How to Reprogram a Philips Universal Remote Controller

by Tara Kimball
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When you have many electronics in your home, such as a television, DVD player and sound system, a Philips universal remote control can be a convenient way to eliminate multiple remotes from your coffee table. Every universal remote requires different procedures and steps to program it correctly, so understanding how to program your remote is essential to streamlining your entertainment devices.

Programming by Code

Step 1

Turn on the device that you want to program onto the remote. If you are programming a television, set the television to channel 1.

Step 2

Activate the programming mode on the remote. Press and hold the "Setup" button if your remote has one. Release the button when the red light on the remote illuminates constant. Press and release the device button for the type of device you want to program. The red light on the remote will blink once and then stay on steady to confirm the programming mode for the device button you pressed.

Step 3

Press and hold the device button for the device you want to program if your remote does not have a setup button. Release the button when the red light on the remote blinks. The blinking light indicates that the remote is in programming mode for the device button you selected.

Step 4

Locate the four-digit manufacturer code that applies to your particular device. You can find the Philips remote control manufacturer codes in the documentation that came with your remote or the Philips Universal Remote Control Code Finder website (see Resources). If you cannot find the manufacturer code, use "9999" so that the remote will scan all of the codes.

Step 5

Enter the code using the remote control's keypad. Press and hold the "Power" button until the device turns off. Release the button right away when the device turns off. This can take several minutes while the remote scans the available codes.

Step 6

Scan each code manually by pressing the "channel up" button repeatedly until the channel changes. This can help if your remote does not find the code automatically.

Press the "Setup" button twice to store the code.


  • The setup indicator light will go out if you enter an invalid manufacturer code. If the light goes out, start the process again.


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About the Author

Tara Kimball is a former accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance and small business accounting. She has also worked in desktop support and network management. Her articles have appeared in various online publications.

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