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Synchronizing Your Wii Remote with the
This procedure allows the remote to communicate with the console.
The Wii Remote included with your Wii system has been synchronized with
the console at the factory.
There are two different modes of synchronizing (syncing) a Wii Remote with
STANDARD MODE – The Standard Mode procedure is used when adding additional
Wii Remotes to your system or if you want to re-synchronize your original remote.
Once synchronized, the remote will stay synced to the console unless you overwrite
this setting by syncing the remote to a different console.
ONE TIME MODE – This mode allows you to temporarily use your remote on a console
other than your own or to use a friends remote on your console. It does not delete
the Standard Mode setting stored in the remote. In this mode, the remote will
only communicate with the console while the power is on. When the power is turned
off the remote will lose its sync with the console.
• Only a Wii Remote in Standard Mode can turn the console power ON or OFF.
Standard Mode Synchronization
NOTE: Make sure you have placed batteries in the Wii Remote.
1. Press the Power button on the Wii console to turn it on.
2. Remove the battery cover on the back of the remote. Press and release the SYNC.
button inside the cover. The Player LEDs will blink.
3. Open the SD Card Slot cover on the front of the Wii console. Press and release the
SYNC. button on the inside of the compartment
4. When the Player LED blinking stops, connection is complete. The LED that is
illuminated indicates the player number.
This procedure must be followed for each additional Wii Remote added to
NOTE: This image shows the Wii Remote with the Wii MotionPlus accessory
One Time Mode Synchronization
NOTE: This mode temporarily removes the Standard Mode synchronization setup for
all remotes until the power of the Wii console is turned off. When the power is turned
back on again, the Standard Mode settings will return.
1. Press the HOME Button on a remote that is synchronized with the console.
2. Select the Wii Remote Settings option
from the Home Button menu, then
select the Reconnect option.
3. Press the 1 and 2 Buttons
simultaneously on the remote
that you want to synchronize with
The order in which you synchronize
remotes will set the player order for
4. The Player LEDs will blink during the syncing process. When the blinking stops,
the connection is complete. See diagram at right for a description of what the
NOTE: One Time Mode synchronization is temporary. The Wii Remote will lose
this synchronization under the following conditions:
• When you turn off the console by pressing the Power Button on either the remote
or the console.
• When starting up a game or Channel from the Wii Menu.
• When returning to the Wii Menu after exiting from a game or Channel.
• When you select Reset on the HOME Menu screen.
• When you press the Reset Button on the front of the console.
IMPORTANT: IF YOUR REMOTE LOSES IT’S SYNCHRONIZATION WITH THE CONSOLE
AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO RE-SYNC IT, REVIEW THE Wii REMOTE TROUBLESHOOTING
PROCEDURES ON PAGE 37.
After the syncing
process, LED that is lit
shows the player
number for that remote.
During the syncing
process, the number of
LEDs that blink will show
the battery life of the
remote that is being
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