How To Program the DirecTV RCA Universal Remote

If you want to learn how to program your RCA DirecTV remote, the first thing you should do is read your user’s manual and all safety requirements. Once you forget all of the information that you’ve read–which is what people tend to do with large user’s manuals–just follow these easy tips to program your RCA DirecTV remote with ease.

What To Do

  • Begin by locating your DIRECTV receiver’s brand and model number. This can typically be found on the back or bottom panel. You will want to write this down for easy reference.
  • In you user’s manual, locate the brand of your receiver and pick one of the 5-digit codes to start with.
  • Power on the DIRECTV receiver and move the slide switch to the DIRECTV icon.
  • Press and hold the MUTE and the SELECT keys on the remote until the green light under the DIRECTV icon flashes twice, then release both keys.
  • Using the number keys on the remote, enter the 5-digit code for your receiver. If done correctly, the green light under the DIRECTV icon will flash twice.
  • Aim the remote at your receiver and press the power key. This should turn the receiver off. If not, then the 5-digit code you used was not right for your remote. Pick another 5-digit code fr-om the user’s manual and repeat steps 4 and 5. When you find a code that works, be sure to write it down for easy reference.

If this is a universal remote that includes your TV and DVD player, as well, you can follow the same steps as above. You will move the slide switch to TV and then DVD.

Then, using the codes fr-om your manual you can program them to your remote. If one code does not work, try a different code until one does. Just remember to write them down so you don’t lose them later.

Why you should probably just cancel your DirecTV account anyway…

I had DirecTV for a while, it was nice, I don’t have it anymore and you probably shouldn’t either. Why? Because you can get everything you’re paying for for free if you’ve got high-speed internet access, that’s why.

You can even stream it to your computer, hook your TV up to your computer, and watch it on your TV if you don’t want to watch it on your computer (I can see how you’d want to do that if you paid a pile of money for a nice 52″ Plasma or something), this is what I use, check it out:

Further Reading and Additional Resources

‘How to Program an RCA Universal Remote’ at

How to Program an RCA Universal Remote Without a “Code Search” Button (fr-om

How to Program an RCA Universal Remote Using Manual Code Search

RCA Universal Remote Control Programming Codes