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Cable Remote Not Working

When it comes to our entertainment systems, there are a lot of remotes to juggle and keep track of. As we depend on our remotes so much, when you go to use your cable remote and find it to not be working, it can be frustrating. 

As a general rule, when you experience issues with the remote, checking that the remote that you are using is the correct remote is the first step. It may sound silly, but with so many remotes in the home, it can be easy to mix them up. If you have the right remote, there are several other issues that you can easily troubleshoot.

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Cable Remote Not Working

If you go to use your cable remote and it is not working, there are a few simple explanations that may be behind the problem. The great thing about remotes is that they are pretty simple to fix. Before setting out to fix your remote, make sure that your TV and cable box are properly powered.

If your cable remote is not working, the first step to take is to check that the batteries in your remote are working. As remotes do not have an indicator on them to show when the batteries are running low, they can often run out without you noticing. Even if the battery power is low, that can cause your remote not to work.

After you replace the batteries, try the remote again. As the cable remotes that your cable provider sends to you are universal remotes, you can control multiple devices. They do this because it is easier to have one remote that can control both the TV and the cable box.

There are two common types of cable remotes. Some have switches at the top of the remote. You need to make sure that the switch is slid over to the correct input. 

If there is no switch, your cable remote will operate through buttons. You’re remote and may not be working because you are on the wrong input. Try the input button to see if you can switch the input to the correct one.

 If the connection from your remote to your TV is not being recognized, you need to reconnect it. Especially if you have just replaced the batteries, remotes can become disconnected. As remotes differ, you need to follow the programming instructions that arrived with your cable remote.

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Cable Remote Not Changing Volume

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A common issue to come across is your cable remote not changing the volume on your TV. Like with most steps in troubleshooting your cable remote, first, make sure that there are batteries and that they are not low or dead. With any issue that you are having, this is a good rule of thumb.

When your cable remote does not change the volume, there are a few different factors behind that issue. It could be related to your remote, or to your TV. You should try what is called power cycling. First, take the batteries out of your remote. Unplug your cable cords from both your cable box and your TV.

After you have disconnected and turned off everything, take between three to five minutes before re-inserting the remote batteries, reconnecting all cords, and restarting your cable box and TV. Connect your cable remote to your TV and test it. You may need to try this a few times.

If you can change the channel but still cannot control the volume on the remote, you need to make sure that it is paired with your TV. To do this, first press the Menu button on your cable remote, scroll to find Settings and Support, and select this menu. Once in there, find Remote and click that. 

Select the option Connect Remote to TV. After selecting this option, you are likely to see several different brands of TV. You need to scroll through and find your correct brand. Exit out of the Menu and try changing the volume with your cable remote.

Cable Remote Won’t Change Channels

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If you come across an issue where your cable remote is letting you turn on your cable box and TV, change the volume, but will not let you change the channel. There are a few simple steps to try. If you can turn on the TV and cable box, it’s unlikely that the issue has anything to do with low battery power.

If your cable remote won’t change channels, first try and press the cable button on the remote, then try to use the channel button to change the channels. Also, it is a good rule of thumb to try entering a channel number directly to see if you can change channels that way.

If nothing is blocking your cable receiver then the issue with your cable remote, but the cable box receiver. Many reviewers have buttons on the front that allow you to manually change the channel without the use of the remote. Check to see if these buttons allow you to change the channel.

If your cable remote still won’t change channels, make sure that your remote is paired to your TV. Click Menu, enter the Settings and Support, find the section marked Remote. Once in there, select Connect Remote and find your specific TV brand.

If these methods still aren’t working, try restarting your cable receiver. Fully remove the power cord from the receiver and leave it disconnected for 60 seconds. After 60 seconds, restart your cable receiver with the remote and try to change the channels. 

Cable Remote Will Not Turn On/Off TV

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Sometimes even though you can manually turn on your TV, your cable remote is not working when you try to either turn on or off your TV. Check the batteries first to make sure this isn’t just a problem with the power of your remote.

If your cable remote will not turn on/off your TV you may need to reset your devices. If you’ve changed the batteries in your remote, hold the power button to see if it will turn on your TV. If it does not, move on to resetting both your cable receiver and TV.

Remove the cables from both your TV and cable receiver. Leave both unplugged for 5 minutes before powering them back on and trying again.

Cable Remote Keeps Flashing

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If your cable remote keeps flashing, it has a simple meaning: there is an issue that you need to address with your remote. Now it becomes a matter of finding out what the issue is.

If your cable remote keeps flashing, there may be an error in your cable reviewer. The best method to fix this is to run Power Cycling. First, take the batteries out of your remote. Unplug your cable cords from both your cable box and your TV.

After you have disconnected and turned off everything, take between three to five minutes before re-inserting the remote batteries, reconnecting all cords, and restarting your cable box and TV. Connect your cable remote to your TV and test it. 

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