Samsung remotes are designed to be convenient and useful, but we understand if you’d prefer to use a third-party remote, whether it’s a universal remote, a game controller, or something else! Using an alternative remote can help reduce clutter, so you don’t have as many remotes lying around and won’t get mixed up between them.
Pair a universal remote to your TV
No matter what kind of universal remote you own, pairing it should be easy. If you have a Samsung universal remote, pairing it to your TV is a cinch. Simply press and hold the Back button and Play/Pause button simultaneously. A message will appear on the TV letting you know the remote has been paired. Now you can control it like you would with any other remote.
The steps may differ if you have a third-party universal remote. Because there are so many remotes on the market, we can’t possibly cover them all here. To pair a third-party remote, it’s best to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. However, we compiled basic steps for you to follow:
Turn on your smart TV, and then hold down the appropriate button on your universal remote. Some remotes may pair right away, but others require you to enter a code.
When you’re ready, enter the code on the remote’s number pad. You should now be able to control your TV with the newly paired remote. If it isn’t working, try these steps again or refer to the manufacturer’s support.
You can use a universal remote to also control other external devices, such as a Blu-ray player, that are connected to the TV.
Use a game controller as a TV remote
If you’re an avid gamer who is more accustomed to a game controller than a TV remote, we’ve got good news! You can control the TV itself with a game controller if you’d like! Then, you’ll never be without your game controller.
First, confirm that your game controller has an adequate amount of battery power. Charge it or swap out the batteries if needed.(Video) How To Connect Samsung Smart Remote to TV (New Method 2022) Pair Smart Voice Remote Control
Make sure the Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) feature is enabled on the TV. To check, navigate to and open Settings on your TV, and then selectExternal Device Manager. From here, enable Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) if it isn’t turned on.
Note: On older TVs, navigate to Settings, and then select System. Select Expert Settings, and then make sure Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) is enabled.
From theExternal Device Manager page, select Input Device Manager, and then select Bluetooth Device List.
The TV will begin looking for Bluetooth devices. Make sure your game controller is in pairing mode. The steps for this will be a little different depending on what kind of controller you have:
PS4 controllers: Press and hold the PS button and Share button simultaneously.
PS5 controllers: Press and hold the PS button and Create button simultaneously.
Xbox controllers: Press and hold the Pair button on top of the controller.
When your controller appears on the TV, select it from the list of available devices. Select Connect and pair, and if needed, grant any needed permissions on your TV.
Once it’s paired, you can start controlling the TV with your game controller!
Note: The Nintendo Switch cannot be used to control the TV’s functions.
Control your TV with an Amazon Fire Stick remote
Why alternate between multiple remotes when you can use just one? With the right settings, you can make your Amazon Fire Stick’s remote perform your TV’s basic functions, like adjusting the volume or turning the TV on or off.
First, make sure the Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) feature is enabled on the TV. To check, navigate to and open Settings on your TV, and then select External Device Manager. From here, enable Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) if it isn’t turned on.
Note:On older TVs, navigate toSettings, and then selectSystem. SelectExpert Settings, and then make sure Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) is enabled.(Video) 7 Samsung TV Settings and Features You Need to Know! | Samsung TV Tips & Tricks
Press the Home button on the Amazon Fire Stick remote, and then navigate to and select the Settings icon on the right side.
Select Equipment Control, and select Add Equipment.
Note: The TV may be added automatically as a device. In this case, “Manage Equipment” will appear instead of “Add Equipment.” You can skip the next few steps since the TV is already added.
Select TV, and wait while the Fire Stick searches.
When the Fire Stick detects your TV, select Yes, and then select OK.
Adjust settings as needed. For example, you can change the TV’s brand to Samsung, or adjust the volume controls.
The Fire Stick will now be able to control some basic settings on your TV! For example, you can use it to adjust the TV’s volume or turn the TV on or off.
To register additional devices that the Fire TV can control, such as a soundbar or game console, press the Home button on the Fire Stick remote and then navigate to and select the Settings icon. Select Equipment Control, and then select Manage Equipment. Select Add Equipment, choose your desired device, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
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Can I use a different remote for my Samsung TV? ›
Most universal remotes will work with your Samsung TV or projector as well, such as those found on Amazon or possibly even the remote that was included with your cable or satellite box. If you buy a universal remote, make sure the remote says it is compatible with Samsung before you buy it.What is the 4 digit code for Samsung TV? ›
Your TV's default PIN should be set to 0000 once again.How do I manually control my Samsung TV without a remote? ›
All Samsung TVs have a TV control button that will allow you to turn the TV on, and change the volume and source input. Most TV models will also allow you to access the Smart Hub, Menu and Settings as well.Why won't my Samsung TV respond to the remote? ›
However, the most common reasons for a TV remote that is not working are battery issues, paring issues, or infrared sensor issues. Press the power button while pointing the remote control at your TV. Make sure the LED indicator on the TV blinks. If not, your remote does not have enough power remaining in the batteries.How do I connect my non Samsung remote to my Samsung TV? ›
Pair a universal remote to your TV
Simply press and hold the Back button and Play/Pause button simultaneously. A message will appear on the TV letting you know the remote has been paired. Now you can control it like you would with any other remote.
