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Get Your Spectrum Remote Working in Minutes: A Step-by-Step Guide



If you have a Spectrum remote, you may be wondering how to find and enter the 5-digit code needed to program it. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step, so you can get your remote working in minutes.

The 5-digit codes on these remotes can be used to do anything from switching channels to switching inputs.

Explore the world of 5-digit codes for your Spectrum remote control here and discover how to program it, troubleshooting issues, and enhance your viewing experience.


Method-1 Auto Search

Spectrum remotes’ auto-search feature makes programming a breeze. It will automatically scan and sync with your TV. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Power on: Put the TV on and turn on the power.Make sure your Spectrum remote has enough of battery.
  • Auto-Search Mode: Pressing and holding the TV button on the remote will put you into automated search mode. The ‘OK/SEL’ button should be held down. Don’t reach for the guns. Twice, the TV button will blink.
  • Enter Code:  repeatedly press the ‘CH+’ button. This causes the remote to go through each and every TV code.
  • Sync: When the TV is turned off, the ‘CH+’ button should be released. The ‘TV’ button should now be pressed again. It will flash twice to indicate success in saving the code.
  • Test:  turn on the TV using the Spectrum controller.If the TV turns on when you press the remote’s button, you’ve done it right. Restart if necessary.

Being patient is a must. It could take a while for the in-built search function to find the required code.

Method 2- Manually 


If the built-in search function doesn’t yield any results, don’t fret. Spectrum remotes allow for manual programming. How? Here’s more reading!

  • Turn It On: Check that the TV is powered on and that the remote’s batteries are in excellent shape.
  • Manual Mode: To switch to manual mode, press and hold the TV button on the remote control for a few seconds. The ‘OK/SEL’ button should be held down. Don’t reach for the guns. Twice, the TV button will blink.
  • Input the Code: Put in the manufacturer’s code for your TV immediately. This data can be found in either the Spectrum support website or the remote’s user manual. The TV button will blink twice to indicate a successful code entry.
  • Test: Prove your TV-controlling prowess by putting your Spectrum remote through its paces. If the TV turns on when you press the remote’s button, you’ve done it right. If that doesn’t work, try the next TV setup code for your model.

Manual Coding provides more flexibility but requires the correct startup instructions. If the code for one TV manufacturer doesn’t work, try another.


If nothing else has worked, and your TV still won’t turn on when you press the remote’s button, try the following.

  • By patiently pressing and releasing the CH-key, you can go back through the activation codes and turn on the TV.
  • If you’re using a Spectrum remote, press the TV “Button” once to turn on the set.
  • Once the TV icon has flashed twice, release the “SETUP” button.
  • Press the TV key twice more, then input the number 991 to proceed.
  • The next step is to hit the 1 key. Once again, the TV button will blink twice.
  • Next, point your Spectrum remote at your TV and hit the POWER Button once.
  • Then, press and release the CH key repeatedly. If the TV alarm goes off, you must immediately stop what you’re doing.
  • Press the “POWER” button to turn on the TV, and then the “SETUP” button to save the activation code.


Learning to use your Spectrum remote properly will greatly improve your TV-viewing experience. It simplifies using the TV and does away with the need for extra remotes.

We’ll show you how to prepare your remote for programming, how to use auto-search, how to manually enter setup codes, and how to test your remote after it’s been programmed. Spectrum Customer Service was also highlighted, along with common issues and when to call them.

Remember that in order to use the auto-search function or the setup codes, you will need to pair your Spectrum remote with your TV. It may take some time, but you can learn to control all of your TV devices with a single remote.


Alena is a tech blogger with a passion for helping people get the most out of their electronic devices. she has extensive experience with universal remote control programs, TV repair, and device repair. she is always up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies, and she shares his knowledge with his readers in a clear and concise way.