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How to Increase/Decrease the TV Volume Without a Remote

As a TV owner who has been in the frustrating situation of not having a remote and not knowing how to adjust the volume, I have done some research and come up with some solutions. In this post, I will be sharing my own experience and solutions, as well as some tips and tricks I have discovered to help increase or decrease the volume on your TV without a remote.

Locate Designated ButtonsUse the physical buttons on the TV to adjust the volume.Check the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website to locate the control panel/buttons on your TV. Push the volume button right to increase volume and left to decrease volume.
Brand-Name Remote Control AppsUse apps designed specifically for your TV brand as virtual remote controls.Download the app corresponding to your TV brand (e.g., RemoteNOW for Hisense, Samsung Smart View for Samsung, or Smart TV for LG). Follow the app’s instructions to connect it to your TV and control volume.
Third-Party Remote Control AppsUse universal remote control apps that work on various TV brands.Download a third-party remote control app from Google Play or the App Store. Connect the app to your TV and control the volume. Keep in mind that there may be compatibility or connection issues.
Google HomeUse the Google Home app to control the volume on compatible devices, including your TV, with a Chromecast dongle.Download the Google Home app, plug the Chromecast dongle into your TV’s HDMI port, and connect your TV and smart device to the same Wi-Fi network. Use the app to control the volume via the Chromecast.

How to Increase/Decrease the TV Volume Without a Remote

Check out these three user-friendly ways to adjust the volume on your TV.

Locate the Designated Buttons

If you want a low-key, old-school way of adjusting volume, this is it. It’s quick and convenient, but you do have to walk over to the TV for this option.

Keep in mind that there are dozens of TV makes and models on the market. They won’t all have the same control buttons, nor will they be located in the same place.

So, you’ll need to check the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website to figure out where they are on your TV and how to use them.

However, most TVs generally have control panels on one of the sides, whereas some are hidden away more than others.

Some even have just the Power button, and you move it in different directions to adjust different settings.

For example, to increase the volume, give the button a slight nudge to the right, and to decrease the volume, push it to the left. Then, release it when you reach your desired settings.

Use Remote Control Apps

Thanks to today’s hi-tech gadgets and know-how, we can use our smartphones as remote controls. Check out these two apps that can help turn your phone into a remote.

Brand-Name Remote Control Apps

Start by searching for an app specifically designed to work with your TV brand. Many TV manufacturers have released their own version of a virtual remote control to ensure that users have the best, hassle-free experience when operating their TV.

For example, there’s the  ‘RemoteNOW’ app for Hisense, the ‘Samsung Smart View’ app for Samsung, and the ‘Smart TV’ app for LG.

Of course, if that doesn’t work for some reason, then you’ll have to search for third-party apps.

Third-Party Remote Control Apps

Remember those universal remote controls designed to work on almost all TV brands? Well, someone did us all a favor and created something similar, but for Smart TVs.

There are a handful of options on both Google Play and the App Store. While they seem convenient lifesavers, it’s worth mentioning that third-party remote apps come with a few drawbacks, like issues with connection or compatibility.

To use any of these virtual remote apps, you have to link it to your TV first. Otherwise, the TV won’t be able to pick up the signal coming from the remote, which means you won’t be able to increase or decrease the volume.

Google Home

The Google Home app allows you to control and automate numerous settings on compatible devices in your home. Some of these settings include turning lights on or off at certain times, turning on music, checking the weather, and much more.

Another thing you can do with this app is to control almost any compatible household device that’s been connected to the app, including the TV, with the help of a Chromecast dongle. The best part is that Google Home is available on both Google Play and the App Store.

Let’s walk you through the setup process:

  1. First, download and install the Google Home app.
  2. Next, plug the Chromecast dongle into one of the TV’s HDMI ports to connect to the TV.
  3. Make sure your TV and Smart device are connected to the same Wifi network.
  4. Tune in the TV to the HDMI channel corresponding to the dongle port.
  5. Next, open up the app and select ‘Set up new devices in your home.’
  6. Select the ‘Chromecast/Google TV’ option and follow the instructions.
  7. After connecting the app to Chromecast, your TV will always show up on the list of devices each time you open up your Smart device.

Now, any time you’re watching TV via Chromecast, a volume control bar will appear in the Google Home app. Simply slide the bar up or down to adjust the volume levels to your preference.

To Sum Up

Our TV remotes are one of those household devices we often take for granted, which is why they’re always getting lost.

It would be great if you set up a designated spot for the remote, but that’s not always easy to do, especially if you have kids around.

So, the next time your remote goes missing, use the handy tips in this guide on how to increase or decrease the TV volume without a remote.

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