Finding Your Sanyo Remote Only Turns The TV On And Off: Fix Guide


It can be infuriating when the TV remote stops working with no explanation. Whether you’ve got an old or a new model of the TV, this issue can be remote for various reasons. If you’re not sure how to reset your remote or you’re having issues with the TV remote only turning the tv on and off, we have some advice when it comes to troubleshooting your device.

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Why is my TV not responding to the remote?

When troubleshooting your TV not working, you may not know where to start. Especially when it appears to be an issue with the TV remote not working. There are several reasons why your TV may not be responding to the remote. These include:

  • The control may have low batteries, meaning it won’t connect correctly
  • Check the batteries are in the right, as sometimes this isn’t the case
  • There could be something interrupting the signal
  • The remote may not be pointed at the right part of the tv.
  • You may need to reprogram your remote.

To find out the issue with your remote, it is worth trying to use it up close, pointing the sensor directly at the front panel or simply reducing the distance between the TV and the control. If either of these fixes your issue, it may be due to other inferring electricals in the room.

How to reboot a Sanyo TV

It may be the case that your remote is fine and the TV is one with the issue. To get this fixed, turn off all of the power to the TV. Wait 30-60 seconds and turn it back on, then let it load up. Next, you need to switch the TV back on with the control. If this does not work- you know the remote is the issue.

Sanyo TV remote

How do I reset my Sanyo TV remote?

One of the easiest fixes for a non-working TV remote is to check the batteries; even if you’ve recently replaced them, you could be using a dud pack. If you’ve tried this with no luck. Then the issue is definitely inside of the remote. There are a few different ways for you to reset your Sanyo TV remote. However, Sanyo recommends the following:

  • Remove the batteries from the remote and hold the power button on the remote for 30 seconds
  • Clean around where the batteries were with a cotton bud.
  • After 30 seconds, pop new batteries in.

If this method doesn’t work, it may be worth looking into a universal replacement for your remote.

Can I buy a replacement remote for Sanyo TV?

Luckily replacement remotes for Sanyo are reasonably priced, starting at £4.99. You can purchase these from Amazon, Argos and Curry’s with ease.

However, before doing this, it is worth reaching out to Sanyo and advising them what the issue is, especially if it’s a newer TV model. You can do this via their help section.

Another way around this is to download an app on the Android app store called TV Remote for Sanyo, allowing you to access your TV functions from your phone.

sanyo remote only turns the tv on and off

How do I programme a universal replacement remote?

When you purchase a universal remote, it needs programming to operate with your TV box. Although this may sound complicated, it is nowhere near as confusing as it sounds.

  1. Hold the ‘code search key’ until it lights up, then press and release the key.
  2. Enter the universal code for most Sanyo TV which is 049
  3. If you enter this code wrong, the light will flash rapidly
  4. If you’ve successfully done this, point your remote at the TV and click the on/off button, and it will work.
  5. If this does not work with the above code, follow the steps again and use any of the following codes – 054, 069, 023, 025.

What do you do when your remote doesn’t change channels?

Usually, with most TVs, there are buttons on the side to do most of the primary functions, such as changing the channel; however, this is not ideal for changing the channel regularly. The volume buttons can also be found on the side of the tv, allowing you to turn the volume up and down as normal.

How do you reset a TV remote control?

Depending on the TV remote control will depend on how you reset it. Some easy ways to try to fix your control include:

  • Cleaning the remote terminals (where the batteries go), take out the batteries, then clean inside. Do this with a soft cloth or a cotton bud, then place the batteries back in the remote. If this does not fix it, try new batteries.

If you are having issues contacting Sanyo regarding this, feel free to get in touch with us, and we’d be happy to help.


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