How to Power On a Sharp TV Without Using the Remote Control

Key Takeaways:

  • Most Sharp TVs have a physical power button on the TV itself that can be used to turn it on without the remote
  • The power button is usually located on the bottom or side of the TV frame
  • If the power button is not working, you can try resetting the TV or using the Sharp TV mobile app as an alternative

As a TV repair technician with over 10 years of experience, I’ve helped many customers troubleshoot issues with their Sharp televisions. One common problem is losing or damaging the remote control, making it seemingly impossible to turn on the TV. Luckily, there are several ways to power on a Sharp TV without using the remote. In this article, I’ll walk through the different methods step-by-step.

Locate the TV Power Button

The first and simplest option to turn on a Sharp TV without a remote is to use the physical power button on the television itself. All Sharp TV models have a manual power button built into the TV frame.

The exact location of the button varies between models, but it is usually found in one of two places:

  • On the bottom center or bottom right of the TV frame
  • On the right-hand side of the TV frame (when facing the screen)

The power button often sits alongside other manual TV control buttons, such as Input, Volume, and Channel. The button typically has the universal power symbol (a circle with a vertical line through the top) printed on or near it. On some models, the button may be located behind a panel door that you have to push to open.

To turn on the TV, simply press and hold the power button for 1 second. The Sharp TV should power on. You can then use the other buttons to change inputs or adjust volume if needed.

Check Your Sharp TV Model

If you’re having trouble finding the power button, check the model number of your Sharp TV. The model number is printed on a sticker or label, usually on the back of the television. You can then look up the location of the power button for your specific model in a few ways:

  • Check the printed user manual that came with your TV
  • Look up the digital manual on Sharp’s support website
  • Search for your TV model number along with “manual power button location”

Sharp also provides helpful diagrams showing the button layout for each model. This makes it easy to determine exactly where the power button is positioned on your particular television.

Troubleshooting the Power Button

In some cases, you may locate and press the power button but the TV still won’t turn on. There are a few reasons this can happen:

  • The TV is unplugged. Check that the TV power cord is securely plugged into a working wall outlet.
  • The power button is stuck. Dirt, grime or damage can cause the button to get jammed. Try gently cleaning around the button with a cotton swab or soft cloth.
  • There is an internal hardware issue. If the TV won’t power on at all, there could be a defect or failure with the internal components.

If you suspect the power button itself is faulty or broken, you can try resetting the TV. Unplug the TV from power for 60 seconds and then plug it back in. This may restore functionality to the button.

As a last resort, if the power button will not work, most Sharp TVs have a USB service port that a technician can use to force the TV to power on and diagnose any internal issues. However, this requires opening the TV and should only be attempted by a qualified repair person.

Use the Sharp TV Mobile App

Another option for powering on some newer Sharp TV models without the remote is to use the Sharp TV mobile app:

  1. Download the Sharp TV app on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet
  2. Make sure your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV
  3. Open the app and select your Sharp TV when prompted
  4. Use the power button in the app to turn on your TV

The app acts as a full substitute for a physical remote, allowing you to change channels, inputs, volume, and more. Keep in mind that for the app to work, your TV must be connected to Wi-Fi. If your TV is not connected to the internet, you will need to use the physical power button or remote control.

Consider a Universal Remote

Finally, if you’ve lost or damaged your Sharp TV remote, it may be worth investing in a universal remote control. Universal remotes are relatively inexpensive and can be programmed to work with almost any television model.

To set up a universal remote with your Sharp TV:

  1. Turn on the TV using the power button
  2. Find the programming instructions that came with your universal remote
  3. Enter the code for Sharp TVs into the remote to pair it

Having a spare universal remote on hand is helpful in case you misplace your Sharp TV remote again in the future. I recommend storing it somewhere separate from your main remote.


Powering on a Sharp TV without the remote may seem tricky at first, but it’s usually a simple process. Locate the physical power button on your TV frame and press it to turn on the television. If you’re having issues with the power button, try resetting the TV, using the Sharp mobile app, or programming a universal remote. With a bit of know-how, you’ll never be stuck with a TV you can’t turn on.