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Can You Use a Sony Smart TV Without a Remote?

Oct 17, 2021
Two girls happy on their smartphones on a red couch in front of a TV.

It’s not the end of the world if you lose your Sony smart TV’s remote. You have plenty of options when it comes to watching your favorite shows and movies.

You can use a Sony smart TV without a remote. Doing so requires downloading an app that turns your smartphone into a remote. Additionally, you can use the power button to navigate between inputs, change the volume, and make other adjustments. You can also purchase a new remote online.

Here, we’ll talk about operating your Sony smart TV without a remote. If you ever have any questions about using the device, consult your user manual.

How to Control Sony Smart TV with the App

You can control your TV using Video & TV Sideview from Sony. The app’s available for Android and Apple phones. To use the app, you must “register” it with your TV, and you need to have your TV’s actual remote.

Per Sony, the set-up process involves:

  1. Download the app.
  2. Put your TV and phone on the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Navigate to “Connecting to the Internet” using your TV’s power button.
  4. Open the app.
  5. Search for your TV on the down-drop list.
  6. Connect the app to your TV.

If this seems too complicated and you have an iPhone, you can download Sonymote for free from the app store. Keep in mind that your iPhone must be on iOS 11 or later. App store reviewers have also commented that the app comes with ads and in-app purchases.

How to Control Sony Smart TV with its Power Button

Different Sony TVs have different power button configurations. For instance, some Sony TV models (like the KDL-50WG66) comes with three buttons: the power button, a “-” button, and a “+” button. Using these buttons allows you to change the channel, select a new input channel, and, of course, turn the device off.

Sony’s XH950, XH90, and XH80 models are different. They have one button and lets you make changes based on how long you hold it down.

Consider the chart outlined below:

StatusHow Long to PressResult
When the TV is offPress the power button The TV will turn on
When the TV is onQuickly press the power buttonAccess the user interface (or settings)
When the user interface is onMove the power button sidewaysThis lets you scroll between options
When the user interface is onHold down on the power button for two secondsThis lets you select options
When the TV is onHold down on the power button for five secondsThis turns the TV off

As Sony notes, you can only access certain settings with the power button. This method isn’t intended to serve as a long-term solution.

Replacing Sony Smart TV Remotes

If you don’t want to fiddle with apps or make changes manually, you can order a replacement remote online. Replacements range from $10 to $50, depending on whether you want voice-enabled features.

Before purchasing, be sure to check whether your new remote works with your TV. Some remotes are not compatible with certain smart TVs.

Troubleshooting Issues with Your Sony Remote

You might be on this page because your remote control stopped working. If that happened, one or more of the following measures could fix your problem:

Replace the Batteries

Before your remote “dies,” you’ll get an alert on your TV about the battery’s status. You generally need two AA batteries to power on the remote. You should purchase alkaline batteries; they work perfectly for low-drain devices. Sony advises against using rechargeable batteries, as well.

Reset the Remote

Sony notes that to reset your remote, you must:

  • Remove the batteries from the device.
  • Press and release each button two times.
  • Reinsert the batteries.
  • Replace the battery cover.

Sony notes that for the best possible outcome, you should replace the batteries altogether.

Move Closer

Sony’s remote only works if it’s within 10 feet of your TV. Even nine feet is pushing it. You want to be a reasonable distance from the TV when trying to operate it. If this isn’t possible, consider purchasing an infrared extender. This will strengthen your remote’s signal.

Remove Obstructions

Your TV and the remote “talk” to each other using an infrared sensor. If there’s anything between the sensor and the remote, you’ll have problems making certain changes. Your TV’s sensor will either be on the bottom or the side of the device.

Additionally, Sony notes that if you have any halogen lights or fluorescent lights around the TV, remove them. These devices emit signals that can disrupt your TV and remote’s connection.

Final Thoughts

Not only can you use your Sony smart TV without the remote, but you also have three main options: you can download the app, use the power button, or order a new remote.

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