Why Is My Roku TV Stuck on a Black Screen?

Have you ever encountered the black screen of death on your Sharp Roku TV? 

You’re not alone –– many Roku users experience this issue. The good is that there are a couple of solutions you can try to resolve the issue.

The most common reason why the display of your Sharp Roku TV won’t turn on is that there are problems with power or connectivity cables. Another reason might be that the backlight is broken.

Surefire solutions for this issue are to either factory reset or restart your TV. You can also power cycle your TV and your Roku remote. It will also be a good idea to check all your cable connections.

In this article, we’ll give you 5 methods on how to fix the dreaded black screen on your Sharp Roku TV.

 

Why is my Roku TV stuck on a black screen?

There are a few reasons why your Roku TV is stuck on a black screen. The problem might be with your Roku remote or the TV itself.  Figuring out the specific reason for the issue will help you address what to troubleshoot. 

If the TV screen is dark, but the audio is still working, there is an issue with your power cable, or the display backlight has failed. 

Meanwhile, if there is no video and audio on your TV, all you need to do is restart the TV to resolve the issue. (P.S. We have a step-by-step guide for you in the next section!)

If you’re having trouble restarting your TV, then the issue might be with your Roku remote. You might need to change the batteries or try this hack to fix your remote. 

If this doesn’t work, get a Roku replacement remote. 

 

How do you fix a black screen on a sharp Roku?

While it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why your TV screen is black, you can try a few of these tips until your Sharp Roku TV is up and running.

 

Solution #1: Restart your Sharp Roku TV

If your Roku TV has a black screen and no audio, the simplest solution is to restart your TV:

  1. Turn off the TV using your Roku remote.
  2. Wait 15 to 30 seconds before turning it on again. 

It’s as simple as that!

However, if this doesn’t work, keep your TV on then unplug the power cord. Let a minute pass before plugging the power cord back into the socket and turning on the TV.

 

Solution #2: Power cycle your Sharp Roku TV

This method is a popular method for Sharp Roku TV troubleshooting.  Power cycling your TV and remote will remove defective electrical issues causing the black screen.

To power reset the TV, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the TV and remove the power cord.
  2. Wait 5-10 minutes before plugging in and turning on the TV.

To be sure, we recommend power cycling your remote as well.

Here are the instructions to power reset the remote:

  1. Remove the batteries from the remote.
  2. Press each button several times and shake the remote.
  3. Put the batteries back in and open your Smart TV using the remote.

 

Solution #3: Check the cable connections

If you notice your display flickering or flashing, the issue might be with the power cable or your HDMI cable.

Solve the issue by following these instructions:

  1. Unplug your TV from the power outlet. 
  2. Unplug all the cables on the back of your Roku TV. Plug them back in.
  3. Turn on your TV and select the correct HDMI source. 
  4. If it’s still not working, get a new HDMI cable.

 

Solution #4: Reset the Sharp Roku TV using your remote

This is another effective way to restart your Sharp Roku TV using your remote:

  1. Press the Home button five times.
  2. Press the Up button once.
  3. Press the Rewind button twice.
  4. Press the Fast-forward button twice.

Pressing these buttons will automatically begin the Reset process.

 

Solution #5: Factory reset the Sharp Roku TV

While not many people want to do a factory reset, restoring your TV to its default settings can be effective in removing the black screen.

After the factory reset, you will need to complete the Guided Setup, reconnect to your home network, and set up all your streaming platforms again.

To avoid any roadblocks in the process, note down your saved settings so you can easily apply them again after the reset.

How do I factory reset my Sharp TV black screen?

  1. Navigate to Settings > System.
  2. Select Factory Reset and choose Factory Reset Everything.
  3. Confirm the reset after reading all the information on the screen.
  4. To process with the full factory reset, press Play/Pause consecutively three times.

 

What to do if reset or restarting my Roku TV doesn’t work?

If none of the five solutions work for you, there’s a high chance that the issue with your Sharp Roku TV involves the hardware.

The most probable reason behind your faulty TV is with the backlight, which will require professional help. 

Another possible scenario is if your power board is faulty. This issue is much easier to resolve, and you can easily buy a replacement part on Amazon. However, if you’re not familiar with the process, then contacting an expert is best.

If you’re not an electrician, we don’t recommend that you solve the issue yourself. Tinkering with your Sharp Roku TV can void your warranty.

For hardware-related issues when your screen turns black, contact Sharp TV support to claim the manufacturer’s warranty. Warranty periods will depend on the terms and conditions of the store where you made the purchase.

However,  the manufacturer warranty for most Sharp TVs lasts 12 months after the purchase date.

 

Conclusion

If you suddenly meet the black screen of death on your Sharp Roku TV, you can easily remedy the issue by restarting or resetting your TV, running a power cycle on your TV and remote, and checking that all cable connections are secure.

If none of these methods work for you, then the cause of the issue is most probably hardware-related. Contact Sharp TV support to have your backlight or power board repaired.