They appear on almost all remote controls, regardless of brand, and many are unaware of what they are for.

They appear on almost all remote controls regardless of brand

They appear on almost all remote controls, regardless of brand, and many are unaware of what they are for.

They can be located at the bottom or in the middle of the remote control, but few people pay attention to them. However, you may need to use them at some point: the enigmatic colored buttons: red, green, yellow and blue. At first glance, these touches seem to be an aesthetic addition or a fantasy of the designers. Yet they play a much more significant role in our television experience.

First of all, these keys have a primary use when entering text on the television, for example to enter the Wi-Fi password and connect the TV to the Internet. Most often (but it depends on the manufacturer), the red button allows you to switch from lowercase to uppercase and vice versa. The green button allows you to delete the last letter entered, the yellow button allows you to modify the input language. And the blue button to go from letters to numbers then to symbols.

But the usefulness of these keys doesn’t stop there. They can in fact have a function throughout your use of your television. Most of the time, your TV will display the color at the bottom followed by the function name.

The red button is often associated with interactive functions or direct access to online services. In the context of interactive television services, pressing this button may take you to specific menus, such as participating in live polls or accessing additional content related to a show.

The green button, for its part, is generally linked to navigation in electronic program guides (EPG for Electronic Program Guide). By pressing this button you can quickly access an overview of upcoming or currently broadcast programs.

The yellow button is often used to access additional options or contextual features. In some cases, it may open submenus or settings options specific to the show you’re watching. For example, when streaming sporting events, pressing the yellow button could allow you to view detailed statistics about the current match.

Finally, the blue button often plays a role in accessing messaging services or built-in social features. In the connected TV ecosystem, this button can open lines of communication, allowing you to share TV moments with friends or participate in online discussions related to the show you’re watching.