How to Reset RCA Universal Remote (October 2022)

How-to-Reset-RCA-Universal-RemoteYour remote does not operate the component and is experiencing some problems troubleshooting your remote. Today I will explain how to reset the RCA universal remote and how to solve the following errors to reprogram your remote.

  • Your Component Can’t Be Controlled By The Remote.
  • How to Reset the RCA remote
  • You Can’t Program The Remote to Control Your Component
  • Commands On the Remote Don’t Work Correctly
  • There is NO Light When You Press the ON/OFF Key
  • The TV Screen Doesn’t Display the Component’s Menu

Your Component Can’t Be Controlled By The Remote.

  • The remote must be in the correct mode by pressing the appropriate button (TV, DVD, VCR CBL, SAT)
  • Make sure there’s nothing between the remote and the component
  • If the component has an IR sensor, make sure to point the remote at it.
  • Battery installation should be done properly and with fresh batteries.
  • AA batteries are recommended to be replaced if necessary.

How to Reset the RCA Remote

  • Disconnect the batteries
  • After that, hold down the number 1 key on the remote and press it for several seconds to reset the microprocessor inside.
  • Reinstall the batteries by releasing the number 1 key.
  • Click on the ON•OFF key.
  • If the light flashes. You may have to reprogram the remote and try to work again
  • if the light does not come on, The batteries need to be replaced.

You Can’t Program The Remote to Control Your Component

  • Battery installation should be done properly and with fresh batteries.
  • If you test the remote after you have entered the code, you may be too far away or at an obstructive angle.
  • A remote is used to communicate with components using infrared (IR).
  • The IR sensor reads the code transmitted by the remote control.
  • That’s why the remote must be able to communicate freely with the IR sensor of the component.
  • It may happen that the component fails to work after you have entered all of the codes using the Direct Entry programming methods.
  • You can test the other method which we’ve described on the other page. (See Code Search Methods on RCA Universal remote codes page)
  • In order to control a TV/VCR or TV/DVD combo unit, both the TV key and the VCR•DVD key need to be programmed.
  • If the TV key is properly programmed, the TV functions in your unit will be controlled by the TV key, and the VCR/DVD functions will be controlled by the VCR or DVD key.

Commands On the Remote Don’t Work Correctly

  • When turning on RCA, GE, or PROSCAN components, use the appropriate key (TV, VCR•DVD, SAT•CBL) rather than ON/OFF.
  • If you wish to change channels, press OK after entering the channel number, some brands and models require this step.

There is NO Light When You Press the ON/OFF Key

  • Press the component key to put the remote in the correct mode. Your remote may have been in an invalid mode if You pressed an invalid key.
  • Keep your batteries in good condition by installing them correctly.
  • There may be a need for reprogramming

The TV Screen Doesn’t Display the Component’s Menu

It may not be possible to access menus for some brands. If you want to access the menu functions of these components, you will need to use the original remote control.

FAQS

How Do I Reprogram My RCA Universal Remote?

  1. Ensure the RCA universal remote is facing the device you wish to set up.
  2. To pair a device, press and hold the button that corresponds to it (TV/CBL/VCR, etc).
  3. You now need to wait until the remote light blinks.
  4. Hold down the device button and the power button at the same time until the light turns on and off. Usually, this takes 4-5 seconds.
  5. Release both the device and power buttons. It is important that the power button light stays on… if not, repeat steps 2 and 3.
  6. After you’ve completed this step, use your remote control’s power button to scan the code to set up your device. When the component turns off, that means the control has already located the code for it to pair with your device.
  7. When you are done, press Stop to save the code for that device. If everything seems to work, ensure that you check all functions. If they don’t, repeat the steps until they do.

How Do I Reset My RCA Universal Remote Without a Code?

When your remote control does not have a Code Search button, the programming procedure looks like this:

  1. Your device must be powered on.
  2. When pairing a universal remote, hold the button corresponding to the device you’re using (for instance, a DVD player). A blinking light will appear and then remain steady.
  3. Keeping the device button pressed, press and hold the power button on the universal remote until the light turns on and off (about three seconds).
  4. Then release the device and power buttons
  5. When you are in pairing mode, the power button light should stay on. Otherwise, repeat steps 2 and 3 again.
  6. To scan the available remote codes, press the power button on the universal remote.
  7. Once the equipment you’re controlling turns off, you’ve found the correct universal remote code.
  8. If the indicator light on the remote blinks four times, you have gone through the entire list, and therefore, your remote is not likely to work.
  9. The universal remote code can be saved by pressing the Stop button.
  10. Make sure that the remote’s functions are working properly.

How Do I Program My RCA Remote to My TV?

  1. Switch on the TV
  2. Hold the TV button until the red light appears.
  3. While continuing to press the TV button, press the power button until the red light comes back on.
  4. Let go of both buttons when the red light comes on
  5. You need to press the play button and release it every 5 seconds to turn off the television
  6. Then, hold and release the reverse button for about 2 seconds to restart the TV
  7. Save the code by pressing the Stop button
  8. Make sure you have checked all the channels
  9. Please try the direct entry code method if any of the buttons do not work.