SHIELD TV (2019) Troubleshooting Guide

Updated 10/28/2019 08:21 AM
SHIELD TV (2019) Troubleshooting Guide

TROUBLESHOOTING SHIELD

Before using this troubleshooting guide, make sure that your SHIELD is updated with the latest system update, available automatically if your SHIELD is connected to the Internet.

If you are unable to resolve the issues you are having with the troubleshooting steps in this guide, you may find a resolution in the GeForce Experience Forums > SHIELD section.

If you are still unable to resolve the issues you are having, please contact NVIDIA support.

 

CONNECTING AND ACCESSORY ISSUES

My SHIELD remote/controller won't connect with SHIELD.

If your SHIELD Remote won't connect with your SHIELD TV, follow these instructions to connect SHIELD remote.

My SHIELD remote/controller fails to apply a software update.

If your SHIELD Remote fails to apply a software update, your SHIELD Remote battery may need to be replaced or recharged.  To check to see if your SHIELD accessory is sufficiently charged, from settings select SHIELD accessories  and look for your accessory in the list.  If it has the message "Battery: Good" underneath it, then your SHIELD Remote is sufficiently charged to receive a software update.

My Bluetooth accessory won't connect with SHIELD.

If your Bluetooth accessory won't connect with your SHIELD TV, try the troubleshooting steps below.  

  1. Turn your Bluetooth device off, then turn it back on.

  2. Restart your SHIELD TV.

NoteNOTE Connecting file transfer Bluetooth devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops to SHIELD is not supported.

My SHIELD controller does not power on after charging it.

If your controller is not turning on after charging it, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the NVIDIA  button for 20 seconds and release.

  2. Press the NVIDIA  button.

AUDIO & VIDEO ISSUES

I'm not hearing any sound.

If there's no sound when you're using your SHIELD TV, try the troubleshooting steps below.  Try playing a video or song after each step to see if your sound is working.

  • If you are using a monitor, check that your monitor has an audio output.  Many monitors do not have audio output, and require headphones or speakers.

  • Check that your TV's sound or AV receiver isn't muted.

  • Check that Android volume isn't muted.  Increase the volume on your SHIELD Controller or Remote.

  • If you're using SHIELD TV with a separate AV receiver, check that the TV is connected to the AV receiver properly.  If you hear sound from the TV but not the receiver, there may be an issue with the connection.

  • Some HDMI to DVI/VGA adapters may not support audio.  If possible, connect your SHIELD TV to an HDMI port on your TV without using an adapter.

  • Try using a different HDMI input on your TV for your SHIELD TV.  Many TVs have several HDMI ports.

  • If you are using headphones plugged into SHIELD Controller or SHIELD Remote, you will be unable to hear AC3 and Dolby audio formats.

  • Update to the latest SHIELD system update and receiver firmware.

  • Restart your SHIELD.

I don't see Dolby Atmos available in Netflix.

  • Make sure your Netflix subscription is the highest version (allows 4 screens and UHD content)
  • Make sure you have a Dolby Atmos capable sound system connected to your SHIELD
  • Verify Dolby audio processing is enabled in Settings > Device preferences > Display & Sound > Advanced sound settings 
  • Make sure Atmos is detected in Settings > Device preferences > Display & Sound > Advanced sound settings > Available formats

I'm not hearing surround sound when connecting my receiver/soundbar over HDMI-ARC/OpticalMake

  • Make sure your AVR/Soundbar supports Dolby Digital (AC-3)
  • Make sure your TV is set to pass bitstream audio out of HDMI-ARC or Optical
  • Make sure Dolby audio processing is enabled in Settings > Device preferences > Display & Sound > Advanced sound settings
  • Make sure ONLY Dolby Digital (AC-3) is enabled in Settings > Device preferences > Display & Sound > Advanced sound settings > Available formats

My screen is blank.

If there's nothing on the screen when you try to use your SHIELD TV, try the troubleshooting steps below.

  • Check that your SHIELD TV is plugged in all the way.  Check the power cord and HDMI cable.

  • Check that your TV is turned on.  The green light will be illuminated if SHIELD TV is on.

