A Roku player lets you stream thousands of movies and TV episodes on your TV. But you won’t be able to stream any content if there’s something wrong with your remote control. If you’re having problems with your Roku remote, here’s how to pair it or reset it, no matter what type of remote you have.
Two Types of Roku Remote
There are two types of Roku remote controls: the standard infrared (IR) remote, which requires a direct “line of sight” with the Roku player” and the enhanced “point anywhere” remote. You’ll know you have an IR remote if you don’t see a pairing button in the battery compartment.
On the other hand, the enhanced remotes usually have a headphone jack, a microphone button, or other features.
How to Pair Your Roku IR Remote
To pair your Roku IR remote, connect your Roku player to your TV and a power source. Then insert new batteries in the remote and push any button. If your remote is close to the player, the pairing process will start automatically.
- Plug your Roku device into your TV and a power outlet.
- Then change your TV to the HDMI input of your Roku device. You can do this by pressing the Input or Source button on your TV or TV remote.
- Insert batteries in your Roku remote.
- Push any button on the remote. Doing so will automatically pair your remote to the Roku device. Since you are using an IR, make sure you are in the line of sight of the Roku device.
How to Pair Your Roku Enhanced Remote
To connect your Roku device to an enhanced remote, insert new batteries in the remote. Then turn your Roku device on and place the remote near your device. This will start the pairing process. You will also see on-screen prompts, after which your remote will be ready to use.
- Then turn on your TV and change it to the HDMI input of your Roku device. You can do this by pressing the Input or Source button on your TV or TV remote.
- Remove the battery compartment and replace them. If you don’t have replacement batteries, you can simply remove the batteries and put them back in.
- Place the remote near the Roku device. Doing so will automatically pair your remote to the Roku device.
- Wait for the pairing process to be completed. On your TV screen, you will see a message which says, “Pairing remote…” After a few moments, the remote will be paired, and you can start to use it.
If you tried to pair your Roku remote with either of the methods above, and neither of them worked, you might have to reset your remote. Here’s how:
How to Reset an Enhanced Roku Remote
To reset an enhanced Roku remote, disconnect your Roku player. Then remove your batteries and connect your Roku player again. Next, put the batteries back in when you see the Roku logo on your screen. Push the pairing button for and wait until the pairing process is complete.
- Unplug your Roku player from the power outlet.
- Remove the batteries from your Roku remote.
- Plug your Roku player back in after 5 seconds.
- Once you see the Roku logo on your screen, replace the batteries in your remote.
- Then press and hold the pairing button in your battery compartment. Do this for about 5 seconds, or until the pairing light starts flashing on the remote.
- Wait for the Roku to complete the pairing process. This will take 30 seconds, sometimes less. You will see a prompt on your TV when the remote has been successfully paired.
Where Is the Pairing Button on My Roku Remote?
For the enhanced “point anywhere” remotes, the pairing button on your Roku remote is located in the battery compartment. You can find this by opening up the battery compartment. Follow the simple steps below to find the pairing button on your Roku remote.
- Open the battery compartment of your Roku remote.
- Locate the pairing button near the bottom of the battery compartment. Depending on the model if your Roku remote, the indicator light might be on the front side of the remote or right beside the pairing button inside the battery compartment.
How to Sync an IR Roku Remote Without a Pairing Button
To sync an IR Roku remote that doesn’t have a pairing button, make sure that nothing is blocking the signal from the remote to the device. Then try resetting the batteries or adding new batteries.
- Remove obstructions. Your standard IR Roku remote will only only if it’s pointed directly at your player. To sync it properly, remove objects that may be blocking the signal from the remote to the streaming device.
- Reset the remote’s batteries. Often, syncing will not work if the batteries aren’t positioned properly in their compartment. Simply remove them and place them back again. Point the remote at the streaming device and check if this solves the problem.
- Replace the batteries. If removing obstructions or resetting the batteries didn’t work, it may be time to replace the batteries. Get new ones, place them in the battery compartment, point the remote to the player, and check if it starts syncing.
If you still can’t get your remote to work, check out our guide on how to use Roku without a remote.