How to Program a GE Universal Remote with Codes?

How to Program a GE Universal Remote with Codes?

The Handy GE Universal Remote Control:

Having multiple remotes for your TV, cable box, DVD player and other devices can be frustrating. A universal remote control allows you to operate all your entertainment components with just one controller. The GE universal remote is one of the most popular and versatile options. 

Getting Started:

Before you can use your GE universal remote, you need to program it with codes for each of your devices. Don’t worry – it’s an easy process! First, locate the instruction manual that came with your remote. It contains code lists for programming the remote to work with your specific brands.

If you don’t have the code list handy, that’s okay. You can easily find codes online by searching for “GE universal remote codes” plus the brand name of your device. Write down any potential codes, as there may be multiple options to try.

Resetting the Remote:

In some cases, you may need to reset or clear all previous programming from the GE universal remote before setting it up fresh. Here are the simple steps:

  1. Press and hold the Setup button until the red light illuminates.
  2. Press the Mute button once. 
  3. Press the number 0 key.
  4. The red light should blink twice to confirm the remote has been reset.

If the red light doesn’t appear at all, the batteries may need to be replaced.

Programming Using Device Codes:

Once reset, you’re ready to program the GE remote for each of your devices using the codes you found. Follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the device you want to control (TV, DVD player, etc.).
  2. Press and hold the Setup button until the red light stays on.
  3. Press the button for the device you’re setting up (TV, DVD, CBL, etc.). The red light should blink once.
  4. Use the number buttons to enter the code from the code list. The red light will turn off if entered correctly.
  5. Point the remote at the device and press the Power button. If it turns off, you’ve got the right code!
  6. Repeat these steps for each additional device, using the appropriate device code.

Auto Code Search:

If you can’t find the right code to program your device, the GE universal remote also allows you to search automatically. Try this method:

  1. Turn on the device.
  2. Press and hold Setup until the red light appears.
  3. Press the button for the device you want to set up.
  4. Point the remote at the device and press Power once. This sends a batch of 10 codes.
  5. If the device didn’t turn off during those 10 codes, press Power again to send the next batch.
  6. Keep pressing Power every 5 seconds until the device finally turns off. 
  7. Once off, press the device button to lock in that code.

The remote will have successfully programmed that device! You can resume regular operation.

Using the Remote:

Once all your devices are programmed, you’re ready to use the GE universal remote with ease. The main buttons allow you to power components on/off, control volume, change channels, play/pause/stop media, and more.

Some GE remotes also have handy buttons like InputAV for switching between video sources on your TV. Familiarize yourself with any special buttons based on your specific remote model.

Keep in mind that with a universal remote, you may not have access to every single command that came with your original device remotes. But the GE controller will cover all the basics you need for daily viewing and listening.

Code Lists:

In case you need them, here are some exhaustive code lists for programming the GE universal remote with popular brands:

  • 4-Digit Codes for DVD Players

Sony: 0380, 0389  

Panasonic: 0363, 0396

Samsung: 0354, 0358  

Philips: 0287, 0398

Pioneer: 0305, 0976

Toshiba: 0287, 0398

RCA: 0225, 0308

  • RCA TV/DVD Combo Codes  

RCA: 0163, 0188

GE: 0163, 0179

Magnavox: 0189

Panasonic: 0437

Philips: 0189

Toshiba: 0394

  • GE CL3/CL4/CL5 Remote Codes

Sony: 0380  

Panasonic: 0171, 0381

Samsung: 0105, 0076

Toshiba: 0159, 0105

Hitachi: 0072   

Mitsubishi: 0151  

LG: 0338

  • VCR Codes  

Panasonic: 0225, 0363

RCA: 0225, 0308  

Sony: 0324, 0365  

Toshiba: 0287, 0290

Final Tips:

With a GE universal remote in hand, you can simplify your home entertainment setup for easy viewing and listening every day. Just be sure to keep the remote’s code lists handy in case you ever need to reprogram or troubleshoot the controller.

Remember – using a GE universal remote means you may not have access to every advanced feature of each device. But you’ll have all the basic, essential controls you need without juggling multiple remotes. Enjoy having the power to control your whole system with just one handy device!