The following is a short tutorial on programming most models of GE universal remotes with 4 digit codes. See also this page for general GE remote code entering instructions.
Step 1: Press and hold the "SETUP" button until the indicator light turns on, then release.
Step 2: Press and release the desired Mode button (TV, DVD, CBL/SAT, etc.). The indicator light will blink, then stays lit.
Step 3: Enter the 4 digit code for your device. After a valid code entry, the indicator light turns off. For an invalid code, the indicator light flashes.
Step 4: With your device on, test a few common functions like "CHANNEL Up/Down" or "VOLUME Up/Down" , "MUTE", etc. If the device responds, no further programming is required. If some buttons don't work as they should, try a different code listed for your brand.
NOTE: The indicator light will either be a small red LED at the top of the remote or the illuminated "ON/OFF" button.
To find out the version your remote uses, open the battery compartment, remove the batteries and locate the sticker containing the model number. A Version 2 through Version 5 remote will have a "V2" to "V5" after the model number. Older remotes with no version after the model# use the V1 code list. The newest ones will be CL3, CL4 or CL5.
In order to save you the hassle of going through multiple code tables, we have compiled together the code lists from different versions of GE remotes sharing the same code base (e.g. V2&V4, V3&V5). If your remote is slightly old, you'll get the benefit of finding the code for your device even if it appeared after your remote was manufactured, but uses an old code that already exists preprogrammed in your model. You can also find the code for some old devices that are dropped from the code lists, but still supported by newer remote controls. The only downside of this approach is, that there will be a few codes that are only supported by a particular version. So, if a code listed for your brand is not supported by your remote, try the next one from the list.
Sometimes a code will be accepted, but only allow limited function control (e.g. only volume and channel control). In this case, continue programming using the next code number for that brand.
The Auto Code Search searches automatically through all of the codes stored in your remote. If your device does not respond to any of the codes listed for your device, or your brand does not appear in the code lists, try the following steps:
Step 1: Manually turn on the device you wish to control.
Step 2: Press and hold the "SETUP" button until the indicator light stays on, then release.
Step 3: Press and release the desired device button on the remote (TV, DVD, CBL/SAT, etc.). The indicator light will blink once and then remain on.
Step 4: With the remote pointed at the device, press and release the "POWER" button on the remote once. Wait patiently until the remote sends a batch of 10 codes to the device. The indicator light will blink once for each code and remain on after sending the 10 codes. Repeat this step again and again until your device turns off.
Step 5: When the device turns off, manually turn the device back on.
Step 6: With the remote pointed at the device, press and release the "VOL+" button until the device turns off. The remote will resend the last 10 codes one by one. Be sure to wait approximately 3 seconds after each "VOL+" button press to allow the device time to respond.
Step 7: When the device turns off, press and release the same device button you pressed in Step 3 to store the code.
Step 1: Manually turn on the device you wish to control.
Step 2: Press and hold the "SETUP" button until the red indicator light stays on (around 4 seconds) and then release the button.
Step 3: Press and release the desired device button on the remote (TV, DVD, CBL/SAT, DVR/AUX). The red indicator will blink once and remains on.
Step 4: Point the remote at the device and press and release the "POWER" button (for TV) or "PLAY" button (for DVD, VCR, etc.) to start the search. The red indicator will flash (approximately every 2 seconds) as the remote searches. The remote must be pointed at your device for the entire duration of this search.
Step 5: Place your finger on the #1 button so you are prepared to lock-in the code.
Step 6: When the device shuts off or begins playing, press the #1 button to lock-in the code. The red indicator light will turn off. Note: You have approximately two seconds after the device shuts off or begins playing to lock-in the code.
Step 7: Point the remote at your device and check to see if the remote operates it as desired. If it does, no further programming is required. If it does not, return to step 2 and start the auto search again.
Step 1: Manually turn on the device to be controlled.
Step 2: Press and hold the "SETUP" button until the red indicator stays on, then release.
Step 3: Press and release the desired Mode button (VCR, TV etc.). The red indicator will blink once, then stays on.
Step 4: Press the "POWER" (or "CHANNEL UP" for some versions) button repeatedly until the device to be controlled powers off (or changes channel). The red indicator will blink with each keypress. When all codes have been searched the red indicator flashes rapidly for 3 seconds.
Step 5: Press and release "ENTER" (or "MUTE" or "SAVE") button to install the code. The indicator light goes off.
Generally it's best to store VCR codes under the VCR button, cable codes under CBL, and so on. If you want to store a VCR code under CBL, etc., first follow the procedure for Direct Code Entry and press CBL in step 2 of Direct Code Entry, then enter any VCR code in step 3 of Direct Code Entry. Then follow the steps above for Code Search.