How to Program a Samsung Remote in 3 Easy Steps (with Photos)

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How to Program a Samsung Remote in 3 Easy Steps (with Photos)

In certain cases, you may need to program your Samsung remote with your smart Samsung TV.

This may be necessary when you use your remote for the first time when the batteries stop working, or when your Samsung TV is reset. This can also happen due to a malfunction or error. However, when it happens, it’s useful to know exactly what you need to do to use a remote control with your Samsung TV in seconds.

Below you’ll learn how to program the Samsung remote in 3 simple steps, but also how to get a new remote if yours stops working, how to use your phone as a remote, and even how to use a third-party remote with your Samsung TV.

Let’s jump in!

How to Program Samsung Remote in 3 Easy Steps: Step-by-Step Guide

Programming your Samsung remote takes only a few seconds to a minute, and all you need to know is which buttons to press and hold.

So, get your Samsung remote ready and follow along with us!

#1: Programming an Official Samsung Remote

The remote sensor is located on the front of the remote, right in the middle, even if you can’t see it. Depending on your Samsung TV model, your TV may have a remote control signal receiver located either in the bottom center of the TV or in the bottom right area.

Point the remote directly at your TV and press the Return and Play/Pause buttons simultaneously for at least 3 seconds.

This will pair your Samsung remote with your Samsung TV within seconds and you’ll receive a notification on the screen if the programming was successful.

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Press the Return and Play/Pause buttons simultaneously for at least 3 seconds.

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#2: Programming a Third-Party Remote with Your Samsung TV

The great thing about Samsung TVs is that almost all third-party remotes work well with them. So, if you’ve lost your remote or want to pair more than one remote with your Samsung TV, it’s a good idea to try it out. However, if you plan to buy a replacement third-party remote for a Samsung TV, be sure to check the packaging to make sure it’s compatible with Samsung TVs for the best results.

To program a third-party remote with your Samsung TV, you should first find out how your remote connect to TVs. Each remote control has different functionality. Therefore, read the instruction manual of your specific third-party remote control and find out which buttons to press and hold to pair it with your Samsung TV. Follow the instructions and pairing will start immediately for some remotes, while for others you may need to enter a code that will be displayed on your Samsung TV.

You can use most third-party remotes with your Samsung TV.

#3: Use Your Phone to Control a Samsung TV

One of the most underrated features of Samsung TVs is the ability to control them remotely via the Samsung SmartThings app. This app allows you to control your Samsung TV even when you are not near the TV. This means that you can control your TV via Wi-Fi as long as your TV and your smartphone are connected to the same network and you have the app installed.

However, there are also third-party apps that allow you to turn your smartphone into a real remote control, such as IR Blaster.

You can download and use the Samsung SmartThings app

to control your TV from your phone.

How to Get a New Official Samsung Remote

If something has happened to your remote, you can get a new official remote through the Samsung Parts Store. You can identify your specific TV and find the remote that came with it, or you can buy another alternative Samsung remote and still use it with your TV.

If you are on a budget or need a basic Samsung remote, Samsung recommends buying an alternative remote that costs $15 and has all the basic features that work with any Samsung TV. Of course, this might seem like a downgrade from the official remote, as the latest Samsung TVs come with smart features that can integrate into the included remote. While these are not integrated into the alternative remote, you can still use the smart functions by accessing the menu for each function you want.

Wrapping Up

Samsung TVs are very versatile, so you can pair a remote quickly by holding down two buttons for a few seconds. You can control the TV with any other Samsung remote you might have lying around. In fact, you can pair any third-party universal remote with a Samsung TV.

In addition, you can program an app and even control your TV remotely from another room. Also, if something is wrong with your remote, you can buy the included remote or you can buy an official Samsung alternative. So, thanks to the many options, you can use your Samsung TV again in a few minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Samsung remote not be paired with the TV?

It could simply lose connection, might need pairing up, or you could’ve used it on a different device previously.

Why is programming a Samsung remote useful?

This is a useful feature because you can use your Samsung remote across different devices and simply pair it back with your TV when you want to control your TV again.

What type of universal remote can you use with your Samsung TV?

You can use almost any universal remote that’s made to be paired with TVs.

How much is a replacement Samsung remote?

Replacement Samsung remotes cost about $20.

What's the most affordable Samsung remote you can use with your Samsung TV?

The most affordable and remote recommended by Samsung for people on a budget is the BN59-01199F model which costs only about $12-$15.

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