TCL Universal Remote Codes and Programming Guide

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TCL Universal Remote Codes and Programming Guide

It can be a great idea to splurge on a state-of-the-art smart TV, but there are many brands out there that have great options for more affordable prices. You don’t always have to spend a small fortune to get a TV with great picture quality. One of the more budget-friendly brands is TCL, which offers some particularly bright models with large screens. While they won’t quite have the stellar color or depth of blacks of an OLED, the value for money is remarkable. But maybe you’ve lost the remote, and you need to program your universal remote to use your TV again. We’re going to give you the codes for your TCL TV and show you how to program your remote in a few easy steps.

Universal Remote Codes For Your TCL TV

This section has a lot of tables in it, but for good reason. Depending on your remote brand, the codes you need will differ greatly. Remotes and TVs have unique codes, and these can vary in length from two to five digits. Firstly, we recommend determining the code type your remote uses (the programming guide down below has tips for this) and then finding the appropriate table for your remote.

3-Digit Codes

Remote3-Digit Codes
Dish165, 333, 334, 387, 503, 522, 523, 533, 535, 551, 556, 601, 627, 645, 650, 651, 666, 749, 751, 805, 824, 831, 863, 864, 888, 902
GE020, 081, 135
Spectrum031, 081, 096, 251, 268, 387, 705, 749

4-Digit Codes

Remote4-Digit Codes
Dish0178, 0706, 0885, 1756, 2049, 2434, 3183, 4398
GE0020, 0091, 0135, 1171, 1181, 1421, 1691, 1741, 1851, 2011, 2061, 2111, 2301, 2851, 2891, 3421, 3431, 3571, 4921, 5139, 5165, 5771, 5961, 6031, 6171, 6201, 6651
OneForAll0412, 0587, 0625, 0698, 0706, 0806, 0826, 0885, 0898, 1588, 1617, 1756, 1916, 2049, 2403, 2414, 2429, 2434, 2530, 2675, 2714, 2715, 2958, 3047, 3183, 3327, 3426, 3649, 3779, 3847, 3879, 3971, 4176, 4177, 4178, 4259, 4398
RCA0706, 0885, 0898, 1756, 2049, 2414, 2429, 2434, 3183, 3426, 3847, 4178, 4398
Philips0091, 0115, 0709, 0733, 1421, 1564, 1691, 1718, 1741, 1851, 2011, 2061, 2111, 2301, 2851, 2891, 3421, 3431, 3571, 4921, 5771, 5961, 6031, 6171, 6201, 6651
Spectrum0178, 0701, 0706, 0861, 0885, 1098, 1228, 1411, 1423, 1756, 2049, 2183, 2360, 2403, 2434, 2511, 2721, 4201

5-Digit Codes

Remote5-Digit Codes
Comcast10037, 10047, 10625, 10706, 10842, 10885, 11454, 11756, 11953, 12049, 12253, 12290, 12291, 12292, 12293, 12434, 14398
DirecTV10178, 10706, 10818, 10885, 11756, 12049, 12293, 12360, 12403, 12414, 12429, 12434
OneForAll10047, 10885, 11756, 12049, 12183, 12434
RCA10047, 10885, 11756, 12049, 12293, 12434, 13183, 14398
Philips10369, 11764, 12153, 12251, 12270, 12359, 12457, 12555, 12963, 14558, 14849, 14972, 15466, 15564, 16646, 16665, 17415, 17646, 17750, 18522, 18924, 19655
Spectrum10178, 10885, 11423, 11447, 11756, 12049, 12183, 12360, 12434, 13938, 14398

Quick Programming Guide For TCL TVs

While the code list might be extensive, the steps for programming your remote aren’t. Simply check them out below to begin.

Step 1: Switch On TV and Prep Your Remote

Since your remote isn’t up and working yet, you’ll have to turn on your TV set at the switch. Then, take a look at your remote, and you should find a suitable setup button along the top. This could be labeled “Code Search” (RCA remotes), “Setup” (Philips and GE), or “Magic” (OneForAll). Otherwise, you may have a “Mode” or “Device” key with an associated LED light for “TV”, or simply a “TV” button. Press this button until the LED light’s illuminated, next to “TV”, if applicable.

