During the appearance of LG smart TVs, LG remote controls have changed several times in appearance and design. So in 2021, the Magic remote received a new design. Also remote controls Magic remote have been improved, some models have received NFC modules, which simplifies the work with mobile devices.
LG TV remote not working 2011-2022
If your LG magic remote does not work, you should know that the TV is controlled by radio signals and infrared signals. To do this, the remote has an infrared transmitter and a Bluetooth module. If the remote is new, you will need to do the first pairing to connect it to the TV. You may also need to pair the remote with the TV after you replace the batteries. This rarely happens, the remote and the TV should remember each other even after the power is turned off. Pairing is maintained when you turn off the power to the devices. However, the connection protocol software may not work correctly, in which case the remote control and the TV will not work properly.
LG magic remote not working how to fix
If your LG Smart TV remote not working or stops working, try the following
- Restart your TV by unplugging it for 20-30 seconds.
- Pair the remote and the TV
If the remote control stops working, in most cases it does not mean that the remote control is defective. The modern TV is a computer. In order for the TV to work properly, you must load a certain number of programs that are responsible for operating certain functions of the TV. For example, in order for the remote control to work, you must run a program that activates the signal receivers in the TV and will decode the commands coming from the remote. For example, moving the cursor across the screen, transmitting voice commands – these commands are transmitted to the TV via Bluetooth. You may want to try removing the pairing (remote + TV) and pairing these devices again.
Remote control pairing procedures vary depending on the model of TV (year of your TV). How to properly pair your remote control and TV.
Pair LG remote to TV
How to connect LG remote to TV, you must meet some conditions to properly connect the Magic remote Smart remote to the TV. Here are some conditions for the correct pairing of the remote control and the TV.
- The TV must be turned on.
- If there are other LG televisions nearby, turn on only the one you want to pair with and turn off the others. The remote control can communicate with more than one TV.
- Pairing begins 20-30 seconds after you turn on the TV, the TV needs time to start the operating system.
- All steps to set up the remote control must be done next to the TV, there must be a high bluetooth signal strength between the remote and the TV for proper pairing. This is a protection against accidental pairing with another TV.
If you do not know what remote control you need for your LG TV, you can read our article on remote control and TV compatibility LG Magic Remote compatibility list 2011-2022
Pairing Magic remote control for 2010-2011 TV models, LVxxxx, LKxxxx series TVs
Magic remote, for 2010-2011 TVs. This is one of the first remotes for smart TVs, you can see the appearance of the remote for LV and LK series TVs below.
To pair the remote control for the first time, place it next to the TV at arm’s length (optional, but desirable), press the OK or MUTE button and hold it down for about 5 seconds. Until a message appears on the TV screen indicating that the remote control and TV are paired. To visually display the pairing process, the backlight of the power button on the remote control will blink during the pairing process.
Primary pairing of 2012-2022 TV models and remote controls, M, W, S, N, A, B, C, F, G, H, K, P, Q series TVs, all OLED, NANO, QNED TVs
Magic remote controls (2012-2021). These remotes have been supplied with LG TVs since 2012. The appearance of the remotes has changed over time, but the pairing procedure between the remote control and the TV has remained unchanged.
To pair your new remote control with the TV, you need to turn on the TV, insert the batteries in the remote control, point the remote control at the TV (you must be close to the TV) and press the OK button (this is a computer mouse wheel). Hold down the OK button until the pairing message appears on the TV screen.
LG TV home button not working
The Home button is most often used to call up the menus on your TV. If the Home button does not work, it can be caused by various reasons, for example: malfunction of the remote control, malfunction of the TV. First check the batteries in the remote control, we recommend replacing them with new ones. If the problem is not solved after replacing the batteries, try to reconnect the Magic Remote to the TV. To do this, remove the pairing of the remote control and the TV, and then pair it again.
How to reset LG TV remote
If you want to reconnect the remote control or set up a remote control that was previously paired with the TV. You must reset the previous pairing of the remote control and the TV. To do this, press the two BACK and HOME buttons on the remote control simultaneously. Hold the buttons down for at least 5 seconds. Then the remote control will reset and become as good as new.
Re-pairing the remote control to the TV
Pairing is the same as with a new remote control. Press the OK button on the Magic remote control and you should be in front of the TV with the remote control. You should see a message on the TV screen saying that the remote control and the TV are paired.
If the pairing process is not successful, you have to do it again. But before that, reboot the TV, turn it off and on again (don’t forget to unplug it) to clear the program cache and restart the service programs.
Resetting the Magic Remote Control and automatically connecting to TV
For your convenience, LG has made it possible to disconnect and reconnect the remote control with a single button on 2016 TVs. To do this, press and hold the GUIDE button on the remote control for 5 seconds. The TV will automatically disconnect the Magic remote from the TV (remove pairing) and reconnect it to the pair. I recommend doing everything with the remote control close to the TV.
LG Smart remote control MR21, MR22 (2021-2022) These smart remotes reset and reconnect to the TV by pressing the two buttons (Home) and (Q. Settings) simultaneously. Q. Settings on the remote control has a gear icon.
Problems when syncing the Magic remote to the TV
Yes, this situation also happens, you try to remove the remote’s binding and pair it again, but nothing helps, the TV does not respond to the remote. Most likely, in this case, the remote is defective. LG remote is a complex device, it has a Bluetooth module, gyroscope, it responds to the movement of the remote in space to control the mouse on the TV screen, it supports voice commands. Some element may not work, the remote is a portable device, can often fall down, so the warranty on the remote is usually 3 months. If you can not create a bluetooth remote TV pair, you will need to buy a new remote. Very rarely, the bluetooth module on the main board of the TV may be faulty.
The standard LG remote control not working
If the standard remote control on your LG TV stops working, follow these steps to find the problem.
Check if the standard remote control works. To do this, take the phone, turn on the camera, point the camera at the remote control (infrared LED), it is in front of the remote control. Then press any button on the remote; if it works, the LED on the camera will flash. Notes: The standard remote control emits infrared light; humans cannot see light in this range, but the camera matrix responds to infrared optical waves.
If the LED on the standard remote control flashes, it means that the remote control is working. The infrared receiver of the TV set is not working. Check if the signal receiver is blocking the soundbar or something else. Since modern TVs are computers, you need to reset the TV by unplugging it for 1-2 minutes (you need to unplug the TV from the wall outlet). After 1-2 minutes, turn on the TV, check if the remote works, if it does, then the problem was in the TV, related to the software. If even after that, the TV does not respond to the remote control, it must be repaired.
If the LED on the remote control is not blinking, replace the batteries with new ones. If replacing the batteries with new ones does not correct the situation, you need to buy a new remote control.
LG TV remote some buttons not working
As a rule, the most frequently used buttons on the remote control do not work. These are the volume buttons and the channel switch buttons. The cause of the malfunction is contamination of the contact pads on the board. In order to restore the operation it is necessary to disassemble the remote control and wipe the contact pads with an alcohol-based cleaner. In 90% of cases, this helps restore the functionality of the remote control buttons.
Operating the TV without a remote control
If your remote control is broken, you can use smartphone apps to control your TV with your phone. LG TVs can connect to Wi-Fi and work with your phone over WiFi. The TV and your phone with the TV control app must be connected to the same network. For phones, LG has developed LG TV Plus, which is a Smart TV app for Android and Apple. With this app, you can control the TV when you do not have a remote control.