Harmony experience with Sony Smart TVs

It's compatible with Harmony IR remotes

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

Harmony and Sony Smart TV

Using Sony's Android TV?

If you're using Sony's Android TV, this article may not be relevant for you. Please see: Harmony experience with Sony's Android TV

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.


Setup


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:

Please be aware

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 the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE and enter manufacturer Sony followed by your Smart TV model number.
  3. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  4. 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. You will be prompted to connect your Harmony to your computer with the provided USB cable. Harmony will scan your home Wi‑Fi network for devices. Ensure both your Sony Smart TV and Harmony Hub are on the same Wi‑Fi network.

Harmony IR based products

  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.

  • 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.
  • The menu key does not work from either the Sony remote, nor a Harmony remote when you are inside an app.
  • 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.

How Harmony integrates with Sony Smart TVs

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

Some Sony Smart TV models may offer text entry via Bluetooth and/or allow control over IP when using a Harmony hub‑based products. If your Smart TV doesn't support these features, Harmony will connect to and control your Smart TV using IR (infrared) signals.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

Sony Smart TVs are compatible with all IR (infrared) based products.

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