Sony TVs feature buttons you can use to operate your television without using a remote, which can come in handy if your remote becomes lost or malfunctions. Furthermore, an app on your phone may allow for wireless control of the television set.
The power button can be found at the bottom center or either on right and left rear sides of a television and can turn it on or off when pressed and held for three seconds.
How to Turn on Sony TV Without a Remote
Identify the Power Button
Locations of Sony TV power buttons vary by model; typically you can find it either underneath or at the back. It may feature an icon representing power (such as a circle or image of a power symbol), or it could simply read “Power.” Certain models also come equipped with buttons for changing input channels and other settings.
Some models, particularly newer ones, feature an array of colored buttons on the side that correspond with various actions and can quickly change input or channel without going through complicated menus.
Unplug your Sony TV from its electrical outlet and press and hold down the power button for 30 seconds while plugging it back in; this should restore its default factory settings as well as any modifications you made. If this does not solve the issue, replacing its main board may be necessary – Sony customer support may provide further insight into this process.
Change the Input
One of the easiest ways to change input on a Sony TV is using its physical buttons on its panel. Simply locate and press the “Input” button; once the list of available sources appears on-screen, simply hold down that one continuously to highlight it on-screen.
Once you’ve selected a source, use the arrow keys to navigate through its menu options before using Power to confirm it.
An alternative option is connecting a mouse to your TV. This makes navigating
menu options and selecting input much simpler; however, this approach may not be as efficient. If you don’t own one of these, an IR app on your smartphone could serve as an IR remote – an especially handy strategy if your batteries on the remote run out!
Connect a Mouse
Losing a Sony TV remote can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your viewing pleasure. You can still change input by using physical buttons on the television itself or an alternative remote app such as Unifi. Before making this
change, however, first make sure it works with its infrared sensor and OS compatibility.
Alternately, you could also try using a universal remote that works with Sony TVs – this may require additional steps but allows you to operate your television remotely without using an actual physical remote control device.
If you cannot locate a remote controller, connecting your computer to your Sony TV using an ethernet cable may provide access to its menu and options. However, this method could cause performance issues and should only be used if there is one available. In such a situation, factory resetting should also be considered in order to resolve any performance-related issues.
Make a Remote Controller
If your Sony TV remote malfunctions, there are various solutions available to you. Either you can buy a replacement remote or download an app which acts as a virtual remote controller; but before making either decision make sure it is compatible with your television model and contains enough battery power to function at up to 10 feet away from it.
Notably, different Sony TV models feature different control panel buttons. Some may only require one button to turn ON/OFF the television screen while others feature three separate ones for various functions. To get more information, consult either its user manual or online guide for assistance. Alternatively, using your mobile phone as a remote is another convenient solution: just connect it to the same WiFi network as your television screen before using its infrared blaster to manage its device.