Let’s take a look at a Toshiba TV, its remote, and what you can do if the Toshiba Fire TV remote not working is why you are reading this article.
Toshiba TV is like other TVs and smart TVs at home. Just like the Fire TV or Hisense smart TV. So, the TV and its remote can be malfunction. And if the Toshiba TV remote is not working you have two options for this.
This first option is that you will need to resolve to use the Toshiba TV without a remote. This could mean that you want to start using the TV panel buttons or resolve to use the TV remote app for Android and iPhone.
The second option is to fix the Toshiba TV remote. And if the second option is what you are looking for here is the guide you need to lay your hands on.
In the article, we will consider how to fix the Toshiba Fire TV remote not working and provide alternative methods that can be used to use your Toshiba TV without a remote.
Note: Your Toshiba Fire TV remote not working problem could be different from mine. However, if the Toshiba TV remote is not working at all, the steps to take to fix this is different from what to do to fix the Toshiba Fire TV remote not working with the volume button or the remote light won’t blink when controlling your TV.
For this reason, we admonish you to walk through the entire recommendation in this article on how to fix your Toshiba TV remote not working.
We call this the basic method to fix the Toshiba TV remote if the remote blinks but does not control the TV or the signals are not being carried out on your Toshiba TV because we don’t consider that important whenever there is an issue with our TV.
1. Remove Barriers between the TV and Remote
If there is a barrier blocking your remote from communicating with the TV you need to remove it. The TV remote sensor cannot pass through some devices no matter how hard you try.
So, it’s better to remove all blocking materials between the Toshiba TV and remote whenever the TV remote is not working.
2. Move Closer to the TV
What if the problem with your Toshiba TV remote is the distance? Then, you need to solve the barrier by moving closer to the TV each time you are using the TV remote.
So, since virtually on TV remotes are using Infrared to communicate with the TV then distance matters. Although, the IR distance varies and depends on the device. However, when your TV remote failed to work or communicate with the TV or device it’s supposed to work with, moving close to the receiver could be all you need to do to know that the remote is working.
These are just the basic steps to take when your Toshiba TV remote is not working. If the above suggestions didn’t help, then, you need to check out the possible solutions below.
How to Fix Toshiba Fire TV Remote not Working [Intermidiate]
We call this method an intermediate approach to fix your Toshiba TV remote because a none-techie person can carry out the task.
So, below are what to do if your Toshiba TV remote is not working.
Change the Toshiba TV Remote Battery
Don’t wait until your TV remote batteries get rusted before changing it. This doesn’t only spoil the battery connectors it also spoils the remotes button because you will be subjected to pressing the remote button with all your power for it to work.
- Remove the Toshiba TV remote batteries cover.
- Push the end of the battery and pull it slightly to remove the battery.
- Repeat the same approach to remove the second battery.
- Replace the batteries with working batteries.
After this, point the remote to the Toshiba TV and see if the remote is working. If this works, then, the battery is the reason why the remote is not working.
Is the TV Remote Sensor Broken?
TV remote uses Infrared to communicate with the receiver. However, the IR is indicated by a blue-like colour at the top of the remote. With this, the remote and receiver can communicate efficiently. But, if the remote Infrared is broken or no longer work then your remote may be damaged before repair.
Ad on the contrary, if the IR cover is broken, check to see if the [small] Infrared bulb is broken as well. If the Infrared indicator is damaged, then, the remote is probably damaged beyond repair.
Then, you need to get another remote for your Toshiba TV.
Reset the TV Remote
This is another option to consider when your Toshiba TV remote is not working. This won’t affect the remote in any way. But, it will restore the TV remote to the default state or when you bought the TV/remote.
- Press the Toshiba TV remote D-pad left
- Press back while holding the D-Pad left.
- Join the buttons with the Menu buttons
- Hold unto these buttons for about 120 seconds or more.
- Release the button.
This is kind of tricky. But, it’s the best-known method to reset a Toshiba TV remote.
Power Cycle the Toshiba TV
A power cycle is recommended because it’s one of the easiest ways to soft reset a device. So, whenever you noticed that your Toshiba TV is malfunctioning, always do a power cycle on the device. How then do you power cycle your Toshiba TV?
Follow the steps below to learn to soft reset your Toshiba TV when the Toshiba TV remote is not working.
- Press the Toshiba TV power button to turn off the TV
- Unplug the TV from the power outlet.
- Wait for about 120 seconds or more depending on how long you can wait.
- Plug the TV into the power outlet.
- Turn on the Toshiba TV.
Try to use the Toshiba TV remote with the TV to see if the remote will work.
How to Fix Toshiba Fire TV Remote not Working [Advanced]
We tagged this as an advanced method to fix a Toshiba TV whose remote is not working because it requires a bit of techie-mind. And with this guide, you will be able to carry out the task you need to fix your Toshiba TV remote problem.
Update your Toshiba TV Firmware
Here are the steps to take to update your Toshiba TV firmware to the latest version.
- Turn on your Toshiba Smart TV.
- Navigate to “Settings.”
- Scroll down to “Device and Software” and select it.
- Navigate to and select “About.”
- In the about screen highlight and select “System Update.”
- Install “System Update.”
- Wait for the Toshiba TV to search for an available update. If there is an update available, the TV will download it and install it by itself.
- But if there is no update available, the TV will let you know and probably say there is no update available or you are running the latest OS for your device.
For older versions of the Toshiba TV, Follow the steps below to update the device.
- Press the “Menu” button.
- Highlight and select “Get Help.”
- Choose “Software Update.”
- Search for the latest update and install the update on your device.
During this process, your TV will restart automatically and once the update is done, you will be taken to the TV home screen.
At this point, take your Toshiba TV remote and point it to the Toshiba TV and see if the remote works as expected.
How to Fix Toshiba Fire TV Remote Buttons not Working
This method is different from what we stated above. The method to fix the Toshiba TV remote not working above is basic. And here, we show you the advanced method to fix your Toshiba Fire TV remote if the remote buttons are not working or malfunctioning.
- Remove the Toshiba Fire TV remote batteries.
- Press and hold the “Power” button for about 60 minutes at least.
- Press each of the buttons one after the other. Push these buttons repeatedly until each of the buttons is pushed at least three times each.
- Fix in the TV batteries and see if it works.
If the remote is not damaged, the remote should be working fine now.
Here is an additional tip. If the last step didn’t work, insert the batteries and repeat the process. This also works like magic on most Smart TV remotes.
From experience, if the Toshiba Fire TV remote is not damaged, at least one of the suggestions above always work. But, if the remote is damaged, then, you either repair the remote or get a new Toshiba Fire TV remote from the official Toshiba portal or a vendor online or in a nearby store.
We believe that this guide should help you with how to fix the Toshiba Fire TV remote not working from the basic level to the advanced level. Do not hesitate to leave a comment below if you are stuck. And also, you can let us know which of the methods work for you.