Wii Remotes Won't Sync
By Erin Ringwald
Updated September 22, 2017
The Wii uses infrared lights with its motion controllers to control its video games. For the Wii remote to work correctly, each controller must be synced up to the Wii console. From time to time, your console may stop recognizing an existing remote. Or if you purchase a new remote, you may run into trouble syncing it. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to quickly troubleshoot a Wii remote that will not sync with your console.
Power down your Wii console by pressing the power button on the front of the console. Once the console has powered down, unplug it from the power source. Count to 20 and then plug the console back in.
Power up your Wii console by pressing the power button on the front of the console. Open up the flap on the front of the console and press the sync button once it reaches the "Health and Safety" screen. Hold the button down while you count to 15 and then release the button.
Replace the batteries in the remote. If the batteries are dead or dying, the remote will not sync. While the cover is off of the back of the remote, press the red button that is located near the battery compartment. After pressing this button, the blue lights on the remote should begin to blink.
Press the sync button on the front of the console again. This should be done as soon as you have pressed the red button on the remote.
Repeat all steps to sync all your remotes.
Check the sensor bar. The bar should be centered either on top of or underneath your television. The wires should also be securely inserted into the back of your Wii console.
Adjust your location from the television. You should stand between three and 10 feet from the sensor bar. Center yourself in front of the television for better sensing.
Remove any infrared light sources that may be interfering with the sensor bar. Possible interference can come from candles, stoves, fireplaces and even natural sunlight. Extinguish candles or fires in your fireplace. Turn off the stove. Pull the shades to block out extra sunlight.
Remove radio frequencies that may be interfering with the sensor bar. Possible interference can come from wireless computer accessories such as keyboards or mice or even cordless phones. Turn these wireless devices off.