Why Do I Have to Keep Retuning my Smart TV?

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Smart TVs can receive digital broadcasting for your local channels without the need for a cable box, this being one of their best features. Sometimes, though, you might run into issues with finding the proper connection and find that retuning is the only solution that works.

You may find you have to keep retuning your smart TV if you are frequently not receiving your channels or they are coming through poorly. By retuning your Smart TV, you will be restoring missing channels or a poor connection.

Retuning your smart TV is simple, but can be frustrating if you find yourself doing it more often than necessary. Your TV should only require a retune about 2 to 3 times a year. However, if you find yourself retuning your TV way more often than that, continue reading to learn possible reasons why.

Why You Have to Keep Retuning Your Smart TV

A simple retune a few times a year is not uncommon and does not create cause for concern. However, if you experience issues frequently and find yourself having to retune your TV every time you want to watch your local channels, this may mean there is a deeper issue.

Here are reasons why you may find yourself needing to retune your TV often:

  • Your antenna could be faulty
  • Your software isn’t updated
  • You don’t have auto-tune set up

All of these issues could result in an unnecessary amount of retuning.

Faulty Antenna

Although you don’t need cable to get digital broadcasting, you will need an antenna if you want to watch local channels. An antenna is necessary to connect your smart TV to the frequency your channels are being broadcasted on.

If you find that you’re constantly losing your channels, or sometimes not even being able to receive them at all, your antenna could be the problem.

If you have tried all other suggested options and still running into issues with receiving all of your channels, constantly retuning your TV may not always be enough to do the trick. Possibly look into getting a new antenna if it seems it may be faulty.

Software Not Updated

A not-up-to-date software on your smart TV can easily be the underlying issue to any issue you may be experiencing. Software that isn’t updated can affect your TV in many different ways and begin to make everything out of whack.

So, if you find you’re often retuning, check that your TV’s software is up to date.


Be sure to use the auto-tune feature on your smart TV instead of the manual tuning. This will not only save you a lot of time and effort, but it can also possibly guarantee that your channels will stay properly tuned in for the future.

How to Know if Your Smart TV Should Be Retuned

Troubleshooting issues with your smart TV is common. However, you may not know which issues will require a retune to fix them.

Here are common issues that can be fixed by retuning your smart TV:

  • All channels are no longer available or coming through
  • Some channels are missing
  • Channels are out of order
  • Channels are coming in fuzzy

Other Reasons You Have to Retune Your Smart TV

As previously noted, it is recommended to retune your TV at least 2 to 3 times per year. By retuning your smart TV at this frequency, you could prevent any of the issues mentioned above.

Of course, there are other reasons why you would need to retune your TV, even if you aren’t experiencing problems:

  • Your provider has changed the frequency channel that your channels are broadcasted on.
  • Your provider has added new channels.
  • Your provider may have changed the numbers of the channels.
  • You have recently moved to a new area where local channels are different than before.

In Summary

Retuning your smart TV will be necessary at one point or another—at least two to three times per year—but it should not be necessary all of the time.

The reasoning for constant retuning can range from a faulty antenna, a system error within your TV, or even a possible frequency change by your provider. It’s important to take a deeper look and figure out exactly why your smart TV is not functioning properly, as with many cases, resolving the issue will reduce your need to retune as often.

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