How to Switch on AC Without Remote: A How-To Guide

You know how it is when you’re sitting in front of your AC unit, and you can’t find the remote? It’s summer, and you’re sweating in the heat. And now you are assuming how to switch on the AC without a remote control?

Well, there are several ways to get the job done. This blog post will teach you how to turn on your Air Conditioner without remote and other tips to ensure your AC runs as efficiently as possible.

How to Switch on AC without Remote

1. Turn on the Power Button from the Display Panel

This is the most common way to turn on an AC without a remote. The power button is usually located in the lower right-hand corner of the display panel.

Once you’ve found it, press it and hold it down for a few seconds until the AC unit turns on.

If you are unable to find the power button, then you’ll need to refer to your model’s user manual in order to find out where it is on yours, but generally, this will be somewhere close by, depending on what kind of system you’ve got.

Also, you can search the power button towards the front panel display screen (if there’s an LCD) and hideaway under plastic covers at other areas throughout which power lead goes.

2. Use a Universal Remote

If you’ve lost your AC remote or just don’t feel like getting up off the couch, there’s no need to worry. You can use a universal remote to control your AC unit; all you need to do is program the universal remote with the codes for your AC unit.

Once you’ve done that, you can use the universal remote to turn on and off your AC, change the temperature, and so on.

How to find the AC remote codes: You can go through your manual or check online for universal remotes that work with your specific model.

3. Switch on AC with the Mobile App

If the above two methods don’t work for you, or you just want to be extra lazy, there’s always the option of using your mobile phone to switch/turn on your AC.

Yes, you can use your smartphone as an alternative or in addition to the physical remote control. For example, if you have a home automation system that can be controlled via a smartphone app or another web-based method, this is another way to turn on AC without a remote.

How do I use the app: The first thing you’ll need is a system that can be controlled remotely, like the aforesaid home automation system. Once you have that setup, open the app and locate the AC unit in your house. Then, you’ll be able to control the AC using the app, including switching it on or off.

How do I set up my smartphone as an alternative to the AC remote: If you don’t have a home automation system, you can still use your smartphone as an alternative to the AC remote. To do that, you need to download a remote control app.

Many apps can do this for free, so just search the remote control app in Google Play Store or Apple App Store and download one. Once your smartphone app is all set up, you can use it as an alternative to the physical remote control.


You can use these three methods to switch on AC without a remote. We hope this blog post has given you some good ideas about handling things when your remote control goes missing or breaks down.

Have you tried any of them before? Which one do you think is the best method for your needs? Let us know in the comments section below.

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