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It can be extremely annoying to try to turn the channel on your Vizio TV with your remote only for nothing to happen. A Vizio remote may stop working for several reasons including issues with the device batteries and even the TV itself. You can generally get your Vizio remote working again with a bit of troubleshooting.

Remote Battery Issues

If your Vizio remote isn’t working, then you should first check the batteries in the remote. Remotes are usually low power drain devices, but your Vizio remote may burn through batteries at a quicker pace if you are using the remote a lot. You may be able to get further use out of the existing batteries by taking them out and then putting them back in. If the remote still doesn’t work then the batteries are most likely totally drained. Replace with a fresh set of compatible batteries and check to see if the remote works or not.

Blocked Sensor

Your Vizio smart TV remote might not be working if the IR sensor on the TV is blocked. The IR sensor is generally found on both the bottom right and bottom left of the TV. Move anything that is in front of the right or left side of your TV and then tries pointing the remote at each side and pressing the “Power” button. Be sure that you are no more than 10 feet away from the TV as IR signals only work over a limited distance. If the TV powers on or off then you can conclude that something was blocking your sensor and keeping the remote from operating.

TV Problems

It is possible that your Vizio remote might not be working because the TV itself is not functioning correctly. A Vizio TV might become unresponsive to all actions including changing the channel with the remote.

You can also reset your Vizio TV by unplugging the power cable from the back of the TV and from the outlet. Leave it unplugged for a moment and then plug it back in. Then press the “Power” button on the remote to turn the TV back on and then try to change channels with the remote.If the remote still doesn’t work then try to turn the channel with the buttons on the Vizio TV. If the channel will not change then your TV may be the issue. Contact Vizio to see if the TV requires to be repaired.

Vizio TV Remote Not Working

There are other potential causes for why your Vizio remote isn’t operating. Your remote may need a power cycled to reset it. You can also perform a power cycle by pulling out the batteries from the remote, pressing every button on the remote once to drain all power from the remote, and then replacing the batteries. Try to use the remote again to look if it works. Your Vizio remote could have internal or external damage that is causing it to not function correctly. In this case, you will require replacing the remote with either another Vizio remote or a universal remote.

Reason of TV Remote Battery Drain

If you prefer to keep up with the newest advances in technology, chances are you have at least one remote control per TV. That can add up to many remote control batteries if you own many TVs. Some of these remote controls need AA alkaline batteries while others require lithium-ion batteries. Replacement of both types of batteries can get to be quite costly if they drain too quickly. These batteries may drain fastly for many reasons.

Buried Remote Control

The most obvious method that your remote control batteries can drain fastly is by tossing the remote on a coffee table where it gets buried under a layer of magazines, books, and other heavy objects. These objects will press down on the power button continuously, causing the batteries to drain. Find a designated spot to store your remote control when you are not using it.

Blocked Signal

Your remote control requires having a clear path for its signal to reach your TV or other components that you are trying to control such as a DVD player. The remote control won’t work when there are objects such as furniture or smoked glass doors on an entertainment shelving system in the way.

Hence, repeated attempts to get the remote control to work by pressing buttons will drain the batteries. Keep a clear path to your audiovisual components. Open or remove the entertainment shelving system doors if they’re presenting signal interference.

Thirty-Second Delays

Many remote controls have a 30-sec delay between pushing a button and having a TV respond. Pressing buttons throughout that delay time will drain the batteries. Give the device the full 30 seconds to work.

Programming and Settings

You use a bit of battery energy every time you press a remote control button. Read your owner’s manual before programming your remote control and the TV to prevent trial and error button-pushing during the process. Program the minimum amount of settings you need in order to save battery life. Don’t “play” with the device buttons to figure out what they do. Check your programming results once then solely use the remote control when you need it.

Pressing and Holding

Pressing and holding down remote control buttons will drain the batteries very fastly. Press and release the button instantly unless programming calls for you to hold the button down.

Old or Mixed Batteries

Old batteries or mixed usage of a previous battery with a new one might cause the device to function only intermittently or not at all. You may end up continually pressing your remote control buttons to get it to work, draining the batteries even more. Keep track of when you replace the Vizio remote or batteries and don’t use the previous battery with a new one in the remote control.


Even brand new batteries will drain energy if the remote control has not been used in several months. The batteries can even leak, corroding the battery terminals and the remote control case. Remove the batteries first prior to storing a remote control.

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    It can be extremely annoying to try to turn the channel on your Vizio TV with your remote only for nothing to happen. A Vizio remote may stop working for several reasons including issues with the device batteries and even the TV itself. You can generally get your Vizio remote working again with a bit of troubleshooting.