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Why is my Vizio remote not working? Quick Fix

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TVs have come a long way from the clunky CRT boxes they used to be in the past. Modern TV’s often come bundled with streaming services and other features that make them a better fit with modern technology and content types. 

However, one aspect of TVs that hasn’t changed much is the remote, and the problems it faces. In this article, we’re taking a look at why your Vizio remote not working and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

The problem can be caused by a number of different factors including but not limited to:

  • Dead or low remote batteries. 
  • Interference from other appliances. 
  • Pairing issues.
  • Dirty power source.
  • Issues with the TV itself.

Also read: Why is Vizio sound bar not working?

How to fix this?

Here are five fixes you can try out.

Check the power

Checking if your TV is getting power or not is a good idea too. If there’s no power in the outlet, it’s pretty obvious that the TV won’t power up no matter what fixes you try. Try plugging the TV into another power outlet as well to root out the issue.

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Additionally, if the batteries on your remote are dead or don’t have enough charge for the remote to work properly, it can lose pairing with the TV and stop working. Try swapping out the batteries for a fresh pair and see if the remote works. 

Check for a blocked signal

TV remotes use IR signals that require a clear line of sight between the remote and the device it’s operating. If there’s something like a wall or a piece of furniture between the TV and the remote, the remote isn’t going to work. Check to see if there are any obstructions in between and that you’re in the remote’s recommended range. If you’re too far away, the remote won’t work either. 

Broken remote

There’s also a good chance that the issue is being triggered by a broken or stuck button on your remote. Any other physical damage to the remote (by liquids for example) can also cause this problem. The best thing to do in such situations is to just order another remote. However, you should regularly clean the remote and make sure you regularly clean. 

Power cycle your TV and remote

Power cycling any appliance can drain residual current from it and potentially fix any problems you are facing. To power cycle, your TV, unplug it from the wall outlet and hold down the power button at the back for about 10 seconds. Now plug the TV back in and try starting it again. 

You can also power cycle your remote by removing the batteries and holding down the power button for 10-15 seconds. Once done, put the batteries back in and you should be good to go. 

Contact customer support

If all else fails, it’s best to get your remote repaired or more likely, replaced by a trained technician over at Vizio. You can use this link to get in touch with Vizio’s customer support. 

Also read: Why won’t my Vizio TV turn on?


Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected]