Samsung TV Picture-in-Picture Setup and Troubleshooting

Updated on December 10, 2014
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Max holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from SIU and an M.A. in Communication from U of I and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Use your Samsung TV's picture-in-picture feature to view multiple inputs on your screen.
Use your Samsung TV's picture-in-picture feature to view multiple inputs on your screen. | Source

How to Set Up Picture-in-Picture (PIP) on Samsung TV

  1. Press "Menu" on the remote control that came with your Samsung TV.

  2. Select "System" and then press "Enter."

  3. Select "PIP" and then press "Enter."

  4. Highlight "PIP" and then change the toggle that corresponds with it to read "On."

  5. Highlight "Air/Cable" and then change the toggle to the right of it to read "Air" if you want the sub-screen to display channels pulled in over the air. Select "Cable" if you want it to display a cable box connected to the coaxial input. The sub-screen can only display either channels pulled in over the air or a cable box connected to the coaxial input.

  6. Highlight "Channel" and select the channel you want the sub-screen to be set to. This is most important if you are pulling in a channel over the air. If you are going to display a connected cable box in the sub-screen, you can change the channel using the cable box's remote control. However, with a channel pulled in over the air, you'll need to access this part of the menu again to change the channel.

  7. Highlight "Size" and select what sizes you want your TV windows to be. You can set up a sub-screen that takes up one-fourth of the screen or one-eighth of the screen, or you can elect to have two screens that are the same size, with each picture either taking up all of its half of the screen.

  8. If you elected to display the sub-screen that is either one-fourth or one-eighth of the screen's size, highlight "Position" and then select where you want to place the sub-screen. You can place it in any of the screen's four corners.

  9. Highlight "Sound Select" and elect to play the audio from either the main screen or the sub-screen.

  10. Press "Exit" on the Samsung TV's remote control to save your changes and view the TV's display.

Troubleshooting Samsung TV Picture-in-Picture

If you're having issues with your Samsung TV's PIP function, here are some fixes:

  • You cannot use the Samsung TV's PIP feature if either Smart Hub or the Program Rating Lock is enabled. You must disable these features before you can use PIP. You also cannot use the PIP feature if the Samsung TV is in 3D mode.
  • PIP automatically turns off when you turn off your Samsung TV. You will have to set PIP up again if you want to use it when you turn your TV back on.
  • The component, PC, and HDMI inputs are the only options for viewing in the TV's main window while PIP is turned on. Channels pulled in over the air or a cable box connected using a coaxial cable are the only options for viewing in the sub-screen.

  • While viewing some devices such as gaming consoles or Blu-ray players in the Samsung TV's primary window while PIP is turned on, the PIP sub-screen may look blurry or distorted. This is caused by the external device and not the TV. Change the video output settings on the external device until you find a setting that doesn't affect the PIP sub-screen.

  • If you have the Samsung TV's Web Browser feature open in the main window and you elect to play a video, the PIP sub-screen will close automatically. If the video doesn't play after the PIP window closes, refresh the screen to reload the video.

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        Jim Smith 9 months ago

        My PIP keeps shutting down after 10 - 15 minutes even though I have not shut PIP or my computer off. Is there a way to stop this from happening?

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        Rey 9 months ago

        When reducing the size of the sub window to the smallest size, I lose audio, and cannot change setting to recover it. Once I increase the size of the sub window, audio returns.

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        lugo 10 months ago

        Please, am using samsung tv LCD. But I can not on the pip, it will just show me off and on, and it will not highlight the ON, so I can't click ON

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        Tippy123 14 months ago

        The PIP on my Samsung Smart TV "magically" appeared these morning. My remote has a "home" button, but not a "menu button. I've gone through all the menus I can find and I have no idea how to turn this off. Please help?


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        Max Dalton 19 months ago from Greater St. Louis, Missouri

        Agreed :-)

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        Kevin 19 months ago

        Would be nice if there was a button on the remote for PIP instead of having to browse through a bunch of menus...

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        Mart 2 years ago

        Came here in hopes I could pip another hdmi input. I don't have a tv signal provider so I use Apple Tv to see tv shows / movies and news. While playing PS4 games it would be great having Apple Tv in pip.

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        SamsungSmartTv 3 years ago

        Wish hdmi could be used on pip sub screen.

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        clayton 3 years ago

        It would be better if you could (PIP) a HDMI slot and a USB slot

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        Helder 3 years ago


        First of all thank you the brilllant information, it is really useful.

        I would like to ask you just a little thing, if you don't mind :o)

        I bought the new samsung UE55HU8500 - 55" - 3D LED TV - Smart TV and every time I'm trying to activate the PIP says not available.

        Could you please advise how can be able to activate it?

        Thanks in advance for your help and assistance.