How to Fix Insignia TV Remote Not Working

Insignia is a popular brand that manufactures Smart TVs. They are popular mainly because of the prices that these TVs sell at. You get a ton of features for a price that is reasonable and doesn’t hurt your pocket. The great part about the TVs from Insignia is that they come with either RokuOS or Amazon’s FireTV OS pre-installed thus making these TVs smart. Right out of the box. While all of it is great, there is one particular issue that annoys a lot of users – the TV remote refusing to work. In this guide, we will be taking a look at how you can fix the issue with your Insignia TV remote not working.

Now, the TV remote is an essential piece of equipment for all types of TVs. The TV remote lets you control a good number of functions while sitting on the couch instead of fiddling with the buttons on your TV. But, what happens when your Insignia TV remote stops working? We have a number of troubleshooting methods and solutions that you need to follow to fix your Insignia TVs remote. Read on to know more.

Fix Insignia TV Remote Not Working

Before we go into the various troubleshooting methods that you need to follow to fix your Insignia TV Remote, make sure that your TV Remote is not damaged. In the sense that it shouldn’t be broken and you shouldn’t hear the sound of broken parts inside the remote when you shake it. If your TV Remote is broken, it is best to get a new one. If not, you can follow the below steps to know how you can fix the TV Remote.

Check the Batteries

The first and foremost thing you need to do is to check the batteries. It could be possible that your remote’s batteries have gone flat or weak. In this case, simply get yourself a new pair of batteries and insert them correctly. Your remote should now be working perfectly.

Power Cycle the Remote and your TV

Sometimes, there could be a temporary issue between the remote and the TV itself. In this case, all you would have to do is to remove the batteries from the remote and wait for a few seconds. Reinsert the batteries in the remote. With that done, now simply unplug the Tv from its power source and wait for a few seconds. After 10 seconds or so, plug the TV back in, and now try using the TV remote. Your remote should be working just fine.

Clean the Sensors on the TV and Remote

Most remotes communicate with the TV by using infrared. The TV as well as the remote will be having these sensors. Sometimes, it could be possible that some dust might have built upon the sensors. It is advisable to clean up the area where the sensors are present with a clean and dry cloth. The sensor will be found at the top of the TV remote. Whereas for the TV you will find the sensor at the bottom bezel. Make sure to clean the area prosper;y. Also, ensure that no object is blocking the remote and the TV’s line of sight and that you are not sitting too far from the TV. Once you have cleaned the sensors and ensured that there are no objects in the line of sight between the tv and the remote, your remote should now be working perfectly.

Get a New Remote

Now we know that Insignia TVs come with Roku OS and Amazon’s FireTV OS. So, depending on the type of Insignia Tv you have, it would be advisable to purchase a TV remote for it. If you have got the remote, you can now follow this guide to know how to pair a new Roku Remote and follow this guide to learn how to program a new FireTV Stick remote to your TV. You should be able to find the replacement remotes on Amazon or at any popular electronics store.

Use the Mobile App

Now, because these are Smart TVs, you will be able to make use of the mobile app as a TV remote for your Insignia smart TV. Here is how you can set up and use the mobile app as a remote for your Insignia TV.

Insignia Fire TV Remote Not Working

  • First, download the Fire TV app on your Android or iOS device.
  • Make sure that your TV, as well as your mobile device, is connected to the same WiFi network.
  • Now, launch the Amazon Fire TV app and sign in with the same account that has been used with your Insignia Fire TV.
  • Select your Isnginia Fire TV on the app.
  • The app will now display various remote control functions on your mobile phone’s screen.

Insignia Roku TV Remote Note Working

  • Similar to the Fire TV method, you will have to download the free Roku app on your Android or iOS device.
  • See to it that your TV and the mobile device are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • Now, launch the Roku app on your mobile device and sign in with the same account like that on your Roku TV.
  • All you need to do is to tap on the Remote tab and that is it.
  • You will get all your remote control options on your screen.


And this is how you can fix your Insignia TV remote. Of course, if the remote is physically damaged, you need to get a replacement for it. But, in any case, when you can’t find a replacement one, you can choose from using a  universal remote, or simply use the mobile app and have a [pprtable remote with you right away. We hope this guide has helped you to follow the troubleshooting method as well as an alternative option on how you can fix the Insignia TV Remote that is not working.

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