How to Fix It When Roku TV Won't Turn On

Figure out why your Roku TV's not turning on and solve the issue

Are you having trouble turning on your Roku TV? Your Roku remote could be an issue, or your power cord could require repositioning. Faulty hardware could also be the reason why it’s not powering on.

This article offers suggestions for troubleshooting the problem and getting your Roku TV up and running again.

Why Is My TCL Roku TV Not Turning On?

If your TCL Roku TV doesn’t turn on, your issue could stem from several causes, such as:

  • Your remote needs new batteries.
  • Your remote lost its connection to your TV.
  • Your TV isn’t receiving power.
  • The TV has faulty hardware.

If your remote seems fine and your TV is unresponsive, you might need to factory reset it. If that doesn’t work, your TV’s power supply or other hardware could be defective and require repair or replacement. 

Look for a white LED indicator at the bottom center of the screen. If this light is on, but you don’t see anything on the screen, your device could still be in standby mode. If no indicator light appears and you didn’t turn off the standby light from the settings menu, the TV might not have access to power even if it’s plugged in.

Why Won’t My Roku TV Turn on But Red Light Is On?

If your Roku TV won’t turn on, but you see a solid or blinking red indicator light, you most likely have a power supply or other hardware issue on your hands. You might have luck unplugging your TV for 5 to 10 minutes and then plugging it back in.

If power-cycling doesn’t work, check to see if your device is still under warranty. If you still have coverage, reach out to the manufacturer to receive support.

How Do I Reset My TV if It Won’t Turn On?

Even if you don’t have access to the Roku settings on your TV, unplugging and plugging your device back in functions as a way to reboot your TV. You can also use your remote control to reboot your TV or the pinhole or reset button to factory reset it.

How Do I Fix My Roku That Won’t Turn On?

When your Roku TV won't turn on, try these troubleshooting steps, arranged from simplest to more complex, before seeking guidance from your Roku TV manufacturer.

  1. Confirm you’re using the right remote. If you have multiple Roku devices or TVs in your home, make sure you’re using the remote associated with and paired to your TV.

  2. Check the connecting cables. First, double-check the power cord fits snugly into your TV and a wall outlet to verify nothing looks amiss with the wires. You might also try plugging the TV into another outlet to see if a dead outlet is the issue.

  3. Check for remote interference. Your Roku remote could be experiencing interference with the infrared (IR) connection to your TV. Sometimes this spottiness requires multiple presses to the power or home buttons before the TV responds. Also, be sure to point the remote directly at the TV and you aren’t too far away.

  4. Reset your Roku remote. Unplug your TV, remove the remote batteries, and wait 5 seconds before reseating them. Sometimes the act of removing and reinserting the batteries can fix an unresponsive remote. To cover your bases, you could also swap the batteries with a new set.

  5. Try the Roku remote app. Try powering your TV from the Roku app. Open the app and tap the Home button.

  6. Use the physical power button on your TV. Take a break from your Roku remote and turn to the power button on your television. On some Roku TV models, this button appears on the bottom or back of the device.

  7. Reboot your Roku TV. Unplug your TV to drain the power. Press the power button on your device for as long as the user manual says. Then plug the TV back in and try to turn it on. You could also try the remote sequence to reboot your TV: Press Home five times > Up arrow > Rewind > Fast forward.

  8. Factory reset your Roku TV. If power-cycling and resetting the hardware doesn’t seem to make a difference, try a factory reset. Look for a reset button or pinhole on the back of the device and hold it down according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  9. Contact your Roku TV manufacturer for help. If resetting the remote and hardware doesn’t solve your power issue, contact your Roku TV manufacturer. Visit the company’s site or find a contact link from the Roku support site.

  • Why won't my Roku remote turn on my TV?

    If you're using an IR Roku remote, it won't be able to turn on the TV if it's not in the line of sight of your Roku device. Make sure there's nothing in the way, then try to turn on your TV again. If your Roku enhanced remote won't turn on your TV, try re-pairing your Roku remote with the Roku device.

  • How do I restart a Roku TV?

    To restart a Roku TV, navigate to the Settings menu on your Roku TV and select System > System restart > Restart. If your remote isn't working or the Roku TV isn't responding, remove the power cord from your Roku TV for about 10 seconds, then plug it back in.

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