In our ever-changing electronics market, it seems as though companies are creating and selling new technology to use daily. This can make it very difficult to adapt to new changes in product protocol, which leads to the question, “How do you pair an Xfinity remote to a soundbar?”
How To Pair an Xfinity Remote to a Soundbar
The process can differ from model to model, but most Xfinity remotes can be paired to a soundbar with these steps:
- Check TV preferences and set to remote/soundbar.
- Press the setup/reset buttons until indication occurs.
- Enter the soundbar’s manufacturer code.
- Wait for a second light indication.
- Test the remote.
This process is a very basic overview for most Xfinity remotes, and this may not apply to specialized remotes, such as voice-controlled ones. Read further to look deeper into what a soundbar is and the following steps to pair it to your remote.
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1. Check TV Preferences and Set to Remote/Soundbar
To start connecting your remote to your soundbar, you first want to check your TV preferences. This means making sure that if you successfully connect your TV remote and your soundbar, that your remote will work, and any audio coming from your TV will come from the soundbar.
To set the preferences in your TV, you will want to go into settings and find a menu revolving around sound, audio, etc. When you find this, you will want to make sure that your TV’s preferred audio device is the soundbar you want.
Pairing Voice-Controlled Remotes
As Xfinity creates new voice-controlled remotes, they can make the pairing process easier, often enabling you to leave out steps such as model authentication.
Instead, for these remotes, you can actually use the voice control and say “program remote” or “pair remote” and then navigate menus to pair without model authentication. Here is an example of how to pair an Xfinity voice-controlled remote.
For some voice-controlled Xfinity remotes, the process of pairing them is a little different. In general, the process looks similar. However, the authentication portion will look different.
2. Press the Setup/Reset Buttons Until Indication Occurs
Continuing with the process of how to pair a regular Xfinity remote to your soundbar, you will want to hold down on the Setup/Reset (or another related button) and wait for an indication. This will allow both devices to prepare for the pairing process.
Most manuals will tell you that you will see a specific “indication” that the process is starting and you are doing everything correctly. Some remotes may use audio (such as a beeping noise).
However, most Xfinity remotes will use some sort of green light to indicate that you are correctly setting up the pairing process. In this step of pairing your devices, you should see a solid (or flashing) green light.
3. Enter the Soundbar’s Manufacturer Code
This is the step that some voice-controlled remotes can let you bypass. This is the most complicated step, and it fully depends on what soundbar you are using.
In this step, the remote/TV will ask you to enter some sort of “manufacturing code.” You can find these often on the soundbar or the box it came in. However, Xfinity has a great resource that includes most manufacturing codes here.
4. Wait for a Second Indication Light
After you enter the code (or similarly use the voice-controlled option) to set up your remote, there will most likely be a period of time in which the devices are connecting. This can take a few minutes, but either way, it is important not to shut off any of the devices at this time.
There should be another light signaling that you’ve completed the process. After this step, your remote technically should be fully paired with your soundbar, which will be your final indication.
Again, some remotes have differing indication lights and sounds. However, most Xfinity brand remotes indicate this with a double flash of green light.
5. Test the Remote
After seeing the second indicator light, your remote should be fully connected with the TV and soundbar systems. This should be the time where you can test and then troubleshoot any remaining issues in your devices.
To test your remote, see if you can initially control the TV itself. Try to turn it on, alter the sound setting, and act like you are trying to watch a show like normal. If this seems to work like normal, then try to use audio, adjusting the volume and settings if needed,
In the end, your remote and TV should hopefully be successfully connected to your soundbar (i.e., you should be able to adjust volume and hear audio coming from the soundbar itself). If this isn’t the case, you will have to troubleshoot the issue.
The most common problem is that your TV isn’t set to this preference (as discussed in Step 1). Other than this, you should check all devices to make sure they are connected to WIFI/each other if need be, and if they are all turned on at the same time. You may need to go through all of the steps again to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Connections To Troubleshoot With
If you have started to troubleshoot and you can’t figure out what the issue is, there are a few resources that you can use for assistance:
- https://www.xfinity.com/support/contact-us – Xfinity Customer Support
- https://www.xfinity.com/support/remotes – Xfinity list of remotes and steps to pair with correct manufacturing codes
The process of pairing your remote can be different, depending on if you have a voice-controlled, or non voice-controlled remote.
In either process, you should follow a few simple steps to pair to your soundbar, which include checking and setting your TV’s preferences, holding the reset button until it flashes, using voice connect or your manufacturing code, and waiting for the correct indication light.
While these steps may vary from device to device, they should work most of the time!
In the end, using all of this new smart technology can get pretty confusing, especially if you are pairing devices for the first time. However, as long as you’re patient and follow these steps to pair an Xfinity remote to your soundbar, the process should be relatively smooth.
If none of these tips work for you, it is recommended that you get in touch with Xfinity Customer Support, or check out Xfinity’s “How to Setup Your Remote” page.