How to Change the Resolution on Your TV

Learn how to find and adjust your TV's resolution

What to Know

  • Go to the Settings on your TV using your remote.
  • Find the Resolution or Output Resolution option. Choose which resolution you want from the list.

Resolution on your TV denotes how many pixels are used to create the images you see. The more pixels used, the clearer the picture. Changing the resolution on your TV can be done from the settings using your remote control.

How to Change Your TV Resolution

Turn on your TV and use your remote to complete the following steps. Specific names of buttons and menu options may differ among TVs, but generally, the process is the same.

  1. On your remote, press the Settings or Menu button.

  2. A menu will come up on your TV's screen. Locate the option for Resolution or Output Resolution. It may also be under a Display, Setup, Aspect ratio, Zoom mode, or Picture Mode option. (We're using Picture Mode in this example.)

    TV settings menu showing with Picture Mode highlighted
  3. Your TV will list different resolutions, such as 480p, 720p, 1080p, etc. Select the one you want to use. Some TVs will use different terms to refer to these resolutions, such as Zoom Mode. Flip through them to see which one you want to use.

    TV with Zoom Mode setting highlighted
  4. Your TV will readjust the resolution either automatically or after you exit out of the settings.

How Do I Fix the Resolution on My TV HDMI?

If you're connecting your TV to another device via HDMI, changing the resolution on your TV may not help in getting to your desired display. The steps you would take to change your resolution depend on what device you are using.

In general, on the device itself, go to the Settings menu and look for options for Display. If you're connecting via HDMI to a PC, it should recognize that you're connected to a TV.

Once in display settings on your device, look for a setting labeled 'resolution' and select that resolution you wish to use.

How Do I Change My TV Resolution to 1080p?

If you followed the steps above but are not seeing an option for 1080p (High Definition), your TV might not support that resolution.

You can figure out what kind of resolution your TV supports by either looking in the accompanying manual or finding the exact model online and looking at its specifications.

On some TVs, you can't change your resolution but instead, change zoom modes or the aspect ratio.

How Do I Know What Resolution My TV Is?

If you've never changed the resolution of your TV, it's running at its default resolution and should be displayed until you change it. You can reset to the default resolution by selecting a setting that reads something like Reset or Restore Default.

If you're watching something on your TV using another device, you'll have to change the resolution settings within that device to match your TV's. If a device doesn't support a specific resolution, such as 1080p, even if your TV is set to that resolution, you won't be able to display that resolution.

  • How do I change the resolution on a Vizio 4K TV?

    To set the image resolution of the best Vizio TVs, press the Menu button on your Vizio 4K TV remote and use the navigation arrow keys to go to the Picture option; press Enter to select it. Use the arrow keys to select the TV Resolution option and change the picture resolution to your liking.

  • How do I change the resolution on a Roku TV?

    If you have a standalone Roku TV, you won't be able to change the Roku TV's built-in resolution. The only option you have is to stretch the image. To do this, press the star on the Roku TV remote to open the Options menu. Navigate to the Picture Size section and choose Stretch.

  • How do I change the resolution on an Emerson TV?

    To change your Emerson TV's resolution, press Settings on your remote to bring up an options menu on the screen. Navigate to Output Resolution, and then choose your desired resolution.

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