Harmony experience with Sony Android TV

It's compatible with all Harmony products

Sony Android TV Sony Android TV

Setup


Set up your Sony Android TV
Set up your Sony Android TV and install the apps you'd like to use (e.g., Netflix, Hulu+, Plex).
Connect Harmony to Sony Smart TV
Once connected, you may use Harmony to control your Sony Smart TV and trigger Activities in which your Smart TV is included.

Add Sony Smart TV to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony app select devices
  1. Select ADD DEVICE at the bottom, followed by SCAN FOR WI‑FI DEVICES.
  2. Harmony will search for Sony Android TV devices on your home network.
  3. Tap to the box next to Sony TV, followed by NEXT.
    • You'll be prompted to pair your Sony TV with Harmony.
Scan Wi-FI
  1. Continue through the series of questions to build your Watch Smart TV Activity.
  1. Launch the MyHarmony desktop software and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony product from the Remote Gallery screen.
  3. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen.
  1. Select the Scan for devices button near the center of the page.

  2. Harmony Desktop Softare
  3. Connect your Harmony remote to your computer with the provided USB cable. Harmony will scan your home network for devices. Ensure both Sony Android TV and your Harmony hub are on the same Wi‑Fi network.
    • Once complete, you'll be prompted to pair your Sony TV with Harmony.
  1. Select the Add device button.
  2. Enter the manufacturer Sony and enter your model number.
  3. Harmony Desktop Softare

Control

Using your Sony Smart TV

Below are some tips on using Harmony with your Sony Smart TV. Once you've added your TV to Harmony and setup is complete, we recommend setting up a Smart TV Activity.

Harmony hub‑based products can control select Sony Smart TVs, and also add additional capabilities. Using the Harmony mobile app:

  • Control icon lists commonly used Sony Smart TV buttons.
  • Gestures allows you to control your Activity using simple swipe gestures over your phone screen. For example, swiping up/down will change your volume.
  • Favorites will display all your Sony Smart TV channels for easy switching.
  • Voiceand Text entry allows you to control your Sony Smart TV using your mobile device's keyboard and/or microphone.

Supported apps

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is supported on Sony Android Smart TVs.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work.

Text entry is not supported on Sony Smart TVs.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Skip Forward and Skip Backwards commands.

Text entry is supported on Sony Android Smart TVs.

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Amazon allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is supported on Sony Android Smart TVs.

Plex

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Plex app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Plex allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is supported on Sony Android Smart TVs.

Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Browser app.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Text entry is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard or Harmony app.

Mouse/Cursor control is possible using Harmony Smart Keyboard.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on its design.

Some apps may require the use of the original Sony Smart TV remote. These are typically apps that make use of motion control.

Customize


Adjust the physical buttons on your remote

Harmony has already optimized the buttons on your remote; however you can further customize these buttons depending on your preference.

Add, remove or rename commands on your remotes screen

Harmony automatically imports your Sony Smart TV channels and displays them under the favorites section on your Harmony remote. Commands specific to your Watch Smart TV Activity are also displayed for which you can add, remove or rename them.

Customize Harmony mobile app buttons

You can view common Sony Smart TV commands on your phone or tablet screen. You can add, remove or rearrange these commands.

Set your own swipe gestures

By default, swiping up or down on the gestures screen will change volume. There are 22 gestures in total, view and customize them from the app.

FAQs

Harmony will not prompt my Sony TV to pair when going through a new setup

If your Harmony hub has previously been registered, then you must deregister it before adding your tv. The most common way to achieve this is by navigating to the Home screen and selecting Settings > Network > Home Network > Remote device / renderer > Remote devices > Logitech Harmony and selecting Deregister.

If the steps above don't work for you, try navigating to the Home screen and selecting Settings > Remote device settings > Deregister remote devices > Deregister Logitech Harmony.

