Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote overview

Overview

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The Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote lets you control your TV and Xbox 360 DVD and CD playback, Windows Media Center, and the Xbox Dashboard.

Set up your Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote

Insert the batteries

To insert the batteries into your Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the remote battery cover.
  2. Insert two new AA (LR6) batteries as shown on the underside of the remote battery cover. For best performance, we don't recommend using AA rechargeable batteries.
  3. Replace the remote battery cover.

Program your Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote for a TV

Before you can use your Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote with a TV, you must program the remote control for use with the specific brand of the TV that you're using. You can manually enter the TV code, or you can perform a scan to find the TV code.

The Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote manual includes a code list that covers many popular TVs. For the most current list of TV library codes, go to the Xbox 360 Media Remote page.

Note When you program your Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote, the remote control will exit the screen after 30 seconds of inactivity. Press any button except buttons 0 through 9, CH+, or CH– to return the remote control to the original settings.

To enter a TV code manually, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the TV, and then point the remote control toward the TV.
  2. Press and hold the TV button and the OK button at the same time for two seconds. All the buttons on the remote control will illuminate for two seconds. Then, only the numeric TV buttons (1 through 12) remain illuminated.
  3. Enter the code for the TV.
  4. Press the TV button again to save the code and exit.

All the buttons on the remote control will blink three times to confirm your selection.

To scan for a TV code, follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the TV, and then point the remote control toward the TV.
  2. Press and hold the TV button and the OK button at the same time for two seconds. All the buttons on the remote control will illuminate for two seconds. Then, only the numeric TV buttons (1 through 12) remain illuminated.
  3. Press the CH+ button or the CH– button to send a series of off commands to the TV. Continue to press the CH+ button or the CH– button until the TV turns off.
    Note Give enough time for the TV to respond to the off command after you press each button. Some TVs take more time to react to off commands than other TVs.
  4. Press the TV button to save the code and to exit.

All the buttons on the remote control will blink three times to confirm the code.

Note If the remote control does not function correctly after you set the TV code, try a different code from the same TV manufacturer, or scan for another code.

You can only use the Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote with the Xbox 360 console, TVs, or a Windows XP Media Center computer. You cannot use the Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote with VCRs, DVRs, DVD players, or other audio equipment.

To find a code that will let your Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote operate your TV, go to the Xbox 360 Media Remote page.

Enter a TV code

You can look up your code on our website and then enter the code using your remote control.

  1. Turn on your TV and point the remote toward it.
  2. Press and hold the TV and OK buttons simultaneously for two seconds. All of the buttons on the remote will then light up for two seconds, after which only the numeric TV buttons will remain lit.
  3. Enter the code for your TV.
  4. Press the TV button again to save the code and exit. All of the buttons on the remote will blink three times to confirm your selection.

Scan for a TV code

You can send a sequence of codes to from your remote to your TV to find the right code for your TV, if you do not know it.

  1. Turn on your TV and point the remote toward it.
  2. Press and hold the TV and OK buttons simultaneously for two seconds. All of the buttons on the remote will then light for two seconds, after which only the numeric TV buttons will remain lit.
  3. Press the Channel Up/Down button to send a series of off commands to your TV. Repeat until the TV turns off.
    Note Allow enough time for the TV to respond to the command and turn off after you press the Channel Up/Down button. Some TVs take more time to react to the off command than other TVs.
  4. Press the TV button to save the code and exit. All buttons on the remote will blink three times to confirm the code.

Notes

  • If you set a TV code but the remote doesn’t work as expected, enter or scan a different code for your TV manufacturer. To scan for another code after the TV turns off in step 3, turn on the TV, then continue to press Channel Up/Down for other codes before you go to step 4.
  • The Universal Media Remote works only with TVs and the Xbox 360 console. It does not control VCRs, DVRs, DVD players, or audio equipment.

Using the universal media remote

Your remote operates like any TV remote. It also includes controls for your Xbox 360 console and a button that gives you immediate access to a connected Windows Media Center–based PC.

Controller Buttons

The Xbox Guide button on your remote puts the Xbox 360 experience at your fingertips. Use it and the A, B, X, Y, and OK buttons to move around and control the Xbox Guide and the Xbox Dashboard on your Xbox 360 console, just as you would with your controller.

Windows Media Center Start Button

The Windows Media Center Start button lets you access a connected Windows Media Center–based PC through your Xbox 360 console. If you are set up to use Windows Media Center on your Xbox 360 console, pressing the button will start Windows Media Center. If you are not yet set up to use Windows Media Center on your console, pressing the button will start the Windows Media Center setup wizard.

The Windows Media Center button will also turn on the console if it is off.

TV Mode

To use the Universal Media Remote with your TV, press the TV button before the other TV control buttons. When the remote is in TV mode, the buttons will not glow until you press them.

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