How to Fix Samsung Remote Blinking Red Light

Is your Samsung remote blinking red light? Probably you are stuck with this and you are looking for a quick way to resolve this. You’re not alone. 

Going through this could be frustrating especially when you are watching TV in the middle of the night and your remote starts blinking red light and there is no one you can reach out to.

Anyway here is something you need to know. The red light blinking on your Samsung remote means the remote is out of range or the battery is low. 

However, there are some things you ought to inspect before boring yourself out. 

Firstly, have you tried replacing the remote batteries? Are you using the original remote? Have you turned the TV OFF and ON? 

If you’ve done all that and you are still stuck with your Samsung remote blinking red. A few issues are causing these.

And luckily for you, they are easy to self-diagnose once you know where the problem is coming from. 

Without much ado, I will be breaking down all the possible culprits of your Samsung remote blinking red and what you should do to self-diagnose it.

Why is your Samsung remote Blinking red light?

Understanding these issues will better help you figure out where the problem is coming from while also assisting you in troubleshooting other future problems you might face with your remote.

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1. Check for any Obstructing to the IR Sensor 

This is the first thing you should look out for since the remote works with an IR sensor and if something is blocking the remote from the TV or you are too far from it, the TV may cease to work.

To inspect these issues follow the steps below:

  • Move closer to your TV and see if the blinking red light stops
  • While doing all these, you want to also ensure that there is no dirt clogged up around the IR sensor of your Samsung TV.
  • You can use a dry cloth to clean the IR sensor area and move your remote closer to see if it resolves it.

If none of these work, and you are still stuck with Samsung remote blinking red, you should try pairing the TV manually.

2. Your Samsung Remote is Unpaired

the remote batteries is unpaired

Once your Samsung remote starts blinking red, your remote would cease to function with your TV.

Usually your remote pairs with your TV automatically, but then it can also get unpaired and start flashing red light when you want to use it. 

When you are faced with this, the first thing you should do is try pairing it manually.

To do that follow the steps listed below:

  • Turn off your Samsung TV using its power button
  • Now, move 1-2 feet close to your TV and point your remote to the IR sensor
  • While doing that, press and hold down the back button and Play/pause for 5-10 seconds
  • Now, wait for the pairing to complete
  • Once the pairing is complete, you will see a remote and battery icon on the TV screen

These steps actually worked for quite a number of  Samsung TV users. If this doesn’t work for you, probably you are still stuck with your Samsung remote blinking red, proceed to the next troubleshooting steps below.

3. Your Remote Batteries are Weak

the batteris are weak

The battery is an easily overlooked problem since you can’t determine what level the battery is.

 this makes it a susceptible culprit for your Samsung blinking red light.

And since you are unsure of the batteries you can test it on another remote, or simply install a new battery into the remote to see if it clears the issue.

To install a new battery follow the steps below:

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  1. On the back cover of your remote, push the back cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it 
  2. Now, remove any faulty or dead batteries.
  3. Replace with two new AA batteries correctly.
  4. Test your remote by connecting it to your television and try pairing it 

If changing the remote doesn’t resolve your Samsung remote blinking red proceed to the next steps

4. Your Samsung Remote has Technical Issues

Apart from the issue listed above, your remote could also malfunction due to technical problems, maybe the remote has dropped to the ground too many times affecting one or two components in the motherboard.

Unluckily, you might find it hard to discern a technical issue, but trying out all the issues above with no positive response can be a good pointer that the remote has a technical issue.

And if you are faced with that, repairing might be an option but it might not be a good long-term decision since the Samsung remote cost less than $15.

5. The remote Buttons are Stuck

the remote buttons are stuck

If you are faced with this, it is most likely that some remotes work while some don’t seem to function. This scenario is usually caused by Dirt, grime, and oxidation.

But resolving this is easy, and there is kind of steps you can take when faced with this.

First, you can press the buttons that are not functioning several times to see, if they will pick up and start working. If it doesn’t you should proceed to disassemble it.

However, you need to be cautious when doing this, since you will be removing quite a handful of components

That said, here is how you can dislodge your remote:

  • On the Back cover of your remote Pull out the cover in the arrow direction
  • Now take out the battery from the compartment
  • After doing that, unscrew the screws to gain access to the circuit board.
  • Next, rub the contacts with a rubber eraser to clear out any sort of oxidation.
  • If you can, Take out the case’s rubber padding and wash it in warm soapy water.
  • After doing that, get a cotton swab and dip it into isopropyl and use it to clean the rubber contact.
  • Now, couple the remote back and test it 

However, If none of these options is working and you need to perform some function on your TV. Probably you are stuck with this issue in the middle of the night. You can quickly install the Samsung remote app on your phone

Here is how you can do that.

How to Use the Samsung Remote App

For now, the Samsung Remote app isn’t available for Android yet, if you have an iOS device, here is how you use it.

To use the Samsung Smart TV remote app on your iPhone or iPad follow the steps below.

  • Download the Samsung TV remote app from the App Store.
  • Connect the app and your Samsung Tv to the same wifi network.
  • Launch the app and search for the TV from the app
  • Connect it and start controlling your Tv with your smartphone.

If you have a universal remote check this post to figure out how to use it with your Samsung TV

Samsung Remote Red Light Blinking 5 Times

If you are stuck with your Samsung remote blinking red light 5 times or more, the first thing you can do is reset your Samsung TV. 

And to do that you can follow the steps listed below:

  • Go to your TV and Turn off the television by removing the power cable from the wall socket
  • After doing that, you’re going to wait for 15 minutes before plugging it back.
  • While you are plugging it, press the power button on the TV for a few minutes while it is turning on.

Samsung Remote Red Light Blinking Continuously

If your Samsung remote red light is blinking continuously. The issues you are faced with are either the remote is out of range, the battery is low or the device has some hardware-related issue.

Most of these issues can be self-diagnosed without calling for a repairman if you follow the instructions above.

Why is my Remote Flashing Red?

As mentioned above, there are a series of reasons why your Samsung remote is flashing red, among them are low batteries, hardware issues, unpaired remote or blockages. However, you can also troubleshoot most of them without needing a repairman

But then if you have to disassemble the remote for this, then getting a replacement remote would be a good option

Why is the light on my remote blinking but not working?

If the light in your remote is blinking it won’t work because the blinking light signifies a low battery or an unpaired remote. It’s only in rare cases that the remote would work while the light is still blinking

How do I Reset my Samsung Remote?

If you are faced with an issue like a drained battery, remote not pairing, Sensors not working correctly, remote pointers not functioning, network issues etc, then resetting the TV might be a safe bet.

To reset your Samsung Tv here is how you can do that

  • Press and Hold the Power button for 5 seconds, Once the TV comes back on release it.
  • Now, verify if the remote is working with the Samsung TV. if it isn’t
  • Unplug the TV from the wall 
  • Hold down the power button till the TV turn OFF
  • Wait for 2 minutes and then plug the power cord back in


By now you should have figured out the reason behind your Samsung remote blinking red and what you ought to do about it. 

That said, one thing you should put in mind is if the issue you are facing requires you to disassemble your remote, getting a replacement remote is a better option.

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