This post will teach you how to program your GE Universal Remote Control with or without codes for the use of entertainment devices, such as your TV, DVD player, and gaming systems. You can likely program your universal remote manually by entering codes or by scanning device code automatically.
Universal remote controls, including the dedicated ones and made by General Electric, allow users to manage up to 3-4 audio/video devices in their home entertainment hubs. The remote uses “program codes” entered into the remote to control the virtual connected devices. Suppose you have one of these remotes but find out that it does not have the included manual with the necessary codes. You can make use of the remote’s “Code Search” feature to control your devices.
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How To Program GE Universal Remote Without Codes
Switch on the device you want to program. Note that no other programmable devices are put on as well.
Press and hold the “Code Search” button option on your GE remote until the indicator light flashes on, then release the remote button.
Press the button for the device you prefer to program. For instance, suppose you want to program your DVD player, tap on the “DVD” button.
Tap and hold the “Power” button until your device switches off. Wait at least five seconds before you press the power button again. Note that you may need to keep touching the button up to 200 times and above before the device switches off.
Press the “Enter” button immediately the device switches off to save the code in your remote system.
How To Program GE Universal Remote With Codes
1. Entering A Code:
- Open the battery cover and remove the batteries of your GE Universal Remote.
- Verify the remote version number such as V1-V5 for the old model, CL3/CL4 for the newest version.
- Re-insert the batteries and battery cover
- Visit this webpage in a web browser that features a complete list of programming codes for the GE Universal Remote. Alternatively, visit Direct Tutor (To get find codes for your device)
- Scroll down, click CL3, CL4, or CL5. Click the button that matches the version number that you found inside the battery compartment.
- Choose a device category from the “Device Category” drop-down menu. For instance, if you want to find the code for a PS4, then select Game from the menu. Note that some devices have various codes. In other circumstances, you may need to try more than one code until you find a code compatible with your appliance.
- Select the brand (Company Name) from the “Brand Name” menu. Once chosen, you will see one or more codes for that machine.
- Switch on the device you need to program. For instance, if you plan to use the remote for your PS4 console, switch that device on now.
- Press and hold down the Setup button option until the red light flashes on. The indicator light is usually at the top of the remote or on the power button. Free your finger once the red light is visible.
- Hold the button for the device you want to program. For instance, if programming the remote for use with your PS4 console, press and release the PS4 console power button. The red light indicator will blink and then stay stable. If there’s no button for the device, especially for the device that wants to program, press any other device button.
- Enter the device code. If you see different device codes for your machine, enter the one at the top of the list. The red light will switch off once the code is entered.
- Point the remote at the device you’re programming and press Power. If the device switches off, the code is correct, and you can now use the remote to control that device. But if the device doesn’t turn off, try another code on the list. If none of the codes are working for your machine, try using the “Searching for a Code Automatically” features.
- Program more devices if needed.
2. Code Search Programming:
- Turn on the machine you want to control. For instance, if you’re going to use your GE remote to program your TV, turn on the TV now.
- Press and hold down the Setup button option until the red light indicator comes on. The light indicator is usually at the top of the remote or on the power button. Remove your finger once the red light is visible.
- Press the button for the appliance you want to program. For instance, if programming the remote for use with your Cable TV, press and release the Cable TV button. The red light indicator will blink and then stay stable.
- Point the remote at the device and tap on the Power button. If you want to control a Cable TV, press Play instead. This begins searching for the code, and the red indicator light will flash about every 2 seconds during the process. It’s essential to keep pointing the remote at the machine during the code search. If the light indicator does not blink automatically, you’ll need to manually press the Power or Play button every 2 seconds to search for the code.
- Place your finger over the 1 key that’s number “1” on the remote control. Don’t press the button yet—hold your finger there, as you’ll need to act fast to lock in the code when the machine either switches off or begins to work. If you had to tap on the Power or Play button to code search manually, the lock-in key might be Enter, Mute, or Save instead of the 1 key.
- Press 1 when the machine turns off or begins to work. This is a signal that the correct code has been detected. Once the code is saved, the red light will switch off. Suppose you had to press the Power or Play button to code search manually, press Save, Enter, OK to lock in the code.
3. Troubleshooting Remote Problems
- Firstly Replace the batteries in your remote if it fails to respond. Low battery life can sometimes prevent you from being able to program a device.
- Remove physical obstacles between the remote control sensor and the device(s). Some pieces of furniture can prevent the remote from making contact with your devices.
- Note that the GE Universal Remote may not control all features of a device. For instance, you may be allowed to use the remote to turn your device off and on. However, you may not be able to adjust or control your device’s volume. This means you may need to have other remotes ready for more advanced features.