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How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Your TV
Oct 23, 2018

How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Your TV


This option will be found in your TV’s menu, options, or settings. Use the TV remote to option the settings menu and look for the option. You may also want to look at your TV’s instruction manual or just try performing a web search for the model of your TV and “Enable HDMI-CEC.”


On a Vizio TV we recently set up, the option was located under Menu > System > CEC. This was at least easy to find and well-explained, although it was disabled by default for some reason.


How to Enable HDMI-CEC on Your Devices

Some individual devices also don’t have HDMI-CEC enabled by default, so you may want to check each device’s settings. For example, HDMI-CEC is automatically enabled on the Chromecast, so this will “just work” as long as your TV has HDMI-CEC enabled.


On the PlayStation 4, it’s also disabled by default for some reason. We had to go into Settings > System and enable the “HDMI Device Link” option. You may need to look in a similar place on your device, or just perform a web search for the name of your device and “HDMI-CEC” to find out if the device supports HDMI-CEC and how to enable it if it’s not enabled by default.


HDMI-CEC is quite useful, although you may need to know about it and enable it yourself. Be sure to do this on any new TVs and devices you set up to save yourself some time and hassle, at least when switching between inputs.


More advanced features, like controlling attached devices with your TV’s remote control, may or may not work depending on how the TV manufacturer and device manufacturer implemented HDMI-CEC. Either way, the input-switching alone makes HDMI-CEC worth enabling.


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