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All You Need To Know About The DSTV Remote, Resetting, And Programming

It is safe to assume that at least, about 60% of the Ghanaian population is having at least one DSTV decoder in their house.

This means that all these houses are having at least, one DSTV remote in their residence.

In one of our previous articles, we talked about how one can troubleshoot some problems that can affect the remote as well as some ways to solve the problems so it is only right that we show you some more things about the DSTV remote so that you can get the best out of it to enjoy the vast entertainment that comes with owning a DSTV.

In this article, we will be looking at a few things that most people normally miss when it comes to their TV remote. So let us get down to business.

Connecting Your DSTV Remote To The Decoder

Maybe you just recently purchased a DSTV decoder and installed it yourself. However, although you know to install the satellite dish, you do not know how to connect the remote. Let us look at how you can connect the remote to the decoder.

You can connect the remote to the decoder by selecting between TV1, TV2, and TV3.

You need to know how to change the DSTV Explora remote between the above mention TVs because it is very important when dealing with a remote that is not responding.

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You can set the remote to work under either TV1, TV2, or TV3 based on where they are needed at that moment.

How To Set The Remote

If you do not know how to set the remote under either of the above-mentioned TV settings, here is how to go about it.

All you have to do is to press and hold the needed button for about three seconds until you see the green light blinking on the designated TV. For example, on TV1. 

If you happen to see that the green light is blinking below the ‘Back’ button, then it means that the remote is set to TV2 mode.

Pressing and holding the ‘Back’ button for three seconds. The green light will then blink on TV2.

If you wish to set the remote to work under TV3, the procedure is quite simple as well but requires a bit more than the earlier ones.

You will have to press and hold the ‘back’ button and the ‘I’ button together for three seconds. 

DSTV Troubleshooting Colors For Remote

These are the various colors for troubleshooting the remote of the DSTV decoder. Here are the various colors. 

  • Mode 1, TV2- red
  • Mode 2, TV2- green

Setting Up The DSTV A7 Remote

The DSTV remote is programmable and that makes it quite easy to use with the decoder.

This makes it possible for you to switch a remote between different decoders. Sometimes when setting the remote, some errors could make the remote end up as a broken remote.

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In this case, you will need to reset the remote to its previous default so that the mess created can be cleared. Resetting the programming on the A7 remote helps in clearing out all the errors.

How To Reset The DSTV Remote

Since you now know that you need to reset the DSTV remote before you can correct the mistakes that have accumulated on it, you will have to do exactly that.

Let us look at the ways through which you can reset the remote.

  1. Hold down the ARC and the standby button together for about three seconds. The remote will change to an amber color while you are doing this
  2. While you are still pressing the ARC button, release the standby button
  3. Now dial in 9499 while you are still pressing the ARC button. There will be three green blinks of the light
  4. Now, just release the ARC button and the process will be complete

Setting Up DSTV Link 

Here is how to set up the link between your remote and the TV.

  1. Press on the menu button
  2. Choose advanced options
  3. Enter the PIN as 9499
  4. Now, select equipment setup
  5. Choose TV link/ auxiliary in option 3
  6. Select ‘on’
  7. Now save the option you just chose
  8. And the press ‘ok’ to finish


With these, you can easily set up your DSTV remote without having to call an expert. You can do these easily all by yourself.   

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