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How to Pair a Roku Remote or Reset It

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.

  1. Plug your Roku device into your TV and a power outlet.
  2. 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.
  3. Insert batteries in your Roku remote.
  4. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.  
  3. Place the remote near the Roku device. Doing so will automatically pair your remote to the Roku device. 
  4. 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:

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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.

  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. 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. 
  6. 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.

Where is the Pairing Button on my Roku Remote?
  1. Open the battery compartment of your Roku remote.
  2. 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.

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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, orWi-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.

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.

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  1. Insert the batteries.

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

  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 thehome 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.

  3. Select Pair Remote.

  4. The next screen will show you the remote that's currently paired.

  5. Select the Right Arrow.

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

  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.

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As people are still stuck at home and streaming more TV than ever, looking for ways to improve things around the house has become part of the routine. If you own a basic Roku player or Roku TV, one way you can do that quickly and easily is by upgrading to Roku's $20 voice remote or new rechargeable $30 Voice Remote Pro. Either also make for good replacements if you lost or broke your main remote.

With either clicker, your Roku can start to take advantage of features such as voice control -- without having to point directly at the Roku TV, box or streaming stick. Those who get the Voice Remote Pro also gain a rechargeable battery and the ability to find lost controllers by simply saying, "Hey Roku, find my remote," to have it start beeping. There's even a headphone jack for private listening.

Here's how you can make the upgrade. 

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First, let's break down the five different remotes Roku has. 

Simple remote

This controller is included with older Rokus, cheaper streaming sticks like the Express and Premiere and cheaper or older Roku TVs. It uses basic infrared, aka IR, to send commands to the Roku, so it won't work if you don't point it directly at your Roku or if something gets in the way. This remote also lacks a microphone, so if your Roku remote lacks a mic button then it's a Simple version. 

Voice remote 

This remote, available for $20 (see below for retailers), has three upgrades:

  • Doesn't rely on IR, so you can "point anywhere" to control your Roku
  • A built-in mic so you can search and issue commands with your voice
  • Power, volume and mute keys for controlling your TV, so you don't have to use your TVs original remote

Note that the last item only applies to streaming players; all Roku TV remotes (Simple and otherwise) have volume and power control.


Enhanced voice remote 

This remote, available on Roku's site for $30, has all the features of the voice remote above as well as three more extras:

  • A headphone jack that lets you listen privately, using your own headphones without disturbing others
  • Two shortcut keys that can be customized to open apps and perform other functions
  • A tiny speaker that allows it to emit sound, so it can be used with the remote finder feature in the Roku app

Voice Remote Pro 

This remote, also available at Roku's site for $30, has all the features of the Enhanced remote but adds the following upgrades.

  • A rechargeable battery
  • Midfield microphone for "Hey Roku" voice commands without needing to press down on the remote. 

Gaming remote

Roku also sells a "gaming remote" on its site, but it's basically identical to the enhanced voice remote (without the customizable shortcuts), also costs $30 and is largely useless since Roku devices don't support many games. We'll ignore it but if Roku's enhanced voice remote and Voice Remote Pro are somehow sold out and you don't want to wait, this can take its place by offering most of the same functionality including private listening and voice search. 

Read more:Which Roku player should I buy?

Which upgraded Roku remote should I get? 


If you've been frustrated about having to constantly point your remote directly at the TV -- and don't care much about the private listening, chargeability or hands-free voice control -- the $20 regular voice remote is a quick, simple and relatively cheap upgrade. 

If you constantly lose the remote or don't want to deal with swapping in AA batteries, the $30 Voice Remote Pro is perfect for you (even if the Roku voice assistant still leaves plenty to be desired). It also has customizable buttons and a headphone jack for private listening, making it a nice choice over the regular Enhanced remote for the same price.

Yes, any Roku device can use Roku's app to allow private listening by connecting your phone to a pair of headphones, but having the jack on the remote itself is more convenient for frequent users. CNET's David Katzmaier has been using an older Streaming Stick on a bedroom TV, paired with an enhanced voice remote from a Roku Ultra, for the last couple of years. "I don't want to say 'marriage saver,' but it's definitely a worthwhile upgrade for us," he says. 

Roku's site currently has the $20 voice remote on "backorder" but the company also sells the accessory at a host of retailers Walmart, B&H Photo and Video, Rakuten and Amazon for roughly the same price.

Best Buy and Kohl's will also sell you the voice remote, but for some reason both are still charging $30.

The Voice Remote Pro can be found for $30 at a number of outlets including Roku's site, Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon.

While you might not be as stoked as Katz with your Roku remote upgrade, hopefully the new remote can help make your streaming experience a bit better.

How to pair a new Roku remote with an old Roku or Roku TV


One of the best aspects of Roku is its cross-device compatibility -- you'll get pretty much the same simple experience whether your Roku is a couple of years old or brand new. This compatibility also extends the remotes. The new remotes listed above will likely work on your old Roku too, even if it's no longer listed as a compatible device on Roku's own site. 

