Are you using a sony smart tv and happened to misplace the remote? Has it taken a beating and just doesn’t seem to work anymore? There are other ways to connect to and control the sony TV without the standard remote it comes with.
Whether its during the initial setup or somewhere down the line you will want to connect your sony TV to your wifi. I suspect the main reason your here is to solve the navigation portion rather than the actual connection.
As usual, if you have an ethernet cable nearby, then you can plug that in for the most stable connection. Most people do not want wires hanging about and do not have them hidden properly so a wireless connection it is!
Lets get into how to connect your sony TV to wifi without a remote.
Sony TV To WiFi Without Remote [Options]
Below we will get into a handful of methods that can help you control your tv and subsequently connect to your wifi network. Start going through each one and see what works best for you!
Option 1: Mouse And Keyboard
While it may seem weird, smart tvs do have usb ports. They may or may not be compatible with your keyboard and mouse. Whether you have a wired or wireless connection (a separate usb port that plugs into the tv but is wireless from your mouse) you can give this a shot by using your existing equipment.
Assuming that your sony TV is compatible with your keyboard and mouse, then we are in luck! Lets continue.
Plug In Your device(s)
Simply find the usb port and plug it into your sony tv. It will quickly recognize the mouse if it is able to. As mentioned before, if you have a wireless setup you can still use that. Just be sure that you are within range and that you are not far away in a different room. Think about it, when you are using a wireless mouse and keyboard you are normally point blank from your computer/laptop. The same should apply here.
Navigate To Your Sony TVs Settings Menu
All smart TVs are different but still might have similar interfaces/menu. When you have your mouse setup your are effectively replacing the remote. Now for the wifi.
Using your mouse find the TV icon which would be the equivalent of your home menu.
From the home menu you will want to find your settings. The wifi options are usually under network, then wifi/network configuration. If this is during your initial setup, then you will have most likely been prompted to connect to wifi first thing anyway.
If you are connected via an ethernet cable then you should be able to click wired connection and be all set! If you are going the wireless route like most of us here then you can use your keyboard to input your network credentials.
Not all keys will be recognized on your keyboard but the most common will. Anything that has the same function as the virtual keyboard that would pop up. You should be all set and ready to go now. If your TV does not accept your keyboard and mouse, then I can’t believe you read through all this way. Try the next step!
Option 2: Sony Companion App Via Your Phone
With everything being “smart” these days, there is always potential for something to break. They all have their ups and downs. The good news though, is that if something like your remote is broken or lost, then you can always use something like the sony companion app.
There may be some documentation with your tv stating which specific app works your particular model. You could always download any of the universal tv remotes found on your appstore/playstore. If you don’t see any particular app mentioned, then try the TV Sideview app. The first choice in the search results should be “TV Remote For Sony TV.”
Whether you have IOS or Android should not matter. When you open the app your Sony TV should be listed. Select and connect to your tv to gain access as you would with a normal remote.
Option 3: Streaming Device For The Win
Some smart TVs are able to be taken over by other streaming devices such as an amazon firestick. If you don’t have a streaming device such as a firestick or roku (or anything else) then you can try the next step.
If you do have a streaming device, then you should be able to use the remote for said device to control your tv, to an extent. You may not be able to control certain tv specific aspects such as picture and sound settings, but even then, your streaming device probably has a lot of settings that can override your general tv setup.
Using this will still allow you to connect your sony TV to your wifi without a remote. The stock tv remote that is. While most new smart TVs have fantastic user interfaces, streaming devices are always a fantastic choice that many go for.
Option 4: Ethernet Cable
If none of the other options have worked for you thus far, then you can always go for an ethernet cable. Hopefully the cables aren’t too annoying for you. Rest assured you will have the best most stable internet available when compared to using wireless.
All you will need to do is find the ethernet port on your tv and plug it in. There is potential that you will still need to select wired connection from the network settings, in which case you would still need a remote. This is not set in stone, however. Simply plugging it in might give you an internet connection without having to select it like you would when putting in credentials for your wifi.
Option 5: Get Another Remote
If all else fails you should consider replacing your stock remote. They are not that expensive and you should be able to find it anywhere online or probably at most stores near you. A quick search on amazon will surely show the remote you are looking for and get it there quickly. While it may be annoying that your remote broke, its still not difficult to replace.
Hopefully one of the options here helped you successfully get your sony TV connected to wifi. Its never fun when something as simple as a remote goes missing or stops working. Luckily they are cheap and easily replaceable.