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GE Universal remote codes – how to program with and without codes

Last Updated on March 20, 2024
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If you’ve got a new GE Universal remote and are wondering how to set it up and where to get the remote codes, we have you covered right here. 

Now, whether you want to replace your original remote or operate multiple devices with a single remote, the GE Universal remote comes in handy. All you have to do is find the right codes and program the remote for one or multiple devices (up to three). 

Technically, there are two ways to program a GE Universal remote: one by using the remote codes and the other by using the auto code search. You don’t necessarily need to have codes to set your remote. But without codes, you may have to repeat the process multiple times, which might be time-consuming.

With that being said, in this guide, we have outlined both – how to program the GE Universal remote with and without the codes.

Quick Answer

To use your GE universal remote, you have to program it. For this, you need the right remote code, which we have listed below in a chart. Then, you need to pair it with the device (TV, DVD, sound bar, or other compatible device).

Here’s a quick rundown (with codes) –

Find the code > switch on programming mode > press the appropriate button > enter the device code > check if it’s working.

You can also try to program your GE Universal Remote without codes. For more details, check out our guide below.

How to program GE Universal Remote

This is the easiest way to set up your remote is to enter the code manually and get started. Here’s how to do that – 



Find the code for your device

To start with, you need to find the specific code, depending on your device’s brand and model. You will find this code in the GE Remote Manual, the official website, or the universal code list.



Turn on the programming mode

Next, you have to turn on the programming mode on the remote. For this, you need to press and hold the “setup” button until you see a red light.

GE universal remote with arrow pointing to setup button



Press the corresponding button

After you see the red light, you have to select the button of the device you want to use the remote with. For instance, if you want to use the GE remote with a TV, then press the ‘TV’ button. After the selection, the remote might blink once.

GE universal remote with four device buttons highlighted



Input the device code

After the remote blinks, input the device code that we found in step 1. Once you enter the code, the remote will turn off.

GE universal remote with numeric keypad highlighted



Check if the remote works

To see if the programming was done correctly, point the remote at the device and try turning it on and using other buttons. If the device doesn’t respond, try this procedure again with a different code.

How to program GE Universal Remote without codes

If you don’t have the remote codes, you can still pair the GE Universal Remote with the device. However, note that this process may be time-consuming and may vary slightly depending on the remote you have. 

Here’s how to do that –



Power on the device

The first step is to turn your desired device on (that is, the TV, the DVD, or other device).



Turn the remote’s programming mode on

Next, you have to put the GE Universal Remote in the programming mode. To do this, press and hold the ‘setup’ button until you see a light.



Select the device you want to pair

When you see the light, select the device you want to set up by pressing the corresponding button. For instance, if you want to set up this remote with your TV, then press the ‘TV’ button on the remote. The red light should blink once, indicating that the device has been selected.



Point at your device and press the right button

Now, point the remote at your selected device and press the power button. For TVs, press the power button, and for DVDs, press the ‘play’ button.

GE universal remote with arrows pointing to power and play buttons



Press the #1 button quickly

Now, you have to lock in the code quickly, so be prepared – find and place your finger on the #1 button. When the device (TV) turns off, or the DVD player start playing, press the #1 to lock the code.

GE universal remote with arrow pointing to '1'



Check if the remote works

Now, point the remote at the device, turn it on, and see if it works properly. If the remote is working fine, you don’t need to program it more. However, if it is not working correctly, you will have to repeat the process from step 2.

Code list for GE Universal Remote

In this section, we have listed some of the most common codes for programming your GE Universal Remote. Please note that this is not a complete list, we have listed codes for some of the popular brands. You can find link to the full list below.

GE Universal remote codes for TV

BrandRemote codes
LG6021, 0001, 5511, 3001, 1911, 1181, 1221
Hisense6161, 1651, 2081, 5331, 2211, 2141, 6171, 5341, 0001, 0671, 4391
Sony1071, 5811, 5321, 4981, 1901, 2741
Insignia2891, 0371, 2271, 0141, 6171, 0581, 0871, 0921, 2241, 6181, 2921, 3761, 4371, 4721, 4761, 5051, 5061, 5181
Sharp5341, 6001, 6011, 3191, 5941, 6171, 0001
Toshiba1311, 5531, 1121, 2691, 0211, 0341, 0821, 1571, 1801, 1841, 1911, 4891, 4941, 5081
Samsung5791, 5801, 3301
Panasonic6231, 5821, 5201, 5531, 1571, 5561, 5201
Philips0181, 6221, 5741, 6051, 0201, 0911, 3981, 4261
TCL5961, 6031, 5771, 6171, 6201
ONN5961, 6431, 6171, 6551

Please note that the codes are different for those of Hisense Roku TV or Toshiba Fire TV. 

GE Universal remote codes for DVD

BrandRemote codes
Philips6002, 6008, 6019, 6022, 6046, 6084, 6085, 6123, 6134, 6139, 6167, 6168, 6228, 6238, 6239, 6240, 6285, 6306, 6489, 6545, 6549
Panasonic6001, 6002, 6011, 6026, 6090, 6096, 6097, 6103, 6113, 6121, 6216, 6229, 6233, 6471, 6490, 6520, 6544, 6557
Sony6006, 6049, 6095, 6099, 6115, 6124, 6243, 6244, 6245, 6246, 6473, 6487, 6537, 6538, 6543
Samsung6001, 6012, 6032, 6055, 6066, 6129, 6165, 6166, 6210, 6287, 6478, 6479, 6488, 6498
Mitsubishi6003, 6098, 6126, 6485
Toshiba6002, 6008, 6012, 6025, 6061, 6076, 6123, 6232, 6295, 6301, 6373, 6475, 6515, 6516, 6525, 6542

GE Universal remote codes for cable box/ satellite 

BrandRemote codes
AT&T8088, 8206
Century8003, 8016, 8056, 8113
Dish8041, 8045, 8148, 8149, 8191, 8193, 8204
DirecTV8018, 8021, 8023, 8024, 8028, 8034, 8035, 8039, 8040, 8042, 8043, 8044, 8046, 8063, 8109, 8110, 8111, 8139, 8153, 8172, 8178, 8179, 8181, 8184, 8185, 8196, 8199, 8201, 8202, 8203
Sky Network8029, 8109, 8110, 8111, 8170, 8171
ABC8002, 8003, 8014, 8048, 8049, 8050, 8051, 8052
RCA8018, 8195, 8213, 8214

GE Universal remote codes for Xbox

If you are trying to set up the remote or your Xbox, then you can try the following codes – 

  • As DVD – 0915
  • As a streaming media player – 2824, 2134, 2144

For more codes, we encourage you to check out the official GE Universal remote user manual right here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you program the GE Universal Remote without a code?

Yes, you can set up your GE Universal Remote without codes by using the auto-code search. All you have to do is – lock in when the right code is selected. However, you might have to repeat this process several times before the remote is properly programmed. For details, you can refer to our guide above. 

What brands does GE Universal remote work with?

The GE Universal remote works with most brands, which includes popular brands such as LG, Sony, HP, Panasonic, Vizio, Insignia, Crown, Hyundai, and more. You should be able to program this remote with most brands.


To sum up, you can set up your GE Universal remote with or without codes. However, we recommend you find and use the codes, as it is a quicker and more straightforward process. To make it easier for you, we have listed some of the common codes along with guides on how to set up the GE Universal remote.

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