Changing when a device powers on or off

By default, Harmony will turn off any devices that are not being used as part of the current Activity. However, Harmony gives you the flexibility to change how it powers on and off your devices.

Change a device’s power settings: Using the Harmony mobile app Using the MyHarmony desktop software


Using the power settings allows you to decided how your devices behave, these settings can be adjusted using the MyHarmony desktop software, or for hub‑based remotes, the Harmony mobile app.


  • Power Setting
    Description
  • Turn off when not in use (default)
    This option will power on a device when starting an Activity that includes it, and power off the device when you stop the Activity. This is most common for televisions or AV receivers that you only want powered on when in use.
  • Leave powered on all the time
    This option means that Harmony will never send the power on or power off command. This may be valuable if you have a media center or set top box that you want to leave on all the time.
  • Keep this device on when switching Activities
    This option will power on the device the first time it is needed, but keep it turned on when you switch from one Activity to the next. The device will be powered off when you press the Off button on your Harmony remote indicating that you want everything turned off. This is useful for game consoles that you may want to pause and leave on when switching to watch TV, and return to later on without having to stop your game.
  • There are no power buttons
    This option should be used for devices that don't have power buttons at all. This is common on older AV equipment that may not have come with a remote control.

Using the Harmony mobile app

Please be aware

In order to use the Harmony mobile app, you'll need to use a Harmony hub‑based product. If you're not using a Harmony hub‑based product, please follow the desktop instructions to change your device's power settings.

  1. Tap MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony app select devices
  1. Select the device you'd like to modify, followed by POWER SETTINGS and set your power preference.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to continue configuring your device.
Harmony App - when device power on or off

Using the desktop software

  1. Sign into the MyHarmony desktop software and select your remote from the Remote Gallery.
  2. Select the Devices tab, along with the device you'd like to modify the power settings for.
  3. Select Change Device Settings, followed by Power Settings, then Next.
MyHarmony - power settings
  1. Follow the prompts to finish configuring your device's power settings.
  2. Remember to sync your remote whenever making changes.
MyHarmony - power settings
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