Can You Change the Background on a TCL Smart TV? (Step by Step)

Hand pressing a button on remote pointing at a blurry Smart TV.Hand pressing a button on remote pointing at a blurry Smart TV.

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When you first purchased your TCL smart TV, you may not have been thinking about how you could personalize the device. One easy way to make your new TCL TV fit into your new space better is to customize the background screensaver.

Keep reading to learn how to change the background on your TCL smart TV.

Navigate to the Home Page of Your TCL TV

Press the “Home” button on your remote to get to the home page. The home button is labeled with an outline of a house. The home screen on your TCL smart TV includes the Apps that you have downloaded on your TV, the different inputs available for your TV, as well as access to different TV and movie streaming and your settings menu.

Open the Settings Menu on Your TCL TV

On the left side of your home screen, there is a stacked menu that might include items such as “Home,” “My Feed,” “Search,” and “Settings.” Your menu might have more or fewer options depending on your TV and setup, but for all TV’s “Home” should be your top option, and “Settings” will be your last option. In this menu, scroll down to “Settings” and press “OK” on your remote.

Find the Screensaver Option within Your Settings Menu

Once in the settings menu, there will be several options, including:

  • Network
  • Remotes and Devices
  • Theme
  • Screensaver
  • Accessibility
  • TV Picture Settings
  • TV Inputs
  • Audio
  • Parental Controls
  • Payment Method
  • Privacy
  • System

Scroll down to “Screensaver” and press “OK” on your remote.

Browse Screensavers Available for Your TCL TV

In the Screensaver Menu, select “Browse Screensavers” to scroll through the available screensavers for your TV and select one that you like. Now when your TV goes idle, this new screensaver will display.

Change the Wait Time for Your Screensaver

Also, in the screensaver menu, you can select “Change Wait Time.” This will allow you to select how long your TV will sit idle before changing to the screensaver. This gives you a good range of time so that if you pause what you are watching, it won’t immediately go to the screensaver, but it won’t sit idle for hours without the screensaver turning on either.

How to Disable the Screensaver on Your TCL Smart TV

If you would prefer the screensaver not to turn on at all, that is an easy change. You will need to navigate through the same menus to change your screen saver. Home > Settings > Screensaver > Change Wait Time, and then select “Disable Screensaver.”

This will turn off the screensaver so that your TV can sit idle indefinitely without changing to the screensaver.

Additional Ways to Customize Your TCL TV

TCL has included several ways to customize the appearance of your TV to your aesthetic:

Change Your TCL Smart TVs Theme

In addition to changing the screensaver that appears while your TV is idle, you can also customize your TCL TV by adjusting the theme for your TV, which will change how your menus and home screen look.

  1. To change the theme for your TCL smart TV, you will need to navigate to the home screen and select “Settings.”
  2. Once in settings, find “Themes.”
  3. Within Themes, navigate to “My Themes” and select a theme for your TV.

This is a great way to change how the colors and text of your TV’s menu and home screen look.

Move Around the Apps on Your TCL Home Screen

Another easy way to personalize your TCL smart TV is the adjust the apps on the home screen.

  1. While on the home screen, select what app you would like to move.
  2. Then press the * button on your remote. This will bring up a menu with the options to move or remove the app.
  3. Select Move and then use the arrows on your remote to position the app where you would like it on the screen and press “OK” on the remote.

Repeat this process as many times as you would like with all of the apps on your home screen.

Rename the Inputs on Your TCL Home Screen

Each TV input available will also be available on your home screen. You can move these tiles around just like the apps, and you can also rename them. TV inputs include anything connected by HDMI or AV Cables, as well as your TV antenna.

  1. While on the home screen, select the input you would like to rename, then press the * button on your remote. This will bring up the menu for that TV input, which will include the options to move or remove the input and an option to rename the input.
  2. Select “Rename Input” and type in whatever name you would like to call it.

This is an easy way to distinguish what is plugged into a TV. Instead of it being named “Input 2,” you can name it “Nintendo Switch” to know what the input is for.


TCL smart TVs have several great options to customize your experience. Changing the screensaver background is a great choice for a fun display when you are not using your TV. Changing the theme of your TV can also make it blend into your home better, and moving around the apps and renaming the inputs can just make using your TCL smart TV an overall better experience.

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