How to Turn on Samsung TV Without Remote in 3 Easy Steps (With Photos)

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How to Turn on Samsung TV Without Remote in 3 Easy Steps (With Photos)

How do you turn on the Samsung TV if you’ve lost or don’t have access to the remote? Since the Samsung remote is very thin and small, it’s quite possible to lose it. If this happened to you, you’re in luck. Below, we’ll show you how to turn on your Samsung TV without a remote control.

How to Turn on Samsung TV Without Remote in 3 Easy Steps

All Samsung TVs can be used without a remote control. Although a remote control is very convenient, you can use your Samsung TV without it. You can do that with the physical buttons found on your TV. You might not even know they exist or what their function is, but that’s what you’ll find out below!

#1 – Locating the Physical Buttons on a Samsung TV

Every Samsung TV comes with a very handy remote control, but what most users don’t know is that Samsung has also integrated physical buttons into the TV. On the latest Samsung Smart TVs, these buttons are often located at the bottom.

You can find these buttons by placing your hand directly under the Samsung logo in the center of the screen. Below the Samsung logo, there should be about 5 buttons depending on the model of your TV.

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You won’t be able to use the built-in voice control until you find or replace the remote.


Even if you’ve lost your remote, you can use these buttons to turn on the TV, as well as navigate through the menu and operate the TV manually. However, if your Samsung TV doesn’t have buttons in the bottom center, try to find them on the sides. Sometimes the buttons are also located on the back or on the side corners, but every Samsung TV should have physical buttons.

#2 – Turning on the Samsung TV

Now that you have located the physical buttons underneath the logo, you can power up your television. The middle button is the power button. Hold the middle button for about 5 to 7 seconds and your Samsung TV should turn on.

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Hold the power button for 5-7 seconds to turn on your TV.


Each Samsung TV model has a different button layout and the time it takes you to press and hold the button. However, a long press of the power button is a universal action to turn on the Samsung TV without a remote control.

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Regardless of placement, holding the power button will turn on your Samsung TV.


#3 – Using the Manual Controls

After turning on your Samsung TV, you still have to navigate through the menu, set the channel, or turn on a streaming app to play the content of your choice. Samsung thought of that too, and that’s why each Samsung TV has about 5 buttons.

While the middle button is used to turn the TV on and off, the other 4 buttons are used for navigation. The up and down buttons control the channel selection. The left and right buttons control the volume. A short press on the middle key opens the control menu, where you can navigate with the up/down and left/right arrow keys, with the middle key being the OK key. The functions remain the same, just like on a Samsung remote.

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The other four buttons allow you to access the control menu, turn channels, and change the volume.


How to Control a Samsung TV Remotely Without the Official Remote?

Getting up to change the channel, change the volume, adjust the device, or play/pause your favorite content can be a hassle without the remote. You have to get up and do it manually every time. Fortunately, there is a way to remotely control your Samsung TV without the official Samsung remote.

You can download a third-party app like SmartThings to turn your smartphone into a TV remote. The app can be installed from the AppStore or the Google Play Store. Once in the app, click the + button to add your TV. You can use the app with more than one TV. Select the Samsung TV from the menu and let the app sync with your TV.

Once your smartphone is synced with your Samsung TV, you’ll receive a digital remote that allows you to control your TV without the official remote.

Samsung TV Remote Features

Operating your Samsung TV from the physical buttons will let you operate it on a simple level, but without finding or replacing the remote (or using a third-party app version) then you’re missing out on major operational features.

  • Voice control: This can only be operated with a physical/digital remote. There’s no voice control option among the TV buttons.
  • Streaming shortcuts: On the Samsung remote there are built-in shortcut buttons that can take you to different streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+.
  • Energy saver: There’s a mode easily accessible from the remote that puts your TV into Energy Saver to reduce power consumption.


Turning on a Samsung TV without a remote is fortunately possible. While this is a blessing because you can still use your TV, it’s really inconvenient because you have to get up every time you want to make even small adjustments, such as adjusting the volume. You can contact Samsung and order a replacement remote, but in the meantime, just follow this guide so you can still use your TV.

Samsung’s latest smart TVs have “hidden” buttons under the center logo. With 5 buttons underneath, it may take you a few minutes to figure out their functions, but with the instructions above, you shouldn’t have any problems. Luckily, there are also apps like SmartThings that let you use your smartphone as a digital remote. Samsung’s latest smart TVs work with the app and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to set up.

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How to Turn on Samsung TV Without Remote in 3 Easy Steps (With Photos) FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What if you can't find your Samsung remote?

You can use the hidden buttons, use your smartphone as a remote, or order a replacement remote from Samsung.

Why are Samsung buttons hidden on a TV?

They’re hidden from the viewing perspective but are in a place that’s easy to reach and easy to find. We believe it’s mostly for aesthetics, as usually buttons are located behind or below.

How hard is it to get used to the Samsung's physical buttons?

It’s not too hard because it’s very well-designed and you can get a hang of the features pretty quickly. A couple of minutes is all it takes.

Is there anything you can't do by using physical buttons on a Samsung TV?

Yes, you can’t do some specific functions such as mute the TV. Instead, you will have to lower the volume to zero.

Is it safe to use a third-party app to turn your smartphone into a Samsung remote?

Yes, it’s safe.

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