How To Use Hisense TV Without Remote: I Figured It Out

Yesterday, I was hosting guests who brought along their 4-year-old kid.

We let him watch TV while the adults talked in the dining room.

After half an hour, I dropped by to check in on him, only to find that he had managed to break the remote into at least eight pieces. 

This put me in a sticky situation, as I had to host a game night on the coming weekend.

Once the guests left, I turned to the Internet for help and found a few ways to access all the content on my Hisense TV without any hitches, despite losing the remote.

Here’s how you can bypass a remote to use your Hisense TV without clicking a button: 

You can use Hisense TV without a remote by downloading a smartphone app that emulates the remote. Depending on your Hisense TV model, you need to download the Google TV app or Roku app. 

Control Your Hisense TV Using Its Physical Buttons

All Hisense TVs have buttons to switch them on/off, regulate volume, change channels, and open the Settings menu.

These buttons are located at the bottom of the TV, around the center.

This is an easy way to use the TV without a remote as long as you do not mind getting up whenever you want to adjust the volume or change the channel.

If your Hisense TV is not turning on, go for a power cycle reset.

Use a Smartphone App to Control Your Hisense TV

The Hisense TV is, at the end of the day, a Smart TV, which means there are many smart ways to use it without its remote.

It also means that there are a lot of apps already in the market designed to make your life easier, and of course, that includes remote apps. 

Here are a few apps that can replace your remote, which are so convenient that you might find yourself using them even if you are in possession of a fully functioning remote. 

Google TV App

The latest Hisense TVs work on Google’s Android OS, which means you can use the Google TV app’s built-in remote functionality to control the TV.

To get the Google TV app and connect it to your TV:

  • Launch the app.
  • Ensure that your TV and phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Search for your Hisense Smart TV on the app and connect to it.
  • Enter the code shown on your TV screen when prompted. 

Test if the pairing was successful by turning off your TV using the app. 

Roku App’s Remote

Roku provides a varied selection of Hisense Smart TVs with their well-known operating system Roku OS.

You can use the Roku TV app to control your TV if you own a Hisense TV with Roku OS.

  • Launch the app and look for your Hisense TV.
  • Make sure that the Wi-Fi networks for your TV and mobile device are the same.
  • Click on the Remote tab at the bottom of the app screen after connecting to the TV.

Once done, check if the app works fine by tapping the ‘Power’ button in the center of the app screen to switch off your TV. 

Control Your Hisense Smart TV via Google Assistant

Google Assistant is included in all recent Hisense TVs, and you can use it to control your TV without clicking a button.

To do so:

  • Make sure your smartphone and Hisense TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • If your TV supports Google Assistant, it will be listed in the app.
  • Tap it to connect your TV to Google Home.
  • Once connected, you should be able to control your TV using Google Assistant. 

Using this app, you can give specific instructions to your Hisense TV to control its functioning using commands like ‘OK Google, turn off the TV’. 

Use a Universal Remote to Control Your Hisense TV

If you own a universal remote that you have been using to control different devices in your home, you can use it to control your Hisense Smart TV as well.

You will need specific remote codes to pair the universal remote with your Hisense TV, and I have prepared a list of them:

  • 0220
  • 0848
  • 0219
  • 0009
  • 0780
  • 0156
  • 1170
  • 0216
  • 0696
  • 0073
  • 0508

Here’s how to pair a universal remote with your Hisense TV: 

  1. Place the universal remote near the TV and turn it on.
  2. Press the TV button on the remote and hold it. Let go of the button only when one of the lights on the remote starts blinking.
  3. Enter one of the codes given above in the remote. When the correct code is entered, the LED light will flash twice to indicate the pairing process is complete. 

No Remote? No Problem!

I remember the days when losing a remote meant rendering your TV absolutely unusable for days on end until the replacement arrived. 

Now, instead of panicking, I can just pull out my smartphone and do what I need to in seconds.

Just the other day, I needed to add apps to my Hisense TV, and I was surprised at how easily I could do it with just my phone.

Technology has progressed beautifully to the stage where a misplaced or broken TV remote is no longer an issue.

You can use a smartphone app (like Google TV app or Roku app) to use your Hisense TV with ease.

You can make things even easier by controlling the TV using your voice and Google Assistant.

However, if you like the feel of a physical remote in your hands, you should consider getting a universal remote. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to replace a RokuOS Hisense TV remote?

Currently, Roku provides three interchangeable replacement options for remotes: 

  • The most basic option is the Roku Simple Remote, which costs $15.
  • The standard one is the $20 Roku Voice Remote. It includes built-in voice control and supports all TVs and media players.
  • The top-tier option is the Roku Voice Remote Pro, priced at $30. It features hands-free voice control, a headphone jack for private listening, and a remote finding feature. 

What is RemoteNOW?

The Hisense RemoteNOW app offers the most connectivity and convenience by converting a smartphone into an additional remote control for Hisense TVs.

However, it’s not compatible with all Hisense TVs, in addition to limited availability. 

Do Hisense TVs come with a warranty?

All Hisense TVs come with a 1-year warranty calculated from the date of purchase. 

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.