctuation on the power board triggering a reboot.

There are a couple of good ways to break out of this boot loop, but before you break open your TV, you should try the simpler fixes detailed below then move onto the more invasive ways to get your LG TV out of the restart loop.

I’m confident that if you follow these steps in order, then you will be able to get your LG TV up and running again as good as new.

lg tv keeps restarting

Why Does My LG TV Keep Restarting?

The most common reasons for your LG TV to be stuck in an endless boot loop are:

Possible Cause Explanation
Software Bug A glitch in your TV’s memory could be causing the restart.
Simplink Issues A console or set-top box could be switching your TV on and off via HDMI-CEC.
Power Supply Problems Surge protectors or dirt on the power connector might be preventing your TV from receiving a consistent voltage.
Auto Power Off Setup Sleep timers and auto power off settings can cause restart issues in LG TVs.
Update Boot Loop LG TVs in a failed update cycle will keep restarting from the logo screen unless you manually update your TV.
Remote Control Issues Stuck buttons on your remote could be restarting your TV.
Internal Component Failure Internal components on the power board could be triggering the restart through an error connection pathway.

Because there are a number of causes of your LG smart TV restarting and it’s not always obvious which one is appropriate for you, it’s best to go through the fixes below, ordered from simplest to most complex.

How to Fix an LG TV That Keeps Rebooting

1. Power Cycle your LG TV

With modern electronics, it’s possible that your LG TV restarts itself because of something stuck in its flash memory.

Power cycling your TV will clear out any issues with non-permanent memory and reset your main board without losing your personal settings.

This is quick and painless and won’t cause you to lose any of your saved settings.

  1. Switch off and unplug your TV.
  2. Hold down the physical power button on the TV for at least 15 seconds.
  3. Wait for at least 30 minutes for any residual power to drain from the TV’s capacitors (which are capable of storing charge for several minutes).
  4. Plug your TV back in and try switching it on. You should see a red light blinking if you have been successful.
lg tv power button
The LG TV power button is often on the side of the TV

Make sure you do wait for the full 30 minutes before plugging your TV back in – you would be surpised how long the components within your TV can hold charge, and you want to make sure it has fully reset.

Although this seems a very basic step, don’t overlook it because in the vast majority of cases a simple soft reset fixes most issues.

Most people will now have their TV fixed and back up and running. If this isn’t you, then we’ve got a few more basic fixes to try before getting into the hardware fixes.

If your LG TV turns on then shuts off, there could be an HDMI issue.

You can try removing all external devices, including those connected by Bluetooth and any coaxial or signal cables, so that the TV only has a power cable going into it.

lg tv hdmi arc port

This is because a flaw with the HDMI-CEC settings can stop your TV coming on properly if you have other devices, particularly games consoles, plugged into your TV via HDMI.

HDMI-CEC allows two-way communication between your TV and console and set-top box, allowing your console or box to switch your TV on and off automatically.

The problem is that if you do not switch inputs on your TV away from your console’s input before switching off your TV, then your TV will not “listen” to your remote, and it can switch itself on and off without your input.

Unplugging all cables will temporarily solve this, so if your TV is working as normal with no HDMI cables attached, then try switching off HDMI-CEC before re-instating the cables.

To switch off HDMI-CEC on an LG TV, look in the Settings -> General -> SimpLink (HDMI-CEC) menu for SimpLink, which is LG’s name for HDMI-CEC, and turn this Off.

It may also help to turn Quickstart+ off, available in the General menu, as this can interfere with memory caching, and is often a cause of your TV turning off when using specific high bandwidth apps like Netflix or YouTube.

3. Turn Off Any Timers

If you’re seeing messages on-screen like, “LG TV will turn off in 30 seconds,” then you need to reset your sleep timer and / or auto power off timer.

