Fix Philip Remote Not Working Problem

The problem with your Philips TV remote not working isn’t always the manufacturer’s fault. The first thing to do is find out if there’s a glitch somewhere.

Causes and Fixes for Philips TV Remote not Working

The Philips brand has built a name for itself with its quality products, enabling them to sell thousands of TVs yearly. However, irrespective of their brand’s reputation, electronic devices will one day develop a fault. This might be the case if your remote control is not working.

Your TV is as good as useless if your Philips TV remote is not working, and that’s not funny; however, it wouldn’t be such a big deal if you follow these guidelines righteously: 

First, check the batteries. It is essential to eliminate the possibility that a faulty battery is why your Philips TV is not working.

Sometimes, if you haven’t changed the batteries in your remote control in a long time, it could be that the battery has gotten too weak to function correctly.

Check the batteries and replace them with new ones; your remote should be working now, but if it isn’t, continue reading for more possible fixes.

1. Check Remote Control Status

If changing your remote control’s batteries doesn’t do the trick, then finding out the status of your remote control is essential.

To do this, you have to check if the infrared emitter is working; follow these steps below:

Step 1: Observe the emitter on the front of the remote control through a digital camera (or a mobile phone camera).

Step 2: Press any button on the remote control.

Note: If you see a red light flashing, the remote control is working, and the TV may be defective.

If not, the remote control may be defective and needs replacement.

2. Restart The Remote Control

If, after changing the batteries and confirming the status of your remote and it is still not working, you might want to restart your TV remote control to eliminate software malfunction.

To do this, restart your remote control by following these simple steps below:

Step 1: Take out the batteries from your Philips TV remote control.

Step 2: Press several buttons on the remote control. 

Step 3: Insert the batteries into the remote control again. 

Note: If this doesn’t make the remote control work, you might want to consider restarting your TV.

To restart your TV, unplug the power cord from the TV outlet, then wait for a few minutes or at least 2 minutes; then reconnect the TV power cord.

After this, your remote control should start working, but if it doesn’t, continue reading and try other fixes below:

3. Remove All Remote Control Interference 

Ensure that nothing stops the TV’s remote receiver (LED) from blinking when you press the buttons on the remote control.

To do this: 

  • Switch off all bright lights – fluorescent, overhead, or lighting devices, which can interfere with the remote control signal. 
  • Some electronic devices cause interference; switching off any external devices near the TV is recommended.

4. Pair your Remote Control to your TV

Your Philips TV remote and TV may no longer be in sync due to an error on your part or a bug.

If this is the case, your TV may not respond to the remote, so you need to pair them for the remote to work.

To do this, follow these simple steps below:

Step 1: Position the remote control within 1 meter of the TV.

Step 2: Press the “Pair” or “Settings” button on your remote control for 3 seconds.

Step 3: It will display the pairing procedure on the screen. All you need to do is follow the on-screen setup instructions.

5. Contact Support 

If you have tried every fix above and your Philips TV remote control still doesn’t work, you can contact Philips customer service. 

If your TV is still under warranty, the following information will be required: 

  • TV’s serial number
  • TV’s date of purchase

Afterward, they will send an attendant to check it out; if it is defective, they will send a new one, but if you are no longer under warranty and have tried everything, and your remote control still doesn’t work, you should replace it.


If you tried any of the fixes and it worked for you, let us know in the comments section. You may also want to check out: 9 Fixes For Spectrum Remote Not Working With Cable Box.