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Universal Remote Control Insignia TVs With This Remote (+Setup)

Universal remote control for Insignia TVs works the same way that it does for any other modern TV: If you have a universal remote, it will probably work with it. But do you need a special remote? And how easy is it to set up?

You can use any universal remote with an Insignia TV, so long as you have the right code for that brand of remote. Many remotes have an auto-code-lookup feature that you can use to sidestep the need for a code.

Below, we’ll present the pairing codes you probably need, depending on your brand of universal remote. After that, we’ll explain how to set it all up.

Insignia TV Universal Remote Codes By Remote Brand

Insignia Remote Codes By Remote Brand

If you have an Insignia TV and want to use a universal remote control, you need to know the code for your particular brand of universal remote. Below, we’ll present a table with the most common codes by remote brands. If yours isn’t listed here, pull up the manual for your make/model of universal remote on ManualsLib, or on the manufacturer’s website.

If you use the auto-code-search feature on your remote, you may not need these codes at all, but we’ll cover that in a separate section below! And if you’re in the market for a universal remote, we recommend the Phillips 6-Device Universal Remote (on Amazon).

Here’s a table with the most common universal remote codes for Insignia TVs, organized by universal remote brand:

Remote BrandCommon Codes
RCA12184, 12417, 135, 12049, 11423, 11564, 10171, 10463, 11810, 11892, 11963
GE (General Electric)1406, 1407, 1408,1181, 1180, 1175, 0456, 0029, 0905 1171, 0103, 0189, 0217, 0135, 0133, 0116, 0167, 1148
Philips0198, 0490, 0115
One-For-All0054, 1204
Panasonic0017, 0054, 0178, 0317, 0457, 1564, 0171, 1204, 2002, 2003, 2004, 1326, 1517, 1660
RadioShack505, 511, 038,173, 228, 238, 252, 253, 272, 290, 307, 325, 381, 417, 420, 477
Sony00171, 01204, 01423, 01564, 02049, 10675, 12428,12596, 00171, 01517, 01710, 01780, 01892, 02002, 02049, 20288, 02417
Insignia TV Programming Codes by Universal Remote Brand

Make yourself aware of our other universal remote guides, on using RCA universal remotesOnn universal remotes, GE universal remotes, and Phillips universal remotes.

How To Program Your Remote To An Insignia TV

An example of how universal remote programming works

Programming your universal remote to control an Insignia TV is a simple process. First, you need to find the right remote code for your Insignia TV model, which hopefully you already found above.

While we can’t predict the make and model of your universal remote, we can give you some programming instructions that are basically the same across most universal remotes. We’ll give you the specific instructions for the Phillips 6-Device Universal Remote (on Amazon), which is the universal remote we recommend for most home theaters.

Once you have the appropriate remote code, follow these steps:

  1. Power On Your Device
    • Ensure the device you want to control is turned on.

  2. Initiate Setup Mode
    • Press and hold the “Setup” button on your remote until the red indicator light turns on.
    • The red light will either be a small light at the top of the remote or the power ON/OFF button.

  3. Set Programming Device
    • Press and release the device button on the remote for the device you wish to control, (TV, STR, DVD, AUD, CBL, AUX).
    • The red light will blink once and stay on.

  4. Enter Device Code
    • Using your remote’s number pad, enter the four-digit code for your device.
    • If the code is recognized by the remote, the red indicator light should turn off.

  5. Test Remote Functionality
    • Point the remote at your device and test a few buttons to verify proper operation.

  6. Repeat These Steps For More Devices!
    • If your device doesn’t respond, repeat the steps using a different code.
    • You might need to try several codes to find the right one.

Using Auto-Code Search To Program A Universal Remote to Insignia

If you don’t want to go digging for a code at all, then you should know most modern universal remote controls have an auto-code-search feature so you can avoid that time and effort.

Similar to the last section, we need to note these are instructions for the Phillips 6-device model, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work for yours too! Here’s how you do it:

  1. Prepare Your Device
    • Turn on the device you want to control manually.
    • Note: This method isn’t suitable for devices without a power ON/OFF capability. For such devices, use the Direct Code Entry method.

  2. Activate Auto Code Search
    • Press and hold the SETUP button on your remote until the red light turns on.
    • Note: This light is either a small indicator at the top of the remote or part of the power ON/OFF button.

  3. Select Device Type
    • Press the button corresponding to your device type (e.g., TV, DVD, AUD) on the remote.
    • The red light should blink once and stay on.

  4. Begin Code Search
    • With your remote pointed towards the device, press and release the POWER button.
    • The remote will now send a batch of 10 codes to the device, indicated by the red light blinking once for each code and remaining on.

  5. Check Device Response
    • If the device turns off: Proceed to Step 6.
    • If the device stays on: Repeat Step 4 to try the next batch of codes.

  6. Confirm Code
    • Once your device turns off, press and release the VOL + button. This re-sends the first code from the last batch you tried.
    • If the device turns off again, press and release the same device button you used in Step 3 to save the code.
    • Note: If the device doesn’t turn off, continue to press VOL + every 3 seconds to test the remaining 9 codes. When the device turns off, press the device button to save.
    • The red light flashes twice after testing the first or last code in each batch.

  7. Test Your Remote
    • Turn your device back on using the remote.
    • Test other buttons on the remote to ensure they work as expected.
    • If the remote doesn’t fully control your device, start over from Step 2 for a better code.

Remember, patience is key here! This process might take a few tries to get right, but once you do, your remote should work seamlessly with your device.