How to Set Up a TV Remote

By J. Anthony Cooley

Set up your universal remote control with the correct TV codes.
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Universal remotes can take the place of the original remote for your TV and allow you to quickly replace your TV remote instead of ordering a replacement and waiting for it to ship from the manufacturer. Universal remotes are available for purchase at most stores and do not cost a lot of money. Setting up a universal remote takes a few minutes and does not require any technical knowledge.

Get within a close operating distance of your TV and move any items that may obstruct the signal path of the remote to the TV. During the programing process, the remote will send signals to the TV that the TV must receive to sync with the remote.

Press and hold down the "Program" button on the universal remote. Continue to hold the button down for three seconds. When you have held the light down long enough, the LED light on the remote will turn on.

Press the "TV" button on the universal remote. This will inform the remote that it is going to link with a TV and will assign the "TV" button to the TV.

Locate your remote on the website TV Codes. (See Resources.) Input the first code listed into the remote keypad. It's common for some of the codes not to work for every TV within your TV brand, so move on to the following codes until one works. The LED light will turn off when the code works. Press the "Power" button on the remote to turn your TV on.