How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC

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How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
It only takes a few moments to connect a Wii Remote to your console. Gilles Bassignac/Getty Images
  • You can sync a Wii Remote to a Wii or Wii U console by pressing the sync button on both the remote and the console.
  • You'll need to sync each Wii Remote separately before using them.
  • If your Wii Remote won't sync, make sure its batteries aren't low, and try closing whatever game is currently open.
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Before you start playing your Nintendo Wii or Wii U, you'll need to sync your Wii Remote to the console. If you've paired headphones to your phone via Bluetooth before, then you're probably familiar with the general steps.

Here's how to sync a Wii Remote with a Wii or Wii U, and what to do if they won't connect.

How to sync your Wii Remote to a Wii

1. Turn on your Wii and open the SD card cover on the front of the console to find the SYNC button. It's a dark red square.

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How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
You'll find the Wii's SYNC button inside the SD Card Cover. William Antonelli/Insider

2. Grab the Wii Remote you want to sync and remove the battery cover to find its SYNC button - a small red button below the batteries.

Note: If you have one of the special Wii Remotes with a hole in the battery cover and a tool on the wrist strap to push the SYNC button, you can skip this step.

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How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
Press the SYNC button, located in the battery compartment. William Antonelli/Insider

3. Press and release the SYNC button on the Wii Remote. The four lights on the front of the Wii Remote will blink.

4. While the lights on the Wii Remote are still blinking, press and release the SYNC button on the Wii console.

How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
Press both SYNC buttons. William Antonelli/Insider

5. When the four lights on the Wii remote stop blinking and one light remains lit (indicating the player number, one to four), you've successfully synced the remote.

How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
Once paired, one light should be lit at the bottom of the Wii Remote. William Antonelli/Insider

Repeat these steps for any additional Wii Remotes. You can pair up to four Wii Remotes with a console at once.

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How to sync your Wii Remote to a Wii U

1. With your Wii U turned on, grab the Wii Remote you want to sync and remove its battery cover to find the small red SYNC button. If you have a Wii Remote with a hole in the battery cover that leads to the SYNC button, you can just use that.

2. Press and hold the SYNC button located on the front of the Wii U console for a few seconds until you see the sync menu appear on-screen.

How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
Press the Wii U's SYNC button to open a new menu. William Antonelli/Insider

3. Press the SYNC button on the Wii Remote. The four lights on the front of the Remote will start blinking, and once it pairs with the console, only one will remain lit. It'll also appear on-screen in the 1 box.

How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
Your Wii Remote's player number and battery level will appear on screen. William Antonelli/Insider

Repeat these steps for any other controllers you want to pair. You can sync up to four Wii Remotes to a Wii U, but only one GamePad can be connected at any given time.

How to sync your Wii Remote with a PC

Your Wii Remotes and consoles connect using a Bluetooth connection. This means that your Wii Remotes can be connected to other devices - like computers.

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If you want to connect your Wii Remote to your PC - to use it with the Dolphin emulator, for instance - here's what you'll do.

1. Open the Control Panel and select Add a device.

How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
Click the "Add a device" option. William Antonelli/Insider

2. When your PC starts searching for devices to connect to, press the SYNC button on the back of your Wii Remote.

3. An option will appear in the list of devices labeled Nintendo RVL and a series of letters and numbers. Click this, and then click Next.

How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
Select the "Nintendo RVL" option when it appears. William Antonelli/Insider

4. You'll be asked for a passcode. Just click Next without entering one.

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How to sync a Wii Remote to a Wii, Wii U, or PC
You don't have to enter a passcode. William Antonelli/Insider

Your Wii Remote is now connected to your PC.

Troubleshooting your Wii Remote connection

If your Wii Remote won't sync correctly - or if it syncs, but the cursor doesn't appear on-screen - there are a few possible solutions.

  • Close any game or app that's running on your console before syncing. You'll want to be on the home screen.
  • Check the Wii Remote's batteries. If the lights don't flash when you press a button, it's time to change them. The Wii Remote takes two AA batteries.
  • Reset your Wii or Wii U by removing the power cable from the console and waiting around 20 seconds, then plugging it back in. Once plugged back in, try pairing again.
  • If the Remote syncs but there's no cursor on screen, make sure that the sensor bar is plugged in, unobstructed, and has been properly placed above or below your screen. You can go into the Wii or Wii U's settings to see where it should be placed.
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