I'm not able to control the TV when my Harmony hub is out of sight

Select your TV's Android version:

  • IP Control is supported on select Sony Bravia TV models, removing the need to place your hub near the TV. If you own a supported TV and are having trouble using this feature:
    • Ensure your Sony Smart TV and Harmony hub are on the same home network. Navigate to the Home screen and select Settings > Network and verify that your TV and Harmony hub are connected to the same network.
    • Ensure Remote device/renderer is enabled. Navigate to the Home screen on your Sony TV and select Settings > Network > Remote device settings > Control remotely and set it to On.
    • Ensure Remote Start is enabled. Navigate to the Home screen on your Sony TV and select Settings > Network > Remote Start > On.
Still not working?

After changing the above settings, you may be required to remove your Sony Smart TV from your Harmony setup, and then re-add it to enable IP Control functionality.

  • IP Control is supported on select Sony Bravia TV models, removing the need to place your hub near the TV. If you own a supported TV and are having trouble using this feature:
    • Ensure your Sony Smart TV and Harmony hub are on the same home network. Navigate to the Home screen and select Settings > Network and verify that your TV and Harmony hub are connected to the same network.
    • Ensure Remote device/renderer is enabled. Navigate to the Home screen on your Sony TV and select Settings > Network > Home Network > Remote device/renderer and set it to On.
    • Ensure Remote Start is enabled. Navigate to the Home screen on your Sony TV and select Settings > Network > Remote Start > On.
Still not working?

After changing the above settings, you may be required to remove your Sony Smart TV from your Harmony setup, and then re-add it to enable IP Control functionality.

I want to use the Harmony app for Sony Android TV

The Harmony app for Sony Android TV is no longer available on the Sony Android TV app market. If previously installed, you may still use the app to control your Harmony Activities, even using your original remote, from the Android TV interface. See below for more details.

Accessing your Harmony Activities and devices

Access your Harmony Activities and devices right from your TV screen, there's no need to look down at your remote and risk missing something important. The Action Menu can hold up to ten of your Activities, by default this will be your first ten. If you have more than ten Activities, you can deselect and select Activities you want accessible from the Action Menu.


Controlling Harmony

Starting or ending your Activities

  1. Using your Sony remote, press the ACTION MENU button.
  2. Access the menu option that's second from the right and select your Activity.
Select Activites

Controling your devices

  1. Using your Sony remote, press the ACTION MENU button.
  2. Access the rightmost menu option and select the type of device you'd like to control.
  3. A new menu will open up, allowing you direct control of your device.
Select Activites
Notice

The Harmony app for Sony Android TV is unable to control smart locks. Attempting to start an Activity that contains a smart lock will fail and none of the associated devices will turn on.

Setup

Adding Sony Android TV to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony Express app and tap Edit Setup.
  2. Next, tap + to perform a Wi‑Fi scan, and select your device.
    • If your device isn't found, ensure it's on the same Wi-Fi network as Harmony Express.
    • If you still have issues, reboot your device and router then try again.
  3. Tap Continue and follow the on-screen prompts.
Add Device to Harmony Express

Control

Voice

You can use your voice to send commands such as turn on, turn off, and more. Tap What to say in the Harmony Express app to see sample commands for your device. Launching apps using your voice is not supported for this device.

For more information on how to use your voice with Harmony Express, see: Voice commands on Harmony Express

Remote

Although Harmony has already mapped default commands to your remote buttons, you have the ability to assign custom commands to them. For more information, see: Customizing physical buttons on your remote

Supported apps

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work.

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Hulu allows you to skip 10 seconds forward or back using the direction left and right arrows.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Direction Right and Left commands.

Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Browser app.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on the app's design.

Integration details

Harmony Express remotes Hub‑based remotes

Harmony Infrared remotes

Harmony Hub connects with Sony Android TV through your home's network allowing navigation and control from your Harmomy remote, or the Harmony mobile app. You can also launch and end Activities using the Android TV interface. Please ensure Android TV is connected to the same network as your Harmony hub.

Sony Android TV may be controlled using infrared (IR) signals that are sent directly from your Harmony remote. Android TV cannot launch or end Activities without being connected to a Harmony hub‑based product

Depending on your Harmony configuration with Sony Android TV, Harmony will either control this device using Wi-Fi or infrared (IR) signals.

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