How to Use Sony TV Without Remote [4 Ways]

Are you compelled to use your Sony TV without a remote due to it not working or being misplaced? If so, you have come to the right place, as today you will learn the steps to turn on and use Sony TV without a remote, regardless of the TV model you own.

A remote control is an important part of a TV, as it lets you control and navigate the TV. While it works smoothly all the time, there are instances when it stops working, is not functioning properly, or you may have lost it. If that’s the case, you might wish to use your Sony TV without the controller, and there are multiple ways by which you can achieve this. Read on to check out different methods to turn on and use the TV without its remote.

How to Use Sony TV Without Remote [Using TV Buttons]

The power button layout differs amongst Sony TVs. Some Sony TV models, such as the KDL-50WG66, have three buttons: a power button, a “-” button, and a “+” button. These buttons allow users to change the channel, select a new input channel, and power off the TV.

How to Use Sony TV Without Remote

To Turn On or Off the TV, press the Power button. If it’s on, press the Power button repeatedly to change the function, then press the “+” or “-” buttons to adjust the volume, select the channel, and select the input source of the TV.

Some Sony TV models, like the XH950, XH90, XR, WD, and XH80, have only one button and allow users to do different operations depending on how long they hold it.

TV’s StatusOperation
When the TV is offSingle Press the Power button to turn on the TV
When the TV is onQuickly press the power button to access the settings (or user interface)
When the setting is onMove the power button sideways to scroll between options
When the setting is onPress on the power button for about two seconds to select options
When the TV is onHold down the power button for about five seconds to turn off the TV

Note that the location of the power button varies depending on which TV model you have. Models starting with XR have a power button on the underside or back left side of the TV, and models beginning with KD have a power button on the back left side, back right, or underside of the TV.

How to Use Sony TV Without Remote

Sony TV models starting with RD, W, or WD have a power button on the underside of the TV. You can also refer to the manual to know the exact location of the power button.

Basic Sony TV Settings without Remote

You can access the following basic menu settings without a remote control by using the buttons on the TV itself.

  • Change Brightness: Navigate to Settings > Display & Sound > Picture > Brightness then adjust the brightness.
  • Change Language: Navigate to Settings > Preferences > System Settings > Menu Language > Choose Your Preferred Language.
  • Change Input Source: Go to Settings > Device Settings > Inputs > Select Your Preferred Input Source.
  • Sound Settings: Go to Settings > Sound Settings.
  • Network Settings: Navigate to TV’s Settings > Network Settings.

Control your Sony TV with Mobile Phone

If your Sony TV Remote is not working, you can use your Android device to control your TV. It is much easier if you have completed the pairing process earlier, because to pair Mobile phone with TV, you need to perform required actions like connecting TV to Wifi, and other on-screen demand.

  1. Install TV SideView app on your Android.
  2. Make sure your TV and Mobile phone is connected to same WiFi network. (Use the + button to jump through list and press + again when you spot Connecting to the Internet).
  3. Open the TV SideView app on your Phone. Now search for TV in the home network or in the Wi-Fi Direct devices.
  4. Now select your TV from the list, and then follow on-screen instructions.

Once connected, you can use your phone as remote for your Sony Smart TV.

Use Sony TV Using Universal Remote

You can also use a universal remote control to use your Sony TV without the default remote that came with the TV. If you are unable to locate the original remote or if it’s not working properly, this is one of the most effective ways to control your TV.

How to Use Sony TV Without Remote

For those unaware, universal remote controls allow users to use and manage multiple electronic devices without the need for an original remote. However, to use it, you need to program it to work with your TV and use it to control your Sony TV’s functions.

Here are guides for popular universal remotes:

Use Sony TV Using HDMI-CEC

Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is a feature of HDMI designed to allow users to control devices connected through HDMI by using the remote control that came with connected device.

HDMI-CEC is a feature in most modern Sony TVs that allows users to control their Sony TV using an external device connected to the HDMI port, such as a gaming console, streaming device, Blu-ray player, etc.

How to Use Sony TV Without Remote

Using it, you can control your TV’s basic functions, like turning on or off your Samsung TV, changing its volume, and switching between channels.

How to Use Sony TV Without Remote [Using Keyboard or Mouse]

Another way by which you can control your Sony TV when you misplace the remote control is to use a wired mouse or keyboard. In today’s age, almost everyone has at least one keyboard or mouse at home, and you can utilize them to control your Sony TV even without a remote.

Use Sony TV Without Remote

For this method, simply connect a keyboard or mouse to the Sony TV using a USB port found on the TV. As soon as you plug the it on your TV, it will work right away. Yes, you need to be close to your TV to control it.

You can also use a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse, provided they were connected to your TV the last time you used them. When you turn on the TV, the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse will automatically reconnect.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries related to the topic, you can find answers to some common questions below.

How Do I Get to the Menu on my Sony TV Without the Remote?

Quickly press the Power button to show the user interface or settings menu when the TV is ON. If the TV is Off, first turn it on by pressing the Power button once.

How Can I Control My TV Without a Remote?

There are several ways by which you can control and use your TV without a remote control. You can either use physical buttons, a universal remote, HDMI-CEC, the Google Home app, or others.

So, these are the ways by which you can use a Sony TV without a remote control. I hope the article helped you browse your Sony TV without a remote control.

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Harsh Saxena

Hi! I am Harsh and I write about technology on different websites. I frequently write about these topics and cover them. I am available on Twitter at @Harsh4saxena or Email me at to send in your feedback and tips. Worked at GadgetsToUse, BrowserToUse, DailyTechByte, FreshFounder, and with many other websites as an author and researcher.

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