In the modern digital age, televisions have evolved far beyond simple devices with basic controls for power, volume, and channel selection. Today’s smart TVs, like those produced by LG, offer an array of functions controlled mainly by remote. But what happens if you lose or damage that essential remote? In this guide, we’ll delve into the options for operating an LG TV without its remote.
Physical Controls on LG TVs
For those familiar with older television models, you might recall a time when TVs had physical buttons for basic control functions. Modern LG TVs retain a vestige of this with a single power button. It’s not immediately apparent due to its discreet positioning, usually located at the bottom of the TV under the LG logo, or for some models, on the bottom right-hand side. This button allows you to turn your TV on and off. However, this solitary physical button doesn’t offer access to any other TV functionality.
Introducing the LG ThinQ App
Thanks to the advancement of technology, there’s a digital solution to this quandary – the LG ThinQ app. This app serves as a universal remote for all LG smart appliances, including your LG TV. The steps to control your TV using the LG ThinQ app are:
Download the App: You can find the LG ThinQ app for both iPhone and Android in their respective app stores.
Connect Your Devices: Ensure your LG smart TV and your smartphone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The TV should also be powered on using the physical power button mentioned earlier.
Sign in to ThinQ App: After downloading and installing, open the app and sign in.
Add Your LG TV: Tap on the ‘+’ button to add a new LG product. Choose ‘TV’ from the product list and wait for the app to detect your TV. Upon detection, tap on your TV model number.
Link Your TV to the App: An 8-digit code should appear on your TV screen. Enter this code into the app to link your TV to your smartphone.
Navigating with the LG ThinQ App
Once linked, the LG ThinQ app provides comprehensive control over your LG TV, mirroring the functions available on a physical remote. The layout includes:
Upper Control Panel: Power, volume, mute, home, and channel buttons.
Mid-Section Controls: Buttons to go back, change input source, and access settings.
Four-Way D-Pad: A large directional pad for navigating the smart TV interface, including up, down, side, and OK buttons. A trackpad option is also available for navigation.
Lower Control Panel: Voice control, play/pause, and number pad buttons.
As long as your television is compatible, the LG ThinQ app is your most straightforward and comprehensive solution to control an LG TV without the remote. With this app, losing your remote doesn’t have to mean losing control over your TV viewing experience.