They say you can never have too much of a good thing.
Frankly, if you ask me, too much anything isn’t nice, no matter how good the thing is.
This is especially more relatable when you have too many remotes around your home, making it all a little difficult to keep track of.
What’s more annoying is when a single system, such as your TV and soundbar combo possesses a different remote for each, making navigation a confusing mess.
Hence, we are about to show you the way you can enjoy a two-in-one combo by using a single remote for both your TV and soundbar! Adopting this hack can also be a lifesaver when your soundbar remote is damaged or lost.
Hence, without further ado, let’s check out how to control soundbar with TV remote, enjoying double the convenience with the effort of one!
The method differs brand-wise, but there are some basic universal steps you can use as a guideline to set up the system so that the TV remote can control both devices.
But do keep in mind that when you decide to use your TV remote to control your soundbar, not all functions for the soundbar navigation will work. Depending on the brand of your TV and your soundbar, these are some of the controls that you’d get access to.
Before we discuss some of the brand-wise steps to make the remote conversion, the following are the universal steps to go through in order to get accustomed to how it all works.
Now that you’re aware of the basic steps involving this TV remote control setting, we have accumulated the different steps involved in some of the most popular soundbar/TV brands.
The basic process is still the same, but there are some special steps involved for each brand as discussed below.
Both soundbars and TVs by Samsung come equipped with both digital optical and HDMI interfaces and even include their respective cables.
This brand possesses the same interfaces as Samsung. The difference is that the optical interface might be written as “S/PDIF”.
Along with its numerous interfaces, LG possesses HDMI, Bluetooth, and optical interfaces too. The connection method via HDMI or optical cable is similar to the universal method we discussed. For Bluetooth connectivity, follow the steps below:
They also follow the same universal connection method and possess many interfaces which may initially puzzle you.
Their soundbars can easily be connected to your TV via either optical or HDMI ARC, or even both!
But do keep in mind that when using the optical connection, you would not be able to access some of the remote functions that you would when using HDMI.
A convenient compliant application of Panasonic can be installed on your smartphone to make adjustments to the settings when you have opted for the HDMI connection.
In the case of optical connection, the steps are universal and all you have to do is shut down the TV Speaker from the settings.
The majority of the devices by this brand possess only the HDMI ARC interface. Just connect your TV and soundbar via the HDMI ARC cable and follow the next steps.
Soundbars by this brand possess HDMI. Hence, find the HDMI ARC interfaces of both the devices and connect them with the HDMI ARC cable.
The connection between the TV and soundbar is basically automatic for this brand when using the HDMI ARC interface.
Since their TVs usually come integrated with Roku-TV, HDMI ARC connectivity is the only option you have.
Whether you prefer HDMI ARC or optical connectivity, they have both.
Regardless of whether you choose the HDMI ARC connection of the optical, you need to install the Sonos App.
Using a single remote to control a system with two devices not only makes life easier and the operation more convenient, but also ensures that you have one less device to keep track of.
Whether it’s because you don’t like the extra clutter, or the hassle of maintaining too many devices, or the soundbar remote is damaged or lost, a TV remote alone works just fine.
Not that you know how to control soundbar with TV remote in every possible way, you will never have to do double the work while binging on TV ever again!
About Dror Wettenstein
Dror Wettenstein is a software engineer and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. He is the founder of TechTreeRepeat, a company that enables technical writers to publish their work faster and share it with readers across the globe. Dror has a master’s degree in computer science from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from UC Irvine.
When he’s not working on software projects, Dror enjoys writing articles and essays on various topics. He also likes playing guitar and spending time with his wife and two young children.