How long do TV remote batteries last?

How long do TV remote batteries last? If you find yourself constantly having to change the batteries to your TV remote, then you may have a battery problem.

Under normal use, TV remote batteries can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Battery life shortens depending on how frequently you use the remote.  The operations on your remote control can also determine the lifespan of your batteries.  Frequent use of wireless system shortens the life batteries since it requires more power use.

Here are some signs that your TV remote battery is drained

Slow responsiveness

A slow response is one of the major indicators that your TV remote control batteries are dying.  Slow responsiveness happens gradually but is easy to detect.  Your remote stops working as it would with new batteries. Drained batteries cause you to press remote buttons several times without a response.

Remote keeps disconnecting

If you keep having to reconnect your remote to your media player every time you want to change channels or control your menu, the most probable issue is dead batteries.

TV remote control is not operating properly or not responding at all

If your remote control is not working even after updating the TV system software or re-paring your remote to the TV, then the issue might be the batteries.

Check whether the issue is with the TV or the remote control. How will you know? If the buttons on the TV can be operated, then you probably have an issue with your remote control. You can also check if the power cable connected to your media player is loose or disconnected.  Another way to check is by performing a power reset on your TV. Remover external devices like HDMI connection, USB hard dick and power cable before you power reset. If you can still operate the TV after a reset then the problem is definitely with the remote control.

Before you try any more troubleshooting steps, you should consider checking if the batteries are drained/dead or placed incorrectly.

First, remove the batteries from your TV remote control, wait a couple of minutes and reinsert them. Check the function of the remote control. If it still does not work, try cleaning the remote control terminals.   If the remote control terminals are dirty, take out the batteries and clean using a cotton bud of cloth dubbed in an alcohol solution. Place the batteries into the remote control and check its function.

If this does not work, you will need to replace the batteries with a new set. When replacing the batteries, make sure they are consistent with the – pole and the + pole for them to work correctly. Most TV remotes have an indication that can help you during placement.

When changing the battery, always keep these pointers in mind

  • Do not pair an old battery with a new one
  • Do not use two different brands of battery
  • Not all remotes will work well with rechargeable batteries.

What Are the Causes of TV Remote Battery Drain?

Poor quality batteries

TV remotes use batteries in either AA or AAA sizes. One of the most common reasons why TV remote batteries do not last as long is poor quality. Some batteries are made of low quality materials that are quickly exhausted when used,

Brand new batteries can also drain energy if your remote control has not been utilised for months.

Some batteries have a tendency to leak, corroding the remote case and terminals and impairing its function. Always remember to remove the batteries before you store a remote control.

Frequent use of your TV remote control may shorten battery life. Some operations that can lead to fast battery drainage include using touchpad, wireless systems, operating the home screen and using the microphone.

How to choose the right battery for your TV remote

Companies like energizer, Duracell and Panasonic are big in the battery market and offer a wide range of disposable batteries. For that reason, it can be hard for consumers to choose the right products. Disposable batteries come at different prices and design, so how will you know which batteries are perfect for your remote?

The best value batteries are not always necessarily the best ones. If you are fond of using your remote, you want to go for batteries that will last you the longest possible. AAA and AA batteries, which are suitable for TV remotes can come in alkaline and lithium types as well as rechargeable. Alkaline are the most popular and generally the most affordable when compared to the other twp. They are good for both high drain and low drain remote controls. However, they are not able to hold up power hungry device.

Lithium batteries on the other hand are more expensive but can generally hold up high drain devices better than the latter. They have a higher stability and lower self discharge making them a better choice for a fast draining remote control.

For your batteries to last longer, make sure you;

  • Store the batteries in a cool dry place
  • When replacing the batteries, clean the contact surfaces and battery compartments on your remote with rubbing alcohol and a cloth or pencil eraser
  • Remove the batteries from your remote if you go out for the week/weekend
  • Don’t store loose batteries with metal objects

For a longer battery lifespan, you should consider rechargeable batteries. They will last you longer and you will only need to charge them every couple of months. Rechargeable batteries are environmental friendly and will save you more money in the long run.


Regardless of the type of batteries you use, there are a few factors that contribute to fast battery drainage.  Choosing the right battery and knowing how to care for them will contribute in prolonging their life on your TV remote control.


Can I control my TV without a remote?

Yes. Thanks to tech development, many media player companies have created a virtual remote alternative. Basically, you can download and app and use it as a remote on your Smartphone or tablet if they are compatible

Can I use rechargeable batteries for my TV remote?

Yes you can. Depending on the brand, rechargeable batteries may last you longer than normal batteries.


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