Imagine getting home from a hard and exhausting day to watch your favorite television show. You dash to the TV room since the show starts in 5 minutes. However, there is a snag. You can’t seem to locate the remote! You frantically seek the misplaced remote with only 2 minutes to showtime, but no luck. You check the clock once again, only to notice that your concert has already lasted 7 minutes. You give up and call it a night, feeling deeply disappointed.
However, applications such as SmartThings app, Smart Home Assistant, and remote control are handy when such an unfortunate situation arises.
Have you ever experienced something similar? Remotes get misplaced or damaged, but that shouldn’t stop you from watching TV. Suppose you are in such a situation; here are several options for dealing with it.
What to Do If Your Samsung Smart TV Remote Is Lost
After missing the remote, you have three choices for operating your Samsung smart TV. Here are the choices:
1. Get the SmartThings App
The SmartThings app may operate other smart devices in your homes such as appliances and smart home assistants, and replace your remote. You may also use it to control your television, possibly the most crucial feature.
You can get the app for free on the Software Store if you have an iPhone. You can also get the software for free if you have an Android smartphone, but you’ll have to go through the Google Play store.
You may then link your phone to your television by following the following steps:
- Switch on your smart television.
- Select the device after tapping the + sign symbol.
- Select your Samsung smart TV from the “By device type” drop-down menu
- Select TV, Start, and hit the “Next” button.
- Select your television and hit the “done” button.
2. Connect Your Smart Home Assistant to Your TV
Today, two of the most popular smart home assistants are Google Home and Alexa. They’re both compatible with your Samsung smart television. Change the station and perform other tasks with the help of your smart home helper.
To link your Samsung smart TV to your Google Home, you’ll need to do the following:
- Install the SmartThings and Google Home apps on your phone
- Open the Google Home app.
- Select Settings, Assistant, and Home Control from the drop-down menu.
- Select SmartThings from the + sign icon.
- Now you may input the credentials for your Samsung TV and hit “Authorize.”
To link your Samsung smart TV to Alexa, follow these steps:
- Connect your SmartThings app to your TV.
- Install the Alexa app on your phone.
- To access Skills & Games, go to Menu, then Skills & Games.
- Enable SmartThings. You need to connect it to your television at this point.
- Select your TV from the Discover Devices menu, and click “Done.”
3. Purchase a New Remote Control
You may buy a replacement remote online if you don’t want to use your phone to operate your TV. You can select from the following options:
The typical remote replacement: The one you got out of the box will be this one. It should work with your TV immediately when you put the batteries in. This remote is compatible with all Samsung smart televisions.
The OMAIC Universal Smart TV remote: Change the volume, channel, and other settings with this all-in-one remote. It will operate right out of the box, just like the previous model. It may also change channels in less than a third of a second.
Voice-command remote: This remote replaces the old one and allows you to issue commands with your voice. It is “the closest you can come to the original,” according to Amazon reviewers.
Although remote controllers have become smaller, they are becoming increasingly complex. Make sure you choose a remote control that fits comfortably in your hand and has large enough buttons that you can push without hitting other buttons. When switching channels at night, illuminated buttons are also a wonderful bonus.
A remote control’s durability is also a concern. It’s tough to tell which remote fits your performance and durability requirements while looking at numerous devices at a store. A decent warranty will come in handy here. If you decide to return the remote control, the store’s return policy is equally vital.
4. Make Use of a Wired Keyboard
If you lose your TV remote, most recent Samsung TVs feature a USB A connector on the rear that you may use to operate the device.
You can plug a wired keyboard into the USB port on your TV if you have one sitting around. After that, you’ll be able to control almost every feature of your TV with the arrow keys on your keyboard.
You can also go to Settings, open and switch apps, etc. We tested a couple of other keyboards, including the wired Apple keyboard, and they all function great, except that you cannot adjust the volume. You may use the arrow keys to traverse, enter to select, ESC to return home, etc.
5. Make use of the Power Button
Contrary to its name, the power button does more than merely turn on and off your television.
Your Samsung TV’s power button is either on the back or in the center of the bottom panel, depending on the model. Toggle the power ON/OFF by pressing it once.
You may also use it as a joystick to access other functions like changing the channel and volume and switching the source to HDMI. However, you can’t use it to navigate or access applications on your TV.
6. Wireless Keyboard
Okay, a USB keyboard is functional, but everyone should invest in a wireless keyboard if there is one takeaway from this.
For example, this inexpensive wireless tiny keyboard+mouse combo works with a Bluetooth adapter and allows you to control your TV without any setup.
Connect the dongle to the TV’s USB connection on the back, ready to go. You can only perform basic navigation, but you can also mute the TV, activate applications, and adjust the volume.
The touchpad on Android TV also functions as a mouse pointer; however, it did not work on this Samsung TV.
Where Should You Look for the Missing Remote?
The TV remote control is one of those commonplace items found in the most inconspicuous settings.
The greatest remotes can even blend into the background. Before learning about the finest remote location devices and technologies, it’s important to understand where remotes disappear to so you can get into the habit of easily locating them. The following are some of the most frequent distant hiding spots:
Inside the Couch
The crevices mercilessly absorb small things between couch cushions, which are truly an unending pit. You may find coins, keys, lucky charms, crayons, pencils, and television remote controls between the sofa cushions.
When you lose the remote, the first thing you should do is flip the pillows and start diving into the abyss. That isn’t limited to sofa cushions; comfortable chairs also absorb television remote controllers. If you can’t locate anything within the sofa, there’s a good possibility it’s underneath it, so make sure you lean down and look underneath it well.
In the Main Bedroom
Believe it or not, people frequently discover their television remote controllers in their bedrooms. People have a peculiar habit of carrying it with them when they walk to the room to grab something or when they retire to bed.
It may seem unusual, but it makes sense when you realize that most people switch off the television shortly before getting up and getting to bed. They bring the critical equipment to the bedroom in their sleepy and lethargic state.
The majority of television remote controllers are small enough to fit in a person’s pocket. The size gets smaller and smaller as technology improves. Some remote controls are now as small as your smartphone, so they’ll easily slip into your pocket.
People frequently mistake their phone for their remote and put it in their pocket. To prevent spending a lot of time exploring the house for your misplaced remote to feel stupid looking in one of these pockets, always check your pockets and the magazine pockets on your sofa first.
The Last Room You Visited
Finally, go back to the house’s last room you visited. When you get up to go for a walk around the house, it’s common to grab the remote control and carry it with you. Check the last room you went to, particularly if it was the kitchen or dining area.
Your remote control is probably sitting on the counter, waiting for you to pick it up.
Quick Tip: Try putting the remote in a specified location. Never put the remote anyplace else than right here. It might be on the coffee table, close to the TV, or in a special “remote control holder” connected to your sofa or table.
If you frequently misplace your remote, try purchasing a remote control holder so that you can keep it in one location.
Ensure a Velcro strap is attached to the back of the remote, then the “opposite” Velcro strip to the television. When not in use, keep the remote securely fastened to the TV’s Velcro strip.
I’m William Shands, a tech enthusiast with a Bachelor’s in Information Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology. As an IT Support Specialist at Urban Outfitters, I’m immersed in the world of technology daily. My passion for apps led me to create TechBiva.Com, where I offer detailed reviews of the latest smartphone apps and games. Join me in exploring the ever-evolving landscape of mobile technology!