Samsung TV Slow Response to Remote? (3 Quick Fixes)

As a TV repair person, I come across all sorts of issues with televisions – but one that seems to be pretty common is when a Samsung TV is slow to respond to the remote.

It’s frustrating, I know when you just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your favorite show, but instead, you’re stuck waiting for the TV to catch up. Well, have no fear – I’m here to help.

The most common reason for a Samsung TV being slow to respond to the remote is due to low batteries in the remote, a memory leak in the TV, or a corrupted cache inside the TV. These issues can cause delayed remote response and can be resolved by replacing the batteries, freeing up memory, or clearing the corrupted cache.

Recently, I’ve come across a similar problem with Samsung TVs, the memory was getting “eaten” by some glitch in the code, causing the TV to slow down when trying to change the channel or open apps using its remote.

But don’t worry, I’ve got your back and in this guide, I will help you as to why your Samsung TV is slow to respond to the remote control and how to get rid of it easily.

Common Causes of Slow Response to Remote for Samsung TV

These are the main reasons why your Samsung TV is slow to respond to the remote:

  1. Low batteries in the remote: If the batteries in the remote are low, the signal strength will be weaker and it may take longer for the TV to receive and respond to commands from the remote.
  2. Memory leak in the TV: If there are too many apps or processes running in the background, it can cause the TV’s memory to become overloaded and slow down the overall performance of the TV.
  3. Corrupted cache in the TV: Over time, the cache inside the TV can become corrupted, causing the TV to slow down when trying to access certain files or apps.

All of these issues can cause the TV to be slow to respond to the remote and can be resolved by replacing the batteries, freeing up memory, or clearing the corrupted cache.

Mainly because a slow response to the remote for Samsung TVs is related to the code and memory usage in the TV. Somewhere in its code, there is an issue that causes it to use more memory than usual sometimes, which leads to slower responses from the TV when using a remote control.

When the amount of available memory is increased, the response time to the remote for Samsung TVs will return to normal.

This can be resolved by freeing up some of the memory through rebooting or resetting your TV, let’s move to the troubleshooting part in detail so that you can boost the connection between your TV and remote quickly.

Troubleshooting Samsung TV Slow Response To Remote

So, you’re having issues with your Samsung TV remote control, and it’s taking a couple of seconds for the channel to change or for Netflix to open up when you press the button. Trust me, I know how frustrating that can be. But, don’t worry, I’ve got a quick and easy trick for you to try before you call in the pros.

Temporary Discharge

First things first, you need to open up the back of your remote and take out the battery.

Once that’s out, press each of the buttons from top to bottom without missing any of them. This will clear any temporary settings or glitches on your remote that may be causing the delay.

Hard Reboot TV

The second thing you can do is to hard reboot your TV once you complete the soft reset of the remote.

To hard reboot your TV:

  • First, unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  • Wait for a few seconds before plugging it back in and turning on your TV.

This will remove any conflicted build-up cache and release memory that may have been slowing down your response time to the remote control.

After completing these steps, you should find that your Samsung TV is responding much faster than before.

Reset Remote

If you have tried both of the above methods but are still experiencing slow responses to your Samsung TV remote, then it’s time to reset it.

To Reset Remote:

  • First, remove the batteries from the back of the remote.
  • Then press and hold down the Power button on the front of the remote for 8 seconds.
  • This will reset the remote.
  • Once complete, reinsert the batteries and test out if any improvements have been made with using the remote again.

Don’t forget, Once you have completed the reset of your Samsung TV Remote, you will need to re-pair it with your television before it can be used again.

To Re-pair the Remote:

  • Press and hold both the Return button and Play/Pause button on the remote for at least three seconds until a message appears on your TV screen indicating that the remote is now connected.
  • Once done, you should be able to use all of the features on your Samsung TV Remote as normal.

Note: This works on Samsung TV’s normal remote as well as Samsung TV’s solar remote.

If this does not fix the problem, then you may need to take additional steps such as checking if any updates are available from Samsung hard resetting the TV.

Clean Remote

Lastly, grab your remote and press every single button on it. That’s right, all of them. If you have used it for long this is required as this will help to loosen up any dirt or debris that may be stuck in the buttons, causing them to malfunction.

Be sure to press the power button in and out too. You can even give the remote a couple of whacks on the top and bottom to help loosen anything up.

After you’ve pressed all the buttons, put the battery back in and test your remote. If you’re still experiencing a delay, repeat the process. Try doing it a couple more times to ensure that you’ve really worked out any dirt or debris that may be causing the problem.

In most cases, this trick should do the work and get your remote working like new again.

But, if it still isn’t working after a few tries, it may be time to call in a professional.

How To Check If Your Samsung TV Remote Got Low Battery?

If your Samsung remote is not responding as quickly as it should, the first thing you should check is if the batteries are low.

This is true for both normal and Solar Remotes. Low battery levels will impact the signal sent from the remote to the TV, resulting in a delayed response when instructions are given.

That’s why, To ensure the smooth operation of your remote, make sure there is enough juice left in it before troubleshooting any other issue.

Here’s how to check if your Samsung TV remote does have low batteries:

Step 1: Gather Tools

  • You will need a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet with a camera function.

Step 2: Point the Remote at Camera

  • Hold the remote control facing towards the camera lens or the camera on your phone or tablet.

Step 3: Press Power button

  • Keep the remote pointed at the camera and press and hold the Power button.

Step 4: Check IR Signal

  • Look at the camera’s screen and check if you see a colored light coming from the remote control. This indicates that the remote is sending an IR signal.

Step 5: Check Batteries

  • If you do not see the IR light, it means that your remote might be out of battery. Replace the batteries with fresh ones and try again.

Step 6: Replace the Remote

  • If you still do not see the IR light, even after replacing the batteries, it means that the remote is faulty and needs to be replaced.

The above method is a universal method to check batteries strength of any TV remote, now if you do have a Solar Remote from Samsung, you can check its battery percentage through the below method:

Step 1: Press the “Home” button to go to the home screen.

  • Locate the “Home” button on your Samsung Solar Remote and press it to access the home screen.

Step 2: Go to “Settings”.

  • Scroll through the home screen and locate the “Settings” option and select it.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap on “General” > “Power Energy Saving”

  • Once in the settings menu, scroll down to find the “General” option and select it. Next, select the “Power Energy Saving” option.

Step 4: Check the battery percentage.

  • On the Power Energy Saving screen, you should see the current battery percentage of your Samsung Solar Remote.


In conclusion, Samsung TVs are known to have a slow response time when using the remote. This can be an annoying issue and can make it difficult to use the TV as intended. Usually, it happens due to weak remote batteries, memory leaks in the TV, or temporary glitches inside TV settings.

If you are facing these issues, simply follow the above steps and it will improve the responsiveness of your Samsung TV’s remote.

To quickly wrap it up for you, here’s what you need to do when your Samsung TV is slow to respond to remote:

  • Go to TV’s settings and close any unused apps/processes to free up memory and speed up performance.
  • Unplug your TV from the power source for a few minutes, to give the system a chance to shut down and clear out memory.
  • After a few minutes, plug your TV back in and turn it on. You should notice a significant improvement in the speed and responsiveness of your TV.
  • If still experiencing delays, try repeating the process a couple more times to ensure memory is cleared.

So, as a TV repair person, I would recommend giving this guide a try before calling in a professional.

Most of the time, a simple memory clean-up is all it takes to get your Samsung TV running like new again and get rid of the slow response to its remote.