Being able to pair your Roku remote to your TV without an issue is essential. That is why the pairing button is there. With the pairing button, you can easily pair your Roku remote control to your TV with no issue. What happens when the pairing button stops working or your Roku remote doesn’t have a pairing button?
Before going into detail on how to pair your Roku remote without the pairing button, you need to confirm the type of Roku remote you have. There are two main models of Roku remote controls. The first model has a pairing button while the second model doesn’t have a pairing button. Rather, the second type is Standard Infrared (IR) controlled.
Where Is The Pairing Button On My Roku Remote Control?
The location of the pairing button on your Roku remote depends on the model you’re using. For the enhanced Roku remotes, the pairing button is located in the battery compartment. Simply remove the cover from the battery compartment to see the button.
Can You Pair a Roku Remote Control Without The Pairing Button?
Yes. There are alternative ways to pair your Roku remote control without the pairing button. But using the pairing button is easy and seamless. If the pairing button is broken, you can use any of the alternative methods below. If the remote control doesn’t have a pairing button at all, it means it’s Standard Infrared IR controlled.
How To Pair A Roku IR Remote?
To pair a Roku remote without the pairing button, you need to hold the remote close and directly to the Roku player. Follow the steps below to pair your Roku IR remote control.
. Point the remote close to the Roku player.
. Insert the Roku device into your TV and power outlet.
. Press the source or input button on your TV to switch the TV to the HDMI input of the Roku device.
. Press any button on your Roku remote. The pairing process will start automatically. Ensure you hold your remote in the line of sight of the Roku device during the pairing process.
Alternative Ways To Pair A Roku Remote Control Without Pairing Button
On the other hand, if your Roku remote has a pairing button but the button is broken. These are the alternative options for you.
a. Switch To Standard IR Roku Remote
The first alternative if your pairing button is broken is to switch to the IR Roku remote. The IR remote pairs automatically without the pairing button. Unfortunately, the IR Roku remote doesn’t work on all Roku devices.
Roku Models That Support IR Remote
- Roku Premiere
- Roku Ultra
- Roku LT
- Roku HD
- Roku XD and XDS
- Roku N1
- Roku Express
- Roku 1, 2, 3
- Roku 2 HD
- Roku XS
- Some Roku TVs
If you’re using a Roku Streaming Stick, this option won’t work for you. Not to worry, we have more alternatives for you below.
b. Switch To Roku Controller App
Using the Roku controller app is another alternative to try if your remote control’s pairing button is broken. With the app, you can control your Roku device without the need for remote control. The good thing about the Roku app is that it works on all Roku devices. You need a Smartphone or Tablet to complete the process. Follow the steps below on how to complete the process.
Step 1. Connect your Roku device and Smartphone or tablet to the same internet network.
Step 2. Download and install the Roku app from the Play Store or App Store.
Step 3. Open the app. Tap on ‘Settings’ > ‘Remotes and Devices” > ‘Pair New Device’.
c. Buy A New Roku Remote Control
The two alternative options above should work. But if for any reason, it doesn’t work, your final alternative is to purchase a new Roku remote control. Buying a new remote will give you the option of getting a better remote with better features and functionality.
If you switch to a new remote, you need to unpair the old remote and pair the new one. Pairing a new remote to a Roku device without unpairing a remote will result in a glitch. Follow the steps below to unpair an old Roku remote and pair a new one.
How To Unpair A Roku Remote Control Manually
Unpairing a Roku remote using the manual method can only work if the pairing button still works. For Roku remotes without the pairing button, you unpair by removing the batteries in the remote. Wait for a couple of seconds, replace the batteries and allow the remote to automatically pair. Follow the steps below to unpair your advanced Roku remote.
Step 1. Press and hold the ‘Home’, ‘Back’, and ‘Pairing’ buttons together for 5 seconds.
Step 2. Release the buttons after the LED light blinks thrice.
Step 3. The unpairing process will automatically start at this point. Wait for the completion of the process. Press any button on the remote to confirm the unpairing process is complete.
How To Pair A New Roku Enhanced Remote Control
Let’s say, you just purchased a new replacement, and you’ve unpaired the old remote. The next step is to pair the new remote. Follow the steps below to complete the pairing process.
Step 1. Unplug the Roku player from the power source and remove the batteries in the new Roku remote.
Step 2. Wait for 5 seconds, replace the batteries and plug back the device into the power source.
Step 3. When the Roku home page turns on your TV screen, press and hold the pairing button at the back of your press for a couple of seconds.
Step 4. The pairing process will start automatically. You will see a notification on your TV screen after the process is complete.