  • Check that your SHIELD TV isn't in sleep mode.

  • Check that your TV's source input matches the HDMI port where your SHIELD TV is plugged in.  HDMI ports are usually labelled on the back or side of a TV.  Keep changing your TV input source until you get to the HDMI input with SHIELD TV on it.

  • Try using a different HDMI port.  Connect your SHIELD TV to a new HDMI port, and change the source or input on your TV to match the new port.

  • Try using  a different HDMI cable.  High Speed HDMI cables and HDMI cables shorter than 3m are recommended.

  • Check that your TV has an HDCP-compatible HDMI port.  Some content requires HDCP.

  • Update to the latest SHIELD system update and TV firmware.

  • Some HDMI to DVI adapters may not support video.  If possible, connect your SHIELD TVto an HDMI port on your TV without using an adapter.

  • Restart your SHIELD

     

My seeing instabilites/static/snow on my screen.

This is generally due to the quality of the HDMI cables used.  In most cases, replacing your HDMI cables with high speed cables will resolve this issue.  If you are connecting your SHIELD to your TV through a soundbar or reciever, you may need to replace both cables.

I'm unable to set my TV to Dolby Vision mode, but I'm able to play HDR10 content fine.

Dolby Vision communicates video to your TV over HDMI at a higher data rate than even HDR10 video.  If you are failing the Dolby Vision cable check, it is generally due to the quality of the HDMI cables used.  In most cases, replacing your HDMI cables with high speed cables will resolve this issue.  

I have a Dolby Vision capable TV but, I don't see Dolby Vision options available in my "Resolution" options.

Check if you are connected to your TV through a soundbar or reciever.  If your reciever does not support Dolby Vision capable mode (12-bit YUV) then SHIELD will not be able to stream Dolby Vision content to your TV.  You may want to connect your SHIELD directly to your TV.

Video frame rate is very low.

Refer to Optimize Video Performance.

GOOGLE PLAY ISSUES

Refunds for Google Play content

Refund policies for content you bought on Android TV depend on the type of content.

Learn more about the detailed refund policy for each type of content offered on Google Play.

Prevent accidental or unwanted purchases on Android TV.

You can use password protection on the Google Play Store app  to help prevent accidental or unwanted purchases on your Android TV.  Your password is the same as what you use to sign in to Gmail or Google Play on your computer.

Learn more about how to prevent accidental or unwanted purchases.

Update your Google Play payment method.

You can change your payment method or add a new one before making purchases on Google Play.  Here's how you can change your payment method using your Android TV.

 

NETWORKING ISSUES

My SHIELD won't connect to Wi-Fi.

Here are some troubleshooting steps if your SHIELD TV won't connect to the Internet.

If your Wi-Fi network appears on the SHIELD

If you see your Wi-Fi network listed but can't connect, try the following:

  • Ensure that your SHIELD TV is not connected to your network via Ethernet.  An Ethernet connection automatically disables Wi-Fi networking.

  • Make sure you're using the correct network password.

  • Restart your SHIELD.

  • Check if other devices can connect to the Wi-Fi network you're using.  If not, there may be an issue with the router.

  • If your router is having issues in general, update your router firmware.

  • If you're using a Wi-Fi network at a business, hotel, or school, you may have trouble connecting.  Networks at these locations don't always work with SHIELD TV.  Contact the people in charge of the Wi-Fi network for assistance.

If your Wi-Fi network does not appear on the SHIELD

If you don't see your Wi-Fi network listed, your network name (SSID) may be hidden.

NoteNOTE If you are setting up your SHIELD for the first time, when you get to the Wi-Fi network as part of on-screen setup, start at Step 4 below.

Here's how to add a hidden network:

  1. From your SHIELD TV settings, select Network Settings .

  2. Select Wi-Fi.

  3. Find or select Add new network.

  4. Enter the network name (SSID) and other security details, if needed.

My SHIELD won't connect to Ethernet.

Here are some troubleshooting steps if your SHIELD TV won't connect to the Internet.

  • On your SHIELD TV Home screen, check that the Network Settings Ethernet symbol appears: .

