How to Program a Universal Remote to a DVD Player without Codes?

How to Program a Universal Remote to a DVD Player without Codes?

What is a Universal Remote?

A universal remote is a special kind of remote control. It can control many devices, such as your TV, cable box, DVD player, etc. With one universal remote, you don’t need separate remotes for each device, making watching TV, movies, and shows much more accessible.

Why Program a Universal Remote?

When you first get a universal remote, it doesn’t know how to “talk” to your devices yet. That’s why you need to program it. Programming tells the remote what “language” each device understands. Once programmed, your universal remote can control that device.

There are a few different ways to program a universal remote. We’ll explain the most common methods.

Auto Code Search:

Auto code search is an easy way to program without needing any codes. Just follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the device you want to control (like your TV)
  2. Point the universal remote at the device
  3. Press and hold the button for that device (like the TV button)
  4. While holding the device button, press and release the POWER button
  5. The remote will now try many codes one by one
  6. When the device turned off, that code worked! 
  7. Press the ENTER button to save that code.

The remote keeps trying codes until your device responds. This method works well but can take some time.

Direct Code Entry:

Sometimes, devices list codes right on the instructions or the device itself. If you have a code, direct entry is a fast way to program:

  1. Turn on the device
  2. On the remote, press and hold the button for that device 
  3. While holding the device button, enter the code using the number of buttons
  4. The remote light should blink, meaning the code saved

Try buttons like POWER, VOLUME, etc., to ensure they work with your device.

Brand Code Search:

If you don’t know the exact code but know the brand name, you can search by brand:

  1. Turn on the device
  2. Press and hold the button for that device on the remote
  3. Enter the brand code (like 0057 for Sony TV)
  4. Press the POWER or CH+/- button repeatedly
  5. When the device turned off, that code worked!
  6. Press ENTER or STOP to save the code.

You may need to try multiple brand codes to find the right one, but this method doesn’t require knowing the exact code.

How Universal Remotes Work:

A universal remote can control many devices because it knows how to mimic the signals from all their remotes. When programmed, it sends the same infrared commands as the original remotes. This “language” tells each device the commands you want, like power on/off, change channels, pause, etc.

Most universal remotes use infrared (IR) signals invisible to the human eye. However, newer remotes can also control devices over radiofrequency (RF) signals or your Wi-Fi network.

Playing DVDs Without the Remote:

What if you lose the remote for your DVD player? Don’t worry – there are still several ways to watch your movie!

Use the Buttons on the DVD Player:

Many DVD players have basic playback buttons right on the machine. Look for buttons like PLAY, PAUSE, STOP, and EJECT. These allow you to control the basics of watching your DVD.

Use Your TV Remote:

Some newer TVs can control HDMI devices like DVD players. On your TV, look for settings about “HDMI control” or “HDMI-CEC” and turn this on. Then, your TV remote should be able to play/pause/stop the DVD in your player.

Download a Remote App:

Some apps can turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote control! Search for apps made for your brand of DVD player. The app can communicate with and control the player if your phone has an infrared blaster.

Buy a Universal or Replacement Remote:

If the methods above don’t work, you may need to get a new remote. You can buy remotes explicitly made for your DVD player model. Or pick up an all-in-one universal remote to control the player and all your other devices.

Using a Universal Remote Without Codes:

Maybe you have a universal remote but lost the instruction booklet with all the codes. There’s still a way to get it working! This method makes the remote rapidly test every possible code until one works.

Here are the Steps:

  1. Turn on the device (like your TV)
  2. On the remote, press and hold the TV button 
  3. While holding the TV, press and hold the POWER button too
  4. The remote light will come on – keep holding both buttons
  5. Release both buttons, and the light will start blinking
  6. Each blink is the remote testing a new code
  7. When the TV is turned off, that code works!
  8. Press the TV button to lock in that code.

The remote cycles through every possible code one by one. It may take some time, but there is no need for instruction books!

In Summary:

Universal remotes make it much easier to control your home entertainment system. Programming may seem complicated, but it’s simple with methods like auto code search, direct entry, or brand search. Even without codes, you can make a universal remote scan of all possibilities. 

If you lose your DVD player remote, you can use the buttons on the player, your TV remote, smartphone apps, or get a new universal remote. With a bit of setup, one remote can genuinely do it all!