How to Program a GE cl5 Universal Remote without Codes?

How to Program a GE cl5 Universal Remote without Codes?

How To Program Your GE Universal Remote:

Do you have a bunch of different remotes for your TV, cable box, DVD player, and other devices? It can be not very pleasant to have to keep track of all those remotes! That’s where a universal remote comes in handy. A universal remote allows you to control multiple devices with just one remote control. One of the most popular universal remotes is made by GE.

What is a GE Universal Remote?

A GE universal remote is a particular type of remote control. Instead of just working for one device, it can operate many different devices from various brands. This is convenient because you only need one remote instead of several. The GE universal remote can control you:

– TV

– Cable or satellite box  

– DVD or Blu-Ray player

– Soundbar or home theater system

– Game console

– And more!

Having one remote for everything makes watching TV, listening to music, or playing video games much more accessible without needing different remotes for each device.

How Do I Program My GE Universal Remote?

To use your GE universal remote with your devices, you first need to program it. Programming tells the remote what kind of device you want it to control. There are a few different ways to program a GE universal remote:

  1. Using a Code
  2. Auto Code Search  
  3. Without a Code

Let’s go through each method step-by-step.

Programming Using a Code:

One way to program your GE remote is by manually entering a code. Every device brand has a code that you need to input.

Step 1: Find the code for your device’s brand in the code list that came with your remote. For example, the code for a Samsung TV could be 0060.

Step 2: Press the “Setup” button on the remote until the red light stays on. 

Step 3: Press the button for the type of device you want to program (TV, DVD, Cable, etc). The red light should blink once.

Step 4: Use the number buttons to enter the code from the code list. 

Step 5: The red light will blink twice if the code works. Try pressing a button like Power to see if your device turns on or off.

If the code doesn’t work, you may need to try a different code from the list until you find the right one.

Auto Code Search:

The remote has a cool auto-search feature if you can’t find the correct code. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Turn on the device you want to program the remote.

Step 2: Press and hold “Setup” until the red light stays on.

Step 3: Press the button for the device type (TV, DVD, etc). The light will blink once.  

Step 4: Point the remote at the device. Press and release the “Channel Up” or “Power” button every 3 seconds. 

Step 5: The remote will cycle through codes until your device turns off. When it does, press the device button to lock in that code!

Isn’t that neat? The remote tries every possible code until it finds the right one for your device.

Programming Without a Code:

What if you lost the code list or instructions? You can program the GE universal remote without any codes.

Step 1: Turn on the device you want to program.

Step 2: Press and hold “Setup” until the red light is on.

Step 3: Press the button for the type of device you’re programming.

Step 4: Point the remote and press “Power” every 3 seconds until the device turns off.

Step 5: When it turns off, press the device button, and the code is set!

It’s the same as the auto code search, except you skip telling it the device type first.

Common Device Codes:

While the auto search can figure out any code, it’s helpful to know some of the most common GE universal remote control codes for popular brands:


– Samsung: 0060, 0032  

– LG: 0030, 0022

– Sony: 0002, 0128

– Vizio: 0081, 1017

Cable/Satellite Boxes  

– Comcast/Xfinity: 0003, 0476

– DirecTV: 10463, 10019  

– Dish Network: 1758, 0165

Blu-Ray/DVD Players

– Sony: 31033, 31070

– Samsung: 20490, 20573

– LG: 20591, 20675

If you have the code, manually enter it to program your remote quickly!

Tips for Using Your GE Universal Remote:

Once you’ve programmed your GE universal remote, here are some tips for using it:

– The remote can only control one device at a time. You’ll need to press the button for the device you want to use (TV, DVD, etc).

– If your remote stops working for a device, you may need to reprogram it occasionally. 

– When replacing batteries, make sure to reprogram after as the codes get cleared when batteries are removed.

– For devices with special functions, the remote may have keys, such as the Guide or Menu buttons, that you need to program separately.

– Place colored stickers on the device buttons so you can quickly identify them if needed.

Having one remote for all your devices is so convenient! With some programming, your GE universal remote lets you easily control your entire entertainment setup.

Resetting Your GE Universal Remote:

Sometimes, you may need to reset or clear out your GE universal remote, like if you have a new device or something isn’t working right. Resetting is easy:

Step 1: Press and hold the “Setup” button until the red light turns on and stays lit. 

Step 2: Press and release the “Mute” button.

Step 3: Press the “#0” button.

The red light should blink twice. This means the remote has been reset and cleared of programmed codes or settings. You’ll need to reprogram it, which gives you a clean slate to start over.

Troubleshooting Tips:

If you’re having issues with your GE universal remote not working right, there are a few troubleshooting steps to try before anything else:

– Replace the batteries with new ones

– Reset the remote and reprogram it

– Double check you are programming for the suitable device type 

– Make sure you are using the correct code for your device brand/model

– The remote may not work for ancient devices or ones with special functions

– Try the auto code search if manually entering codes doesn’t work

With some patience, your GE universal remote should be able to control all your home entertainment devices! Let me know if you have any other questions.