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Tablo How-Tos: Setting a Manual Recording


With a Tablo subscription, it takes just a single click or touch to set something up to record. But sometimes, you might need more granular options for setting recordings which is why all Tablo DVR users have access to setting for manual recording. For those who choose not to have a Tablo subscription, this will be the primary method of setting recordings.

Setting a Manual Recording:

The manual recordings menu can be found in the scheduled screen of all Tablo apps. Look for the plus sign and select it… (It may be located at the bottom of the scheduled list in some apps.)

Tablo Manual Recordings

Tablo Roku Manual Programs

Once the menu is open, you’ll see you have two main choices for setting a manual recording: repeating or just once.

Tablo Manual Recordings Input

To set a recording you’ll need to enter the following information:

  • A title – This will identify this recording within the recordings screen, so make sure to choose something descriptive
  • The channel you want to record
  • The day (for repeating recordings) or the date (for ‘just once’ recordings)
  • The specific start time – can be set to the nearest second
  • The duration of the recording – can be set to the nearest minute

Tablo Manual Recordings Granular Settings

Once you’ve set your recording, it will appear in your scheduled recordings screen.

Tablo Manual Recordings Scheduled

When a recording is completed, you can find it with the rest of your recordings.

Tablo Manual Recording Finished

Now you know how easy it is to set a personalized personalized manual recording on your Tablo so you can do things like record just the monologue of a night-time talk show or create a single huge recording of a marathon broadcast of your favorite show.

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How to restart your phone/tablet

Sometimes, just restarting your smartphone or tablet can clear up issues with apps. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone

Android smartphones 

Most Android smartphones and tablets can be restarted by holding the POWER button and then selecting RESTART or POWER OFF and RESTART from the POWER OPTIONS menu.

NOTE: Newer Samsung devices require you to hold the POWER/SIDE button and VOLUME DOWN to make the POWER OPTIONS menu appear. On the Google Pixel 6, hold the POWER and VOLUME UP buttons.

How to force close your Tablo app?

Sometimes, just restarting the app can fix things. The links below will provide detailed instructions on how to force close your Tablo app. 

Apple iPhone/iPad

Android smartphones/tablets 

Need help with the final steps?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Follow the steps in the video below for a full walkthrough of the remaining parts of the Tablo setup process.

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