It should be noted that Roku says the fancy Voice Remote Pro works with "all Roku TV models, Roku audio products, and most recent Roku players." 

There are two ways to pair a Roku remote with a TV or streaming device. The simplest way is to power on your Roku and hold the pairing button for a few seconds until you see a prompt on your screen saying the remote is pairing. This button can be found next to the batteries on most remotes or on the bottom of the back of the Voice Remote Pro. Using this method is how I easily connected the Voice Remote Pro to a Streaming Stick Plus and a 2019 TCL Roku TV without needing to fiddle around with Settings. 

Read more:How to set up a new Roku

The other option is to head into Settings. In earlier tests, I used a few different remotes and a few Rokus. To represent older Rokus I dusted off a Roku 2 that was originally announced in 2015 and shipped with a Simple remote. I was able to pair it with a new enhanced voice remote and the process was as simple as it is on newer devices. 

Here's how:

1. Power on the Roku and TV.

2. Using your old IR remote, or the Roku app on your phone, head to Settings.

3. Scroll to Remotes.

4. Click Add a new remote.

5. On your new enhanced remote, insert batteries and hold down the button toward the bottom of the battery compartment for five seconds.

The TV and remote will then pair.

Even though the Roku 2 is now almost seven years old, the remote was still able to use all of the newer features including voice search, shortcuts and listening through headphones. It also was able to power on and control the volume on the Samsung TV it was connected to. I previously did a similar test pairing a 2018 Roku Ultra enhanced remote to my 2017 TCL P605 Roku TV and had similar success. 

I have not yet been able to test the Voice Remote Pro with the Roku 2.

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How to add a new remote to a new, cheaper Roku or Roku TV

Most new Rokus ship with a voice remote but the company's cheapest options, the original Express and Walmart-exclusive Express 4K, still rely on the weaker remote. Some newer Rokus, like our current Editors' Choice pick the Streaming Stick Plus and new Express 4K Plus, ship with the voice remote but not the enhanced voice remote that has the headphone private listening feature. 

Luckily, upgrading to either remote is simple and the same as with older Rokus. Simply follow the steps above and you'll be able to add either new clicker to your existing Roku. 

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Do you need a free Roku remote? Rokie app will help you easily control your media player. You will be able to control the playback of your content, run applications on Roku and enter text. A large touchpad will make navigation through the menu and content incredibly handy.

Rokie is also a remote for Roku TV. You will be able to adjust the volume of your Roku TV and switch channels. The app supports automatic connection to your media player. Now your Roku remote is ready to work right after launching.

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How to reset and re-pair a Roku remote if it's not working

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  • You can reset your Roku enhanced remote if it's not working by accessing the remote's reset button.
  • If your Roku remote is the standard infrared version, there's no reset option — just replace the batteries.
  • If you want to pair your remote to a new device, you must first reset it.
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All Roku media players come with a simple but effective remote control. Though the remote isn't essential — you can also control your Roku via a smartphone app on your iPhone or Android device — it's pretty convenient. 

But if your Roku remote isn't working, you might need to reset it. You can also reset the remote if you want to use it on a different Roku player.

Here's how to do it. 

What to know before you reset your Roku remote

There are two kinds of Roku remotes: 

  • Enhanced remotes: This is a "point anywhere" remote that controls the screen no matter which way the remote is pointed — Roku's "enhanced voice remote" and "gaming remote," as advertised on the Roku website, both fall into this category.  
  • Standard infrared remotes: This simpler remote requires a direct line of sight to operate — Roku's "voice remote" and "simple remote" both fall into this category. 

You can only reset an enhanced remote — the infrared remote can't (and doesn't need to) be reset, as it will work with any compatible Roku player just by being pointed directly at it. If an infrared remote isn't working, try replacing the batteries.

Most Roku models come with the enhanced remote. These models include the Roku Streaming Stick, Roku 2, Roku 4, Roku Premiere, and Roku Ultra.

How to reset the Roku enhanced remote

To reset your Roku remote, you need to take out the batteries, unplug your Roku device and plug it back in, replace the batteries, and hold down the reset button until the remote re-pairs.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown:

  1. Remove the batteries from your Roku remote.
  2. Unplug the power cable from your Roku player, wait for 5 to 10 seconds, and plug it back in again.
  3. When you see the Roku home screen on your TV, insert the batteries back in the remote.
  4. Press and hold the reset button, which is located in the battery compartment, for about 5 seconds.

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  5. The pairing light on the remote should start flashing. The re-pairing process may take up to 30 seconds to finish — a notification will appear on the screen when it's complete.

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Quick Tip: If your Roku remote isn't automatically pairing, try manually pairing it or using your phone as a remote. If the above steps don't work, and you've already tried replacing the batteries, you may need to buy a new Roku remote.

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