7 tips when your TV remote doesn't work
Summary of tips for when your TV remote doesn't work
You can quickly and easily perform these actions.
- Tip 1. Try different buttons
- Tip 2. Check if the TV is on
- Tip 3. Pair the remote
- Tip 4. Check the batteries
- Tip 5. Turn the tv off and on
- Tip 6. Disconnect connected devices
- Tip 7. Check the infrared signal
Tip 2: check if the TV is on
The remote usually only works when the TV is in standby mode, so when it's not completely off. Check to see if the small LED light underneath the TV is glowing first. If it's not, look for the TV switch that lets you turn on the TV. This switch is usually on the bottom of the screen.
Tip 3: pair the remote
Most remote controls work as soon as you take them out of the box, but some have to be connected to the TV first. This action is known as pairing. Usually, you need to press a couple of buttons at the same time. Check in the manual of your TV if this is necessary and how to do it.
Tip 4: check the batteries
Take the batteries from the remote and put them back in. Make sure that the + and - icons on the batteries and on the remote fit together. If this doesn't work, take the batteries back out. Then press the on-button on you remote for one minute. This way, you use up all of the power that might be left in the remote. Put the batteries back in. Does it still not work? Change the batteries.
Tip 5: switch TV off and on
Take the connector of the TV out of the socket and wait for one minute. Then connect the TV again and press a button on your remote.
Tip 6: disconnect connected devices
Sometimes connected devices can disrupt the signal of the remote. In that case, it helps if you switch off the TV and disconnect all devices. Think of your digital decoder, gaming console, USB flash drive, or Chromecast. Turn the TV back on and press the on-button on your remote.
Tip 7: check the infrared signal
To make sure that the infrared signal isn't blocked, you can clean the transmitter at the top of the remote. Also make sure that there aren't any obstacles between the remote and the TV. Think of a soundbar or other accessories that could possibly block the infrared receiver on the TV.