LG is an electronics company that produces a wide range of products including washing machines, refrigerators, computer monitors, and most importantly, television. LG’s range of OLED TVs contains some of the best currently on the market, boasting super high-definition displays and a wide range of sizes – including up to 83 inches.
But there’s a strange and simple problem with LG TVs that seems to flummox many users: Where is the power button?!
In this article, we’ll take a look at just exactly where it is on different LG models, and how you can turn your TV on and off if for some reason you can’t use your remote.
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On the latest ranges of LG TVs, OLEDs and otherwise, the power button is located:
- In the center of the TV console, under the screen at the bottom, behind the power light.
Depending on the size and exact model of your LG TV, there may be an LG logo on the edge of the screen. Look under the logo for the power button.
Alternatively, if you have a slightly older model, the power button may be located in a number of different locations. These are:
- The front left underside of the TV.
- The front right underside of the TV.
- The back side of the TV; can be on the left but usually on the right.
If you’re having trouble finding the power button, even in the locations listed above, be aware that on some models, the buttons may actually be ‘touch’ buttons, possibly on the side bezels of the TV unit.
If this is the case, you might not actually feel any button at all. Instead, get a flashlight and look for the on/off symbol somewhere along the edge of your TV. Touch it lightly, like you would a touchscreen device, instead of pressing it like a button. Wait for a second, and see if your TV responds.
It’s slightly ridiculous, but LG has changed the location of the power button many times over the years, often with a new placement for each new line of TVs. The best thing to do is consult the user manual that came with your TV for an exact location specific to your TV.
So, hopefully, you’ve managed to turn your TV on. Great! You do know you could just use the remote, right?
But I’d assume if you’re looking for the power button, your remote is out of action. Perhaps you’ve lost it, or the batteries have run dry. Which might make you think…
Can You Control an LG TV Without a Remote?
It’s only logical to assume that alongside a power button, there will be other buttons to help you access the TV’s many functions. At least the most basic ones, like changing the channel or the volume, right?
Wrong. Unfortunately, most TVs these days (not just LG!) are designed to look sleek, aesthetic, and minimal. And they do look great! But what they have in style, they lack in usability.
With manufacturers deciding to forego the inclusion of buttons to change the channel, volume, input, and access any menus, there are not many options left when it comes to controlling your TV without a remote.
Some LG TVs do still have a minimal selection of control buttons built into the physical TV. These are usually found on older models with touch buttons on the bezels, or on the back of the TV.
Some LG TVs also have a multi-function power button, wherein different menus and controls can be accessed, all through different presses and holds of one power button. This is usually the case on TVs where the power button is located in the middle of the TV, underneath the LG logo.
But, as this is not the case for every TV, you may be wondering what you can do if, for whatever reason, you can’t use your remote, and your TV has no other control options other than one single-function power button.
Well, like Samsung, Amazon, and Roku, LG has got it covered.
LG ThinQ App
That’s right, LG has an app available for both Apple and Android that allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control.
The ThinQ app (which used to be known as LG TV Plus) grants users access to a whole host of features, as well as full, unbridled control of their TV – and much more!
To use the app, simply search ‘LG ThinQ’ on the Apple or Google Play store, and download it to your device. You will need to log in or signup, then you can select your TV from a list of available appliances to connect to. Your TV will need to be on to do this!
From there, you’re good to go! The ThinQ app will function as a remote for your TV, so once you’re set up, you don’t need to worry about where the power button is, or how to change the channel or the input source. Great! Not only that, but it also has features such as a TV guide, and the ability to cast what’s playing on the TV to your phone.
And that’s not all. As I mentioned at the very start of this article, LG doesn’t just make TVs. With the ThinQ app, you can also connect to and control your LG washing machine, refrigerator, computer screen, and so on.
It’s a great solution to a common problem, and it also goes a step above by linking all of your LG appliances to your mobile,
Long gone are the days when the only option you had for changing the channel was to get up from the couch and do it by hand. Since the dawn of the age of the remote control, the need for buttons on TVs has grown less and less apparent. But, obviously, it is still important to at least be able to switch the thing on and off!
Hopefully now you know how to do that with your LG TV, and if there are other options you can control with the power button or not. And if you can’t, never fear! Because with the LG ThinQ app, you’ll never need to pick up your remote, or even touch your TV, ever again!