How To Test If Your OLED TV Has Burn In

 OLED TVs and monitors are great but they are not immune to burn in, in fact, this is a very common problem. In this guide, we’ll describe the different ways you can test to see if your OLED TV has burn in. There are two particular methods you can use.

Method One

The first way to test if your OLED screen has burn in is to visit this video on YouTube. The video cycles through a variety of bright colours that highlight any burn in on your OLED monitor. You can use this on your OLED TV by using the YouTube app.

If you see any shadows or outlines of pictures that were shown on the screen for a long time in any of the color cycles, your TV has burned in. If your TV is still under warranty, return it now, as burn-in may or may not be covered by your warranty.

If there are no shadows or outlines of any kind seen in the video, then your OLED TV does not have burn in.

Samsung also has this nifty video on their YouTube channel which is a similar tool to the one above. The video cycles through a variety of colours to highlight burn in on your monitor but also explains that burn in is not a problem on their QLED TVs. It’s clear that this is a marketing strategy Samsung has deployed to convert OLED users into their own QLED users and it makes sense, burn in is a very annoying problem that damages expensive OLED TVs.

Method Two

You can also use an online tool to manually flick through similar bright colours. This may be difficult to use on your OLED TV unless you have an Internet browsing app. This method will be easy on a monitor or phone. All you have to do is visit the webpage.

Here’s how it works;

  • Clean the screen gently with a soft cloth and click Start test
  • Press F11 key if your browser window doesn’t switch to full screen automatically. 
  • Press Esc key to exit fullscreen mode and to stop test and return to this page. 
  • Click left mouse button or press space to change test-screen.

How To Fix Burn In On OLED TV

Unfortunately, you cannot fix OLED TV burn in. Burn in is permanent. Once a pixel has been burnt, they cannot be repaired. It’s fair to say that newer OLED TV models, specifically LG OLED TVs, have gotten better but they aren’t immune to the issue at all. 

Your best bet is to take preventative measures. This involves not leaving your TV on pause or on the same image for too long. If you do, you can risk the image ‘burning in’ and staying there as a ‘ghost image’. 

How To Prevent Burn In

To prevent burn in follow these tips:

  1. Don’t leave your TV on pause for too long.
  2. Use your TV’s built-in screen saver feature. Choose a scenic picture or play moving images on the screen of your OLED TV. The screen saver works by displaying of black & white patterns on the screen of your OLED TV at regular intervals. This reduces the risk of burn-ins. LG’s OLEDs come with a screen saver that will start itself automatically after a static image is displayed after 2 minutes.
  3. Don’t let the TV on a news station on for too long (more than several hours). The results of the burn in test conducted by the guys at RTINGS.COM were easy to see; watching a news channel for too long will result in burn in. Why? Because the programs have a standard appearance, with a television presenter in the center of the screen and a news ticker. In-printing graphics and pictures on an OLED screen will occur after exposing it to this broadcasting for too long.
TV Burn IN
  1. TV logos and game static graphics – It’s a good idea to turn on all burn-in protections on your TV. If you have an LG OLED, for example, you may set “Logo Luminance Adjustment” to “High” to darken static regions of the screen. This is a drastic option, but it works, which is great if you like to play a lot of games or watch channels with very bright and colourful logos without switching to other type of content.
  2. Another feature that many OLED TVs have is pixel shifting. This rearranges the onscreen image so that distinct pixels are utilised, reducing wear on a larger pixel region.
  3. Playstation 5, Xbox One X, and the Nintendo Switch also have a screen dimming feature that reduces brightness to avoid burn-in. If you’re using a PC with your OLED TV, then you’ll need to do this manually.

Switch To A QLED TV

If you’re concerned about OLED burn-in because your TV viewing habits won’t be able to avoid it, go with a QLED display. Samsung is one brand which promises less risk for these types of issues as opposed their competitors’ products-not only will they have better image quality but also don’t suffer from “burn-in.”

Picture: Mrschimpf at English Wikipedia

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About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and tech blogger, with a love for video games, gadgets, home entertainment and personal technology. I've been writing about the industry now for over 10 years - first as an editor of various magazines before branching out to work on my own blog. I like to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, I can be found playing tennis or padel. This blog is my space to explore new topics related to these hobbies; as well as share some thoughts about life in general (sometimes you need a break from electronics!). 😎

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