After misplacing my remote, my mind got caught under the crutches of curiosity about whether I could program my DirecTV remote controller to control my VIZIO TV.
This seemed implausible at first, but once I took the first step toward researching, it proved more conceivable as the minutes passed.
That being said, there were still a lot of fluff articles and forum threads on the vast ocean known as the internet.
So I figured I put my galaxy brain up for the task and make this one-stop article on how you can program your DirecTV remote controller to control your VIZIO TV.
To program DirecTV remote to Vizio TV, switch the Mode Switch to TV and input the appropriate code according to the model number of the controller. Each eligible model uses different universal remote control codes and procedures.
Programming Directv Remote for Vizio TV
Fortunately, DirecTV natively allows their remote controllers to be programmed to TVs based on their make and brand.
This is very similar to programming the Vizio remote and uses universal remote control codes to pair with other devices.
Vizio TVs are also included in their catalog of brands with which their DirecTV remote can be programmed to.
Before jumping the gun and following through with the process, there are certain prerequisites you might require.
For one, it is best if know the model for the DirecTV remote controller.
This can be noted from the upper left corner of the front side of the controller or the box it came with.
Once noted, use the table below to determine the code you need to input in order to program the controller to the Vizio TV:
|DirecTV Remote Controller Model||Code For Vizio TV|
|DirecTV Remote Controller Model||Code For Vizio TV|
Programming DirecTV Remote for Vizio TV
Once you get the prerequisites out of the way and have the possible list of codes you need, it is time to input the codes to program your DirecTV remote to your Vizio TV.
In order to program your DirecTV remote to your Vizio TV, simply follow the steps given below:
- On the DirecTV remote, slide the Mode Switch to the TV.
- Press and hold the Select and Mute buttons on the DirecTV remote controller till the LED on the remote flashes twice.
- Now enter the appropriate code. The most common code is 11756.
- Click the OK button to confirm your code.
This programs the TV mode to control your VIZIO TV. Once the VIZIO TV is properly programmed, you don't need to keep reprogramming it to control your TV.
If the code fails, repeat the above steps and use a different code from the table till the controller is programmed.
To switch back to control your DirecTV set-top box, simply slide the Mode Switch back to the set-top box mode.
Can't Program Directv Remote to Vizio TV? How to Fix
If you face issues with programming your DirecTV remote to your Vizio TV, chances are that the issues are at your end.
In such cases, selecting tried and tested troubleshooting steps can immensely help in solving those temporary bugs and instances.
Check the connections and hardware of the VIZIO TV and the DirecTV remote controller.
Make sure that the VIZIO TV is properly plugged in along with all the necessary cables and connections for its proper functioning.
The hardware condition is also an important aspect of the proper functioning of the system, with even minor wear and tear known to break operations.
If there are any visible hardware dents on the hardware of the Vizio TV or the DirecTV remote, get them checked by Vizio or DirecTV technicians respectively.
Power Cycle TV and Remote
A power cycle or a hardware reboot usually solves any minor issues relating to the hardware of any electronic device, let alone DirecTV and VIZIO TVs.
It basically refreshes the internal components of the device and makes sure that the charges within the systems are even.
To perform a power cycle on your VIZIO TV, simply follow the steps given below:
- Turn off and unplug the Vizio TV from its power socket.
- Let the TV sit idle for a minute powered off.
- During the minute-long wait, long press the buttons on the TV for about 10 seconds to make sure the charges inside the system are completely depleted.
- Plug the TV back into its power socket.
- Let the TV sit idle for a minute powered on.
This power cycles your VIZIO TV properly.
It is also recommended to power cycle your DirecTV remote as it can also hold some misbehaving charges that can cause functionality complications.
To perform a power cycle on your DirecTV remote controller, simply follow the steps given below:
- Remove the batteries from your remote controller.
- Let the remote controller sit idle powered off for about a minute.
- During the minute-long wait, press the buttons on the remote controller to discharge any misbehaving charges from within the controller.
- Put the batteries back into the controller. If the batteries are old or do not have the required charge, replace them with fresh batteries.
- Let the controller sit idle for about a minute powered on.
This power cycles your DirecTV remote controller properly.
If you still face issues with programming your DirecTV remote controller with your VIZIO TV, then it is best to call DirecTV customer care and seek guidance.
I hope my article on how you can program your DirecTV remote controller to your VIZIO TV has been a helpful read and has aided you with the same.
Have a good day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can all DirecTV remote controllers be programmed to use with Vizio TVs?
Only select DirecTV remote control models support native programming capabilities to other TVs, namely RC-73, RC72, RC-71B, RC-71, RC-66, RC-65, RC-64, RC-32/RC-32RF, RC-24, and RC-23.
Can DirecTV remote controllers be used to program DVD players?
Select models of the DirecTV remote controllers, namely RC-73, RC72, RC-71B, RC-71, RC-66, RC-65, RC-64, RC-32/RC-32RF, RC-24, and RC-23 can be programmed to control DVD players seamlessly.