  • Check that your Ethernet cable is connected from your SHIELD TV to your router or Ethernet port.

  • Make sure your Ethernet is enabled in SHIELD networks settings

GEFORCE NOW ISSUES

Network test detected a "Poor network" or "Network error."

This generally happens because of poor networking. For improving your GeForce NOW experience see this article on improving your network connection.

For an amazing GeForce NOW experience, we recommend the following:

  • Internet connection with at least a 10 Mbps download speed

  • Home network with 60 ms or less ping time to a GeForce NOW server.  

I have all the requirements to run GeForce NOW.  However, sometimes the GeForce NOW network test allows me to play GeForce NOW, and sometimes it doesn't.  Why is this?

GeForce NOW performs a network test each time you launch the app to determine your current network performance. There may be problems with your network at different times during the day. You should contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to see what you can do to improve it.  Also, check to see whether you have an NVIDIA GameStreamâ„¢-Ready 5 GHz Wi-Fi router: http://shield.nvidia.com/routers

I was idle and GeForce NOW disconnected me from my game.  Can I log back onto GeForce NOW and rejoin my game where I left off?

Yes, your last game state will be saved.  You can start another game session and load one of your saved games.

Why am I getting a message, "You have reached the session time limit and will be terminated in 5 minutes" when playing GeForce NOW?

GeForce NOW allows you to play a single game session up to 2 hours.  After that you will be disconnected from GeForce NOW.  If you receive this message we recommend you save your game immediately.  You can then start another game session and load one of your saved games.

I'm experiencing a lot of audio cracking, audio cutoff, or video stuttering.

Please make sure you meet the network requirements to run GeForce NOW.

  • Internet connection with at least a 10 Mbps download speed

  • Home network with 60 ms or less ping time to a GeForce NOW server.

GeForce NOW network test detected a "Poor WiFi" or "Poor WiFi Signal."

This error message indicates some problems with your Wi-Fi router.  Here are some suggested steps to improve it:

  • Make sure you are connecting to your router at 5 GHz mode. Newer routers allow users to connect at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. The router's settings menu should allow you to set up a separate SSID for 5 GHz mode.

  • Use an NVIDIA GameStreamâ„¢-ready 5 GHz Wi-Fi router.  These products have been tested to work with GeForce NOW.

  • Move closer to your Wi-Fi router.  The farther away you are from your router, the lower the signal, which will degrade your Wi-Fi performance.

  • Try to get better line of sight to your router. Obstacles inside your home, such as walls and floors, can affect Wi-Fi performance.

If there is network interruption can I rejoin my game where I left off?

Yes.  If you reconnect within five minutes to the GeForce NOW server, you will rejoin your game where you left off.

OTHER HARDWARE ISSUES

SHIELD System Upgrade failed to install.

If a SHIELD system upgrade fails to install, it may be due to the download of the upgrade image being corrupted.  One way to resolve this is to delete the local data for the update from the device, forcing it to download a fresh copy.  To do so, use any file explorer app (such as ES File Explorer) to delete the OTA folder located in: Local\NVIDIA\App\OTA.  After this folder is deleted, reboot the device, then retry the download and installation of the update.

SHIELD won't wake up.

If your TV screen is blank, your SHIELD TV may be on, but stuck in sleep mode.  You'll see a light on the top of your SHIELD TV if your device is on.

 

If your SHIELD is not waking up, check your power connections.  Unplug your power cable, wait 10 seconds and plug the power cable back into your SHIELD.

My SHIELD ran out of space.

If you have a lot of apps or games on your SHIELD TV, you may run out of storage space.  If you are out of space on your device, you'll get a notification the next time you try to install a game or app from the Play Store.

If you run out of space but you'd like to install new apps or games, you have to uninstall some of your other apps or games or else attach an external hard drive.

Here's how to uninstall apps or games:

  • On the SHIELD TV Home screen, navigate to your app and press and hold the select button.

  • Press down on the D-pad until the app hovers over the "uninstall" region.

  • Press select again to complete the uninstallation.

 

 

 

 

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