How To Fix Toshiba TV That Won’t Turn On?

Toshiba TVs are just like most other electronic devices, especially over time, in that they start to have their little glitches, some of which may make it difficult or impossible to turn the TV on regularly.

Fortunately, some troubleshooting tips will cover most problems, except a dead Toshiba TV. 

Why This Happens

If you can’t get your Toshiba TV to turn on, it’s most likely because the TV needs to be reset, especially if it’s a smart TV.

However, it could also be an issue with the remote, loose power cord, wrong input source, power outlets, or the backlight has completely failed. 

Outside the backlight, the resolutions listed below will take care of the problem, depending on what it is.

If your backlight has failed, however, there’s not much that can be done other than replacing the Toshiba TV entirely.

You can always have a backlight repaired, but the time and money are often not worth it. 

Possible Fixes

I’ve come up with a list of the possible solutions on how to get your Toshiba TV to turn on.

I recommend you start with a simple reset, then proceed to the rest of the tips.

There is a very high chance the resetting will help.

Resetting a Toshiba TV

The focus is primarily on the TV, so it won’t matter if it’s a Toshiba smart TV or a Toshiba Fire TV, since resetting it will remain mostly the same.

Since it’s not turning on, you can’t reset it in the traditional method anyhow. 

Believe it or not, unplugging the Toshiba TV and manually resetting it is the most common and most effective solution. 

  • Unplug the Toshiba TV from the wall.
  • Be sure to wait a full minute.
  • Press and hold the power button on the TV for 30 seconds.
  • Release the button.
  • So long as a full minute has passed, plug the Toshiba back into the wall outlet.
  • Power the TV back on by pressing the power button on the TV or the remote.

Now try turning your TV on. If the reset was successful, you will be able to see the screen and don’t really need to do anything else.

But is that didn’t work, please, read on, I have a few more ideas for you to try.

Check Your Input Source

Oftentimes, it’s easy to mistake a powered-off TV for one that simply has a blank screen.

It could easily be that your Toshiba is on the wrong input with whatever it is you are using with the TV, whether it be an HDMI stick ( Fires Sticks, Roku, and Google Chromecast), a game console, or a cable box.

Be sure that you are on the right input by tracking your cords from the back of the console or box you are using to the TV.

For instance, be sure that your cable box is on HDMI out and running to the back of the Toshiba TV, in the HDMI 1 slot. 

This can often stop the TV from turning on as well if you have the settings on your device to activate the TV and the device is on but plugged into the wrong port. 

Check Different Power Outlets

It’s easy enough to unplug the Toshiba and plug something else in the same spot to ensure that you are getting power from that outlet.

Surprisingly enough, it happens more often than people realize.

You could have a breaker tripped without realizing it, depending on how much is on that circuit. 

If whatever you plug into the same outlet has power to it, then it’s a simple matter to eliminate that as the problem, and you can move on to something else.

It’s often the simplest thing that causes the problem in the first place, so it’s worth checking out. 

Remove or Replace Remote Batteries

Worse comes to worst, you can always try the power button on the TV, however, most people never even reach for the power button on the TV because control has always come from somewhere else. 

Be sure to check the batteries on your remote.

Just because there is a light on the remote doesn’t mean that there is enough juice in there to activate and communicate between the two infrared sensors on the remote and the Toshiba TV.

One more thing I recommend is taking the batteries out of the remote, giving the remote a good shake, and then placing new batteries in.

Also, make sure to press each and every button on the remote to make sure none of them got stuck.

If one of the buttons is stuck, it means it will constantly be sending the signal to the TV and cause both the remote and the TV to malfunction.

More Difficult to Repair Factors

If none of the above has your Toshiba up and running again, you either have a power source problem or a backlight problem.

Depending on when you purchased the Toshiba TV, there may or may not be a warranty on it or a return timeframe. 

The power source is removable from the back of Toshiba and can be sent in for repair.

The problem is, unless you are a Toshiba TV guru, it’s not likely that you are even going to know that it’s a power source problem.

The same holds with the backlight. 

If either the backlight or the power source is the issue, then you will have to either send the TV in for repair or use the warranty, assuming that it is still under coverage. 

All Things Considered

If a Toshiba TV is refusing to power on for you, the list of troubleshooting tips is pretty thin on the ground, with the above-listed tips a summation of what you can do from home.

To sum up, I recommend resetting the TV by unplugging it from the power source for a few minutes, then plugging it back in.

If that didn’t help, inspect all the cables leading to the TV, the wall socket, and the remote. Remember, your input source also matters and should be set correctly.

After that, it’s in the hands of your warranty coverage, or your local TV repair shop.