Lost your Samsung TV remote control? Here are some options to try

This is 2020 and losing your TV remote isn’t that bad considering there are several built-in ways to control and navigate your Samsung TV. Before ordering a new one, consider checking out the list I’ve put together that would help you at least get partial control of the TV. Let’s start.

Lost Samsung TV remote control

1. Use the power button

Contrary to what the name implies, the power button does more than just turn your TV on / off.

Depending on your Samsung TV model, the power button is located on the back of the TV or in the center of the bottom panel. If you press it once, it will turn on and off. Plus, you can use it as a joystick, displaying additional controls like changing the channel, adjusting the volume, and even changing the source to HDMI. Unfortunately, you can’t use it to navigate or open apps on your TV.

Pros: Useful for switching to streaming devices connected to the TV; can do basic navigation.
Cons: – I cannot navigate the Tizen operating system or access settings.

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2. Use a wired keyboard

Most modern Samsung TVs have a USB A port on the back of the TV, which you can use to control the device if you lose your TV remote.

If you have a wired keyboard lying around, you can connect it to your TV’s USB port. Once this is done, you will be able to control practically every aspect of the TV using the arrow keys on the keyboard. You can even access settings, open and switch apps, etc. Tried a few different keyboards, including Apple’s wired keyboard, and they all work fine with a little caveat, can’t adjust volume. You can use the arrow keys to navigate, enter to select, ESC to go home, etc.

However, the mouse does not work with our Samsung TV with Tizen OS.

Pros: Plug and Play, no need to configure anything, most remote functions can be executed with the keys

Cons: Not all keyboards are compatible with the TV.

3. Get a wireless keyboard with Dongle

Although a wired keyboard works with most Samsung TVs out of the box, I would highly recommend getting a cheap wireless keyboard from Amazon. They are portable and offer many more features than basic navigation.

For example you can get this cheap wireless mini keyboard + mouse combo that works with a bluetooth dongle and allows you to control the TV without any configuration. Just plug the dongle into the USB port on the back of the TV and you’re done. You can not only do basic navigation, but also mute, open apps, and of course control the volume of the TV.

Pros: Available at a low price; wireless and portable; Plug and play; Full navigation control; Better than the Remote.
Cons: No warranty if broken.

4. Use the Samsung app

If your Samsung TV is connected to a home WiFi network, you can easily control it from the Samsung Smartthings app.

You can get the app on both Android Y ios. Next, make sure your phone is connected to the same WiFi network as your TV. Select your TV from the list of available devices. From there, it works like a real remote control and works wirelessly over Wi-Fi.

However, there is a small problem; If you’ve never used the Smartthings app, you won’t be able to use it after losing your remote as it requires you to give permission for your phone to connect to your TV. However, you can use an external keyboard to allow this permission, even if you have lost the original remote.

Pros: Full-fledged remote control with all controls.

Cons: You cannot connect the app to the TV unless you allow it from the TV with the remote control.

5. Universal remote control

If nothing else works for you, maybe you can buy a universal remote for your Samsung TV. I recommend it over the original remote because it works with multiple devices and is often cheaper. used to Universal remote control ($ 9.99) GE remote control that has codes for most electronic devices that work with an infrared remote control. Just put the remote in program mode and enter your TV specific code. The remote control comes with a guide with all the codes. Once paired, you will be able to control all aspects of your TV from the remote control.

Pros: You get all the functions of the Samsung remote control; trustworthy; works with multiple devices.
Cons: Setting up the remote for each device is a bit tiring at first.

Last words

Besides buying a replacement remote for your Samsung Smart TV, here are some of the things you can try to control your TV without the original remote. All the methods work quite well except the app as it requires one-time authentication from the TV. HDMI CEC does not work in this case as it allows you to control HDMI connected devices using the TV remote control, but not the other way around. Which means you CANNOT use the Firestick remote to control and navigate your TV. What do you think of these methods, let me know in the comments below or reach out to me on Twitter?

Also Read: Top Tips and Hints for Samsung Keyboard

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