How to Unlock a TV Without a Remote

By Crystal Buckle

In life, simple yet unexpected events take place, such as the loss or an accidental breakage of the television remote. When a television is locked while the remote is missing or broken, it makes matters worse. Locks are placed on televisions for privacy or age-restricted viewers. To prevent a repeat of this event, store an extra remote in the house or business where the television is located. Without the original remote, some alternatives are available to remove the lock.

Things You'll Need

  • Television manual

Step 1

Read the manual. Televisions are accompanied by manuals when new. Some contain information on operating the television without the remote. Search for the "Lock" or "Privacy" section in the manual. If applicable, follow the given instructions.

Step 2

Reset the television. You can reset and eliminate the lock on some televisions without the remote, using a few tactics. Hold the power button for five seconds. The television will automatically restart. If the lock is still on, unplug the television and remove the battery from the back panel of the television. Wait several hours before reconnecting the plug and reattaching the battery.

Step 3

Purchase a universal remote. If the manual or resetting option does not work for your television, you need a universal remote. You can get one of these in electronics stores or online. The universal remote supports most televisions. The universal remote manual is included in the purchase and will instruct you on installing it into the television. After installation, enter the lock code using the universal remote.