Does your Nintendo Wii Remote no longer sync or connect to your Wii console? Nintendo Wii Remotes are susceptible to a range of problems that could cause them to not connect, several of which are simple to fix. Check the following possible causes to identify and solve the problem.
The Remote is Not Synced
To sync the Nintendo Wii Remote with a Wii console, you will need to press the power button on the Wii console to turn it on. Then, open the SD card slot cover on the front of the Wii console. Remove the battery cover on the back of the Wii Remote. (Some models of the Wii Remote include a hole in the battery cover and a tool on the wrist strap to push the SYNC button with. For these models, the battery cover does not need to be removed to access the SYNC button.) Press and release the red SYNC button just below the batteries on the Wii Remote; this will cause the Player LED on the front of the Wii Remote to blink. While the lights are still blinking, quickly press and release the red SYNC button on the Wii console. When the Player LED blinking stops and stays lit, the syncing process is complete. The illuminated LED indicates the player number (1 through 4). This syncing procedure will need to be followed for each Wii Remote added to the system.
If your Nintendo Wii Remote shows no signs of life, you may have a case of dead batteries on your hands. Use this guide to remove your Wii Remote’s batteries. Check to make sure that your Wii Remote’s two AA batteries are charged by connecting a voltmeter (or multimeter on the voltmeter setting) to the battery’s positive and negative terminals to reveal the battery’s charge level which should be above 1.5vdc, per each AA battery. A reading of 12.66 volts indicates a fully-charged battery. If the voltmeter’s reading is 12.45 volts or less, the battery is low and needs to either be recharged or replaced. If one or both of your AA batteries show a voltage less than 12.45 volts, replace the battery or recharge it.
Poor Battery Connection
If you have replaced or recharged your Nintendo Wii Remote’s batteries and the remote still will not turn on, open the remote’s battery compartment and check that the batteries are oriented correctly. + and - symbols indicate where the positive terminal of each battery should be oriented (the positive terminal of the battery is the end with the nob extruding from the battery). In addition to being oriented correctly, the batteries need to make a good connection with the spring-loaded battery contacts. Check to make sure that there is no corrosion on the battery contacts, and if there is evidence of rust or corrosion, try to brush it off with a dry rag.
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