How to Program Your DIRECTV Remote

You may already be seated comfortably on your couch with popcorn in hand to watch the first movie on DIRECTV service that you recently subscribed to and had the equipment installed and connected for. But as luck would have it, the channels refuse to flip. Fret not, it’s likely that your DIRECTV remote is yet to be set up. Setting up tech devices make a lot of people jittery, but programming your DIRECTV remote is, fortunately, no rocket science. If you follow the DIRECTV guide below you’ll find your remote up and working in no time.

Determine the Type of Directv Remote You Have

The first step in figuring out how to program the DIRECTV remote is determining which remote you own. You may have the standard Universal remote control or the Genie remote. The pairing process for both is different. Once you’ve ascertained which remote you have, scroll down to the relevant instructions. We’ll first discuss the pairing process for the Universal remote, followed by instructions for the Genie remote.

Pairing the Universal Remote

 

There are two processes through which you can pair a DIRECTV standard Universal remote with a Blu-ray, DVR or other devices: on-screen pairing & manual pairing. Of these, on-screen pairing is an easier process but the downside is that it doesn’t work on all devices. Manual programming, on the other hand, requires more effort but is guaranteed to work each time.

On-screen pairing

Follow these quick steps to program your DIRECTV remote:

  1. On your remote, press ‘Menu’
  2. Select ‘Settings and Help’, then click on ‘Remote Control’, and lastly, select ‘Program Remote’
  3. You will be then prompted to choose the device you wish to pair it with - the TV, DVD or DVR. In case you don’t see your device listed, you will need to access the ‘code lookup tool’ to determine the 5-digit code for your device.
  4. The on-screen instructions that appear following the selection of the device will guide you through the remaining process

Program Directv Remote Manually

The process of program DirecTV remote manually is comparatively longer. If however, you follow the easy steps laid out below, it won’t pose an issue.

  1. Turn on your receiver and TV
  2. Set the ‘Mode switch’ on your remote to TV
  3. Then using DIRECTV’s website, find the five-digit code specific to your brand of TV
  4. Press and hold the Select and Mute buttons till the remote flashes green light twice
  5. At that point, feed in the five-digit DIRECTV remote code you found earlier
  6. Test the pairing with the device by pointing the remote at the TV and try increasing the volume. If the volume increases, proceed to step 7. If you do not see any change in the volume, repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 with different DIRECTV remote codes. Scroll below for a list of codes.
  7. Again, press and hold the Select and Mute buttons till the remote flashes green light twice.
  8. Next, enter code 960 on the keypad after which the green light will flash twice again.
  9. Reset the ‘Mode switch’ to DIRECTV.
  10. There you go, the process of programming the DIRECTV Universal remote is complete.

Universal RF Remote is another variant of the Universal remote. If that is the one you own it’s hardly an issue. The DIRECTV remote setup for both is the same.

Pairing Directv Genie Remote

The Genie remote too has automatic and manual pairing processes. Additionally, there’s a third option by which you can pair the remote with DIRECTV Ready TVs. The automatic pairing process for Genie remotes The process to program DIRECTV Genie remote includes five easy steps:

  1. Point your remote to the Genie DVR or the Genie Mini and press & hold the ‘Enter’ and ‘Mute’ buttons till the remote flashes green light twice. At this point, the TV will display the message ‘Applying IF/RF Setup’.
  2. Next, power on the device you wish to pair with your remote.
  3. Press ‘Menu’ on your Genie remote
  4. Select ‘Settings and Help’, then press ‘Settings’, followed by ‘Remote Control’ and finally ‘Program Remote’
  5. Choose the device you wish to pair and follow the instructions provided on-screen to complete the

Manual Pairing Process for Genie Remotes

The automatic process is the easier option but if it fails, you might want to manually program DIRECTV remote with the device of your choice.

  1. Point your remote to the Genie DVR or Genie Mini and press & hold the ‘Select and ‘Mute’ buttons till the remote flashes green light twice.
  2. Then enter DIRECTV remote code 961 on the keypad.
  3. Next, press the ‘Channel Up’ button, followed by ‘Enter’
  4. At this point, the TV will display the message ‘Your remote is now set up for RF’. Press ‘OK’
  5. Power on the device you wish to pair with your remote.
  6. Press ‘Menu’ on your Genie remote
  7. Select ‘Settings and Help’, then press ‘Settings’, followed by ‘Remote Control’ and finally ‘Program Remote’
  8. Choose the device you wish to pair and follow the instructions provided on-screen to complete the process.

That’s it, the process to program DIRECTV is complete. It’s time to enjoy.

Pair Genie Remote With Directv Ready Tv

A DIRECTV Ready TV allows you to watch DIRECTV without the use of an additional receiver. When included with a Genie DVR, the DIRECTV setup doesn’t require you to purchase Genie Minis for each room separately, rather the built-in wireless receivers take care of it all. To pair your Genie remote with the DIRECTV Ready TV, follow the convenient steps below.

  1. Point your remote to the Genie DVR and press and hold the ‘Enter’ and ‘Mute’ buttons till the remote flashes green light twice.
  2. The TV will display the message ‘Applying IF/RF Setup’.
  3. Next, power on the DIRECTV Ready TV
  4. Press the ‘Select’ and ‘Mute’ buttons till the green light on the remote blinks twice again.
  5. Next, enter the manufacture’s code for the DIRECTV Ready TV you own. They vary depending on the brand. You can find a list of DIRECTV remote codes below.

That’s it, you have successfully managed to program DIRECTV remote for your DIRECTV Ready TV; you can now watch your favorite shows and movies.

Directv Remote Codes

If your DIRECTV remote has not successfully connected to the receiver, it’s possible that the code entered was incorrect. Following are the DIRECTV remote codes for some brands:

  1. Samsung TV Code: 54000
  2. LG TV Code: 11423
  3. Toshiba TV Code: 54002
  4. Sony TV Code: 54001

In case you have a different manufacturer than the ones mentioned above, visit the DIRECTV website. Input the brand and model of your TV to find the DIRECTV remote code.

Connect With the Right Device

An important thing to remember is that you can pair a DIRECTV Universal remote with four devices simultaneously. This means that your TV, gaming console, Blu-ray DVD player and DVR are all hooked to one remote – the one to rule all other remotes. This is all the more reason why setting the ‘ Mode switch’ to the right device is important. Located at the top of the remote, it determines which of the devices the remote currently controls. The designated device can be changed by sliding the switch to the device (DIRECTV, TV, AV1, and AV2) that you want to use at the time.

Steps to Reset your DIRECTV remote

If after all the hard work, you did not get the results you were seeking, you might want to consider resetting your DIRECTV remote and take a shot at it again. You can easily reset your remote using the front panel of your receiver.

  1. First off, Press ‘Menu’
  2. Select ‘Settings and Help’
  3. Next click on ‘Settings’, then ‘Remote Control’
  4. Then make sure ‘Reset Remote’ is highlighted.

Depending on the setup, the process may be automatic or it might require DIRECTV remote codes. In case you cannot access the front panel of your receiver, try to restore the default factory settings via the following steps:

  1. Simply press and hold ‘Mute’ and ‘Select’ simultaneously till light flashes thrice.
  2. Next, ‘press 9, 8, 1 and Select’. The remote should flash four times and reset.

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