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How to stop Samsung Smart TVs from turning on your Xbox One

Some modern Samsung smart TVs such as the 2019 QLED Q60 series (opens in new tab) sets come with a range of "connected home" features, allowing for full integration between connected devices. One of those devices is our trusty friend, the Xbox One. Problem is, this feels like a version 1.0 experience, with very little flexibility. While it's super convenient to be able to control your Xbox One dashboard and media using the Samsung Universal Remote feature, there's no way to stop it from automatically turning on your Xbox One every time you boot up your TV. If you find yourself looking for the option to turn this off, look no further.

How to remove your Xbox One from Samsung TV's Universal Remote

  1. Grab your Samsung TV remote and hit the home button.
  2. Navigate left to the sources section.

  1. In the sources menu, move right to the Universal Remote section.
  2. Here, you should see all the devices currently integrated with your TV.
  3. Navigate to your Xbox One and press up to access the menu.

  1. Hit delete.

If you ever want to add it back (if Samsung ever adds more options to make the feature less frustrating), simply go through the reverse process, adding a new device from the Universal Remote section instead.

Our top equipment picks

The Samsung QLED TVs are staggeringly awesome in terms of response rate, picture quality, and feature set. But when it comes to these "Universal Remote" connected features, Samsung still has a bit of work to do to make it all intuitive.

Excellent and affordable Xbox accessories

Up your Xbox experience with one (or all) of these budget accessories, all of which are approved by the gamers of Windows Central.

PowerA Play & Charge Kit for Xbox One (opens in new tab) ($15 at Amazon)

This charging kit keeps your Xbox One wireless controllers juiced up, and it offers batteries for two controllers. At just $15, this is hands-down our favorite budget charging companion.

ElecGear 4 Port USB Xbox One S Hub (opens in new tab) ($19 at Amazon)

This brilliant little USB splitter hub attaches perfectly to the side of your Xbox One S console. It's ideal for use with chargers, controllers, headsets, and more.

Controller Gear stand (opens in new tab) ($13 at Amazon)

Proudly display your Xbox gamepads with this stylish and functional stand. The licensed design is minimalist and black, and it has a hidden storage compartment, making the price of $13 a real steal.

Jez Corden
Jez Corden

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!