How do you select a source without a TV remote?

Answered by John Hunt

Selecting a source without a TV remote can be a bit challenging, but it’s not impossible. While most modern televisions come with remotes that offer easy navigation through various input modes, there are alternative methods you can try if you find yourself without a remote.

1. Physical buttons on the TV: Look for physical buttons on the television itself. These buttons are usually located on the side or bottom of the TV and may include options like power, volume, channel, and input. Look for a button specifically labeled “Input” or “Source” on your TV. Pressing this button should bring up a menu on the screen.

2. Navigate the input menu: Once you’ve accessed the input menu using the physical buttons, you will need to navigate through the options to select the desired input. Some TVs allow you to use the channel up/down buttons to scroll through the list of inputs, while others use the volume up/down buttons. The OK or Select button is typically used to confirm the selection.

3. Trial and error: If you’re unsure which input corresponds to your desired source, you may need to try different inputs until you find the right one. Start with the most common inputs like HDMI 1, HDMI 2, AV, or Component and see if any of them display the desired content. This method may require some patience and experimentation.

4. Universal remote apps: If you have a smartphone or tablet with an infrared (IR) blaster, you can try using a universal remote control app. These apps simulate the functionality of a traditional remote control and allow you to control your TV by sending IR signals. Install a reputable universal remote app from your device’s app store, follow the instructions to set it up for your TV model, and use the app to navigate through the input modes.

5. Purchase a universal remote: If all else fails, you can consider purchasing a universal remote control. These remotes are designed to work with various TV models and often come with an extensive list of codes to program the remote to your specific TV. Look for a universal remote that supports your TV brand and model, follow the instructions to program it, and use it to select the desired input source.

It’s worth noting that the availability and effectiveness of these methods may vary depending on your TV model and its features. Some older or budget television models may not have the necessary physical buttons or support for alternative input selection methods. In such cases, it may be necessary to reach out to the manufacturer for further assistance or consider investing in a new remote control.