Onn TV Remote not Working/Red light (100% Fixes)

When an Onn remote stops working, malfunctioning batteries or a temporary system glitch on the TV are typically the primary culprits.

If a temporary glitch cause this, a simple power reset is enough to fix this but if the batteries and the other components are malfunctioning, you need to perform some complex troubleshooting..

In this article, I will break down the troubleshooting process in easy to follow method so you can get your Onn TV remote working again.

Let’s dive into it…

Why is Onn remote not Working?

Why is my onn tv remote not working

I already mentioned this!

An Onn TV remote can stop working if the batteries have run out, the TV is experiencing a temporary system glitch, or there is an issue with the remote itself.

Sometimes, you may encounter a situation where your remote is functioning properly but not working with your specific TV.

I mean, it works with other TVs but not with yours.

If this is the case, problem lies with the TV, not the remote. Possible that the TV’s IR receiver is dusty or damaged, the firmware is outdated, the signal is being interfered with, or the remote is disconnected from the TV altogether!

How to Fix Onn Roku TV remote not working?

  • Disconnect the TV from the power outlet completely.
  • Wait for at least 60 seconds.
  • During this time, press and hold the TV’s power button for about 20 seconds.
  • Once done, power the TV back on and test the result.


Step 1: Power drain

Onn tv remote isn't working

Both your TV and remote need this!

You may have rebooted your TV multiple times and taken out the batteries from the remote, but that’s not what I meant by ‘power drain‘.

This is basically a process that will reset all the internal capacitors and transistors by draining all the remaining inner power completely.

Let’s skip the explanations and jump right into the steps.

Here’s how to power drain the remote:

  • Take out both batteries.
  • Wait at least 30 seconds.
  • During this time, press all the buttons, especially holding the power button for 10 seconds.
  • Once done, put the batteries back in.

You’ve just reset the remote, but the TV still needs to be reset.

Here’s how:

  • Disconnect the TV from the power outlet.
  • Wait at least 60 seconds.
  • During this time, press and hold the TV’s power button for about 15 seconds.
  • Once done, power on the TV.

Now test whether the remote is working now. If the remote is working, CONGRATULATION, but if not, proceed to the next step.

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Step 2: Recync again

Repair your onn remote with tv again

Remembered what I told you earlier?

Possible that your Onn Roku TV Remote isn’t working because it’s no longer paired with the TV. I mean, it is somehow unpaired,—maybe due to an unusual system change.

However, it can happen at any time!

If this is the case, repairing the Remote with the TV again may fix the issue. Here’s how:

  • First, turn on the TV and take a step back from it, about one meter.
  • Point the remote at your TV.
  • On your remote control, press the “OK” button once.
  • Keep pressing the key until a message on the screen confirms that the remote control has been identified.

Now, test the remote using some menu commands once they’ve been paired. I hope it will fix the issue.

Typically, the remote and the TV will pair automatically when powered on or after a reboot, but in some cases, you may need to pair or re-sync them manually.

Step 3: TV’s IR receiver is dusty

clean onn tv's ir sensor to fix remote not working issue

Both the TV and remote have an IR sensor. With this, remote sends signals, and TV receives them.

But over time, dirt and dust accumulate on them.

So it’s possible that your TV’s IR receiver is dusty, and for this, it can’t receive proper signal from the remote.

What’s the solution?

Ensure that your TV receives proper signal without any interruptions. Take a soft cloth and wipe away any dirt and dust from the TV’s IR sensor.

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Step 4: Clean the Remote’s battery contacts

Tv remote won't function

Battery life is impacted by many factors, including quality, temperature, and damage.

Start by checking your Remote’s batteries for any chalky white powder, solidified granules, or green coloration on the top and bottom of the battery.

Corrosion can be caused by defective, old, or damaged batteries.

If there is any corrosion, remove the batteries as soon as possible and dispose of them properly. Then, clean the terminals, place the batteries back in the remote, and see if that works.

If it does not work, buy a new battery set from any local vendor and then try again.

Step 5: Remote is malfunctioning

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If none of the above troubleshooting steps resolve the issue, it is likely that your Onn remote is malfunctioning.

Either the remote is completely dead and you need a new one, or one of the internal circuits has been damaged. Anything could have happened!

But for this, you might want to confirm this first.

One of the best ways to check if the remote is working is by using a smartphone camera.

Here’s the process:

  • Look at your Onn remote through the screen of your phone’s camera app.
  • Press any button or a set of buttons on the Remote.
  • A red light will blink through the camera screen with each button pressed on a functional remote.

If you don’t see any flashing red light, either the remote is completely damaged or the batteries have run out. In such cases, simply purchase a new remote and start enjoying your shows right away!


Q: What does it mean when the red light on my Onn remote is illuminated?

The red light on an Onn remote typically indicates that a button has been pressed.

When you press a button on the remote, the red light will usually blink to confirm that it has registered the command.

If the red light remains solid or continuously blinks without any button being pressed, it indicates an issue with the remote, such as low battery power or a stuck button.

In such cases, try replacing the batteries or check for any buttons that may be stuck.

Q: How do I know if the problem is with the Onn TV remote or the TV itself?

To determine if the issue lies with the remote or the TV, try accessing the TV’s menu or changing channels manually using the buttons on the TV itself.

If those functions work, it indicates a problem with the remote.

However, if the TV doesn’t respond to any input, the issue may be with the TV itself or its sensor.

Q. Remote still not working even with new batteries!

If you’ve replaced the batteries in your remote and it still isn’t working, a few other things could be the issue.

✔ Check the connections in your Remote. If the batteries are loose, that could be the reason the remote isn’t working.

✔ It’s possible that your Remote is in the wrong setting. Try flipping the switch on the back of the remote to see if that changes anything.

If none of those things works, it’s possible that the remote is just faulty and needs to be replaced.

Q. Where is the remote sensor on my Onn TV?

The remote sensor on an Onn TV is located on the front of the TV, near the bottom.

It is a small, black, rectangular sensor that receives signals from the remote control.

Q: Can a software update fix the problem with my Onn TV remote?

Generally, software updates are meant to address system-level issues and enhance functionality rather than fix remote-specific problems.

It’s unlikely that a software update will resolve a remote-related issue.

Q: Can I use a universal remote as a replacement for my Onn TV remote?

Yes, a universal remote can often be used as a replacement for your Onn TV remote.

Universal remotes are designed to work with multiple devices, including TVs.

However, it’s important to ensure compatibility by checking the manufacturer’s instructions or the remote’s packaging to see if it supports your specific Onn TV model.

Q. Can I turn on my Onn TV without a remote?

Of course, you can easily turn on your TV without using the remote just by pressing the TV’s power button. Most newer TVs have a power button on the back of the TV.

However, if you can’t find your TV’s power button, you can check the manual or read our complete step-by-step guide on finding Onn TV’s power button and turning on the TV without a remote.