How to get rid of static on startup on an LG TV


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How to get rid of static on startup on an LG TV

If you’ve just gotten a new LG TV you may be encountering a maddening problem… Static. Yes we thought that was done with decades ago, but it’s back on some LG TVs. Mainly on the sets of those of us who don’t have cable TV.

The default choice for this TV appears to be to turn on and select the cable input, and since I don’t have cable, I have nothing to connect to it. I thought this would simply be a matter of switching the input so the TV would boot up to an unused HDMI input, but that didn’t work either.  It took me forever to finally figure this out and it’s a bit of a process so follow along here.

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Go to Settings on the TV or press the setting button on the remote. Then choose All Settings>General> Channels>Channel Tuning>Manual Tuning>Cable DTV. When you get to this point don’t make any choices, just shut the TV off and turn it back on. For some reason this should now have nixed the cable TV default and it will boot up instead in Gallery Mode. You will however be left with an annoying pop up that reminds you there’s no cable. To get rid of that, navigate back to the Gallery Mode option on the home screen and click on it.

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Super annoyingly, this pop up will still come back up every time you turn on the TV. This strikes me as very odd for a TV that’s supposed to be smart with built in streaming, but what can I say. That’s how to get rid of the worst of the noise and static. If it’s time to shop for a new TV check out all the LG TV’s at Walmart, or scope them out at Amazon, below.

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Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.


  1. Kd on November 9, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Oh my gosh thank you!! Our TV was turning on every time inside the Sling app, but my husband did something to stop it from doing that and now we were getting the LG channels instead and it was just static every time. My kids like to keep the volume at 100 lol so this already overstimulated mama was about to lose her mind!! I for some reason don’t seem to have the Gallery button to change the scenes but the ones on there are landscaping so I’m fine with that

    • Erin L on November 20, 2023 at 8:41 am

      Glad I could help!

  2. Andy on March 5, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you! That was driving me crazy.

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