How to enable Bluetooth in Samsung smart TV using a secret menu?


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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr. H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic enthusiastic, involved in research and development.

Bluetooth connection in smart Tv enables the users to connect the television with other devices for a better user experience. For instance, you redirect the sound to your headphones or even a woofer. Besides, it makes it relatively easy to transfer data from a phone or any other device.

Nonetheless, enabling Bluetooth in Samsung TVs is not that easy. The Samsung smart Tv’s have a secret menu, also called the hidden menu, which contains broader functionalities such as connecting to Bluetooth.

However, the settings menu also contain a Bluetooth connection. However, this menu has quite limited functionalities and may also fail to display sometimes. 

Thus, you must access the secret menu when you need personalized Bluetooth settings or the Bluetooth functionality is not displayed on the stings menu. This guide will help you access the secret menu and enable Bluetooth.

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Where is the Bluetooth menu on my Samsung Smart TV?

To connect to your sound system or any other device wirelessly, you must first ensure that the television supports this functionality. How do you confirm that?  

First, you can google the television model and check its specs. Secondly, you can check the type of remote. Generally, televisions that support Bluetooth functionality have smart remotes.

Further, you can flip through your user manual and check the features of your tv model.

After confirming that your smart Tv supports this wireless connection. Next, you need to identify where it is.

As we earlier said, the Bluetooth settings are located in both the settings menu and the secret menu.

On the settings menu, move to the sound output, and you will say the Bluetooth functionality. Afterwards, we will discuss how to access and enable Bluetooth using the secret menu. 

What is the secret (service) menu in Samsung smart TV?

A secret menu, also called the hidden menu, allows the users to access advanced options or settings such as configuring the display, screen colour, or personalized Bluetooth settings.

Usually, this menu is used by television engineers but also made available to the users. The secret menu contains options such as restoring factory settings which are used to reset the device.

It is also used to personalize the background appearance. For instance, it offers functionalities such as changing the screen colour, height and width.

The secret menu is also used to activate and deactivate the tv or even to change its mode. The most enjoyable part is that this menu can be used to manage or adjust the sound and fix Bluetooth connectivity.

Why shouldn’t you use Samsung secret menu without proper knowledge?

The secret menu contains quite advanced functionalities which can be used to change the operating system. It was first implemented for troubleshooting and repair services, hence its other name, the engineering menu. 

Altering it causes not only serious effects on the software but also changes the functionality of the hardware. For instance, it can be used to mute the speakers or reduce the sound signal levels. Thus, if you don’t have a deeper knowledge, you would think that the speakers are damaged, and it isn’t the case.

Further, with the secret menu, you can access the operating system test charts used to perform a screen test. These tests allow different screen configurations, such as a change in screen color or the calibrations on the screen.

Apart from that, in this menu, you can easily navigate through different modes such as the hotel mode, store mode, among many others, depending on your environment.

My point is that this screen has quite sensitive settings, which you shouldn’t play around with. Worse, if you are unsure what the setting means, you may end up with bigger problems, especially if you reset the device that deletes every other configuration and data.

The solution is always to use the preview feature to check the settings before fully configuring them. Otherwise, you shouldn’t configure any settings without proper knowledge of its operations.  

How do you get to the service (secret) menu on a Samsung smart TV with a smart remote?

The process of entering the secret menu has a quite sensitive algorithm which helps prevent accidental entry into the hidden menu.

In Samsung smart Tv’s, the service menu is accessed through a combination of remote control commands. The keys are pressed only once and simultaneously because the time between the presses also matters. Also, you shouldn’t long-press the keys. Rather hold and release them immediately.

After three to seven seconds of pressing the keys, the secret menu will be displayed on the tv screen. If the menu doesn’t display, you will have to repeat the procedure.

Below are the steps you should follow to access the service menu on a Samsung smart tv;

  • Turn off the television using the remote
  • Press  Mute + 1 + 8 + 2 + power buttons sequentially with a negligible time spaces between them
  • Wait for 3 to 7 seconds for the service menu to appear

How do I turn on Bluetooth on Samsung Smart TV using the secret menu?

Accessing the Bluetooth functionality gives you advanced settings than enabling in on the settings menu. To use this menu, you must ensure that the secret menu is first displayed on the screen

Briefly, to access the secret menu, you must power off the device, press the Mute + 1 + 8 + 2 + power buttons simultaneously, and wait for 3 to 7 minutes.

Now follow the below guide to enable Bluetooth on Samsung smart Tv using the secret menu.

  • After accessing the secret menu, scroll down to the options
  • Press enter
  • Scroll down to engineering options
  • After selecting it, press enter
  • On the engineering options menu, scroll down to BT support
  • If the BT support is turned off, turn it on,
  • After turning on the BT support, turn off the TV and turn it again

You can also watch this video which explains how to turn on the Bluetooth on the secret menu.

How to pair Bluetooth devices in Samsung smart tv using the secret menu?

Have you been trying to pair your soundbar with the tv, and you can’t perform it successfully? Are you tired of searching the Bluetooth feature on the settings, and you can’t trace it? This guide is for you.

Some Samsung smart tv models tend to fail to display the Bluetooth functionality on the settings menu. If that is your case, then you will have to use the secret menu. We have already discussed what this menu is and how you can access it. 

However, I wouldn’t mind reminding you that you shouldn’t configure any settings in the secret menu if you don’t have the proper knowledge. With that out of the way, let us see how to pair a Bluetooth device using a hidden menu.

  • Power off the tv
  • Enter the secret menu
  • On the options menu, navigate to the engineering options and enable Bluetooth support if not enabled
  • Power off and power it again
  • On your remote, press the home button
  • Use your remote and display the settings menu
  • On the settings menu, scroll down to select sound 
  • Press enter after choosing the sound on settings
  • On the sound menu, select sound output
  • Click on the speaker list to display all available Bluetooth devices
  • On the list, select the device you want to pair. The device can be  your headphones, sound system, among others
  • After choosing the device, you want to connect, click on pair and connect
  • A pairing frame will be displayed
  • Click OK on any permissions that will be requested on both devices to complete the process

How to solve the Samsung TV Bluetooth connection issues

In some cases, the Bluetooth functionality might be unavailable even after enabling it using the secret menu. In such situations, you need to conduct further troubleshooting mechanisms to save the day. Some of the mechanisms you can use to fix Bluetooth connectivity issues;

Check the Bluetooth connection range

Every wireless connectivity has a limited perimeter beyond which communication and data transfer is lost. Usually, these devices can connect in a range of 30 feet or less. Accordingly, it is imperative to ensure that the device paired with the Bluetooth is within the range. 

Update the firmware

Smart devices have software’s that guide and define their operations. These software’s get obsolete quite fast as newer releases are being made. The software updates are released to improve the user experience and fix bugs.

Consequently, you should ensure that your device is up to date by regularly updating the software.

Restart the device

The secret menu offers a restart feature that is used to completely erase all the settings and restore the device to its original configurations. Thus, if every other fix is not working, you can restart the machine using the secret menu.

Final words

The secret menu offers advanced functionality which allows the users to personalize their user experience. Also, it can be used to activate and deactivate the Bluetooth support. 

We have discussd all that and even how to use the secret menu to enable Bluetooth to simplify the process for you. 

But be warned! The secret menu has quite sensitive settings, which call you quite careful when changing the settings. However, you don’t have to freak out.