Control It All With Universal Remote Codes

Universal Remote Codes

Finding universal remote codes for your home entertainment devices might be a pain in the neck. Where’d you put that instruction sheet? Did you even keep it? What do you do if you can’t find the sheet?

Up to now, you’d have to call or email the maker of your universal remote control and ask them for the correct codes. And if they didn’t reply, you’d have to either get a new universal remote or a new remote for the device with the missing remote. I’m here to help you save some time and money. I’m going to list three of the most popular universal remote controls and how to program them.

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GE Universal Remote Codes and Programming

Thankfully, most GE universal remote controls that use four-digit codes use the same programming sequence and code sets. Setting the remote up for programming and getting it ready to accept universal remote codes is easy.

  1. Press the “SETUP” button until the red indicator light stays on. Once the light comes on and stays on, release the button.
  2. Quickly press the button corresponding to the device you want to control (TV, DVD, Etc.) The indicator will blink once and then stay lit.
  3. Enter the correct four-digit code (found below). If the code is valid, the light will turn off. Otherwise it will flash.
  4. Turn your device on manually and hit one of the buttons on the remote. If some of the device functions don’t work from the remote, try another code.

Universal Remote ControlHere are some GE codes for some of the more popular TV brands:

  • Audiovox-0053
  • Hitachi-0088, 0059, 0142, 0060, 0072, 0004, 0009, 0091, 0001, 0012, 0061, 0137, 0139
  • JVC-0060, 0026, 0197, 0069, 0242, 0923, 0012, 0065, 0067, 0141
  • LG-0004, 0050, 0009, 0005, 0227, 0338, 0012, 00057, 00080, 0156
  • Mitsubishi-0005, 0151, 0051, 0004, 0009, 0254, 0022, 00141, 0180
  • Panasonic-0062, 0204, 00184, 0208, 0205, 0206, 0207, 0004, 0189, 0183, 0199, 0200

GE DVD player codes for some popular brands of DVD players:

  • Aiwa-0414
  • Coby-0926, 0946, 0947, 0916, 0445, 0928, 0894
  • Denon-0400, 0421
  • Emerson-0405, 0940, 0899, 0456, 0458
  • Funai-0456, 0458
  • GE-0409, 0430
  • Kenwood-0400, 0429

GE CD codes for some of the more popular brands of CD players:

  • Aiwa-0663, 0707, 0842
  • Akai-0715, 0737, 0830
  • Harmon Kardon-0680, 0691
  • JVC-0682, 0813
  • Pioneer-0678, 0701, 0702, 0719, 0750, 0795, 0844, 0873, 0874
  • Technics-0716, 0733, 0820, 0862

GE codes for some of the more popular brands of audio equipment such as home stereo amplifiers and receivers:

  • Aiwa-0839, 0842, 0851, 0860
  • Bose-0672
  • Carver-0825
  • Fisher-0814, 0821
  • Harman Kardon-0804, 0818
  • Kenwood-0683, 0808, 0816, 0828, 0832, 0869

As you can see, many of the codes overlap from device type to device type and brand to brand. This is because the control codes used by those devices are very similar.

Obviously, there are several dozen makers of TV sets that I couldn’t list, but there are a number of sites that list the codes for a wider variety of TVs. Many of them also list universal remote codes for DVD players, Cable TV and Satellite TV boxes, and other remote controllable devices.

Programming Your RCA Universal Remote Control

Thompson is the parent company of RCA and they have a very detailed website, listing procedures and universal remote codes for their remote controls. There are two ways that you can program your RCA universal remote: using code search, or direct entry using the lists. To perform a code search:

  1. Manually turn your TV/Cable or Satellite box/Etc. on.
  2. Press and hold the ‘Code Search’ button.
  3. Press and release the device button you want to program. If you’re using the ‘AUX’ button, press it and then press the button corresponding to the type of device you’re trying to set up.
  4. Release the ‘Code Search’ button
  5. Press the ‘On/Off’ button until the device you wish to control turns off. Since there are a number of codes the remote has to scroll through, it may take up to 100 times. Press the button at the rate of once every one or two seconds.
  6. When the device turns off, press and release the ‘ENTER’ button.
  7. Turn the device back on and run through the various controllable functions. You may have to run through the process again to get complete control of the device.

To use the direct entry method of programming, bring up the Thompson codes page and follow these steps:

  1. Locate the codes for the device(s) you wish to program the remote for.
  2. Press and hold ‘Code search’ on the remote.
  3. Press and release the button corresponding to the device type you wish to program. For ‘AUX’ press that button and then the device type button.
  4. Enter the corresponding three digit code for the device from the list.
  5. Release the ‘Code Search’ button.
  6. With the device turned on, check some of the function control buttons. If they all work, you’re good to go. If not, repeat the process with a different code from the list.

Philips Makes Finding Universal Remote Codes Easy

My favorite universal remote controls have all been from Philips. I’ve never had any trouble with them, but if you lose your instruction sheet, their website will walk you through the process of reprogramming your remote.

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  1. We have a Panasonic Theater universal remote and would like to code it to an Audiovox Theater system STS1199. I’ve had no luck on the Panasonic site or other “helpful” sites. Short of having to purshase a new remote I was hoping you could give me the simple 4 digits we need. Thank s in advance….Janet

  2. Hi Janet,

    Panasonic has a few universal theater remotes. I have a link here where you can input the model # for the remote and download the manual for it.

    However, it sounds like you may have already been there. How old is the remote versus the Audiovox theater system? IF the remote came out significantly before the Audiovox unit, they may not work well together.

    If you have the manual, or once you have the manual, and it doesn’t list the exact Audiovox model #, try each of the codes for all Audiovox components, one at a time.

    If that doesn’t help, let me know and I’ll see what else my fleet fingers can come up with.


    P.S. Thanks for reading.

  3. We have a RCA Wi-Fi Streaming Media Player that the remote stopped working and are trying to figure out if the universal remote needs to be reprogrammed pressing Cable/Sat or TV or DVD/Aux..and inputting the not tech savy here :-/

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