How to Set Up And Program
Your TiVo® Voice Remote

Learn how to get the most out of your TiVo Voice Remote. Follow these simple steps below to get started.

1. Insert batteries

Make sure your new Tivo Voice Remote is within 3 feet of the front of your TiVo box, and insert the batteries into the remote.

Your remote should pair with your TiVo on its own, but if it doesn’t, please follow the steps below.

2. Pair the remote

Press the TiVo button, located at the top of the remote, and navigate through: Menu > Settings > Remote, CableCARD & Devices > Remote Control Setup > Pair remote with your TiVo box.

While on this screen, press the TiVo & Back buttons together until the light at the top of the remote remains lit. Release the buttons and the light will blink yellow/amber while pairing.

When the light stops blinking, press the TiVo button to return to the Home Menu.

Press the blue Voice button on the remote to confirm the blue Voice icon appears on your TV screen. Your TiVo box is now Voice enabled!

3. Program the remote to control your TV

Press the TiVo button, located at the top of the remote, and navigate through: Menu > Settings > Remote, CableCARD & Devices > Remote Control Setup > Set TV Power, Volume and Mute.

Use the up/down arrows to locate your TV manufacturer.

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Do I have to activate my remote?

Your voice remote should pair automatically with your TiVo box, but if it doesn’t please follow the instructions as outlined above.

Where did the ZOOM button go?

The ZOOM button is now the EXIT button on your remote. To change the aspect ratio, go to the Settings Menu or press the Info button while on a non-HD channel, scroll to the right to Change Panel Mode. You can now use the ZOOM functionality.

How do I get back to the last screen I was on?

The Back button (located next to the left arrow) will take you to the previous screen. This also takes you back to My Shows if you press Back while playing a recording.

What kind of voice commands do I need to say into the remote?

You can do a lot with the TiVo voice control:

  • Tune to a channel: “Watch CBS”
  • Browse for something specific. Start with “Show me Tom Hanks movies.” Then narrow your search: “From the 80’s. On Netflix”
  • You can even ask for your favorite sports team: “When are the Seahawks playing?”
  • Jump ahead or rewind while watching a recording: “Fast forward five minutes”
Are there limitations to what the Voice Remote can do?

Yes. The voice control feature only works within the TiVo menus. It will not work within apps, such as On Demand, Netflix, Hulu, etc. However, if you use it to Search for titles/movies/actors/genre in the TiVo menu, once it finds the content you are looking for, it will show you all the Viewing Options, and should be 1-click to launch on TV, Create a OnePass, or play for On Demand, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

What is TiVo Home?

TiVo Home is just a new name for TiVo Central. Pressing the main TiVo button twice, will take you to My Shows.

Can I still use my current TiVo remotes with the new experience?

Yes, you can continue to use your current TiVo remotes to perform most standard functions available prior to the upgrade. To enjoy the new voice capabilities, a Voice Remote will need to be activated for each TV.

How can I receive additional Voice Remotes?

Just fill out the information below and we’ll get additional remotes mailed out to you as soon as possible.

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