How to Program a Universal 4 in 1 Remote

By Erica Porter

Updated September 28, 2017

A universal remote can handle multiple devices on your home-entertainment system.
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A universal remote or 4-in-1 remote can control up to four different devices with a single remote. If you have a CD and DVD player, as well as a TV and DVR in one setup, you can use one remote to execute the functions of each device. In order for your universal remote to recognize the commands you are giving it, you must first program your specific devices into the remote’s memory.

Put new batteries into your universal remote and turn on the first device you want to program. If it is a media device, like a DVD player, put in the relevant media format, such as a DVD.

Point the remote directly at the device's sensor and press the "Sensor" button until the sensor light blinks twice. Let go of the button once you see the flash.

Press the number "9," followed by another "9" and then "1." You should see the light blink again. If it doesn’t, enter the numbers again.

Press the "Power" button to turn off the device. If the device does not power down, push the button of the device you are programming followed by "Power" again.

Continue to push "Power" followed by the device button until you turn off your device. Hold down the "Setup" button once you manage to power down the device to save your programming.

Repeat the same steps for each of the other devices that you want to program.


You may need to try switching between "Power" and the device button 100 times before you get a result.


Do not push the buttons too fast.