How To Use Hisense TV Without a Remote

At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than unwinding with your favorite show. Given the luck I’ve had with my remote lately, I know firsthand how frustrating it is when you initially realize that you can’t control your TV

Luckily, there are many ways around not having a working remote for your Hisense TV. These alternatives are simple to set up and could have more features than your original remote. 

You can use your Hisense TV without a remote by using the buttons located on the device, a mobile controller app that is compatible with your device, or your smart home voice assistant such as Google Assistant or Alexa. Additionally, you can order a replacement remote from Hisense, or find a universal alternative. 

Having to purchase and wait for a replacement from Hisense is a possibility. But, before you worry too much, let’s take a look at several promising solutions.  Keep reading to discover the ultimate guide to using your Hisense TV, even if the remote is lost or broken. This includes step-by-step guides. 

How to use Hisense TV Without a Remote 

Use the buttons on Hisense TV 

If you do not have a remote for your TV, you may still be able to control some functions with the buttons on the device. However, this option will only provide minimal control options. Most Hisense models feature buttons that allow you to turn the television on or off, turn the volume up or down, and change the channel or source for the media. 

Some of Hisense’s models only have the option to turn the TV on or off. So if your power button powers your device on and off without the need to apply pressure like most buttons (your power button is a sensor rather than a button), it’s likely that you won’t find additional control buttons on the model you have.

If you are unable to find the buttons, use your fingers to feel just underneath the bottom ledge of the device.

Depending on the model of your TV, it’s likely that you’ll find these buttons near the logo. Some models have the power button on the bottom, while the volume controls are located on the side.

With a mobile controller app

There are many options for mobile controller apps that you can download to your smartphone to control your TV. Some apps may be easier to use depending on your TV type. 

Hisense TVs are equipped with either Android, Roku, or Vidaa operating software (OS). If your TV has Roku or Android OS, the corresponding app will allow for a simple setup. For example, the Android TV app would offer a simple setup if you have a Hisense model with Android OS. 

If your TV has lost connection to the wifi network, you’ll need to re-establish the connection for most controller apps to work. This could be challenging without the remote on some models. 

However, most models will allow a wireless mouse and keyboard to function. If you have a wireless mouse and keyboard, plug your USB adapter into the USB slot on the back of your TV and use your mouse and keyboard as you would on a computer to reconnect your TV to your network. 

With the Roku TV app

The Roku TV app is an excellent solution for a misplaced or damaged remote if you have a Roku Hisense TV. You can download the Roku TV app available on the Google Play Store for Android and the App Store for iOS devices. 

Follow the steps below to set up your Roku TV app:

  1. Download the Roku TV app from your smartphone’s app store. 
  2. Ensure that your TV is powered on and connected to the same wireless network as your smartphone. 
  3. Once the installation is finished, open the app and select your device. The app will automatically search for devices.
  4. Select the remote tab at the bottom of the screen and use the displayed remote to control your TV. 

Once the steps are complete, you can use your smartphone to control your TV just as you can with your original remote. 

If you have a problem setting up your remote, you can find troubleshooting steps on the Roku Support Page.

With the Android TV app

Many newer models of Hisense TVs run on Android operating software. If this applies to your TV, the Android TV app provides a great solution for a lost or damaged remote. 

While this app is produced by Android, it is still compatible with iOS devices. The app is available for download in the App Store and provides the same features to iOS users. 

Follow the steps below to connect the Android TV app to your Hisense TV:

  1. Download the Android TV app from Google Play or the App Store. 
  2. Make sure that your TV and smartphone are connected to the same network. 
  3. Open the app and accept the terms when it provides the prompt.
  4. A list of available devices will be displayed automatically. Tap the name of your device. 
  5. Enter the code that will automatically display on your TV, then tap pair. 

After completing the steps above, your remote will be connected and functioning. 

If you run into issues connecting your devices, try checking your connection and restarting your TV.

With the MiRemote app

The MiRemote app is a great option if your smartphone has infrared capabilities. Many android devices are equipped with an IR sensor. iPhones, however, do not currently offer this technology. 

To see if your Android device has this sensor, you can do a visual search around the top of the device to see if you can spot the sensor. You can also download an app that scans your phone and determines if the technology is present. 

To set up the Mi Remote Controller App:

  1. Download the app from the Google Play Store.
  2. Launch the app, agree to terms, and give permissions.
  3. Tap add remote, then search for your TV.
  4. A power button will appear to test each remote. Tap the power button and select yes/no depending on whether your TV is powered off/on when attempted.

Once you are able to select yes, your remote will be set up and ready to use. 

Use the RemoteNow app

The RemoteNow app is a mobile controller app created by Hisense and is available for iOS and Android. This app provides the option to use voice control and viewing and managing your TV apps. 

Ironically, this app does not work with all Hisense TV models. Check the table below to ensure your Hisense model’s compatibility. 

Model YearCompatible Models
2021A4G, A6G, A7G, U5, U7G, U8G, U9G
2020S4, S5, SX, S8, Q7, Q8
2019R4, R5, R6, R7, R8 
2018P5, P6, P7, P8, P9

If your TV is compatible, you can follow the steps below to connect the RemoteNow app to your TV:

  1. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Ensure your phone and TV are on the same network. 
  3. Launch the app and tap the TV icon at the top of your screen. 
  4. Select your TV from the devices found. 

