How to prevent your PS5 from turning on and off with the TV

If your PS5 turns on or off depending on the TV, you can turn off this option to stop annoying behavior. This is how.

Have you noticed that the PlayStation 5 sometimes turns on automatically or that the TV changes the input on your PS5 without you asking? This is thanks to a feature built into modern TVs and devices that allows them to communicate via HDMI: HDMI-CEC.

Here’s what HDMI-CEC does and how to turn it off on your PS5.

What is HDMI-CEC?

HDMI-CEC, which stands for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control, is a feature of modern devices that use HDMI connections. Allows the TV to communicate with the connected device to make it more comfortable.

In practice, this allows the TV to control some aspects of the connected Blu-ray player, game console, or the like, and vice versa. For the PS5, HDMI-CEC comes into effect in three main ways:

  • When you turn on the PS5, the TV will turn on automatically and switch to its HDMI input, so you don’t have to do it manually.
  • If you switch to the input of your PS5 on the TV and the PlayStation is in sleep mode, it will wake up.
  • If you turn off the TV while your PS5 is on, it will switch to sleep mode.

These features can save you from playing with the TV remote control or having to turn on the PS5. But if they bother you, it’s easy to turn it off.

How to turn off HDMI-CEC on your PS5

Turn on the PS5 and select the file Configuration gear from the upper right corner. From there, go to Settings> System> HDMI. If you do not want to use this feature, turn it off HDMI device link.

However, there are two sub-options to consider. Activate playback with a single tap controls whether the TV is turned on when booting the PS5. Enable shutdown link is the option that puts your PS5 into sleep mode when you turn off the TV. You can turn off one, but not the other, if you want. Now you know how to prevent your PS5 from turning on and off with the TV. If you have other consoles connected to your TV and do not want them to use this feature, you can turn it off on each device. However, it is faster to turn off HDMI-CEC on the TV, which will stop it completely.

The name and location of this option will vary depending on the TV manufacturer. For example, LG calls it SimpLink, while on Sony computers it is called BRAVIA Sync. Try a Google search for your model if you can’t find it in the settings menu.

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