LG universal remote codes – how to set up and connect to your TV

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If you have a universal remote that you want to use with your LG TV, then we have a guide for you right here. 

Most universal remotes let you pair them with TVs, DVDs, streaming devices, Blu-ray players, and other devices. You can connect the same remote with multiple devices to reduce your remote clutter. And, of course, if you lose an original remote, a universal remote is a near-perfect replacement. 

Now, most universal remotes out there work well with LG TVs, so compatibility isn’t an issue. For clarity, we have used the GE universal remote as an example, but you can use any universal remote, and the process will look more or less the same. 

Further, you can connect these remotes to your TV with or without codes. So, in our guide, we have provided some common codes and a guide on how to pair a universal remote to your LG TV with and without codes.

LG TV remote codes – 3 digit, 4 digit, and 5 digit

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Popular LG universal remote codes

How to pair universal remote to LG TV

The programming process is straightforward, regardless of whether you have a GE, RCA, Philips, Brightstar, or another brand of universal remote. This manual approach to programming your universal remote is a bit of a longer moethod but can help you et your LG TV and remote connected.



Turn on your LG TV

Ensure your LG TV is powered on.



Initiate programming mode

Press and hold the ‘Setup’ button until the red light on the power button turns on. For better understanding, here’s what a Setup button would look like on a GE Universal remote –

A universal remote with an arrow pointing at the setup button



Use the ‘TV’ button

Since we are setting up a TV, you have to press the ‘TV’ button on the remote. For reference, here’s what the button looks like on a GE Universal remote –

A universal remote with an arrow poiting at the TV button
Black LG TV universal remote control with a red arrow pointing to the power button.



Enter the programming code

Now, it’s time to enter the code for your specific LG TV model. If you don’t know the code for your TV, then you can try the ones listed above.



Test if the remote is working

The red light on the power button will turn off when the correct code is entered. If this happens, power on the TV with the remote and try pressing a few buttons. If they work correctly, you’re all set.

If the red light does not go off, or the TV doesn’t respond properly to the remote, try entering a different code.

How to program universal remote to LG TV without codes

The code search method can help if you have no luck using manual codes for your LG TV.



Power on your LG TV

The first step is to power your LG TV on.




Enter Code Search Mode

Next, press and hold the ‘Setup’ button. Then, enter the numbers 9-1-3 on the universal remote. This will trigger the code search mode.



Automatic code search

Hold the ‘Power’ and ‘Channel Up’ buttons simultaneously until the TV finds the code and turns it off. For reference, we have provided a picture here with the Power and Channel Up buttons.

universal remote with an arrow pointed at power button and channel up button



Finalize the setup

Press the power button again to confirm that the pairing is complete.

Please note that not every universal remote is the same – so the process might vary slightly. So if these methods do not work out, refer to the user manual that came with the remote.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 3-digit code for LG universal remote?

A common 3-digit code for LG universal remotes is “678.” Other popular codes include “004,” “005,” “009,” “012,” “050,” “057,” “080,” “156,” “227,” and “338.” It’s important to try these different codes as the correct one can vary based on the remote model and your own TV.

Why is my LG universal remote not working?

If the universal remote is not working with your LG TV, then it is possible that the code you have selected is wrong. You can try a different code or try setting it up without codes – as outlined in our guide above.


In conclusion, setting up a universal remote for your LG TV is a straightforward process that can help you whether you’re replacing a lost remote or shifting to a universal approach. Whether you opt for the manual programming method or the automatic code search, the steps outlined in this guide are designed to be user-friendly and effective. Remember, the key is finding the right code – once you have that, syncing your universal remote with your LG TV should be straightforward!

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.