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How to Program Your DIRECTV Remote

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Before you dive into the tutorial, determine what type of remote you own. We don’t want you to start struggling with your remote only to find out in the end that the steps you followed were not for the remote you had.

With DIRECTV, you are likely to have one of the remotes: Universal or Genie remote. You can either pair them directly on-screen or program them manually. On-screen pairing is an easier process, but it might not work on all devices. Manual pairing, however, is guaranteed to work each time.

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Follow These Steps for Universal Remote on Screen Pairing

  • On your remote, press ‘Menu’
  • Select ‘Settings and Help’, then click on ‘Remote Control’, and lastly, select ‘Program Remote’
  • Choose the device you want to pair with: TV, DVD or DVR.
  • In case your device is not in the list, access the ‘code lookup tool’ to get the 5-digit code for your device.
  • Complete the remaining process with the onscreen instructions.

Still Not Working? Manually Program Directv Remote

  • Turn on your receiver and TV
  • Set the ‘Mode switch’ on your remote to the TV
  • Find the five-digit code specific to your TV brand through the DIRECTV website.
  • Press and hold the Select and Mute buttons till the remote flashes green light twice
  • Enter your five-digit code
  • Test the device by pointing at the TV and try to increase 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.
  • Again, press and hold the Select and Mute buttons till the remote flashes green light twice.
  • Enter code 960 on the keypad after which the green light will flash twice again.
  • Reset the ‘Mode switch’ to DIRECTV.
  • There you go, the process of programming the DIRECTV Universal remote is complete.

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Programming the Genie Remote

You can pair the Genie Remote either on-screen or manually. There is a third process for DIRECTV Ready TV as well.

Steps for DIRECTV Genie Remote On Screen Pairing

Steps for DIRECTV Genie Remote On-Screen Pairing

  • 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’.
  • Next, power on the device you wish to pair with your remote.
  • Press ‘Menu’ on your Genie remote
  • Select ‘Settings and Help’, then press ‘Settings’, followed by ‘Remote Control’ and finally ‘Program Remote’
  • Choose the device you wish to pair and follow the instructions provided on-screen to complete the

Still not working? Manually Program Genie Remote

  • 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.
  • Then enter DIRECTV remote code 961 on the keypad.
  • Next, press the ‘Channel Up’ button, followed by ‘Enter
  • At this point, the TV will display the message ‘Your remote is now set up for RF’. Press ‘OK
  • Power on the device you wish to pair with your remote.
  • Press ‘Menu’ on your Genie remote
  • Select ‘Settings and Help’, then press ‘Settings’, followed by ‘Remote Control’ and finally ‘Program Remote
  • Choose the device you wish to pair and follow the instructions provided on-screen to complete the process.

Program Genie Remote with DIRECTV Ready TV

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.

Program Genie Remote with DIRECTV Ready TV

  • Point your remote to the Genie DVR and press and hold the ‘Enter’ and ‘Mute’ buttons till the remote flashes green light twice.
  • The TV will display the message ‘Applying IF/RF Setup’.
  • Next, power on the DIRECTV Ready TV
  • Press the ‘Select’ and ‘Mute’ buttons till the green light on the remote blinks twice again.
  • 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 with your blazing-fast AT&T internet connection.

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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:

  • Samsung TV Code: 54000
  • LG TV Code: 11423
  • Toshiba TV Code: 54002
  • 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.

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How 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.

  • First off, Press ‘Menu
  • Select ‘Settings and Help
  • Next click on ‘Settings’, then ‘Remote Control
  • 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:

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

Connect Directv Remote Program 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does DIRECTV charge for a replacement remote?
  • In case your AT&T DIRECTV remote has stopped working, you can easily get it replaced. However, you will have to incur replacement charges. Universal remotes will cost you $15 plus tax while the Genie remote will cost you $25 plus tax. You will only get a free replacement if you are subscribed to a protection plan or higher.
  • How do I get a new DIRECTV remote?
  • You can easily get a new DIRECTV remote through the DIRECTV’s website. Just log on to the website, and navigate to the Equipment section. Then choose Remotes. You will be directed to a new page that will have a list of all the remotes available. Just click Order Now and then follow the instruction to fill the billing information.

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