You can switch off the LG TV sleep timer by:

  1. Going to Settings.
  2. Then All Settings.
  3. And System.
  4. Go to General.
  5. And Time.
  6. Then Timers.
  7. Before choosing Sleep Timer and making sure this is set to Off.
lg tv sleep timer

More recent LG TV models have this setting under All Settings -> Support -> Energy Saving.

lg tv auto power off

4. Check Your Wall Socket & Power Cable

When your LG TV randomly restarts, you naturally jump to thinking that there must be a fault within your TV itself.

Actually, the fault can sometimes be within your household power supply, or more specifically within the surge protector or smart plug that your TV is plugged into.

So, you need to confirm that your wall socket is supplying enough power, and there is no interruption of supply during use.

unplug tv

There’s a few methods that you can use:

  1. Unplug your LG TV from your wall socket.
  2. Remove any surge interruptors or smart plugs so that you have a direct line to your wall socket.
  3. Plug another large device that you know works into the same socket and check that the new device works as normal. (It’s important that this device draws approximately as much power as your TV, to confirm the socket is fully working).
  4. Remove the other device and plug your TV back into this socket.
  5. Switch on the power and switch on your TV using the physical power button located somewhere on its case (usually beneath the LG logo).
  6. See if the red light is solid. If so, this means your TV is getting sufficient voltage.
  7. If your LG TV’s red light is blinking, then repeat these steps with another wall socket to confirm your household electricity supply isn’t a problem.

Also, be sure to carefully look at the power connector on your TV to confirm that the port is free from corrosion, dirt and dust, and confirm that the power cable is free from kinks and knots, which can damage the copper wires both mechanically and from increasing the electrical resistance, which generates heat, causing damage that may not necessarily be obvious.

Because of potential damage within the cable that you cannot see due to the protective sheath, it can be a good idea to use a new power cable, if you have one or can borrow one.

If you’ve confirmed your household power supply is consistent, then we can assume the problem lies somewhere within your TV itself.

5. Check for Failed Firmware Update

If you LG TV keeps rebooting itself from the logo screen, this could be because your TV has become stuck in a firmware update cycle, where the final restart is not completing the update as it should.

The auto-update cycle will only run over WiFi or through an Ethernet cable, so first of all, switch off your TV’s WiFi and / or disconnect it’s Ethernet connection.

To switch off your LG TV’s WiFi:

  1. On your remote, press the Home icon or Settings button.
  2. Then go to Settings / All Settings.
  3. And Network.
  4. Go to Network Connection and remove any connected wireless networks.
lg tv wifi is turned off can't turn on

If this stops your TV from restarting, then you will need to update your TV manually via USB:

  1. Go to the LG Software Drivers site.
  2. Enter your TV’s model number and find it on the site.
lg tv firmware update by usb
  1. Put a USB stick into your computer and create a folder on it called LG_DTV.
  2. Right-click the firmware ZIP file on LG’s site and Extract All to the folder on your USB stick.
  3. Once complete, eject your USB stick.
  4. Insert the USB stick into your TV’s USB port and switch it on.
  5. The TV will automatically search for the folder you created and should display USB UPDATE READY.
  6. Select Install.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions, then switch off your TV for 10 seconds and power back on to complete the update.

6. Take Out Your LG Remote’s Batteries

Remote control problems, either stuck buttons or low batteries, can cause your TV to turn on and off without you doing anything, as the remote is sending the on/off signal on its own.

lg tv remote

To make sure this isn’t the cause, switch on your TV, remove the batteries from your remote and see if the TV then stays on.

7. Factory Reset Your LG TV

Returning your TV back to its factory settings is a more extreme step, as it will delete any personalization features, downloaded apps or connected devices, but it’s always worth a shot when other methods haven’t worked.

To factory reset an LG Smart TV:

  1. Press the Home button on your remote and go to All Settings.
  2. Then General.
  3. And System (or skip to the next step on older models).
  4. Choose Reset to inital settings.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions and hit Confirm.
  6. Enter your PIN, which by default is 0000 (four zeroes) or 1234 for LG.
  7. Then select Restart in the popup.
lg tv factory reset

To reset an LG TV without the remote:

  1. Hold down the TV’s Power Button for 10 seconds, which will be underneath the screen on on the side.
  2. Use the Vol + or – or Channel + or – to scroll to Menu.
  3. Go to All Settings.
  4. Then General.
  5. And Reset.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions and hit Confirm.
  7. Enter your PIN, which by default is 0000 (four zeroes) or 1234 for LG.
  8. Then select Restart in the popup.

