So your Viewsonic TV’s remote has decided to stop working, and you can’t quite figure out why. The worst part here is that your favorite game is on, and that’s something you cannot miss!
How can you keep up with the scores if you can’t watch the game?
Sure, you can ask a friend to record the game from their TV, and you can watch it at their house when you’re both free. You can also wait for recaps on YouTube.
But who wants to do that? Nothing beats the present moment. Seeing the star athlete score point after point.
Is there a way to switch on your ViewSonic TV without its remote? Can you even change the channel without the remote?
Well, we’re here to dish out a few tips. Let’s talk!
How Do You Turn On a ViewSonic TV Without a Remote?
Remote controls have made it much more convenient to use TVs and other electronics. As our elders say, back in the day, they had to manually turn their TVs on and use a dial to change the channel.
It sounds like an awful time. It’s a good thing we NEVER have to go through that, right?
Well, if that were the case, then you would not be reading this article, and we would not be writing this either.
Nowadays, technology has become more advanced, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.
Things like your TV remote not working will happen. Don’t worry; here’s how to turn on your ViewSonic TV without a remote.
The “Old School” Way
We mentioned that people had to press buttons on their TVs back in the day, and this is the first thing you should definitely try out.
To do that, you have to:
- Locate the power button on your ViewSonic TV unit. You can typically find this behind the TV, usually in the bottom left.
- Once you find the power button, press it to turn on your unit. You will know if it’s on when the indicator light turns blue.
- Now all you have to do is wait for your unit to power on.
Use Your Phone
Your smartphone does more than send emails and take bomb-looking photos for the ‘gram. You can also use it to turn on your ViewSonic TV. Heck, you’ve probably done this a few times before.
IMPORTANT: Your phone and your TV should already be synced for this to work. Another thing you need to do is to check if your phone has IR blasters, as that is what will allow you to access the controls to your TV.
If you are unsure whether or not your phone has IR blasters, you can look for the IR LED on the top side of your phone. This should look like a small, black dot. You can also look up your phone unit online and check if it has IR LED built-in.
How to get the remote control app:
You can look up ViewSonic TV-compatible remote control apps on Google play store, history, and other equivalent app stores and choose the app you trust the most.
An example of remote control apps is the ViewSonic TV remote application from Google Play.
You will have to open your remote control app and turn on your ViewSonic TV. You can then use the remote functions in your app to navigate around your TV.
Use Your Video Game Consoles
Did you know that you can also use your video game consoles to turn on your TV?
If you do not have your ViewSonic TV’s power button handy, there is another nifty way to turn it on, and not many people know of it!
Firstly, you have to determine if your ViewSonic TV has HDMI-CEC settings. You can find this in your unit’s manual or look up what TV model you have.
After confirming that your TV has HDMI-CEC, it’s time to set up whichever gaming console you have.
For the sake of this article, we will be talking about the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
Let’s get started!
Sony PlayStation 4
For this console, you will need a separate TV. Try asking a friend or relative if you can borrow their unit for a few minutes.
Once if you have access to a spare TV, here’s what you do:
- Connect your PS4 to the spare TV and go to “Settings.”
- Next, go to “System.”
- Turn on the “Enable HDMI Device Link” setting.
- Go to your ViewSonic TV and plug in your PS4
- Turn on your PS4 by pressing the “PS” button.
- Wait for your TV to turn on.
Your ViewSonic TV will automatically switch to the PS4 HDMI input source.
Please note that your TV might turn off if you switch off your PS4.
As with PS4, you will need a different TV to set your console to the right settings. Once you have that, follow these steps:
- After connecting your Xbox to a separate TV, go to “Settings.”
- Once you’ve located the settings, select “TV Display Options,” then select “Device Control.”
- Now that you’re in the “Device Control” settings, select “Console turns on other devices.”
- Finally, take your Xbox and plug it into your ViewSonic TV. When you switch it on, so will your TV.
Important note: Not all Xbox consoles will support HDMI-CEC. You should look out for Xbox One X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.
Finally, you have the trendy Nintendo Switch. Once again, you will need a spare TV.
- Take your Nintendo Switch and plug it into a spare TV. Look for the menu and go to “Settings.”
- Once you’re in “Settings,” select “TV Output” and choose the “Match TV Power State” option.
- Now you can plug your Nintendo Switch to your ViewSonic TV. By switching on your console, you will also turn on your TV.
Don’t have a gaming console?
You can always ask a younger sibling or your teenage child to borrow theirs. You can also ask friends and other relatives who like to play video games if they can lend you a spare console for a few hours.
By having a smartphone or a gaming console, you no longer have to go back to relying on a remote just to use your ViewSonic TV!
We hope all the tips we gave above helped you with your problem. Got other handy tips? Feel free to share them with your fellow readers and in the comments below.
Vance is a dad, former software engineer, and tech lover. Knowing how a computer works becomes handy when he builds Pointer Clicker. His quest is to make tech more accessible for non-techie users. When not working with his team, you can find him caring for his son and gaming.