How To Control a TV Without Remote or WiFi?

Norvan Martin

In this guide, we will quickly show you how to control your TV without a remote or WiFi. You may want to do this if you have lost your remote for example. From voice commands to ethernet, we’ll walk you through alternative TV control options. With these methods, you will be able to easily control your TV without a remote or WiFi. 

Before we continue, if you are reading this article because your remote is annoyingly controlling two TVs at the same time, check this guide.

Here are some ways that can work if you do not have a remote or WiFi:

1. Use Your Voice

Many smart TVs have built-in voice recognition capabilities. To confirm if your TV has such functions, you need to check the TV’s manual or settings menu. In many cases, you can activate the TV with a command such as “Hey, TV” or “OK, TV.”

2. Universal Remote Apps

Many TV manufacturers provide mobile apps that allow you to control their TVs using voice control on your smartphone alone. All you need to do is to download the official app from the official website of the TV manufacturer. 

TV remote control app voice commands

You can download companion applications for many TVs to your smartphone and use them to operate your TV once you’ve downloaded it and linked your phone. This can be done if your TV has Bluetooth.

You will then need to follow the app’s instructions to set up voice control.

Remember that not all TVs have companion apps, so not everyone can use this method.


If your TV supports HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), you can use a device connected to the TV via HDMI-CEC to control the TV. This is because HDMI-CEC allows connected devices to send control commands over HDMI. These devices could be streaming devices, game consoles, or just a media player.


HDMI-CEC allows devices to communicate with each other over HDMI, which means you can use the remote for your device to control your TV. This convenient method will enable you to manage your TV without needing a separate remote.

Of course, you need to ensure that HDMI-CEC is enabled on both your TV and the connected device. However, not all devices support HDMI-CEC, so this method may not be an option for everyone.

4. Use Ethernet

Using an Ethernet cable, you can link it to your router. This would enable you to manage your TV through a website or mobile app. This approach may require a wired connection rather than a wireless connection, even if you do not have a WiFi connection. 

5. Use The Buttons On The Television

The usual option to think about is using the TV’s buttons. Most TVs contain simple controls on the side or bottom of the screen that may change channels, switch the TV on and off, adjust the volume, and other things.

This approach is the simplest and doesn’t call for special tools. However, remember that depending on the model, the buttons on your TV could be challenging to find or use.

6. Use A WiFi Remotes

Many different gadgets, including TVs, streaming devices, and home automation systems, can be controlled by WiFi remotes. They are often operated using a smartphone app or a specific remote control that is WiFi-connected.

One of the primary benefits of WiFi remote controls is the ability to control gadgets from anywhere in the house as long as they are linked to the same WiFi network. This means you don’t need to be in the same room as the TV to change channels or control the volume.

The Logitech Harmony Hub, the Amazon Fire TV Cube, and the Google Chromecast with Google TV remote are a few well-known examples of WiFi remotes. These gadgets can be operated using a smartphone app or a specific remote control device, and they communicate with the devices they are controlling over WiFi.

You can also use a Wifi remote app. In the same way that a normal TV remote uses an Infrared (IR) blaster to control your TV, some smartphones come with this feature too. To use it, both devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. For Android, get the Universal TV Remote Control app from the Play Store. iPhone users, you can get the TV Remote app from the Apple Store.

If you have a sophisticated smart TV, it probably has an app for when you can’t find or don’t want to use the regular remote. Just search for your TV brand’s app in the app store and tap ‘download’.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I control my TV with my phone if it’s not a smart TV?

Yes, you can control your TV with your phone, even if it is not a smart TV. This is possible with the help of IR blasters or an external device (like a universal remote). IR blasters produce infrared signals; some phones have them, while others don’t. If your smartphone does not have an IR blaster, you can externally get it. 

2. Can all Android phones be cast to TV?

Android devices having Android Version 5.0 and above can be used to cast on your TV, and it should appear in the Quick Settings Panel. 

3. Can I cast my phone to TV without WiFi?

Yes, this is possible. Google Chromecast has a feature to mirror your phone device to your TV without a WiFi connection. 

4. Which TV input will be used for screen mirroring?

HDMI cable is used as the input for screen mirroring in most cases. An HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable is a digital cable commonly used to transmit high-quality audio and video signals between electronic devices. 

5. Can I connect my phone to the TV with a USB?

You may still use a USB cable and the appropriate adapter to mirror your smartphone to a TV. That being said, your TV and the movie phone must have a USB port for this to work. 

6. Do Android TVs come with a remote?

Yes, most Android TVs come with a remote that controls the operations, such as switching between streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and more, changing volume, pausing, seeking, playing, typing, etc. 

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