Remote Won't Turn On ¶ 

No matter what you do, you can't get your remote to turn on.

Batteries are Dead ¶ 

We all have those days where we look over the little things. Double check to make sure you have charged batteries in the Wii Remote. If not, it could be as simple as replacing the two AA batteries or recharging your rechargeable batteries. Learn how to remove the Wii Remote batteries here.

Not a Good Battery Connection ¶ 

If that doesn't resolve the problems, make sure that the batteries are oriented correctly and making a good connection with the spring loaded battery contacts.

Bad Connection in the Power Button ¶ 

You have fresh batteries making good connections in the Wii Remote, but the remote still doesn't turn on. The connection between the power button and the motherboard may be dirty and causing the remote not to turn on. To clean the power button contact, open the cover plate and lightly brush the contact with a new, dry toothbrush. It is also possible that the power button is slightly misaligned inside the Wii Remote or the power button connection has fried. In either case, you should install a new power button.

The Buttons Stick ¶ 

You press a button and it will not come back up.

Food/Liquid Under Button ¶ 

Do you ever find yourself craving a snack while playing on your Wii and you forget to wash your hands? Food and sugary liquids can easily get underneath buttons and cause them to stick or stop working. Your buttons may just need a good cleaning. To clean the buttons, you will need a NEW toothbrush, some warm water and a little soap. Remove the batteries from your remote before cleaning your buttons. Slightly dampen the toothbrush with warm soapy water and brush around the sticky buttons. Dry off with a paper towel.

If the problem persists, you might have to install new buttons. Follow this guide for replacing the main buttons on the front of your remote. Use the B Trigger guide, to learn how to install a new B trigger button.

The Cursor Isn't Where it's Supposed to Be ¶ 

As you point your remote at the screen, the cursor just isn't where you are aiming.

Sensor Bar is Obstructed ¶ 

Make sure the Sensor Bar is not obstructed by anything. If it is, move it to a place where it has a direct line of sight with your remote. Make sure that the Sensor Bar is completely plugged into the back of the Wii Console.

Miscalibrated ¶ 

Often times, a Wii Remote will not be calibrated correctly causing the misaimed cursor. To re-calibrate the remote, place it on a table button side down for 10 seconds. Make sure the Wii Remote is orientated parallel with your TV screen. After 10 seconds, point the Wii Remote back at the TV. If this doesn't work, go into the Wii settings at the home screen and make sure that the location of your sensor bar is correct, either below or above your TV.

A Light too Close to the Sensor Bar ¶ 

The Wii sensor bar uses a heat signal from the Wii Remote to sense where exactly you are pointing. Make sure that there aren't any lamps placed too close to the sensor bar because the mixed heat signals will cause the sporadic cursor. Also, make sure there are not any infrared lamps in the same room as your Wii for this will also affect the sensor bar.

Malfunctioning Sensor Screen ¶ 

If the problem still persists, it is probably a malfunctioning sensor screen on your Wii Remote. To install a new screen see our Installation Guide.

Faulty Motherboard ¶ 

The motherboard is the heart of the Wii Remote. The motherboard transmits signals throughout the Wii Remote, which includes the signal to turn on the remote when you press the power button. If gone through all the other steps, your problem could be a broken or burnout motherboard. Use our guide to install a new motherboard.

No Sound from the Wii Remote ¶ 

If you know there is supposed to be sound coming out and there isn't.

Dirty Contacts ¶ 

The speaker makes two connections onto the motherboard and it is possible that dirt or dust could disrupt the signal to the speaker. To reach the speaker, you must first take off the cover plate. Once inside the device, locate the two gold circular speaker contacts and lightly brush them with a new, dry toothbrush.

Burnt-out Remote Speaker ¶ 

You smash a serve in Wii Tennis and your remote does not swoosh. This indicates that there is a problem with the internal speakers of your Wii Remote. This is usually caused by dirt and dust getting into the remote. To replace speakers, see our nifty guide for installing a new speaker.

Remote Doesn't Rumble ¶ 

You just got hit by a red shell in Mario Kart Wii and your remote didn't rumble.

Broken Rumble Box ¶ 

The rumble in your Wii Remote is made by a 'rumble box' which is a motor with a weight on it. This occasionally is faulty, causing your remote to not rumble. Yet, to replace and install a new rumble box will require a great deal of soldering skill and specialized tools. Rather, installing a new motherboard will fix your rumble box and other unforeseen problems with your Wii Remote.

50 Comments

my wii remote is not working right... I put new batteries in them all but they are not working still what do i need to do to fix it

hannah - Reply

My remote isn't connecting how does I fix it

Monique -

If it keeps flashing blue on your remote, open the slide next to the reset button, press thr sync button on the back of the remote and the sync button on the Wii o er and over again. Might not be the problem but works

Mimi Hart -

My Wii isn't displaying on the screen it is turning on but my TV screen is blue. Can you help me??

