How to Program RCA TV Remotes

by C. Taylor

    Your RCA universal remote control pairs with your TV via a special code entered into the remote. Programming this code uses one of four methods. The direct code entry method is potentially the fastest, but it requires you to manually find the listed code for your device. If you cannot find the code, RCA incorporates three search methods. The manual and automatic code search methods search through all possible codes, so these methods may take considerable time. If you can find your TV brand in the manual, you can significantly reduce search times by limiting the search to blocks of code related to your TV brand. This method is quick enough that RCA recommends trying it first.

    Brand Code Search Method

    Step 1

    Turn on your TV and aim the RCA universal remote control at the TV's sensor.

    Step 2

    Hold down the "TV" key, which causes the "On/Off" key to illuminate after a few seconds.

    Step 3

    Hold down the "On/Off" key without releasing the "TV" key. The "On/Off" key will turn off, but it turns back on after three seconds. Release both keys.

    Step 4

    Enter the brand code key using the keypad, which causes the "On/Off" key to blink once. The brand code can be found in the RCA universal remote control's instruction manual.

    Step 5

    Press the "On/Off" key every four seconds until the TV turns off.

    Step 6

    Press the "Stop" key to save your code.

    Direct Code Entry Method

    Step 1

    Turn on your TV and point the remote at the TV's sensor.

    Step 2

    Hold down the "TV" key.

    Step 3

    Enter the four-digit code for your TV while still holding the "TV" key. The four-digit code is found in the remote's instruction manual. The "On/Off" key will illuminate after entering the fourth digit.

    Step 4

    Release the "TV" key. If the "On/Off" key turns off, the code was accepted. If it blinks four times, the code was not accepted; repeat the procedure using a different code.

    Manual Code Search Method

    Step 1

    Turn on your TV and aim the remote at the TV's sensor.

    Step 2

    Hold down the "TV" key, which causes the "On/Off" key to illuminate.

    Step 3

    Hold down the "On/Off" key while still holding down the "TV" key. The "On/Off" key will turn off, but it turns back on after three seconds. Release both keys.

    Step 4

    Press the "On/Off" key every four seconds until the TV turns off, which tells you the correct code was found.

    Step 5

    Press the "Stop" key to save the code.

    Automatic Code Search Method

    Step 1

    Turn on your TV and point the remote at the TV's sensor.

    Step 2

    Hold down the "TV" key, which causes the "On/Off" key to illuminate after a few seconds.

    Step 3

    Hold down the "On/Off" key while still holding the "TV" key. The "On/Off" key will turn off, but it illuminates again after three seconds. Release both keys.

    Step 4

    Press the "Play" key every five seconds until the TV turns off. Unlike the Manual Entry Method, this does not mean the code is found. The Automatic Code Search Method sends blocks of 10 codes to the TV, so when the TV turns off, the code is somewhere in the last 10 codes sent. Therefore, you need to back up and try each of the last 10 codes.

    Step 5

    Press the "Reverse" key every two seconds until the TV turns on again. If you pressed the "Reverse" key too many times, press the "Forward" key until the TV turns off again.

    Step 6

    Press the "Stop" key to save the code.

    Tips

    • Keep the remote pointed at the TV during the entire programming procedure.
    • After entering the code, thoroughly test the TV by performing various actions using the remote control.
    • The RCA universal remote works with most entertainment devices, such as TVs, DVD players and cable boxes, and allows you to separately program different codes for multiple devices.

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

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