Getting Started with Harmony 950
Walk through our setup tutorial: adding your home entertainment devices, setting up one-touch Activities and learning more about the usage of your remote.
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What's in the box
Harmony 950 remote
The Harmony 950 remote enables one-touch Activity based control of your home entertainment system.
Keep your remote in here when not in use to ensure it's fully charged when you need it.
Provides power to the charging station.
Your new remote is configured by connecting your Harmony 950 to your laptop or desktop computer using the supplied USB cable, and signing in to the Harmony software.
Adding Devices, Activities and Home Control
Download and install the Harmony software.
If this is your first Harmony remote, create a new account.
If you already have a Harmony account then you may sign in and add this new remote to your account.
Using the supplied USB cable connect Harmony 950 to your computer.
If this is your first remote then you'll be prompted to enter the manufacturer and model for each of your home entertainment devices.
Learn more about finding your device's model number.
Are you upgrading an existing Harmony remote? You may also choose to import your previous remote settings.
Once all your devices have been entered, the Harmony software will prompt you to create Activities such as Watch TV, Listen to Music or Watch a Movie.
You'll be asked what input each of your devices have to be on in order for you to see video and hear sound. Follow the on-screen instructions, or learn more about creating a Harmony Activity.
That's it! When you sync, Harmony will transfer these settings to your remote. When you first use your remote control, you will see a tutorial screen. To exit the screen, tap on the X on the right. To never show the tutorial screen again, tap on the box on the top left and then tap on the X on the right.
Press the Off button to power off all your entertainment devices.
Tip: You do not need to press Off when switching between two Activities. Harmony will remember what is already powered on and only change what's needed.
The Settings icon brings up help screens depending on the current Activity, allows you to set a sleep timer, customize on screen commands and their order, or adjust remote settings such as vibration intensity and sceen brightness.
One button, two actions; press to fast forward or hold it a little longer to skip forward. All buttons on your Harmony remote can be customized with different short and long press actions.
Tap the Activities soft button to access your home screen to easily launch or switch between Activities.
Tap the Devices soft button to view all your entertainment devices.
The Harmony 950 buttons are automatically mapped based on the Activity you're in. While watching TV, the channel buttons will control your cable/satellite box. While listening to music, the channel buttons may change radio stations.
Customize your HarmonySetting up Favorite Channels
Add up to 50 Favorite Channels to your screen, with icons or station names. Learn more about Adding Favorite Channels.Adjust and modify each of your buttons.
Create as many Activities as you'd like and modify what each button does or which commands appear on the screen.
Using your HarmonyUnderstanding Activities
Unlike other universal remotes that may control devices individually, Harmony controls an Activity such as Watching TV or Playing a Game. You don't need to choose which device you want to control. Start your Watch TV Activity and your volume will automatically control the stereo, and channels will automatically change your TV or cable/satellite box. Watch this video to learn more.Keep your devices in sync
To help keep your Harmony in sync with your devices, avoid turning your television, cable/satellite box and other devices on and off manually or by using their original remote control. If something didn't turn on then use the help feature.Harmony Help feature Did one of your devices not power on, or switch to the correct input? The Harmony Help feature will ask you a series of questions to bring everything back in sync. Watch our video to learn more about Harmony Help.
Additional support resources
If one of your devices didn't power on or change to the correct input, then we recommend using our Activity troubleshooter to help narrow down the problem and find a solution.
- How to update your Harmony firmware Harmony periodically releases updates to our remotes that may enable new features, deliver bug fixes ...
- Adding a device that's not found in the Harmony database The Harmony database is aware of over 270,000 devices and is being added to each day; however it may still be possible ...
- Using the Harmony Help feature to fix a problem with your Activity Your Harmony has a Help feature which can assist in correcting problems when starting or stopping an Activity.
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Do more with your Harmony 950 remote
- Customizing physical buttons on your remote Harmony allows you to customize what each of the physical buttons on your remote do, and each of these customizations ...
- Customizing buttons on your remote's screen Harmony allows you to customize which commands appears on the screen of your remote, and each of these customi ...
- Adding Favorite Channels to your Harmony 950 Harmony allows you to assign your Favorite Channel numbers to an icon on your remote so you may easily tune to that ...
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Have more questions or suggestions?
Download the setup software
Depending on your remote, you can set up and configure Harmony using either the Harmony software or Harmony mobile app for iOS and Android.Download
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