Is there a quick and easy way to test to see if your remote control is working? Yes, there is. I’m going to show you how to do just that and all you need is a set of new batteries, the remote control and a phone.

Your remote control needs to have a tip with infrared light. Most TV remote controls have this and you can even use this test on a radio remote control or any device that has an infrared light.

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If you’ve lost your remote control you can buy a spare one here or a universal one: https://amzn.to/3HFYZHJ

Here is the test to use to check if the remote control is working:

  1. Make sure the batteries are full
  2. Point the tip of the infrared light to a mobile phone
  3. Start the camera app on the mobile phone with the selfie camera
  4. You should see the infrared tip on the camera app
  5. Press the buttons on the remote control and the infrared tip should start flashing
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If the above tests work and your TV or digital screen is still not responding to the remote control, it probably means there could be something wrong with the TV receiver. I have used this test multiple times during my work at Advertise Me. In some instances, it was just good to know that the remote control was not working at all and that we needed to use another remote.

Just make sure the TV receiver is not being blocked or there is nothing that could be interfering with the infrared signal. Just remember that infrared technology requires a line of sight from the transmitter to the receiver.

Here is a video on HOW TO TEST A REMOTE CONTROL TV IS WORKING the test was conducted on Panasonic, Samsung, LG and Sony remote controls. Pretty much all the major brands:

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