Magic vs Standard LG TV Remote Controls: Differences

LG’s Magic Remote is a fantastic way to control your TV. The remote can be used as a mouse and even take photos on the screen! It also has voice recognition, so you don’t have to keep typing in what you want to watch. 

Maybe you’re looking through the fantastic LG lineup of TVs and noticed they have different types of remotes. What do those remote controls do?

Do you have an older TV set and are wondering if the Magic Remote is compatible or have an HD TV and are looking to know if it is Magic Remote ready? Then this article is for you.

Universal Remote Control aka LG Magic Remote

LG’s Magic Remote control is an impressive upgrade for anyone who hates cluttering up the coffee table with a jumble of remotes. This remote not only lets you switch channels but also helps to visualize what TV commands might be available on your screen at any given time. The idea behind this controller type – which communicates wirelessly using Bluetooth-is similar to that of a computer mouse: point and click! You can also use voice controls if desired by using the unique LG Voice Mate™ speech recognition technology.

LG TVs are compatible with the standard LG remote controls if you want something simple and easy to use. Many LG TV sets are compatible with the more complex, upgraded Magic Remote. I’ll list all of them below so you can find out which ones work and don’t work with this newer remote model.

Models: AN-MR20GA, AN- MR20BA, AN-MR20**


CX, BX, GX, WX, ZX, Series Nano all models Nano 80, 81, 86, 90, 91, 95, 99, UN70**, UN71** (available only in a few countries), UN8***, UN9***

Backward compatible with 2019 models:

W9/E9/C9/B9/SM9/SM8; UM7/LM6/LM5* (if there is Bluetooth on the TV)

and 2017-18 models:



UK6/LK6/LK5/UJ6/LJ6/LJ5 (if there is Bluetooth on the TV)

Which 2021 models come with the Magic Remote?

As expected, the most recent models that come with the Magic Remote, and are not just compatible are mostly top-of-the-line models:

1. All OLED Models

2. All LG 4K and 8K TV’s 

3. All NanoCell models. 

4. Some Full HD Smart TVs. 

By model:

G1, A1, R1, C1, QNED90, QNED99, NANO 75, NANO 85, and UN 90 series

Can LG Magic Remote Control Other Devices?

Yes, the magic remote allows you to control other compatible devices in your home. Not only can it power on and off the TV, but now with customizable codes for different brands of soundbars or a theatre system that use infrared signals-it’s also able to turn them all on at once!

Can you replace the LG TV remote?

There is a replacement remote for your LG TV. It might be because of the breakage or you just want one with more features than what’s currently available in their current models, so they can keep up with modern technology and enjoy all that it has to offer!

The following information is what you need to bear in mind:

  • LG Smart Remotes and standard remotes are both available to buy.
  • The difference between the two is that one uses a wireless connection, while the other requires an IR signal from your TV or another device for it to work correctly;
  • No matter what type you choose, though – as long as LG makes them!

The new 2021 Magic Remote

LG AN-MR21GC Magic Remote w/NFC (2021)

When it comes to the best remotes, there is always room for innovation. In 2021 LG has announced a new Magic Remote and WebOS 6.0, which will work seamlessly even on older TVs that don’t yet have this update!

“Simple to navigate, slick, easy to hold and use, the new Magic Remote offers more user-friendly features including faster connections between the TV and other devices and hotkeys for accessing popular content providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video,” LG Announced in Jan 2021.

About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and tech blogger, with a love for video games, gadgets, home entertainment and personal technology. I've been writing about the industry now for over 10 years - first as an editor of various magazines before branching out to work on my own blog. I like to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, I can be found playing tennis or padel. This blog is my space to explore new topics related to these hobbies; as well as share some thoughts about life in general (sometimes you need a break from electronics!). 😎

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