Emily Harwell - Reply

Sounds to me like you don't have your TV on the right input or it's not hooked up properly. Not an expert but been working with these things about 15 years

Lisa Cole -

control not turning on . new battery still wont come on

King Quann - Reply

We have a controller that hasn't been used in awhile and we put new batteries in it and it works for maybe 1 minute or less then stops. We tried 3 sets of new batteries and it does the same.

sportygl16 - Reply

You might just want to get a new controller. To me, it sounds like that remote is done for

Megan Hayden -

my wii remote won't even work with working batteries and syncing it can someone help and tell me what to do

lpschloe Williams - Reply

Wii remote control works well when navigating to the menu and also choosing players. But at the time of playing (Wii Sports, or Wii Play) remote does not respond to any of the commands. I have brand new batteries and I have another remote that works fine. Any suggestions?

Byron Herrera - Reply

Sounds to me like your game might be busted. But then you said your other controller works fine, which throws me off. You might want to go to a game stop or a place that specializes in games and discs and have both the game and controller checked out by a pro, not a website

Megan Hayden -

My remote isn't doing anything. It let me press "A" when it first came on and then that was it. How do I fix it?

nae - Reply

I have two remotes, I put fresh newly-bought batteries in both and they blink but don't turn on. It won't even turn on my Wii when I press the power button. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting my Wii and the sensor bar, but it did nothing. I have tried to Sync the Wii and both the remotes multiple times but they just keep flashing and then stop. My Wii has only done this once in the past and I just had to wait a few days. I've waited months at this point and I'm about to give up. What do I do to fix this?

Bethany Latam - Reply

I was having the same problem and I unplugged the power cord and then replugged it back in and restarted and they worked. Hope that helps you

Lisa Dorman -

I got a new wifi remote and I put fresh batteries in it and turned it on and it is still not working I tried everything I could think of and it will not work but the blue lights for the remote flash for 5 seconds and it will turn off after that and I try again and it still won't work what do I do to fix it and or make it work

Jade - Reply

I ment wii remote

Jade - Reply

my motionplus isn't working even with new batteriers is still not flashing or shaking at all

Sam Man - Reply

my wii remotes rechargeable batteries won't stayed charged for 20 hours of continuous play.my wii remote rechargeable batteries only stayed charged for 24 minutes of continuous play.what should I do to fix my wii remotes rechargeable batteries so my rechargeable batteries stayed charged for more than 24 minutes of charged play?

ajackson4109 - Reply

my wii remote wont display on the screen at all i can press the home buttons and the - + buttons and they still work but its not lighting up or showing up on the scren whats wrong?

Antoinette C - Reply

My wii remote has last 2 LCD lights on and it's not working and as soon as you put the batteries in it auto maticly goes on even tho the concil isn't on

andygarcia617 - Reply

It seems like my wii remote doesn't work correctly. I can use it for Netflix, home screen, and some games, but it doesn't work on other channels/games. When trying to play some games, no button works at all, not even home. I know that the power button will always work. Anyways, do I need to get a new wii remote or something, because I don't know what else to do.

Arianna Thompson - Reply

I've put new batteries in, made sure they had good connection even check the power button. I have also tried sinking it back to the counsel, the lights blink twice and then it shuts off, the same thing happened with all 4 of our remotes... What's going on and how do I fix it?!?

Emily Moore - Reply

My wii remote kind a work here's the problem wii remote turns on but when I press the power button on the remote all four lights flash at the bottom and then turns off the console well only turn on when I press it manually please help me find out what's wrong.

Jose Medina - Reply

Same thing is what's happening to my remotes. From what I've heard, there is no way of fixing it

Karlee Bryant -

My remote is not working properly, I can see the cursor but when I press 'A' button on any icon it is not accepting. And selection sound is also not coming.

Ramdas - Reply

I just bought the sports resort disc. Playing golf and it keeps asking to hit the B (trigger) button when ready to play each hit. It starts out working fine and then it stops working and I get a weird clink sound instead of the chime sound. Any ideas one what is? All other buttons work normal. It doesn't do it on the regular sports disc.

incredible33 - Reply

My Wii remote won't let me browse through the Netflix titles., instead it wants to load first title it lands on., I have to use the search feature or scroll through the titles at full speed

Christopher holland - Reply

I'm very new to Wii U! I have my controller working fine, but my wii remote doesn't seem to do what I want it to do. Can't seem to turn left or right with the remote, so racing a car is impossible. I've tried re-syncing but that didn't help. Therefore playing a game with more than one player doesn't work. Any help would be appreciated.

