A Quick Guide to TCL TV Setup and Features

TCL appeals to consumers because of its competitive price and reasonable combination of features and quality for the money. In its bid to gain a global share of the market, TCL manufactures affordable TV options. They originally sold TVs in China but have since expanded to many other countries, including the United States. Since these are starter smart TV sets for many people, a quick guide to setup and features may prove helpful.

How to Turn on the TCL Roku TV Without a Remote

This quick guide on YouTube demonstrates how to turn on a TCL Roku TV without using the remote. A lot of people miss this, but the TV actually does have a power button. You can find it hidden under the center bottom of the TV.
Reach right under the TCL logo at the bottom of the TV:
  • The middle button turns the set on.
  • Pressing the middle button again allows navigation through different settings.
  • Buttons to the left and the right control the volume.

How to Cast to TCL Roku TV

TCL Roku TV owners can cast videos from a phone to a Roku TV. Just follow these simple steps:
  • Ensure both the TV and the other device access the same WiFi network.
  • Install the same app on both the TV and the other device.
  • On the mobile device, open the app and select the video to cast.
  • Tap the app’s casting icon.
  • When prompted to select a device, choose Roku.
  • After completing these steps, the video should automatically launch on the TV set.

How to Browse the Internet on a TCL Smart TV

The TCL Roku TV doesn’t directly support web browsing at this time; however, there are still ways to do it. Cord Cutters News said that the easiest method is to install the Web Browser X Roku Channel from the Roku Store (this is a paid app).
Users can also connect a computer, phone, or other devices to the Roku TV for screen sharing. As an example, in Windows 10, there is a Project button on the Windows Taskbar. This allows the user to project any windows screen to another device connected to the same network. Screen sharing is the easiest way to browse the internet on the TV. However, you'll have to control all of the search functions through the host device.

How to Connect a Soundbar to a TCL TV

TCL Support says that most of their TVs support connecting a soundbar through the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) port on the back of the set. It’s important to use a cable that supports the ARC feature.
Since the TVs come with HDMI ARC disabled, follow these instructions to enable it:
  • From the Home screen, find Settings and then System.
  • Select Control Other Devices and then HDMI ARC.
  • Press the OK button to enable the HDMI ARC feature.

How to Reset a TCL TV

It's important to know how to reset your TCL to factory settings. Sometimes, people do this to resolve issues or transfer the TV set to another owner. Note that this function will erase all preferences set previously in favor of the settings from the factory.
Follow these instructions for a factory reset:
  • Under the Home screen, find System and then Settings.
  • Select Advanced System Settings, Factory Reset, and Factory Reset Everything.
  • The screen will provide a code. Enter that code, press OK, and the system will reset.

How to Fix a TCL TV That Won’t Turn On

One of the most common questions is how to turn on a TCL TV that won’t power up normally? First, it’s a good idea to check the remote batteries and the TV cord. Also, ensure that the TV remote sensor isn’t dirty or blocked. Finally, try using the power button under the TCL logo on the bottom of the set to see if a malfunctioning remote caused the problem.
If that doesn’t work, it’s time to seek advice from a warranty company or the manufacturer. If the TV isn't turning on, it may be a manufacturing defect.

How to ensure a long time for your TV With a Protection Plan

Even though most people find TCL TVs relatively inexpensive when compared to other top brands, they have a reputation for reasonable quality. Of course, consumers should compare various brands to make sure they get the best TV for their own needs and budgets.
Cheaper smart TVs may simply lack all of the features and perfect picture resolution of more expensive models. Still, every smart TV on the market has some vulnerabilities because of the delicate, complex components.
That’s why prudent consumers should consider a Upsie TV protection plan to guard their investment. A TV protection plan will ensure buyers can get quick service from a qualified, certified technician in case of screen, power, connection, and many other common problems. With Upsie, it also includes accident damage for when life goes sideways! And while most stores require you protect your device immediately at the checkout, purchasing a TCL protection plan from Upsie can be done up to 4 years after buying a new TV! Upsie is also incredibly affordable at just $3.99/mo for any TV valued at under $4000, so easily the best choice for your needs.

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