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What is Samsung Ambient Mode & how to use it on the new 8K QLED TV


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Erin L

Erin L

Samsung, 8K tv, Q900R, review, ambient mode, upscaling

When you flip through Houzz, or design magazines on the Apple News app, have you ever noticed you never see a TV in any of the fancy rooms. Why? Because those big empty, dark screens are a major downer when it comes to design. Samsung has been working on that; why DO TVs need to go dark when not in use, anyway? Now, they don’t. Samsung’s new QLED TVs including the 2019 Samsung 8K Q900 QLED TVhave something called Ambient Mode. What is Ambient Mode, how does it work and how can you customize it for your home? Let’s find out. (By the way, if you want to read the full review of the 8K Samsung Q900R, click here.)

What is Samsung TV Ambient Mode?

The gist of Ambient Mode on your QLED TV is that you can make your TV look pretty when you’re not watching it; watch the video how-to to see it in action. Ambient Mode uses your TV screen to display video or visual décor, weather information, and new to the 2019 QLED TV, artwork and trending pictures and stories based on your interests.

It basically can turn your TV into a window, or a bit of art, instead of a black hole.

You can also take a photo of the wall your TV is mounted on and use that as your TV’s background, so it blends in seamlessly. Whaaaaa?!

If you use a remote control other than the Samsung Smart Remote, there may be restrictions for entering Ambient Mode.

How to use Samsung Ambient Mode

To enter Ambient Mode, press the Ambient button on the Samsung One Remote, and use the directional pad to select the desired Ambient mode.

You can view the different Ambient options by pressing the Ambient button, then scrolling across the options that will appear at the bottom of the frame.

When you select a category or tab at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a preview of available functions and content. To view more detailed information, move the focus to it, and then press the Up directional button. Press the Home button to return to TV mode.

If you press the Ambient button when the TV is turned off, the TV turns on in Ambient Mode. You can also use the Samsung Smart Things app to control the TV and make more precise adjustments to the settings of any mode.

Samsung, 8K tv, Q900R, review, ambient mode, upscaling

One of the many options for Ambient Mode

Once you’re in Ambient Mode, you can press the Up button on your remote to view detailed information about the content on your screen. But it doesn’t end there – you can even customize the content on your screen to make it look even more unique.

What are the different Ambient Mode Settings?

There are lots of great settings in Ambient Mode. To read about each of them, please visit the Best Buy Canada blog page here, as this article was written for them there and you’ll help support the work I do for them by clicking to finish reading it.


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 Comment

  1. Kay Jarboe on November 6, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Hi, can you use ambient mode without a separate box like the one that comes with the frame TV? I do not want to have extra wires or cables, so I am wondering if you can use ambient mode with just the TV plugged into the wall. Given this video is 3 years old, any suggestions on the best TV for ambient mode in 2022?

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