How to Find TV Remote Code

So you recently bought a universal TV remote but you can’t connect it to your TV without the TV remote codes. How do you find the TV remote codes?

It’s not as straightforward as you think because every TV manufacturer has unique codes. Luckily, I discovered an easy and fast way to find the TV remote codes and I’ll share it with you.

Universal remotes are quite handy because they allow you to remotely control multiple devices from one place. For example, you can control a set-top box, Blu-ray player, and streaming sticks, from the same remote. It’s much more convenient than having to switch between remotes for specific devices.

The problem is every TV and other media devices have their own unique remote codes and they’re not always publically available.

Let’s take a look at how to find the TV remote codes.

How to Find TV Remote Code

Check for Remote Code in Your TV’s Product Manual

The easiest way to find a TV remote code is to check the product manual. If you lost the paper manual, don’t worry.

You can look at the rear panel of your TV and take note of the model and serial number. I’ve found taking a picture of it with my phone helps keep the information handy.

From there simply look up the serial number on the manufacturer’s website, and you should be able to find the product manual. The TV remote codes will be listed in the manual.

Enter the code on your universal remote and it should be able to control your TV with no issues.

You can also find more information about your TV by turning it on and checking the support section in the settings. On Samsung TVs, you can find your TV’s model code and serial number by opening Settings, Support, and Contact Samsung.

In some cases, the remote code will also be listed in this section.

Try The Most Common Remote Codes for Your TV’s Brand

Here are some of the most common TV remote codes for popular brands:

Samsung

0000, 0105, 0077, 0076

LG

0050, 0005, 0227

SHARP

0159, 0178, 0120

Sony

1100, 0000, 0011, 0080, 0111

Panasonic

0171, 0148, 0054

You might need to contact your TV’s manufacturer for the exact remote codes. You could also consult a TV remote code database such as the one found here for some more options.

How to Pair Universal Remote to a TV using Remote Codes

Tap the Dedicated Setup Button on the Universal Remote

In most cases, modern universal remotes will have a dedicated setup button. When you press the button, the remote will automatically cycle through TV codes, and you’ll have a few seconds to test if the remote works. The pairing will be done behind the scenes.

If your TV is one of the major brands (LG, Samsung, Son,y, etc) the process should only take a few tries. The universal remote might not have the codes for lesser-known TV brands. The exact auto code method will depend on the model of your universal TV remote.

How to start auto remote code search on a GE Universal Remote 40081:

  1. Turn on your TV
  2. Make sure your remote has batteries
  3. Hold down the Setup button until the red light under the power button is a solid red
  4. Press the TV button
  5. Press the power button every five seconds until your TV turns off
  6. When your TV turns off, the remote should have found the right code
  7. Test the other buttons (volume, channel, etc) to see if the remote is paired to your TV

You can also repeat this process with other devices that are compatible with remotes, such as Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and whatnot.

Generally, the newer the remote, the more codes it will have available in its memory to scan. I recommend buying a modern universal remote.

Manually Enter Remote Codes

If the remote code search option doesn’t work, you will need to manually try remote codes. Again, the exact steps vary depending on your universal remote. Most of the time the process is very straightforward; when the remote is in pairing mode, type in codes until your TV (or another device) detects the remote.

To manually enter remote codes on a GE Universal Remote, hold down the setup button until the red light turns on. Type in your device’s remote code. Test the buttons on the remote to see it can control your device.

If not, hold down the setup button again, and repeat the process. It’s frustrating having to manually enter codes over and over, but eventually, a code should work.

Besides, once you pair the remote, you won’t have to do it again.

Infrared Learning

Infrared learning is an easy option because you don’t need to enter any codes. The feature is only available on some remotes.

The way it works is one remote will send instructions to the other over infrared. It’s pretty handy when you have the remote of your TV nearby and just want to copy the commands to another remote.

Make sure both remotes have batteries. Put the universal remote into learning mode. Point the original remote at the infrared sensor of the universal remote. Tap a button on the universal remote and then press the same button on the original remote.

You will have to repeat the process for all the buttons you want to copy over. When it’s done, you should be able to use the new remote with your TV.

The Bottom Line

To summarize, the easiest way to connect a universal remote to a TV is to use the setup button and have the remote cycle through popular TV codes. If you are using a popular TV brand, the remote should have the code for it.

When you manually enter the TV remote codes, it can take a while until you find the right one for your device. to save time, I would look up the serial number of the device you’re trying to pair, and check the documentation for the remote code.

It can be a little tricky to find the right codes, but with some luck, everything should connect. Soon you won’t need to worry about getting up to grab a specific remote because you’ll be able to control every device from one remote.

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About Tim Gagnon

Timothy Gagnon is a tech blogger and writer. When he's not dissembling computers, he's researching the latest tech gadgets and trends.

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