How to Set Up Volume Controls on the 2019 Shield TV Pro and Tube?.
The Shield TV 2019 remote is full of features like backlit buttons, remote locators and of course volume buttons. But if you’re new to Sheild Remote, you can’t help but wonder why the volume buttons don’t work at first. This is because these buttons control the volume of the TV, not the device, and need to be adjusted. You can use HDMI-CEC or IR to adjust the volume on your TV. If you’ve connected a home theater system or speakers to your TV, the Shield TV Pro also has options for that, and I’ll explain that in more detail when we get into the setup. Let’s start.
Set up the volume controls on New Shield TV Pro
To customize the controls, grab your Shield TV remote and go to Settings on your Shield TV.
On the Settings page, go to Device Settings and select Display and Sound Settings from the menu.
In the display and sound settings, you can enable AI scaling, adjust the resolution, and more. Go to the Sound section and select Volume control.
Here you can toggle the HDMI-CEC switch to turn it on, if your TV supports this function, you can adjust the volume with that. For the unknown, HDMI-CEC allows for a feature found in most modern TVs, which allows you to control basic live streaming functions such as volume and media playback from the streaming device’s remote control, and vice versa. To find out if your TV has HDMI-CEC, you can always google the model number.
You can try and if it works, you can just complete the setup here. However, if your TV is old, or if your soundbar, receiver, or home theater supports infrared, you’ll have to set it up manually.
To do this, select “Change IR setup” to start the setup process.
On the setup page, Shield TV Pro will prompt you to select the device you want to configure. Choose one of the options and continue.
In most cases, it will try to automatically detect the device and show you a name for confirmation. However, if it doesn’t, or does not recognize it correctly, you can simply select “No” and select your device manually.
Shield TV will now try to run some tests to see if the code works with your device. Make sure your Shield TV remote is pointed towards the device’s IR sensor. Also, do not press any buttons on the remote control while executing the code.
After completing the test, you will be prompted to confirm if you notice a change in volume on your TV. If yes, select YES, if no, select NO to run another test. Repeat while Shield TV prompts you, but during my testing it almost always worked for two tests.
Congratulations, that’s all you need to do. You can now press the Home button to exit the setup. The volume buttons on the Shield TV remote will now control the volume of the paired device.
Most streaming devices like the Roku, Firestick, and Android TV have volume controls on their remotes, and the New Shield TV Pro follows suit by offering IR controls. While this is better for casual consumers, I prefer to have these controls. What do you think? Isn’t the lack of sound control in the system too important? Let me know in the comments below.