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

A Wii Remote and a TV playing Wii Sports.
It only takes a few moments to connect a Wii Remote to your console.

  • 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.

A Wii console with its SD Card Cover both opened and closed.
You’ll find the Wii’s SYNC button inside the SD Card Cover.

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.

A Wii Remote with the battery cover removed and the SYNC button highlighted.
Press the SYNC button, located in the battery compartment.

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.

A Wii Remote and Wii console. The lights on the Remote and the SYNC button on the Wii are highlighted.
Press both SYNC buttons.

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.

A Wii Remote. One light is illuminated at the bottom.
Once paired, one light should be lit at the bottom of the Wii Remote.

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

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.

A Wii U console. Its SYNC button is highlighted.
Press the Wii U’s SYNC button to open a new menu.

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.

A screen showing player numbers and battery levels for connected controllers.
Your Wii Remote’s player number and battery level will appear on screen.

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.

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.

A Windows 10 Control Panel app with the "Add a device" option highlighted.
Click the “Add a device” option.

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.

A Windows 10 Bluetooth menu with the Nintendo Wii Remote option highlighted.
Select the “Nintendo RVL” option when it appears.

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

A Windows 10 screen asking the user to enter a passcode to connect their device.
You don’t have to enter a passcode.

Your Wii Remote is now connected to your PC.

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