TiVo Mini: Installing and Using

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To view the Start Here poster for TiVo Mini, click here.

If you experience problems with your TiVo Mini, refer to TiVo Mini Troubleshooting.

If you want general information about TiVo Mini, go to TiVo Mini: FAQ.

If you received your TiVo Mini from your cable provider, follow the instructions at TiVo Mini FAQ and Troubleshooting (Enterprise Operators).


Home Network and Account Requirements

  • All TiVo devices must be on the same TiVo account.
  • Your TiVo account must be activated and in good standing.
  • A maximum of 12 TiVo devices per account, including TiVo Mini, can share programming.
  • The host DVR must be a Roamio Series DVR or a 4-tuner TiVo Premiere Series DVR running software 20.2.2 or above.
  • TiVo Mini must be on the same network and subnet as the host DVR.
  • TiVo Mini, the host DVR, and all other DVRs you want to use with TiVo Mini must connect to the home router using a high bandwidth connection (Ethernet or MoCA).

    IMPORTANT: TiVo Mini does not support wireless connections.

How to set up TiVo Mini

Step 1: Prepare the host DVR for use with TiVo Mini

NOTE: You must use the high-definition menu (HDUI) to prepare the host DVR. Once preparation is complete, you can switch back to the standard definition menu (SDUI) if you prefer.

  1. Verify that the host DVR meets the requirements listed in Home Network and Account Requirements, above.

  2. Connect your host DVR to your home network using an Ethernet or MoCA connection.

    IMPORTANT! TiVo Mini does not support wireless connections.

  3. Name the host DVR to make it easier to find on the network:

    1. From TiVo Central, go to Settings & Messages > Settings > Remote, CableCARD, & Devices > Name this DVR.

    2. Choose a name from the list or enter a unique name.

      NOTE: Do not use special characters (symbols, language characters, etc.) when naming TiVo devices. Special characters can interfere with the device's visibility on the network and/or cause an error when trying to access the device.

  4. Check your DVR's network connection. From TiVo Central, go to Settings & Messages > Settings > Network > View network diagnostics > Test Internet connection.
Step 2: Install TiVo Mini
  1. Connect TiVo Mini to the TV.

    • For high-definition TV, connect the HDMI cable (included in the package) between TiVo Mini and the TV.
    • For other TV types, use component and/or composite breakout cables (available in the TiVo Store).
  2. Connect TiVo Mini to the home network using Ethernet or MoCA.

    • Ethernet: Connect TiVo Mini to an open input on the router or to an Ethernet jack in the wall using an Ethernet cable.
    • MoCA: If you use a MoCA network in your home, connect the coax cable from the wall to the MoCA jack on the back of TiVo Mini.


    • IMPORTANT! TiVo Mini does not support wireless connections.

  3. Plug in the TiVo Mini power cord.

  4. Make sure you have a direct line of sight between TiVo Mini and your TiVo remote control. If you plan to put TiVo Mini in a cabinet or other enclosed area, you will need a TiVo IR Adapter.

    • Click here to order a TiVo IR Adapter from our website.
    • Click here for TiVo IR Adapter setup instructions.
Step 3: Perform Guided Setup on TiVo Mini
  1. Turn on the TV that TiVo Mini is connected to and wait for the Welcome! screen to display. When instructed to do so, press SELECT on the TiVo remote to begin the setup process.

  2. The next screen presents TiVo's service terms; select Agree to continue.

    NOTE: You must agree to the terms of service to complete Guided Setup.

  3. The next screen asks if you want to change video formats. There are two options:

    • Keep automatic settings: This is the typical choice. TiVo Mini will select video formats according to the settings it discovers on the television.
    • Change settings: Select this option if you know which resolutions your television supports and prefer to set the video formats manually.
  4. You will then see the Getting Setup Info screen, which will go through a series of steps to connect to the TiVo service to download program guide and lineup information. At the end of these steps, press the SELECT button to continue.

  5. The next step of Guided Setup will instruct you to Name This TiVo Box. Choose a name from the list or enter a unique name.

    NOTE: Do not use special characters (e.g., symbols, language characters) when naming TiVo devices. Special characters can interfere with the device's visibility on the network and/or cause an error when trying to access the device.

  6. The next screen will prompt you to connect TiVo Mini to a compatible host DVR.

    NOTE: If TiVo Mini only detects one compatible host DVR, it will automatically select it and you will not see this screen.

  7. That's it! Press the TiVo button on the remote to go to TiVo Central.


How to use TiVo Mini

How do I watch Live TV from the host DVR on TiVo Mini?

On the TiVo remote, press the Live TV button. All Live TV functions are the same, but channel changing will be slower as TiVo Mini will need to buffer the video before it begins playing.

How do I watch recorded content from the host DVR or other DVRs on TiVo Mini?

You can stream recorded content to TiVo Mini from not only your host DVR, but from any other compatible DVR on the same account and network.

To watch recorded shows from a Roamio Series or Premiere Series DVR:
  1. Press the TiVo button to go to TiVo Central, then select My Shows.
  2. Highlight the name of the DVR you want to access and press SELECT to see the My Shows list for that DVR.
  3. Highlight the show and press PLAY. You can watch the show from the point it was paused on the DVR, or from the beginning.
To return to My Shows on the host DVR:

Press the TiVo button and select My Shows.

NOTE: Selecting a show from a non-host DVR does not change it to the host DVR. To change the host DVR, press the TiVo button to go to TiVo Central on TiVo Mini, then go to Settings & Messages > Settings > Remote & Device > Connected TiVo DVR.

How do I remotely schedule a recording on the host DVR from TiVo Mini?

All normal TiVo recording options are available on TiVo Mini.

IMPORTANT: When recording Live TV, TiVo Mini will not record your live cache/buffer. For example, if you've been watching a show for 10 minutes and then hit the RECORD button, it will not record those last 10 minutes, but start recording from the present time.

How do I use TiVo Thumb Ratings with TiVo Mini?

Use the THUMBS UP and THUMBS DOWN buttons on the TiVo remote to rate shows through TiVo Mini. The Thumb Ratings will apply to the host DVR, not TiVo Mini.

How do I use Parental Controls with TiVo Mini?

TiVo Mini has its own Parental Controls. The setup is the same as that for Roamio Series and Premiere Series DVRs:

  1. From TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Parental Controls.
  2. Enter a four-digit password.
  3. For confirmation, enter the password again.

You can also establish ratings limits for movies on TiVo Mini.

TiVo Mini inherits the Channel Locks set on the host DVR.

How do I use Photos, Music, and other Applications on TiVo Mini?

TiVo Mini also provides access to photos, music, and other applications.

NOTE: This list of applications is for illustrative purposes only. Supported applications can change at any time without notification.


  • YouTube
  • Hulu Plus
  • AOL On
  • Xfinity VOD (Only for supported markets. See TiVo.com/Xfinity for more information.
  • Rhapsody
  • Live 365
  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • PodCaster
  • Web Video Launchpad
  • Photos and Slideshows
  • Google Picasa
  • Photobucket
  • Fandango
  • SameGame
  • WordSmith
  • Skull & Bones
  • Blackjack
  • Kaboom
  • Rockswap
  • Quizzmaster
Why does the Picture-in-Guide window appear only when the Program Guide displays?

To prevent TiVo Mini from unnecessarily allocating a tuner, the Picture-in-Guide window is available only when you view the Program Guide.

How do I change the host DVR for TiVo Mini?

To change which DVR is hosting your TiVo Mini:

From TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Settings > Remote & devices > Select host DVR




For more instructions on using your TiVo Mini, refer to TiVo Mini User Guide.

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