How to Pair a Roku Remote Control

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What to Know

  • To pair a Roku Point Anywhere remote automatically, insert batteries, turn on the device, and hold the remote near the box.
  • To re-pair a remote: Remove batteries > Reboot device > Replace batteries > Press and hold pairing button in battery compartment.
  • To pair a new remote, go to Settings > Remote > Pair Remote > Right Arrow and follow on-screen instructions.

This article explains how to pair a Roku IR or Point Anywhere remote automatically, reset or re-pair a remote, add a new remote, and unpair a remote.

How to Pair a Roku Remote Control

All Roku TVs, streaming sticks, and boxes come with wireless remote controls.

Some Roku remotes use IR (Infrared Light) and require line-of-sight to work with a Roku, but don't require pairing. Standard and Enhanced point anywhere remotes use RF (radio frequency), Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi Direct and don't need line-of-sight.

However, they must be paired with a Roku device before they can be used. Press some of the remote control buttons to see if your Roku TV or player responds. If it doesn't, it needs to be paired.

Person pairing a ROKU remote

Lifewire / Maddy Price

Pairing a Roku IR Remote

If your Roku device comes with an IR remote, insert the batteries (either AA or AAA), then point and push the buttons you need to use. No additional pairing is required.

IR remotes come, or are compatible, with the following Roku models:

  • Roku LT
  • Roku HD, XD, and XDS
  • Roku N1
  • Roku 1, 2, and 3
  • 2 HD, XD, and XS
  • Roku Express and Express+
  • Premiere
  • Select Roku TVs

Pairing a Roku Point Anywhere or Enhanced Remote

Point Anywhere Standard and Enhanced Remotes are compatible with the Roku Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick+, as well as the Roku 2 (4210), 3, 4, Premiere+, and Ultra. For Roku TVs, the remote varies by brand and/or model.

To identify an Enhanced remote, look for one or more of the following features:

  • Voice control.
  • Power and on/off button for a TV.
  • Two gaming control buttons (A and B).
  • Headphone jack.
  • Remote finder alert.

If you're setting up a Roku box, stick, or TV that comes with a point anywhere/enhanced remote for the first time, follow the instructions below.

  1. Insert the batteries.

  2. Make sure the Roku TV or player is on.

    Roku Enhanced Remote Pairing Indication Example
  3. Hold or place the remote close to your device. The Roku TV or player will detect the remote and execute pairing automatically.

Re-Pairing/Resetting Your Remote

If you need to re-pair or reset a Roku remote, the process is simple.

  1. Disconnect your Roku device from power and reconnect it after about 5 seconds.

  2. When the home menu appears on your TV screen, insert the batteries into your remote, but leave the battery compartment open.

  3. Locate the pairing button in the battery compartment of the remote.

    If there is no pairing button present, you have a standard IR Remote.

  4. After locating the pairing button for your remote, press and hold the pairing button for 3 seconds or until you see the pairing light on the remote begin to flash.

    If the indicator light does not flash, try again. If the light still doesn't flash, try a different set of batteries.

  5. Wait 30 seconds while the Roku device executes the remote pairing process. You should see a message on your TV stating the pairing has been completed.

Adding a New Remote

You can add a new remote or add a second remote to control the same Roku TV or player. This is convenient if you have gaming remotes as it will accommodate two-person gameplay on compatible games.

  1. In the Home Menu, scroll down to Settings on the category menu on the left side of the screen.

  2. Select Remote.

    Roku Settings — Remote Settings
  3. Select Pair Remote.

    Roku Remote Settings — Pair Remote
  4. The next screen will show you the remote that's currently paired.

    Roku Pair Enhanced Remote
  5. Select the Right Arrow.

  6. The next page will provide you with the instructions you need to pair your new remote.

    Roku Enhanced Remote Pair Instructions
  7. If the pairing doesn't take on the first attempt, repeat the steps.

How to Unpair a Roku Remote

Sometimes unpairing a Roku remote can fix issues you're having with it. The unpairing process is about as easy as pairing.

  1. Simultaneously press and hold the Home, Back, and Pairing buttons on the remote for 3-5 seconds.

  2. The indicator light should blink 3 times.

  3. You can confirm unpairing by pressing some of the remote control buttons to see if your Roku TV or player responds. If it doesn't, it has been unpaired.

  • How do I sync my Roku remote without a pairing button?

    Download the free Roku mobile app to pair your physical remote to your Roku device. (Before pairing, make sure your smartphone and Roku device are on the same Wi-Fi.) On the Roku app, tap Remote. Then use the app to navigate to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Pair New Device on your Roku device.

  • How can I connect my Roku device to Wi-Fi without a remote?

    To connect your Roku to Wi-Fi without a remote, download the Roku mobile app. On the app, tap Settings > Network > Set up connection and follow the on-screen prompts.

  • Why isn't my Roku remote pairing?

    The remote might not pair because it needs new batteries. Or, maybe the remote is not connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Roku device. Also, if you have an infrared light remote, objects may block the device from the remote. Another issue could be HDMI connection interference. If this is the case, you can get a free HDMI extension from Roku to fix the Roku remote.

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