Harmony experience with Sony's Android TV

It's compatible with Harmony IR based remotes*
* IR remotes are unable to launch Harmony Activities from the Android TV interface

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

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Harmony and Sony's Android TV

Controlling Sony's Android TV with your Harmony remote

Power on your TV, automatically set the correct inputs, and begin navigating your Sony Smart TV all with a single Harmony remote. You can also create unique Activities that launch directly into your favorite compatible video streaming app (e.g., Netflix). If you have a Harmony hub‑based product, you can create a "Good Morning" Activity that automatically turns on your coffee maker and Sony Smart TV, setting it to your favorite news station each morning at designated time.

Using Sony's Android TV to launch Harmony Activities from the TV interface

Control your lights, blinds, plugs and thermostats without ever missing a scene. Set your ideal TV watching experience. For example, your Movie night Activity may dim your lights and lower your blinds. You can select a specific light or group and adjust the brightness or even control the color (for color changing bulbs).

Sony's Android TV communicates with Harmony allowing you to launch Activities and control devices from your TV interface.

Control your lights, blinds, plugs and thermostats without ever missing a scene. Set your ideal TV watching experience. For example, your Movie night Activity may dim your lights and lower your blinds. You can select a specific light or group and adjust the brightness or even control the color (for color changing bulbs).

Setup

You must first have a Harmony hub‑based remote set up and working in your living room. Once Harmony is working independently, you may experience Harmony Activities from Sony's Android TV interface. Connecting your Harmony account will automatically add your Activities and devices.


Add the Harmony app to Sony's Android TV
On your TV, navigate to the Google Play Store and install the Harmony app.
Sign into your Harmony account
Once you successfully sign in, you'll be able to access your Harmony Activities and home control devices*.
(*excluding locks and sensors)
Set up your Sony Smart TV
Set up your Sony Smart 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

Print Mobile Steps

Adding Sony Smart TV to your Harmony setup:

Notice

Only Harmony Hub and Harmony hub‑based products have access to the Harmony mobile app.

  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's 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.
Print Desktop Steps

Adding Sony Smart TV to your Harmony setup:

  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.

Harmony hub‑based products

  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's 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.

Harmony IR based products

  1. Select the Add device button.
  2. Enter the manufacturer Sony and enter your model number.

  3. Harmony Desktop Softare
Not receiving a pin?

If you're not receiving a pin when going through your setup, you may need to change some settings on your TV.

Control

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 current version of the Harmony app for Sony's 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. The Harmony Team is working to add this capability in future versions of our app.

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.

  • To access the Sony Smart Home, press the Home button on your Harmony remote's screen or the Windows key on the Harmony Smart Keyboard.
  • To exit an app, press the Exit button on the Harmony remote or Harmony Smart Keyboard.
  • To return to a previous screen from within an app, long press the previous channel button on the Harmony remote, or press the Back key on the Harmony Smart Keyboard.

    Harmony 600/650/665/700 remotes may have the previous command assigned to their screen. Learn how.
  • For auto power and/or auto input issues, disable CEC auto power and input switching.

Harmony hub‑based products

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.

Harmony IR based products

All Harmony remotes may navigate and control control select Sony Smart TVs.


Sony Smart TV app navigation

The following apps can controlled using your Harmony Remote.

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.

How Harmony integrates Android TV

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

Harmony Hub connects with 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.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

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.

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