4 Simple Steps to Direct TV Remote Codes

Sep 6, 2013 directv, remote codes, remote controls, 2 Comments
DirecTV Remote Codes


Programming Direct TV remote codes doesn’t take a genius. It is relatively easy and we’re going to show you how to do it in just a few simple steps.

Remote controls are everywhere; we have them for everything. You have one remote for the TV, one for the stereo, another for the Blu-Ray player and one for your Direct TV box. It is even possible you still have one for the archaic VCR collecting dust on the shelf. That is a lot of remotes you have to constantly swap between every time you want to sit and relax. Things get even more complicated when the remotes look the same, which frequently happens when the equipment is the same brand.

You can make your life easier by programming your Direct TV remote so that it operates all of your entertainment devices. This eliminates the confusion of which remote to use and cleans up some of the clutter by allowing you to get rid of all those excess remotes.

Finding the Direct TV Remote Codes

Before you begin programming the remote you will need to find the codes for the items you want to program. Go to the Direct TV Remote Code Lookup on their website to find the code that corresponds with each piece of equipment you want to program. If you can’t find the code, don’t worry, we will cover that later.

Programming With a Code

We’ll start with the one item you will use every time you want Direct TV — the television.

1. Turn on your TV and Direct TV box, then look at your remote and identify the different setting options. You should see Satellite, DVD, Stereo, VCR, and TV. Push the TV button.

2. On your Direct TV remote, push MUTE and hold the button while pressing the SELECT button. A steady green light should appear at the top of the remote, which will soon start blinking. When it blinks twice, release the button.

3. There will be a number pad on your Direct TV remote. Using the number pad, enter the code for your television. After the code is entered, you should see the green light at the top of the remote blink twice again. This indicates that the process was successful.

4. Push the button marked PWR. If the TV code was correct, you will now be able to use your programmed Direct TV remote.

Repeat this procedure with each device you want programmed into the remote, except instead of pushing TV at the beginning you will push the button corresponding to the item being programmed.

Programming Without a Code

If you couldn’t find a code for your electronic device it’s not a big deal, it just means that programming will take a bit longer. You can use what Direct TV calls StepNSet to find the correct code. This method will walk you through every code programmed in your remote until you find the correct one.

1. Turn on your TV and Direct TV box, then look at your remote and identify the different setting options. You should see Satellite, DVD, Stereo, VCR, and TV. Push the TV button.

2. On your Direct TV remote, push and hold the MUTE button while pressing the SELECT button. A steady green light should appear at the top of the remote, which will soon start blinking. When it blinks twice, release the button.

3. Using the number pad enter the code “991,” then enter “1” to tell the system you are programming a TV.

4. You will now slowly scroll through the various Direct TV remote codes. Press the channel up key, then press PWR. If the TV turns off, you found the correct code, if it does not, then continue to press the channel up and PWR key, until you have found the code that works for your device. If you think you skipped a number, you can go backwards by pressing the channel down key.

If you are programming an item such as a VCR, DVD or Blu-ray player, then push “991,” followed by “2.” To program an audio device push “991” followed by “3.”

Now that you have all your Direct TV remote codes programmed in, life should be easier. You no longer have to shuffle between remotes just to watch TV, and you have more space because you can put the now defunct remotes in a drawer and forget about them (at least until you need to steal their batteries).

Don’t need DirecTV remote codes because you don’t have Direct TV? Don’t worry we can help you program remotes for a lot of other providers as well. Check out programming articles for Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Mediacom — and even programming for your Universal Remote.

Photo Credit: Kevin T. Houle


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2 Comments

  • John

    Glad to find this website! My question is about programming remotes for the Direct TV receivers in other rooms. (kids have been playing with them.) Main TV(LG)and DirectTV box is in family room and everything is fine, but DirecTV remotes now don’t work with the receivers and different brand tvs in other rooms. I wasn’t home when installers programmed all of the remotes. Should remotes be programmed to match the main box/LG hook-up in family room, or does each remote need to be programmed to match the specific brand (one is Magnavox and other is Vizio)in these other rooms? DirectTV manual doesn’t explain what to do when different brands are used throughout the house. Thanks for any advice so I can avoid calling and waiting for satellite guys to come back out. –John

  • Glenn

    I have a sharp Tv and Bose sound system. I’m trying to be able to turn on the tv, Direct tv DVD and Bose system with one buttom. Is this possible.

    Glenn

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