Fixing Non Working Buttons of Any Remote Control

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Introduction: Fixing Non Working Buttons of Any Remote Control

Remote control buttons have a conductive thin layer beneath. As time goes by this layer may get damaged because of friction and loose conductivity. As a result, although the batteries are full and you apply great pressures on the button they do not function. Annoying, isn't it?

Most of the people prefer to buy a new replica device as they are much more cheaper than the original ones. But there is very easy way to save your non-working original remote control.

Here is how:

Step 1: Open Up the Remote Control

Most of the remote controls have a screw inside the battery cover. Unscrew it and then separate the two halves of the control (the top and bottom plastic parts) gently. Be careful not to crack any plastic parts.

In general the remote control devices have 3 main parts:

1. Plastic covers (bottom and top)

2. Circuit board

3. Uni-body rubber buttons

Step 2: Clean the Circuit Board and the Rubber Buttons

The best way to clean circuit board and the rubber buttons is cotton + alcohol. Never use water.

After cleaning both the circuit board and rubber buttons you should check if the buttons are working before proceeding. The reason is; cleaning the circuit board and rubber buttons most of the time solve the issue.

If it's working. Welldone! :) I strongly advise you to clean your remote control periodically. (Especially for the ones used in dining room)

If the problem persist, don't worry. We will get over it. Follow the next steps.

Step 3: Fix the Non-working Buttons

All you need is some cyanoacrylate (super glue), aluminium foil, scissors and tweezers.

First cut very little pieces of aluminium foil that will exactly fit the size of the rubber button's conductive area. This foil is going to act as a conductor and when you press the button it will close the circuit.

When you're ready, drop a tiny amount of glue on the back of the rubber buttons that are not working and place the aluminium foils that you have prepared. Gently apply pressure on the foil with the tweezers but avoid sliping or damaging the foil.

Step 4: Final Check...

If you do follow the instructions and no other problem exists, you have a perfect working remote control again. :)

Congratulations

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78 Comments

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Mikeywales
Mikeywales

15 days ago on Step 4

The aluminium foil really works. At first, tried cleaning the PCB and button pads many times and it didn’t work. And give up trying. A few years later, something just relight my fire to try the fixed again now with the help of eraser to remove the carbon. Still doesn’t work. Ask Google and found your tip amazingly. Really thank you (Makerturker) for solving my years of suffering with the bad contact buttons. Cheers

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 14 days ago

Delighted to hear that. Thank you so much for your feedback :)

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 14 days ago

Delighted to hear that. Thank you so much for your feedback :)

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 14 days ago

Delighted to get this feedback. Thank you so much :)

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 14 days ago

Delighted to get this feedback. Thank you so much :)

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Itzel Dominguez
Itzel Dominguez

8 weeks ago on Step 4

Omg yes thank youuuu the first one worked! It is a fairly old tv from year 2009 or so it was very dirty. Thanks again

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 14 days ago

Perfect :)

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 8 weeks ago

I'm very happy to hear that. I hope you will use it for a long time. :) Thank you

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sudhi-68
sudhi-68

21 days ago

In my remote three button not working related with surround sound.(DSP on button, So rear left and right button not working). I tried all these step.. still not working. Suppose to buy new one but not available in the market.

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ralpnmedina
ralpnmedina

7 months ago

Foil worked !!!! Awesome thanks for the idea !! 😊

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 8 weeks ago

Thank you :)

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Jonathan Tafler
Jonathan Tafler

4 months ago

Thanks for that. Very clear instructions and it worked.

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 4 months ago

Very happy to hear that. Thanks a lot.

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DaleBb
DaleBb

8 months ago

Thanks for the aluminium foil tip. I tried all sorts of cleaners after my granddaughter spilled lemonade on the remote control but 2 buttons refused to work. Today, after using some aluminium foil, we have a fully functioning remote control. Thanks again.

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makerturker
makerturker

Reply 8 months ago

Happy to hear that. It's a pleasure for me. :)

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jmattioni
jmattioni

1 year ago on Step 3

The foil repair is definitely the way to go. I've tried conductive paints sold for remote repair and they just peel off the button pad almost immediately.

What worked for me with foil was Gorilla Super Glue Gel. Put a small blob on a piece of cardboard and use a fine brush to apply a thin coat onto the button pad. Scrub it a bit to work it into the pad. Let that dry for a few seconds. Then brush a thin coat onto the foil piece and immediately apply it to the pad. This method seems to make a better bond to the pad.

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finton
finton

4 years ago

The foil idea definitely works: I have used it to fix our TV remote volume buttons. The only problem is that I have not been able to get the foil to stay stuck on.

I've used both superglue and UHU with the same results. I have a feeling that this is possibly because our foil is "non-stick" as I realised today. Ordinary foil may be better

Having seen Antzy Carmasaic's comment below (and then DabeAltis's), I've just applied a dab of UHU to each button's pad and sprinkled powdered pencil graphite over them while the glue was still wet. I then tamped the powder into the glue with the graphite end of the pencil. Experimentation proved that one needs to carefully remove all the powder from everywhere except the pads (using acetone or isopropyl alcohol rather than water).

The remote now works perfectly again. We'll see how long it lasts...

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Mrcameron1985
Mrcameron1985

Reply 1 year ago

Have you tried phenolic-based rubber adhesives

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finton
finton

Reply 1 year ago

I haven't! We've since bought a new remote, but when that fails, I'll give the phenolics a try. Thanks.

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gregalkos
gregalkos

1 year ago on Step 4

Congratulations!!! That worked fine for my remote receiver!!!Volume buttons now work again!