Once your TV is connected, you can control your TV. 

Using Google Assistant 

You can also use Google Assistant to control your Hisense TV with your voice. With this option, you can use voice control to adjust the volume, open an app, or cast your phone or computer screen to your TV. 

The steps needed to start using Google Assistant to control your TV will vary based on the OS of your TV. 

How to Set Up Google Assistant on Your Hisense TV
Operating Software (OS)Setup Steps:
VidaaGo to Settings on your TV.Select System.Select Voice Services.Select Google Home Services.Enable Google Home Services.
AndroidDownload the Google Home app.Add a home (if needed).Tap the + icon. Select your device.Enter the code that appears on your TV. 
RokuDownload the Google Home app.If you don’t have a home setup, add a home.Launch the app.Tap the + icon.Type “Roku TV” into the search bar.Sign into your Roku account.Select your TV.Confirm that your TV is listed on the Google Home app.

Keep in mind, if you need to adjust the settings on your TV to complete the steps, many models feature buttons that allow access to the settings. Additionally, you can use a wireless mouse and keyboard to adjust the settings. 

Using Google Chromecast

Chromecast is a streaming device offered by Google. Some Hisense models have Chromecast built in, eliminating the need to purchase a physical device. 

Whether your TV has Chromecast built in or you are using a Chromecast device, you can use it to control your Hisense TV using the Google TV app or the Google Home app. 

To control your TV using the Google TV app:

  1. Open the mobile app. 
  2. Tap remote. 
  3. Tap “Scanning for Devices” at the top of your screen. 
  4. Select your device.
  5. Follow the directions provided on your phone and TV.  

Once all prompts are completed, you’ll be able to control your TV with the app’s remote.

To control your TV using the Google Home App:

  1. Open the mobile app. 
  2. Tap on your TV. 
  3. Tap Open Remote. 

Use a Universal Remote Control

If you prefer a physical remote, you can purchase a universal remote and program it to your Hisense TV. If you have a remote from your satellite or cable company, that remote can likely be programmed to your Hisense TV as well.  

When it’s time to program your universal remote, you’ll likely need the correct code to complete the process. Rather than searching the vast array of tiny numbers in your instruction packet, consult the chart below. 

Universal Remote Codes for Hisense TV
3-Digit Codes759
4-Digit Codes0009,0073, 0145, 0156, 0182, 0208, 0216, 0227, 0508, 0696, 0748, 0753, 0780, 0821, 0848, 1170
5-Digit Codes10748, 11758, 12183
Satellite/Cable Remote Codes
Directv0178, 10178, 10019, 10748, 11314, 11660, 11710, 11780, 12049, 10171, 11204, 11326, 11517, 11564, 11641, 11963,
Cox 0178, 10178, 1326, 1463
Comcast0178, 10178, 10463, 11463, 10748, 11314, 11660, 10171, 11204, 11326, 11517, 11641, 11780, 11785, 11892, 11963, 12002
Dish505, 627, 538, 720, 659
Time Warner386, 0178, 10178, 400, 450, 461, 456, 0748, 1463, 0463, 10463

How to Program a Universal Remote Control to a Hisense TV

To program your remote, start by powering on your TV and putting batteries on the remote. The process of finishing the program may vary slightly based on the brand of your remote. 

Most remotes require you to hold the device button down until it remains lit, however, consult your instruction packet for the exact process for your remote. Next, enter the first code listed for your TV, then hit the power button to see if it works. 

If the TV goes off when you hit the power button, you’ll know you entered the correct code. 

Many universal remotes also offer a programming option that allows you to search for codes, rather than entering them by hand. 

Use Your TV Without a Remote

A lost or broken remote isn’t quite as dooming as it feels. With the options above, you’ll be binge watching your next favorite show in no time. 

If you’ve tried the options above and nothing has worked, or you’re missing out on features you used frequently with your original remote, you can order a replacement remote from Hisense. If you’re looking for a less expensive option, a universal remote would be your ideal solution. 

If you need additional support, you can Contact Hisense during the week between 9am and 0pm EST, or on the weekend between 9am and 6pm EST. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Unlock Hisense TV Without a Remote?

You cannot unlock your Hisense TV without a remote. You will need to get a universal remote or get a replacement from Hisense

How to Turn Hisense TV on Without a Remote?

To turn your TV on without a remote, locate the power button on your television, usually found at the bottom of the device near the logo. If your TV is connected to your smart home, you can ask your voice assistant to power on your TV. 

How to Change Volume on Hisense TV Without a Remote?

To adjust the volume on your TV without a remote, you can use the buttons on your device, a mobile controller app, or ask your voice assistant to adjust the volume if your TV is connected to your smart home. 

How to Press OK on Hisense TV Without a Remote?

To press okay without having your remote, your best option is to download a mobile controller app to control your TV. 

How to Get to Netflix on Hisense TV Without a Remote?

You can access Netflix on your TV without a remote by downloading a mobile controller app and connecting it to your device through your wireless network. 

Bonus Tip

If you want to replace your Hisense TV and remain in the affordable TV category, consider brands like Insignia and Onn as decent, low-cost replacements.