How to Turn On a Sony TV Without a Physical Remote Control

Losing your Sony TV remote can be extremely frustrating, especially when you want to watch your favorite show or movie. Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to turn on your Sony TV even without the physical remote control.

Locate the Power Button on the TV

The first step is to locate the physical power button on your Sony TV. On most models, this button is located either on the side or back of the TV. It may be labeled with a standby or power icon.

Once you’ve located the button, simply press and hold it for a few seconds until the TV turns on. The location can vary between models but it is usually easy to find. Check your TV’s manual if you are having trouble locating it.

Use Your Smartphone as a Remote

If your Sony TV is a newer smart TV model, you likely can use your smartphone as a remote control using the Sony TV SideView app. Here’s how:

  • Download and install the Sony TV SideView app on your iOS or Android device
  • Connect your phone and TV to the same WiFi network
  • Open the app and it will automatically detect your TV
  • You can now use the app to turn your TV on and off, change channels, adjust volume, etc.

This app connects directly to your Sony TV so it works as a replacement remote without needing IR or pointing your phone at the TV. Very convenient!

Use Voice Commands

If you have a smart speaker like Amazon Alexa or Google Home connected to your Sony TV, you can use voice commands to turn on your TV by saying something like “Alexa, turn on the TV”.

Just make sure you complete the TV setup process with your smart speaker app beforehand so it can send the power command.

Use a Universal Remote

Another option is to use a universal remote if you have one available. You will need to program it to control your Sony TV model following the instructions that came with the universal remote.

Most universal remotes have a code lookup tool and programming process to pair them with Sony TVs. This acts as a backup remote until you locate your normal Sony remote.

Try a Remote Control App

If none of the above options are available, you can try downloading a third-party smart TV remote app on your smartphone. There are many free apps to choose from that provide virtual remotes.

However, compatibility can vary and IR blasting from your phone (which requires line-of-sight) is needed versus direct WiFi control. So test a couple out – they provide another way to access your TV’s controls in a pinch.

Preventative Tips

To avoid losing your physical Sony TV remote again in the future, consider sticking it to a small tile or mounting it on the wall with removable adhesive when not in use.

You can also purchase a spare Sony remote to program and keep handy in case your primary remote goes missing.

And if your remote stops functioning due to dead batteries, keep some spare AAA batteries on hand for fast replacement to restore the remote’s operation quickly.

Following these tips will ensure you have backup methods ready to turn on and control your Sony TV if ever your physical remote goes missing! Losing the remote is annoying but solvable.