Getting Started with Harmony Ultimate One

Walk through our setup tutorial: adding your home entertainment devices, setting up one-touch Activities and learning more about the usage of your remote. Already set up and something's not working? Our troubleshooters and support articles will help set things right.

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Discover Harmony
What's in the box
Adding devices and Activities
Product features
Support articles

Understanding how Harmony works

Your Harmony Ultimate One allows you merge the remotes of up to 15 of your home entertainment devices into one so you can, and should! keep those other remotes out of sight.

The Harmony software will guide you through entering the manufacturer and model numbers of your home devices so Harmony understands how to control them. It then helps you create Activities (or scenes) so you're only one-button away from watching television or playing a game.

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Understanding Harmony Activities

What's in the box

Harmony Ultimate One remote

Harmony Ultimate One remote enables one-touch Activity based control of your home entertainment system.

Charging cradle

Keep your remote in here when not in use to ensure it's fully charged when you need it.

AC Adapter x2

Provides power to the charging station.

USB cable

Your new remote is configured by connecting your Harmony Ultimate One to your laptop or desktop computer using the supplied USB cable, and signing in to the Harmony software.

Adding Devices and Activities

  1. Download and install the Harmony software.

  2. 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.

  3. Using the supplied USB cable, connect Harmony Ultimate One to your computer.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

Product features

Harmony Ultimate One features

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.

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.

This button shows your Favorite Channels. Tap a Favorite to tune in to that channel. If your system is off, tapping a Favorite will start your Watch TV Activity and then tune to that channel. You can use Favorites to quickly navigate your on-screen TV guide as well. Learn more about adding Favorite Channels.

This button accesses your Activities. Tap an Activity to turn on your entertainment system or to switch to another Activity.

Swipe left and right to change modes on your screen, and when in an Activity, swipe the up arrow to reveal gesture control. You can also customize the commands that appear on your screen.

The Harmony Ultimate One 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 Harmony

Setting 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 tweak each of your buttons.

Create as many Activities as you'd like and tweak what each button does or which commands appear on the screen.

Using your Harmony

Understanding 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

Having trouble with one of your Activities?

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.


Do more with your Harmony Ultimate One remote

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.


Harmony community forums

Post a question to the Harmony forums. Our Harmony product managers also actively participate and provide technical advise.


Contact the Harmony Team

Harmony comes with a period of free email and phone support. You also have unlimited access to our online support community.

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