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Does Your Philips Remote Only Turns The TV On And Off: Fix Guide

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When your TV remote isn’t working, this can be quite frustrating, especially when you’ve sat down and are ready to watch your favourite show. The first assumption most of us make is to change the batteries. However, if this doesn’t work, then what?  Here are some common problems with Phillips TV remotes and how to go about fixing them.

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Why is my Philips TV remote not working?

Remote not responding when starting up

Usually, when your TV is in standby mode, you can expect to be greeted with a red light. Once you use your remote to turn on the TV, this should go away. However, if you’re pressing the button on your remote and nothing is happening, this sounds like an issue with the remote instead of the TV. But it can be an issue caused by the signal between the TV and the remote. Therefore it is worth rebooting your TV to see if this makes a difference. If you’re unsure how to do this, simply you need to unplug the TV and the wall by its socket, allow 60 seconds and load it up again.

Another key cause for the remote not working is the light; sometimes signals from other room parts can interfere with the TV working. If a room is too bright, this may impact the colour of the screens.

The remote stopped working after extended use.

Like most gadgets, you can expect the item’s functionality to be less cohesive after using it for an extended period of time. But if you’re having these issues with your Phillips TV remote, they advise getting in touch with customer services where they can potentially offer a replacement. You will need the model number and product number to hand in when you call the customer service team.  You can find contact details for Phillips here.

Philips Remote Only turns the TV on and off.

If you’ve found yourself with a remote that only turns off and on, this tends to relate to the programming of the remote. If you can use the control even for one function, this means the remote itself isn’t broken. However, if you’re using a universal remote, or the remote it came with isn’t doing all of the functions anymore, you need to reprogram this. The best way to do this is by resetting your Philips remote control. If you’re not sure how to do this or are reluctant to do so, please follow these next steps for further advice.

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How do I fix my Philips TV remote?

There are many steps to try troubleshooting when your TV remote isn’t working. However, these don’t always work. But you can be confident that you can reset everything said in the process. Can try resetting your TV remote by following the options below.

How do I reset my Philips remote control?

If you’re still having no luck with your TV remote, it’s worth trying these steps to reset the remote itself. To start putting the remote in erase mode, the following information should provide the answers you need to this question. To start with, you need to press OK + Mute for 5 seconds at the same time. Following this, you will see some options to choose which one to delete.

A: Press ‘SELECT’ DVD/R SAT TV VCR AUX => DVD/R will be erased
B: Press ‘SELECT’ DVD/R SAT TV VCR AUX => SAT will be erased
C: Press ‘SELECT’ DVD/R SAT TV VCR AUX => VCR will be erased
D: Press ‘SELECT’ DVD/R SAT TV VCR AUX => AUX will be erased
E: Press ‘SELECT’ DVD/R SAT TV VCR AUX => ALL will be erased

Delete A, B, C, D by pressing ok on your remote. Following this, press E followed by OK; this will then revert the TV remote to the default.

Please be aware once these steps are taken, it is not possible to restore it.

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How do I fix my Philips TV remote?

If you cannot fix your original remote, it may be worth investing in a new universal one. You can buy these fairly cheaply and programme them quickly and effectively following the above programming advice.

As there may not be a fix for your remote, and it may have just worn away with time, it’s worth speaking to Phillips TV to see if they can offer you a replacement control.

Why is my TV not responding to the remote?

Depending on the TV will depend on how to reset the remote. It isn’t possible to reset the controller with some companies, so it’s worth reading into the guides for each remote before deciding your next step.