Philips universal remote
The setup or device key is usually at the top of your universal remote.

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Step 2: Try Your First Code

Now that you’re in setup mode, it’s time to begin entering codes. Once you’ve entered a code using your number keys, the LED may flash a few times and then turn off. Your TV might switch off as well. This means the code was successful.

Instead, the LED may flash more than three times, stay lit up, and the TV might stay on too. This means the code didn’t work, and you can try another code.

An Even Quicker Way to Program Your Remote

The good news is that you may have an even easier solution available to you, depending on your remote. Some remotes, e.g., OneForAll, have apps that can guide you through the process. Others have a function that allows you to try codes without having to enter them yourself. To see if your remote has this capability, follow the next steps.

Step 1: Enter Setup

Just as you did with the previous method, turn on your TV and press the setup key on your remote.

Step 2: Press the Power Button and Let Go

If you press and then release the power button, your remote will send a series of codes to your TV, if it has this function. The LED light on the remote should flash 10 times, one for each code. If a valid code has been found, the TV will switch off. Is the TV still on? Don’t worry, just repeat the process again.

Step 3: Save the Code to Finish

Once your TV has switched off, you’ll need to find the exact code you’re looking for. Turn the TV on manually again, and then press the volume-up button on your remote instead. This will send codes one at a time, so you can isolate the valid code. You’ll need to wait two or three seconds between each press, or the process may not work. Once the TV turns off, this indicates that you’ve just sent the correct code. Finish by pressing the setup key that you used before, and your remote will be programmed with this code.

How to Troubleshoot Your Remote

While programming your remote can be a simple process, sometimes it can be lengthy, and other times it can cause a big headache. Luckily, many of these potential issues have simple fixes. Check out the solutions below if you’ve encountered a problem.

  • Issue with HDMI devices: Strangely enough, HDMI connections could be the culprit. If many devices are connected together via your TV, interference can prevent your remote from working properly. If you go into the settings on your TV and disable “HDMI CEC”, this should resolve the issue.
  • Bad batteries: The batteries that came with your remote could be faulty or almost dead if they were present at all! If you’ve got some spares lying around, try replacing them, as this could be an easy fix.
  • Wrong button: With all the different buttons on your remote, it can be easy to press the wrong one. Make sure you’ve found the correct key and that the LED is lit up before attempting to enter a code.
  • Signal interruption: Most remotes rely on infrared signals to transmit information, which requires a direct view of the TV. What’s more, there can be a delay between input and response with universal remotes. Make sure you’re pointing your remote directly at the TV, and wait a few seconds so that the signal is communicated correctly.
  • Manufacturing issue: Usually, brand-new products are working fine. However, if nothing else fixes your problem, you could have a faulty remote or TV. This is more likely if neither is responding to any input.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do universal remotes do?

Universal remotes are capable of broadcasting a wide range of signals, which means they can be programmed to be compatible with lots of different devices. Most of the time, they’re used with TVs, usually if you’ve lost the original remote or you simply want to reduce the number of remotes you’re using.

Which codes do I need for my remote?

Once you have figured out what length of code your remote uses, you can go to the table for your remote brand and then try the associated codes there. You might find a list of codes on the manufacturer’s website or even in the remote’s manual, but this isn’t guaranteed.

The first code didn't work; what do I do next?

The best thing to do is try the next code in the table. But if none of these are working, you can troubleshoot your remote with our tips section or use your remote’s auto-search function.

How do I use the auto code search function?

If your remote has this function, you can press and then release the power button. The LED will flash 10 times if your remote is capable of sending codes automatically. Repeat the process until the TV turns off, and then use the volume-up button (after turning on the TV manually) to isolate the code. Save the code by pressing the setup key.

How do devices interfere with each other?

It can be useful to connect your devices via HDMI, but they can interfere with the signals from your remote, leading to unexpected results. Turn off “HDMI CEC” in your TV settings to remedy this.

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