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Bluetooth TV Remotes: What you need to know

If you have a SMART TV you may be familiar with Bluetooth functionality on your remote. Whilst many are aware of how to connect audio devices via Bluetooth, connecting a remote via Bluetooth is slightly different. In this article we look at all you need to know about Bluetooth remotes.

What is a Bluetooth remote?

As the name suggests, a Bluetooth remote is a remote that has the capability to connect via Bluetooth. This is usually optional, and the remote can still provide basic operation with IR (Infrared). Depending on your TV, the steps to connect via Bluetooth will vary. Generally, it will involve following on-screen instructions and pressing a sequence of buttons on your remote.

Benefits of connecting remotes via Bluetooth

The main benefit of connecting your remote via Bluetooth is the transmission range. Standard IR (Infrared) remotes have a shorter transmission range, usually within 5 metres. This means you need to be closer to the TV, and usually pointing the remote directly at the TV to operate. With remotes using Bluetooth technology, you are able to use them from a further distance due to Bluetooth having a greater signal range. This also means you can use the remote without pointing directly at the TV, as the Bluetooth signal is able to travel to the TV from another direction.

Some remotes also provide voice assistant functions when paired via Bluetooth. This means that you can press a button on the remote and give voice commands, which in turn will control the TV. This is beneficial for those who prefer this as a route of accessibility.

Troubleshooting Tip 1: Remote not pairing

If you find the remote is not pairing, it is recommend to simply try the pairing process again. This varies by the model of TV you have, but typically you will need to press and hold a specified button until the LED flashes.

Troubleshooting Tip 2: Only the standby button is working on the remote

It is possible to pair Bluetooth remotes to devices other than the TV. If it is paired to another device, you may find that the only button on the remote that works with the TV is the standby button. To rectify this, you will need to unpair the remote and repair it with the TV. You can do this by going into the Bluetooth settings for the connected device, selecting ‘Unpair’, and then follow the pairing process for your TV remote.


Troubleshooting Tip 3: Voice functions not working

If certain functions, such as the voice assistant functions, are not working on your Bluetooth remote, this would suggest your remote may not be connected via Bluetooth mode. These functions are specific to Bluetooth mode, so you will need to try repairing it again.

To find out more about the Bluetooth functionality on your TV remote, please consult your user manual or contact the support team for your TV.