How to Program a Wii Controller

By Diana Braun

Updated September 22, 2017

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The Nintendo Wii is a popular gaming console that features wireless controllers and motion enhanced games. You can program up to four controllers to work with the console, allowing for multiplayer gaming. New controllers or controllers that have lost their sync may have to be programmed to properly work with the Wii. Follow a few quick steps to sync your Wii remote and get to playing.

Turn on the Wii gaming console.

Open the small door (panel) on the console when you see the Health and Safety screen. The panel is located underneath the disk slot. Press and hold the small red button labeled “Sync” located inside for 15 seconds. This will clear all syncs currently programmed on the Wii.

Remove the back panel of the Wii remote to expose the battery compartment. Press the small red button located inside the compartment underneath the batteries. Place the back panel onto the remote. The blue lights located on the front of the remote will blink.

Press and release the small red button labeled “Sync” on the front of the Wii console.

Observe one blue lit square and three non-blinking squares on the front of the Wii remote. The controller is programmed.

Repeat steps to program additional Wii controllers.


Press any button (“1,” “2” or “A”) on the Wii controller. If the bottom four squares on the controller do not illuminate blue, replace the batteries.