Kerry Vass - Reply

I have also had the same problem. Try resetting the wii. I don't have Wii U, but using the attachments such as the steering wheel for the regular wii doesn't work because it can't sensor it, therefore, if resetting the wii doesn't work, try calling wii support or something. ((( Im really don't know if wii support is actually a thing or not, but I'm sure it is)))

Karlee Bryant -

there is NO cursor (NO hand) when I turn on wii remote?

dolphinawoman - Reply

My remotes worked fine a few days ago but then suddenly they didn't. I thought it must be that they need new batteries. A day or two after that, I went and bought new batteries to replace the old ones. I then tried to play the wii but the remotes wouldn't work. I went through and turned off the wii, unplugged it, and even moved the sensor to a position that seemed more correct. Neither of these things worked. When I press any buttons on the remotes, they only flash twice and that's all. The remotes are pretty old, but I don't see how this would effect them. I thought also that it could be that the new batteries just weren't working, so I went and got more. This didn't change anything. I'm not sure what the problem is, but I hope to discover it soon. I've had trouble with the remotes one other time, but it was easily fixed, though that was a few years ago. I noticed a red synce button on the inside of the remote, and of course, I pressed it, though it effected nothing. Could it be that the console is old?

Karlee Bryant - Reply

Maybe yu didn sync it to the console right

Whitney Daggett -

http://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/...

Press the Power button on the Wii console.

Open the SD Card Slot cover on the front of the Wii console.

Remove the battery cover on the back of the Wii Remote to be synced.

Some models of the Wii Remote include a hole in the battery cover and a tool on the wrist strap to push the SYNC Button with. With this model, the battery cover does not need to be removed to access the SYNC button.

Press and release the SYNC button just below the batteries on the Wii Remote; the Player LED on the front of the Wii Remote will blink. While the lights are still blinking, quickly press and release the red SYNC button on the Wii console.

When the Player LED blinking stops and stays lit, the syncing is complete. The LED that is illuminated indicates the player number (1 through 4).

This sync procedure must be followed for each additional Wii Remote added to the system.

ccundiff1980 -

My brother flashed a light into the Wii Mote sensor and now the remote only reacts to strong light. Is there any way to fix it or a place to get a replacement sensor screen for the remote?

Pranav Charkupalli - Reply

I have taken out the cover plate and cleaned everything and put t back together with new batteries and when I press the "A" botton, it does not turn on.... what's going on?

analetjax - Reply

My wii remote has just had a new batterie put in and they are the right way but it still doesn't turn on. It flashes the blue lights at the bottom but then it just switches off. Please help me.

Tilly - Reply

My remote won't turn on. I replaced the batteries and tried to connect and nothing

hhamy1234 - Reply

AA batteries don't seat correctly in the classic controller. One partially pops out so no power to the controller.

alohasistah - Reply

My wii remote has the bottom two light that stay lite up and is not working. Not the buttons not the sensors, nothing

Whitney Daggett - Reply

i try to turn on the wii remote, lights flash then vibrates for a good second. was working fine before syncing a different remote. what happened

annaorona28 - Reply

My wii remote lights wont even blink to power on

buscatcreation - Reply

It might be a dead battery or your controller just don't feel like working.

Megan Hayden -

Appreciate any help in advance. Wii remote cursor is working, but motion is not responding for example when playing Wii Resort Sword Fight. Moving the remote back and forth does not register (may be a little) on the game. Batteries are new and battery contacts are clean. Thanks for any pointers.

B Chang - Reply

You need to hop the A button while holding the button 1 and hold it there for 5 second if it does not work try a different brand of batteries .

Frantastick Ianson -

my wii controller is messing up bad before it stoped working if I pointed the cursor at anything it would jump all over the place it would be hard to to keep it on anything I pointed it at!! all my lights flash when I push any button but when I point it at the sensor nothing comes up! now when the lights flash once they are done flashing one light will normally stay on indicating what number your controller is rather it be 1 2 3 or 4 but once the lights are done flashing it just goes blank & no light is left on at all like it would normally do! it would just stop outta the blue I thought it was my batteries but realized it couldn't have been because they were brand new batteries but at first it would stop & 10 min latter it would work again until it went out like i said all the lights flash when you touch any button but I can't get a connection thru the sensor at all is there anyone that can help me & tell me how to fix this please let me know & thank you very much for you all's time

tony - Reply

My remote keeps changing the light from one to four and it cannot work. How do I fix it? Plz answer quick

Wii noob - Reply

My remote keeps changing the light from number one to four all the time and it doesn't work.How do I fix it? Plz answer

Wii noob - Reply

My wifi remotes came on but all four lights came and the cursor was still not on the screen I took out the the battery's and tried again and still would not work the battery's are brand new and this’s was happening wit all four remotes if you know the answers please reply.

Thankyou

Frantastick Ianson - Reply

My wii remote is not working. The lights is not turning on. What to do?

technical tube - Reply

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