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How does the LG Magic Remote work?

With the LG Magic Remote, you select an option by pointing at it. That saves you a lot of pressing on number and arrow buttons. In this article, you'll find out how the remote works. The Magic Remote used in this article goes with an LG OLED TV from 2018, but the explanation is also suitable for other versions.

STB PWR, Number buttons, List

STB PWR

STB PWR

With this button, you switch the digital decoder of your provider on or off.

Number buttons

Number buttons

If you press the 0 button for more than 3 seconds, you open a list of numbers on the screen. Then, you can assign a TV channel or app to each number. If you then press a number button for more than 3 seconds, you'll go directly to your favorite station or app.

List

List

This will open a list of saved programs.

Remote, Mute, Voice Recognition

Remote

Remote

With this button, you open a digital remote on the screen.

Mute

Mute

This turns the sound on or off. If you hold the button for more than 3 seconds, you open the accessibility menu. You can set the subtitle options via this menu, among other things.

Voice recognition

Voice recognition

You can use a voice command to search for a website or video. You do this by speaking the search term loud and clear while holding down the button. Hold the top of the remote as close to your mouth as possible. Note: this function only works when the TV is connected to the internet.

Home screen, Quick settings, Wheel

Home screen

Home screen

This button opens the home screen. In this screen, you can easily switch between your settings, connected sources, smart functions, and TV channels. If you press the button for more than 3 seconds, you'll open a list of your most recently opened apps and sources.

Quick settings

Quick settings

When you press this button, you'll see a list with the most important settings on the screen. This way, you can quickly adjust the image or sound reproduction, for example.

Wheel

Wheel

Turn the wheel up or down to scroll quickly through a list of programs or functions. The OK button is in the center of the wheel. This selects an option.

Back, Guide, Streaming services

Back

Back

This button takes you back to the previous menu. Press the button for more than 3 seconds to close all open menus.

Guide

Guide

This will open the digital TV guide.

Streaming services

Streaming services

You can open Netflix or Amazon Prime Video with the push of a button. This way, you don't have to scroll through the smart menu.

Colored buttons, Source, Live Zoom

Colored buttons

Colored buttons

With the colored buttons, you can choose between different options. Which options these are differs per menu. Press the red button for more than 3 seconds to record a program.

Source

Input

With this button, you can select different connected playback sources. You can easily switch between 2 HDMI devices, such as your digital decoder and game console, for example. If you press the button for more than 3 seconds, you open a list of all sources.

Live zoom

Live zoom

This zooms in on a part of the image. With the green button on the remote control, you pause the image. And with the yellow button, you take a screenshot. You can view these screenshots later in the Photo or Video menu of the TV. This function is available for TV channels and for connected sources such as your game console. Do you want to zoom in on the area you are pointing the remote control at? Then press the button for more than 3 seconds.

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