Wondering why your Bush TV remote not working? If so, in this guide, you’ll find a solution!
If your Bush TV remote is not working, it can be due to a problem with the remote’s IR emitter, remote batteries, Bluetooth interference, or the remote itself.
The solution is to replace the batteries, resolve IR obstructions or interference, and reprogram the remote.
Let’s dig deeper into the guide to discuss more details!
Why is My Bush TV Remote Not Working?
There are quite a few different reasons why the Bush TV remote is not working:
How to Fix When Bush TV Remote Not Working?
Tip: Follow the solutions in their order!
1. Point Your Remote at the TV
The Bush TV uses an IR remote control, meaning both devices communicate with an infrared signal.
Therefore, it is essential to understand the correct way to use your IR remote to control your TV and exclude the possibility of simple issues.
Here are some tips to correctly use your IR remote:
- Point the remote directly in the line of sight of the TV.
- Use your remote within 30 feet or 10 meters of your TV.
- Move closer to your Bush TV to avoid any interference.
When you are sure that you have pointed your remote in the correct orientation to your Bush TV, power on your TV and check to see if your device responds.
If this step doesn’t work, continue reading the guide!
2. Power Reset Your Bush TV
Sometimes, temporary electrical or system errors restrict the TV from responding to the remote control even if it is correctly configured and has fresh batteries.
In such cases, soft resetting your Bush TV is ideal for clearing out all temporary issues.
How to Power Reset the Bush TV?
- Power off the Bush TV power connection.
- Unplug the TV power cord from the socket.
- Leave your TV unplugged for 60 seconds.
- Connect your Bush TV directly to the outlet.
- Then, turn on the power button of your TV.
- Hold the remote and point it towards the TV.
- Press the “Standby” button on the TV remote.
- Check if your Bush TV responds to the remote.
If your Bush TV turns on, it means your remote control is working fine now.
If your Bush TV doesn’t respond to the remote, then the remote is probably not sending any infrared signals!
3. Replace the Remote Batteries!
As your Bush smart TV remote not working, it could be due to incompatible, weak or dead batteries.
Since replacing the batteries in your remote is the only solution, you need to do the same and try installing a fresh set of Alkaline batteries to resolve the problem.
First, Perform a Quick Test!
Open your TV remote compartment and remove the batteries. Install those same batteries in a different device or remote to test whether they are functional.
If the batteries in a different device are not working, they are probably faulty.
Here are simple steps to replace your remote batteries:
- Tightly push the battery compartment cover.
- Hold and slide down the compartment cover.
- Gently remove the remote’s current batteries.
- Install a fresh set of 2 x AA alkaline batteries.
- Verify that the batteries are embedded correctly.
- Attach the remote battery compartment cover.
Note: If you don’t have a set of batteries at home, test switch the positions of the currency batteries and test whether the remote would work.
4. Clean the TV & Remote IR Sensor!
As we’ve discussed, your Bush TV remote communicates with the TV by sending infrared beam signals.
In such a case, it is worth inspecting and cleaning the IR sensor on your Bush TV and remote to ensure they are clean and can see each other!
Here is how to quickly clean the IR sensor on your devices:
- Locate the IR sensor on the top of your remote.
- Carefully inspect the sensor for visible damage.
- Then, clean the IR sensor with a microfiber cloth.
- Next, head over to your Bush TV and turn it off.
- Find and inspect the IR sensor in front of the TV.
- Also, clean the Bush television IR sensor as well.
- Turn on your Bush TV and test the remote control.
Reminder: Double-check if your remote and TV are in a clear line of sight!
5. Test the Bush Remote IR Emitter
There is a chance that the IR emitter on your remote or TV is malfunctioning, which is why your devices cannot respond and communicate with each other.
To check if that’s the case, you must run a quick test on your remote using your phone’s camera to see if the remote works!
Note: The human eye can’t see infrared signals, but mobile cameras can!
Here are the simple steps to perform an IR test on your remote:
- First, open the camera app on your smartphone.
- Point the Bush remote toward the phone camera.
Tip: Start a video recording of the tip of the remote.
- Then, start pressing buttons on the Bush TV remote.
- Alternatively, observe the camera during the presses.
Info: The IR “eye” of the remote should blink in purple.
Finally, review the recording of your remote’s sensor:
- If you see any purple light, your Bush TV remote IR sensor functions.
- If you don’t see a purple flickering, the remote is not sending signals.
If you are sure that your remote IR is functional, but your Bush TV is not responding to any of the signals, something else is restricting your remote from communicating.
So, continue reading the guide to do some more troubleshooting…
6. Resolve IR & Bluetooth Interference!
Sometimes, even the presence of nearby infrared or Bluetooth devices can interfere with the remote IR signals and weaken them.
This can happen even if there is a free line of sight between your remote and the TV, so you must check for any devices that can cause signal interference.
|IR Signal Interference
|Bluetooth Signal Interference
|Plasma TVs and displays
|RF Microwaves ovens
|Reflective surface (mirrors)
|Cordless phones and baby monitors
|Aluminium foil, wood or brick
|Bluetooth audio transmitters
|Other infrared remote controls
|Wireless cameras and speakers
If you are sure that there are no devices that can cause interference, then again, test the connection. Also, ensure your Bush TV remote is pointing in the correct direction to the TV.
Tip: Turn OFF all other TVs in the same room!
7. Reprogram Your Bush TV Remote
If you have tried all the steps, but the Bush TV remote is not working, you must unpair and pair the remote control.
To unpair your Bush TV remote, you must first factory reset the TV, which will permanently delete all your preferences and saved settings.
Step #1 Factory Reset the Bush TV
- First, push the “Menu” button on the remote.
- Scroll right into the menu on the TV screen.
- Highlight “Install and Retune” and press OK.
- Go down and select “First-time installation.”
- Press the “OK” button and confirm via “Yes.”
- Press the OK again to start the reset process.
Step #2 Reprogram the Bush Remote
- First, plug your Bush TV into the outlet.
- Press the “Power” button on the remote.
- Then, wait until the TV screen is loaded.
- Tap and hold the “Home” remote button.
- Wait for 15 seconds until the LED blinks.
- When the LED stops, release the button.
- Your remote is now paired with your TV.
Tip: When ready, reboot the Bush TV and test whether the remote is working!
8. Use the WiFi Bush TV Remote!
If your Bush TV remote is faulty, or you don’t have a fresh set of batteries at home, as long as your TV is connected to the WiFi, you can download and use the Bish TV Remote app.
The app is available in the Google Play Store and the App Store for Android and iOS phones!
When the app is downloaded, you only need to sign in or create an account, connect to the same WiFi as your Bush TV, and connect.
Then, you’ll be provided with a complete set of digital buttons and no longer need the physical remote to control your Bush TV.
Note: If you need more help, contact Bush Support by emailing them!
If your Bush TV remote not working, power reset your TV, install a fresh set of batteries in the remote, and clean the IR sensors.
If the issue continues, resolve any infrared or Bluetooth interference, and unpair and program your Bush TV remote from scratch.
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