Will any remote work with my TV? The good news is: yes, you can use a universal remote with any TV sold today. To replace your TV's remote, you could buy a device-specific remote from your TV manufacturer, but this could prove expensive and is actually unnecessary.Where is my Samsung TV PIN number? ›
- Turn on the TV, then press the Volume button.
- Press the + button to increase the volume, then press the Return button.
- Press the – button to decrease the volume, then press the Return button.
- Press the + button again, then press the Return button, and the PIN should be reset to 0000.
The default PIN is 0000. The default PIN code is 0000. If you changed the password in the past and now can't remember it, you can reset it by powering off the TV then entering the following on your remote control: Mute > 8 > 2 > 4 > Power.What is the reset code for Samsung TV? ›
Open Settings, and then select General. Select Reset, enter your PIN (0000 is the default), and then select Reset. To complete the reset, select OK. Your TV will restart automatically.What to do if you lost your remote to your TV? ›
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How do you check a remote sensor on a Samsung TV? ›
You can check the infrared signal by using any digital camera, including the one on your mobile device. Turn on the camera and point the front tip of the remote at the camera lens. Press and hold the power button on the remote while looking at the mobile device screen.How do I know if a universal remote will work with my TV? ›
As long as your smart TV has an Infrared sensor (or whatever connection type your remote uses, like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi), your universal remote should work with it. But some universal remotes will control only your TV's power, volume, and channel up/down buttons.How do you connect a universal remote to a TV? ›
- Power on the TV or other device you'd like to connect to.
- Insert batteries into your remote and point at the device.
- Press and release the correct device button on your remote for the device you're connecting. ...
- Now press the power button and the device button simultaneously.
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Set up your virtual remote
On your Android phone, open the Google TV app . Near the bottom right, tap Remote . At the top, tap Scanning for devices. Choose your device.
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Default PIN means the four digit pin code issued to you upon registration to be used once for the purpose of activating your Account and which for security purpose you must change to a PIN immediately thereafter.What is admin password for Samsung? ›
The Default Passwords for Samsung DVR Are:
admin – admin. Admin – 1234.
- 1 Press the MENU button.
- 2 Select System.
- 3 Scroll down for more Options.
- 4 Select General.
- 5 Select Panel Lock.
- 6 Select On or Off based on your preference.
1 With your TV turned on, press the Home button on your remote control to bring up Smart Hub and then select Settings. 2 Scroll down and select General from the list of icons on the left-hand side and then scroll down to the bottom of the centre menu list and select Reset.
How do I reset my Samsung TV without the PIN or remote? ›
press mute, then volume +, then Return, then volume - , then Return, then vol+ , then Return and turn on your TV (Power).Does my Samsung TV have a reset button? ›
1 With the TV powered on press the MENU button on your remote control. 2 Navigate to and select the Support section of the Main Menu. 3 Navigate to and select the Self Diagnosis option. 4 Navigate to and select the Reset option.What to do if you lose your Samsung remote? ›
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The Samsung TV replacement remote is compatible with all types of TVs like LCD, LED and Plasma.How do I change the source on my Samsung TV? ›
- Press SOURCE button on remote control.
- Press up and down button to choose from TV to another source for example HDMI or AV. Previous Next.
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- Open the Samsung Members app and select Get help on the bottom of the screen.
- Tap View tests located under Diagnostics.
- Select Proximity recognition to automatically begin diagnostics.
Check if the IR Remote Control sends Infrared signals
Press and hold one of the buttons on the remote control. Look at the viewfinder or LCD screen. If the remote control sends a signal, you should see a light in the viewfinder or cellphone screen when you press buttons on the remote control.
- Pick a device to use: Digital Camera - turn the camera on. ...
- Point the end of the remote control with the IR emitter at the camera or camcorder lens.
- Look at the viewfinder or LCD screen.
- Press and hold one of the buttons on the remote control.
How do I find my 4 digit remote code? ›
How do I find my 4 digit TV code? Check the User's Manual of your remote control to locate the code section. The list of codes for the remotes on the manual differs. Some of the codes are on the manual, while some are written on a piece of paper that comes with the manual.What is the remote access code? ›
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A 3-digit remote access code must be entered when operating the answering system remotely. This code prevents unauthorized parties from listening to your messages remotely.What are the 4 digit codes for universal TV remotes? ›
The TV codes are: 000, 006, 011, 019, 027, 034, 038 and 044. The VCR codes are: 000, 005, 007, 008, 028 035, 037, 054 and 069. The cable box codes are: 000 and 027.How do I find my universal remote code? ›
- Locate the model and code list version by looking inside the battery compartment under the batteries or on the underside of the compartment cover.
- Identify and make note of the code list version (CL3, CL4, CL5 or CL6), then replace the batteries and/or compartment cover.
- Hold down the SET and Zero (0) buttons on your universal remote four times at the same time. ...
- You'll then notice the LED light indicator (usually red) turns on steadily.
Launching screen mirroring
- In the Screen Mirroring Samsung TV app, click 'Screen Mirroring' in the top-left corner of the screen.
- Adjust the settings.
- Click 'Start Mirroring'.