If you have changed your LG TV’s PIN and can’t remember what it is:

  1. Press the Home button on your remote and go to All Settings.
  2. Then Support.
  3. Go to Advanced Settings.
  4. Then Safety.
  5. And Reset Password.
  6. On your remote, press Channel Up twice, then Channel Down once, followed by Channel Up once.
  7. Put 0313 in the box.
  8. Then 0000.
  9. Then choose a new PIN that you can remember.

8. Check for Internal Component Burn Out

A more serious issue, but one that is still easily fixable at home, is a failure on the main board / power board or within the panel that is triggering a restart after detection by the error correcting pathway.

Triggering of the error correcting pathway is the main cause of LG OLED TVs restarting.

To diagnose this, you will first need to open up your TV.

To remove your TV’s back panel:

  1. Unplug your TV, hold down the power button and wait for at least 30 minutes. There are large capacitors in the power board for the backlight and these can hold charge for an extended period of time.
  2. Place your TV face down on a large table or workbench. Make sure there is nothing that can scratch the screen on your work surface.
  3. Ground yourself.
  4. Open your TV by unscrewing the screws in the backpanel. It should come apart in two pieces: front and back.
  5. Put the back panel somewhere out of the way and take a look at the circuit boards that have been revealed.
  6. You will see a T-Con panel for translating the signal into a TV picture, a power board and a main board.

The Timing Control (T-Con) board is a small PCB board that drives your TV’s panel, sending the signal to each pixel row of your screen using internal clocks to keep each row in sync.

tv t con board

The Main Board is a larger PCB where you plug your HDMI and other connectors into. This does a lot of the work of translating the input into signal, which then goes to the T-Con board.

tv main board

The Power Board is where you plug in your power cable, and which converts your home electricity supply into a voltage and current that your TV can use.

tv power board

There may also be a number of additional boards, such as a backlight inverter and WiFi board, but these vary between models and shouldn’t be the cause of your LG TV freezing and restarting.

The most complete repair is to replace your power board or the Video IC within it.

See how to replace the power board in the video below.

You could also make a cheaper repair by localizing the fault to a specific chip on the power board, usually the Video IC, and replacing that for only a few cents. Check out the video below for details on how to do that.

LG TV Support and Warranty

You can check your warranty information direct with LG.

Unfortunately, warranties typically only last a year unless you have already paid to extend it.

Because tv problems can occur at any time, if your TV is under one year old, return your TV under warranty and get it fixed.

You can use the LG support site to help diagnose your problem, but if you are at this stage, then you are better off calling them direct on:

  • 850-999-4934 or 843-243-0000 (Mon. – Sun., 8am – 9pm EST)

You can also email them directly, or even email the president of LG customer care!

Even if LG won’t fix your TV, they might still offer you a discount off a future model if you pester them hard enough! This is always worth a try in my experience.

LG TV Restarts Itself: Conclusion

  • A LG TV that is constantly restarting is best fixed by resetting your TV.
  • You should remove any HDMI cables to confirm that HDMI-CEC is not controlling your TV.
  • Take the batteries out of your remote to confirm stuck buttons aren’t the cause.
  • Replace the Video IC or the entire power board if you are seeing voltage fluctuations to the backlight.

I’m confident that these steps will fix your LG TV boot loop, although the later steps do require a bit more effort than the earlier ones.

Don’t forget that opening up your TV will void its warranty, but this can’t be helped in most cases.

If you need any further help, then I suggest contacting LG support directly, or checking on YouTube where it’s much easier to see how to open up your TV, for example.

And if you’ve tried all of these steps and still can’t get your TV to work, then it may be worth looking at one of the most highly rated new TVs.

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