How To Program a Universal Remote Control

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Annoyed by having to deal with too many remote controls? The easy solution there is to have one remote control for your electronics devices. This is called a universal remote control, which allows you to input different control codes. If you’re interested in learning how to program a universal remote control, here are some easy steps to follow:

  1. First, purchase your universal remote control. It’s a good idea to purchase your remote control from reputable brands, to ensure that you’d get good quality for your money. Some of the most known brands include Logitech, Philips and Sony. Also, you’d also have to look out for factors such as the maximum number and the types of electronic devices it can operate and how much it costs. Be guided by consumer reviews such as the ones found at, and
  2. Manually turn on the electronic device you want to program to your remote control.
  3. On your universal remote control, look for the button that says either “Set Up” or “Code Search”. Press that button for about five to ten seconds, or until the light on your remote turns on. Depending on what type of universal remote you have, the light will either remain steady or will keep on blinking.
  4. Look for the button on your universal remote that corresponds to the electronic device that you are programming. For example, if you were looking to program your TV into your universal remote, look for the button that says, “TV”.
  5. Now, enter the three or four-digit number or code of the electronic device that you want to program into your remote. You’d easily find that code in your device’s manual. In case you’ve lost your manual, however, you’d most probably find that code through the Internet. You could search either the device’s manufacturer’s website, or at dedicated sites such as and which lists down remote control codes of some of the most popular electronic device brands.
  6. Once you’ve entered the code, it’s time to try if your remote can now work on your device. Point the remote towards the electronic device you’ve programmed, and try to turn it off using your universal remote. If you are able to turn it off, then you’ve successfully programmed your device.
  7. If for some reason you just can’t find the code to your electronic device, here’s something you might try (although this would take a much longer time than if you knew the code). Do steps one until four. Next, point your universal remote to the electronic device you want to control and press the button for “up”. Do this until the channel in your TV changes. This would probably take a while. Once you’ve successfully turned the channel, press the off button on your remote to complete your universal remote programming.

There you have it! These are just some of the steps to successfully program your universal remote control. Having things streamlined is really the way to go in this fast-paced age, and having one remote for most of your electronic devices is really the way to go. Good luck! 


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