“Uh-oh, I think the couch ate our remote again.”
You say to yourself as you swear, the remote was just there earlier.
While we can’t help you find your remote…
We can help you find an alternative.
And this is how…
Keep reading to discover:
- 5 easy steps to connect your LG TV to WiFi without remote
- What’s the purpose of the LG ThinQ app, and how to use it as a remote.
- Where your TV’s physical buttons are and how it can access the network settings.
- And so much more…
How to connect LG TV to WiFi without a remote?
You can connect your LG TV to WiFi without a remote by installing the LG ThinQ app on your smartphone. If not, you can also use either your voice or a mouse. There’s also an ethernet port at the back of your TV. Lastly, you can use the physical buttons on your TV.
5 steps to connect LG TV without remote
#1: Use a mouse
So you find yourself in a situation where you have a broken remote.
But do you have a computer?
If you do, grab its mouse for a while.
Then, plug it into your LG’s USB port.
Does a cursor appear?
If so, then your TV can read mouse inputs. Not every LG TV can do so.
In today’s technology, a mouse isn’t just for computers anymore.
And a mouse isn’t the only thing you can plug into your TV to control it without a remote. Other examples include:
Connect your TV to Wi-Fi using a mouse
If you’ve had any experience inserting a flash drive into your TV, you’ll find setting up a mouse easy.
All you need to do is:
- Locate the USB port at the back of your TV.
- Open your TV and wait for it to recognize your mouse.
- Once you have a cursor, hover it to wherever your settings appear on the screen. For newer LG models, this is usually on the left side.
- Click ‘Network’.
- Press ‘Wi-Fi Connection’.
- Toggle it on.
- Look for your Wi-Fi and enter your password if necessary.
#2: With your smartphone
Do you have your phone beside you right now?
Hell, you might even have come across this article by Googling on your phone.
Regardless, LG has launched an app called the LG ThinQ. This allows your smartphone to control all LG appliances in its vicinity.
Including your LG smart TV.
All you need to do is pair the TV with your phone. Once you’re done, you’ll also have access to a virtual remote for the LG TV on your mobile.
Note: If your TV has an IR blaster, you can also use other universal remote apps on your Play Store or App Store.
LG ThinQ setup
Setting up the LG ThinQ app is different for Android and iOS devices.
Install to an Android device
The first thing you need to do is to set up your LG ThinQ app:
- Go to the Google Play Store and install the LG ThinQ app.
- Open the application.
- From here, you should be redirected to the LG ThinQ dashboard.
Use LG ThinQ to connect to Wi-Fi
With the LG ThinQ app successfully installed, you can now use your smartphone to connect the TV to a Wi-Fi network.
First, you have to connect the LG ThinQ app to your TV manually:
- From the dashboard, press ‘Add a Device’.
- Make sure that your LG TV is plugged in.
- Press ‘Scan Nearby’.
- Click on your TV when it pops up.
- Input the numbers that will appear on your TV to your app.
You’ve now successfully linked your phone to your LG TV. We can now access your settings using your phone.
To connect to the Wi-Fi, you should:
- Select your LG TV from your app’s dashboard.
- Press the ‘Settings’ option.
- On your TV, go to ‘Network’.
- Select ‘Wi-Fi Connection’.
- Toggle it on.
- Select your Wi-Fi network then connect.
Still confused or overwhelmed? Don’t worry.
You can watch this video for a clearer demonstration:
#3: Your voice
Siri, Alexa, Bixby…
Voice-controlled AIs have been the craze for the past couple of years.
And why shouldn’t it be? After all, it makes our lives easier with just a couple of words.
Do you know your LG TV has one as well?
You can use LG’s voice assistant without a remote just by saying ‘Hi, LG’. This feature is called ‘Hands-free Voice Control’.
However, this feature is disabled on default.
Do you expect a problem where you might need ‘Hands-free Voice Control’ in the future?
This is how you can turn it on:
- Go to your ‘Settings’.
- Select ‘General’.
- Under ‘AI Service’, go to ‘Voice Recognition Help & Settings’.
- Press the gear icon at the upper-right corner of your screen.
- Toggle on ‘Hands-free Voice Control’.
If you have ‘Hands-free Voice Control’ turned on, you can easily connect to your Wi-Fi with one sentence.
How to call your LG TV
When giving a command to your LG TV, say “Hi, LG” first. This will let your TV know that it’s awaiting instructions from you.
So, to connect to a Wi-Fi network, you can just easily say:
“Hi, LG. Please connect to a Wi-Fi.”
And it should connect as long as you’ve used your Wi-Fi network previously.
#4: Use an ethernet cable
Why not bring the internet directly to your TV?
Newer LG TV models should have an ethernet cable on the back of their TV.
If you have an extra cable lying around, you can connect the TV to your router.
Truthfully, it’s actually better if your TV is set up with an ethernet cable in the first place.
“Sure, I’ll always be connected to the internet. But why should I use a cable instead of Wi-Fi?”
Other advantages of using ethernet cables include:
- Less latency.
- Better reliability.
- More bandwidth.
Connect ethernet cable
Connecting your TV directly to your router is simple. This is what you need to do:
- Buy an ethernet cable that can reach your TV from your router.
- Connect one end of the cable to your router.
- Connect the other end of the cable to your TV.
You’ll know that your TV has internet access when a pop-up on the upper-right side of your TV appears.
The pop-up should say, “Wired network is connected.”
It’s time to get up close and personal with your TV.
The physical buttons of your TV are a failsafe for when your remote is malfunctioning.
These buttons are usually located either at the right side of your TV or at the bottom below the logo.
Location of buttons
No LG TV model is the same.
Their physical buttons are placed at different spots on your TV. Even the buttons that are available on your TV are different.
But, as long as you have these buttons, you can access your Wi-Fi settings:
- ‘Power’ button.
- ‘OK/Enter’ button.
- ‘Volume Up’ button.
- ‘Volume Down’ button.
- ‘Menu/Settings’ button.
When you have these 5 buttons on the side or bottom of your TV, you can connect to the internet by:
- Open your TV using the ‘Power’ button.
- Press the ‘Menu’ or ‘Settings’ button.
- Using the volume buttons as a directional pad, go to ‘Network’.
- Choose ‘Wi-Fi connection’.
- Toggle it on.
- Then choose your Wi-Fi from those that are available.