Last year I decided to upgrade the TV in my home office into a Smart TV, but instead of investing in a new TV, I installed Roku on my existing TV as a workaround. I get a different sort of satisfaction in upgrading my gadgets without replacing them. All that a Roku TV requires is a paired connection to function, and you can have access to around 500 channels, applications, and games.
A few days ago, the pairing button on my Roku remote ceased functioning after almost a year of use. Once I replaced the batteries in my Roku TV, I could not pair my Roku remote again because the pairing button was not working. This led me to look for how to sync the Roku remote without pairing button.
Though the pairing button is the simplest means to sync your Roku TV remote to your streaming device, it’s not the only way. Using the Roku application on your smartphone, or using the control buttons directly on your TV can also help you in pairing your Roku TV remote to the Roku device.
If your pairing button doesn’t function or is damaged, this article has included instructions to help you save your time and effort. The post will also look at how to fix the challenges you might encounter while pairing your Roku remote.
Types Of Roku Remotes
A pairing button allows you to pair your Roku devices with the TV to communicate with each other. If you are a new Roku user and are confused about why your Roku TV remote does not have a pairing button, this section will solve your confusion.
As a matter of fact, not all Roku TV remote controls have a pairing button. There are two types of Roku TV remote controls that can be paired with a Roku TV.
The ‘Infrared Roku Remote’ requires you to point at the Roku TV device and does not come with a pairing button. Whereas the ‘Enhanced Roku Remote’ can be used ‘pointing anywhere,’ this remote comes with a pairing button. It is normal if you do not see a pairing button on your Roku remote.
How To Pair a Roku Remote Using The Pairing Button?
Before we jump to how to sync Roku remote without pairing button, let’s talk about pairing your Roku remote with the pairing button.
If your Roku TV remote has a pairing button, it is pretty straightforward to pair it. You don’t have to bother about the no pairing button on Roku remote. While different Roku TV remotes have pairing buttons at various locations, it is still easy to locate the button and sync the remote.
Here’s how to pair your Roku TV remote using the aspiring button.
Step 1: Open the battery compartment of your Roku TV remote.
Step 2: Locate the pairing button in the battery compartment. Depending on the remote control model, the pairing button can be in the center or at the bottom.
Step 3: Press the pairing button for about 5 seconds.
Step 4: Allow the Roku TV to pair with your remote.
How to Pair a Roku Remote Without the Pairing Button?
This section will discuss two methods that will help you pair your Roku Tv remote without the pairing button. I have tried both ways to successfully pair my Roku Tv remote with the Roku streaming device.
Method 1: Use Your Smartphone To Pair The Roku TV Remote
You can sync your Roku TV remote using your smartphone if you do not have a pairing button or the pairing button on your remote is damaged. Yes, even if there is no pairing button on Roku remote.
Step 1: Download the Roku app on your phone.
Step 2: After installing the application on your phone or tablet, open it and select the ‘Connect’ option.
Step 3: Enter the ID number of your Roku device.
Step 4: Tap on ‘Next.’
Step 5: Choose the type of connection you would like to make. You can choose from a Wi-Fi connection or a Bluetooth connection.
Step 6: Finally, tap on ‘Next.’
After following the above steps to pair your Roku TV remote, your Roku remote should now connect to your smartphone.
Method 2: Use the ‘Pair Remote’ Option To Pair The Roku TV Remote
The ‘pair remote ‘ option is another method to pair the remote to your Roku TV if you wonder how to connect Roku remote without pairing button. This method works only if your Smart TV allows you to navigate through the settings without a remote. My friend fixed the issue of her Onn Roku TV remote not working through this method. This method also works great with your Sharp Roku TV or Hisense Roku TV.
Here’s how to pair your Roku TV remote through the ‘pair remote’ option.
Step 1: Enter the ‘Home Screen’ on your Roku streaming device.
Step 2: Select ‘Settings.’
Step 3: Look for the ‘Remote’ option on the left side of the screen.
Step 4: Select the ‘Pair Remote’ option. Once you select the option, the pairing process should initiate automatically.
If your remote fails to pair with the Roku streaming device, then there may be an issue with your remote. You may consider troubleshooting your remote or the Roku streaming device.
How To Pair A New Roku Remote Without Pairing Button?
If you are a new Roku TV user and do not have a pairing button on your remote, you can pair your new Roku TV remote with your Roku streaming device using your smartphone.
Step 1: Download the Roku TV application on your smartphone. Ensure that your smartphone and the Roku streaming device are connected to the same network.
Step 2: Open the app and go to the settings
Step 3: Select ‘Remotes And Devices.’
Step 4: Go to pair new device ‘Pair New Device.’
Once you complete the above steps, the app will automatically detect your Roku TV remote.
Some Common Issues With Roku TV Remotes
A few issues are commonly faced and are often highlighted by my readers about the Roku TV remotes due to which the pairing may not happen. I am listing below a few of these issues.
- Roku TV Remote Batteries Depleted
If your Roku TV remote pairing button is unresponsive, you must consider replacing the batteries before following the instructions given in the article. The pairing button of your remote does not respond if the remote batteries are dead. If you see your Roku TV remote blinking green light, there are chances that your batteries need to be replaced.
- Roku TV Remote Batteries Leaked
Sometimes the batteries of your remote may get leaked because of several reasons. In such a case, there is a possibility that the pairing button located in your battery compartment will start malfunctioning.
- Entering Incorrect Pairing Code
The pairing code to be entered while pairing your Roku TV to the Roku streaming device is usually printed on the back of the remote. Entering incorrect pairing code eventually leads to the failure of the pairing of the remote.
Q1. Where should I look for the pairing code of my Roku TV remote?
Answer – The pairing code to pair the Roku TV remote to the Roku streaming device is located at the back of the remote.
Q2. The batteries of my Roku TV remote leaked, and the pairing button stopped responding. Can I still pair my remote with the Roku streaming device?
Answer – The Roku TV remote can still be paired with your Roku streaming device if the pairing button is not working. You can either use your smartphone or the ‘Pair remote’ option on your Smart TV to pair the remote.
Q3. My Roku TV remote does not have a pairing button; however, my cousin’s remote has a pairing button. How to pair Roku remote without pairing button?
Answer – There are two types of Roku TV remotes, and only one of these remotes has a pairing button. The default IR remote does not have a pairing button, whereas the enhanced Roku TV remote has a pairing button.
Even if you do not have a pairing button on your Roku TV remote, you can still pair your remote with the streaming device following the steps mentioned in the article.
Q4. How to reset Roku remote without pairing button?
Answer – You do not need a pairing button to reset your Roku TV remote. You can reset your Roku remote using the reset button.
Q5. How to reset Roku remote without reset button?
Answer – You can reset your Roku TV remote without the reset button using the Roku TV app.
It is common to have a damaged pairing button on your Roku TV. The Infrared Roku TV remotes don’t even come with a pairing button. If the pairing button of your Roku TV remote is not working, there are more than one ways to pair your Roku TV remote with the Roku streaming device.
This article discussed how to sync Roku remote without a pairing button. Following the steps, you should be able to pair your remote with the Roku streaming device, even without the pairing button. If you are still unable to pair your Roku TV remote, you may have to repair or replace it.
If you have any doubts about pairing your Roku TV remote, please share in the comment.
As an engineering graduate (and a full-time layabout), I am always looking for smart technological innovations to make my life simpler and more automated so that I can be even lazier than usual.