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How to Pair a Roku Remote or Reset it

A Roku player brings thousands of movies and TV episodes right into your home, via both paid streaming services and free channels. Roku players come with remote control. Here’s how to pair Roku to its remote. 

How to Pair Roku to IR Remote

Roku players come with two types of remote controls. There’s the standard IR (or infrared) remote and there’s the enhanced Roko “point anywhere” type. For the first type, follow the steps below to pair your Roku remote for the first time:

  1. Plug your Roku device into your TV and a power outlet.
  2. Insert batteries in your Roku remote. Depending on your model, you may require AA or AAA batteries. 
  3. Push any buttons on the remote. Doing so will automatically pair your remote to the Roku device. Since you are using an infrared remote, it should be in the line of sight of the Roku device so that they can sense each other. 

How to Connect Roku Enhanced Remote

If your Roku device comes with a Point Anywhere Standard and Enhanced Remote, follow the steps below to connect it to your Roku player:  

  1. Insert batteries in your Roku remote. 
  2. Turn the Roku TV or player on. 
  3. Place the remote near the Roku device. Doing so will automatically pair your remote to the Roku device. 

How to Reset a Roku Remote

If your remote has stopped working all of a sudden, you might need to reset the pairing. Here are the steps on how to reset a Roku remote. 

  1. Unplug your Roku player from the power outlet.
  2. Remove the batteries from your Roku remote.
  3. Plug your Roku player back in after 5 seconds. 
  4. Once you see the Roku logo on your screen, replace the batteries in your remote.
  5. Look for the remote pairing screen. If you don’t see this screen, you can also use the pairing buttons.
  6. Press and hold the pairing button located in your battery compartment. Do this for about 3 seconds, or until the pairing light starts flashing on the remote. 
  7. Wait for the Roku to complete the pairing process. You will see a prompt on your TV when the remote has been successfully paired. 

Where is the Pairing Button on my Roku Remote?

Trying to find the pairing button of your Roku remote? Check out the guide below.

Where is the Pairing Button on my Roku Remote?
  1. Open the battery compartment of your Roku remote.
  2. Locate the button near the edge of the battery compartment. This is your Roku remote’s pairing button. Depending on the model, the indicator light may be on the front side of the remote or right beside the pairing button inside the battery compartment. 

How to Sync Roku Remote without Pairing Button

If your remote doesn’t have a pairing button, that means it’s the standard IR type remote. Here are ways to sync your remote if it appears to be having problems: 

  • Remove obstructions. Your standard IR Roku remote will work 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 remote batteries. Often, syncing will not work if the batteries aren’t seated properly in their compartment. Simply remove them and place them back again. Point the remote at the streaming device and check if the remedy has worked.
  • 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.

Updated on November 19, 2019

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