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How To Use A TV Without A Remote?

As an owner of a television without a remote, I know how frustrating it can be to not have one. I recently had to figure out how to use my TV without a remote, and after doing a bit of research and testing I’m here to share what I’ve learned.

In this blog post, I will explain how to use a TV without a remote, including some useful tips and tricks that I have discovered. So, if you’re in the same boat as me, keep reading and you’ll be able to use your TV again in no time!

When you lose your TV remote or the batteries are flat, there is no reason to panic. All modern and older generation TVs have physical buttons that allow you to operate them as you would with remote controls. Most Smart TVs allow viewers to utilize their smartphones as a remote control. 

Tips for Using a TV without a Remote Control:
Most TVs have physical buttons that allow basic functions like turning on/off and adjusting the volume.
Check the TV manual for the location of physical buttons if you don’t see them on the TV itself.
Smart TVs often have mobile apps that can be used as a remote control, allowing viewers to control the TV through their smartphones.
Users can access and change the TV’s settings without a remote control by using the physical buttons.
Another option for using a Smart TV without a remote control is to screen mirror a smartphone to the TV screen.

Can I Turn The TV On Without Its Remote Control?

Your TV is not useless or broken without its remote control, although to operate it without one is infuriatingly inconvenient. To turn the TV on, you must locate the physical power button.

Generally, most TVs have a physical power button located beneath or behind the screen. Depending on the exact model, the power button will be directly underneath the screen, on the left side of the screen, or the right side of the screen.

Identifying the dedicated power button should not be too challenging; however, if you are stuck, consult the TV operating manual. 

Once the TV’s dedicated power button has been located, it can be pressed and held to turn the screen off or on. Some TV models require the user to push and hold the power button for a second or two.

However, the TV’s power button is not the only way to turn the screen on or off if the user has accidentally lost the remote control.

There are many ways to switch your TV on or off, highly dependent on its make, model, and wireless connectivity capabilities. To find out how to conveniently turn your TV on or off despite losing the remote, continue reading the article. 

What Can Be Changed Using The Tvs Buttons?

Most redundancy buttons found on TVs can turn the screen on and off. Two additional buttons, usually placed next to the power button, can reduce and increase the TV’s volume.

As a rule, a few extra buttons are placed in the vicinity of the volume and power buttons. The additional buttons’ functionality varies from model to model, although they usually allow the user to easily switch channels.

Modern-day TVs normally have a separate button, commonly labeled as AV, which enables the user to enter and manipulate the screen’s settings.

While most TV settings can be accessed and changed with a redundancy button, attempting to do so without a remote control is massively inconvenient as the user is forced to get up from their seating arrangement and manually configure their screens. 

Can A TV Be Configured Without A Remote Control?

Configuring a TV without its remote control is tedious, although the process is straightforward. 

The user must enter the main menu to access the setting menu. Accessing the main menu without a remote control requires the user to push the menu button on the TV and then use the volume switches to swiftly move through the different options.

If you are struggling with the process, you can consult the user manual or scan the manufacturer’s website for further instructions. 

Users can tune and search for channels without requiring a TV remote by utilizing the same process mentioned above. Tuning or searching for channels can usually be carried out manually or automatically. 

Moreover, users can alter the brightness and contrast by using the physical buttons underneath the TV. Generally, to change the brightness or contrast settings, users will have to access the slider, adjusting it up or down by using the volume buttons. 

Users can change many other settings within the same menu and use the same buttons, such as signal source selection, technical paraments, and broadcast frequencies. It is critical to saving each altered setting by selecting the “OK” button; otherwise, the actions will instantly be lost. 

Can A Smart TV Function Without A Remote?

Smart TVs can be effectively used without a remote. Users can still utilize the TVs’ physical buttons, although they can also transform their smartphone into a virtual remote. 

Smart TVs usually have accompanying smartphone applications that allow users to screen mirror their devices and pair their smartphones to the TV for convenience.

If you do not want to be inconvenienced by manually pressing the Smart TV’s buttons, you can wirelessly connect your smartphone to the TV using the SmartThings application.

Modern-day TVs have built-in technology that can connect to any smartphone or tablet, transforming the device into a virtual remote. The SmartThings application is universal as it is available to iOS and Android users. In addition, the application is compatible with Samsung TVs and most other devices.

A straightforward process must be followed to pair your smartphone to the TV as a virtual remote control. Firstly, you will have to turn on the TV’s Bluetooth while launching the application on your smartphone. Next, you should select the tab labeled “Devices” and the tab called “Home.” 

Once the initial steps are completed, you can select your preferred location and scan for nearby devices. Find your Smart TV on the list of devices found and select it. This will instantly pair your smartphone with the Smart TV, enabling your device to be utilized as a virtual remote control.

Utilize Your Smart Tv’s Advanced Functionality

Many people exclusively use their Smart TVs for streaming purposes. If these users lose their Smart TV remote control, they can screen mirror their smartphone to the TV screen.

By downloading a screen mirroring application or using the built-in one, Smart TV users can directly cast videos from their phone onto the TV screen, removing the necessity for remote control. Screen mirroring enables users to navigate, pause, play, and change the volume on their Smart TVs without manually pressing any of the device’s buttons. 


Losing a TV remote control is an enormous inconvenience for users globally. TV remotes enable users to immediately alter their device’s volume, channel selection, settings, and configurations without being forced to manually press any of the TV’s buttons.

Most TVs have redundancy buttons underneath, on the left or right side of the screen, so the user can use their televisions without a remote control. TV’s have a large button to switch the screen on or off, while the neighboring buttons are dedicated to changing the volume, channel, brightness, contrast, technical parameters, and broadcast frequencies. 

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