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LG TV Won’t Change Channels: Troubleshooting

Last Updated Jun 15, 2022
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LG TVs are an amazing way to view your favorite TV shows and movies. If you use a cable or subscription service, you will need to change the channels frequently, but if the buttons are not working properly, it can be frustrating to try and watch your planned shows.

If your LG TV will not change channels, there might be a problem with the remote or the TV itself. Try changing the batteries in the remote, unplugging the TV, and then plugging it back in, or try using the buttons on the side of the TV.

You might be wondering what the best solution is for an LG TV that won’t change channels. We will go over all of the possible solutions in this article, as well as some tips for ensuring you don’t experience the problem again.

Why Isn’t My LG TV Changing Channels?

There are many reasons why you might find that your LG TV will not change channels. The most common reasons for a TV not changing channels are:

  • Remote batteries are dead
  • The TV needs to be reset or rebooted
  • Something is blocking the sensor
  • The buttons on the TV are malfunctioning

Most people find that fixing the above problems will fix the issue, and they will see that their channels will start changing again.

Troubleshooting an LG TV That Won’t Change Channels

There are many ways you can fix a TV that won’t change channels. The first thing you need to do is determine if the issue is with the remote or the TV.

If no buttons on the remote are working, try to change the channel with the buttons on the side or the back of the TV. If the channels are changing with the buttons, then the problem is with the remote. From there, ensure that all the buttons on the remote are working. If no buttons are working, the remote might be dead or not working.

In either case, some of these other troubleshooting steps may help identify and/or resolve the issue:

Change the Batteries in the Remote

If you have determined that the issue is with the remote, you might need to change the batteries. Most LG remotes take AA or AAA batteries. Follow these steps:

  1. Remove the back panel of the remote to expose the batteries.
  2. Remove the old batteries.
  3. Put in new batteries that are the same kind as the one you removed.
  4. Match up the polar sides and insert them correctly.
  5. Slide the panel back on until you hear it click into place.

Once the new batteries are in, try changing the channel. If the channel buttons are not working still, press other buttons on the remote and see if they are working. The sensor on the top of the remote should flash if the remote is working.

If only the channel buttons aren’t working, there is probably a deeper issue with the remote. You might need to order a replacement remote.

Reset or Reboot the TV

If the problem is with the TV itself, you will need to restart it or reboot it.

There are a few ways you can reset the LG TV. To reset with the remote, follow these steps:

  1. Press Menu on the remote.
  2. Press Home.
  3. Choose Settings.
  4. Choose General.
  5. Choose Reset.
  6. Enter in the TV’s password. (If you never set up the TV’s password, try the default codes of 0000 or 1234.)
  7. Choose Confirm.

The TV will start the reset process and then turn back on automatically when it’s finished. After the reset process, try changing the channels to see if they work.

If you don’t have the remote or the remote won’t work, you can follow these steps:

  1. Hold down the power button on the side or back of the TV.
  2. Hold it for 10 seconds or until the TV turns off.
  3. The TV should reset itself and then turn back on once finished.

If that doesn’t work, you can try this method:

  1. Use the buttons on the side of the TV to navigate to Menu.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Choose Reset Option.
  4. Choose Confirm.
  5. Enter in the TV password.

This should restart the process. If you don’t have access to the remote or can’t use it, you can always just unplug the TV directly from the power source to restart it. Make sure to wait 10-15 seconds, then plug it back in.


Finding that you can’t change the channels on your LG TV can be very annoying. Make sure to check the batteries on the remote and change them often. You can also reset or reboot the TV. Keeping extra batteries on hand and resting the TV periodically will ensure that you can always change the channels.

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