how to pair roku remote without pairing button

Wondering how to pair Roku remote without pairing button? Well, this is easy and all Roku users should know how it’s done, especially when the Roku remote pairing button is broken!

To pair a Roku remote without using the pair button, download the Roku Mobile App and manually sync the remote from the settings. This method allows you to establish the connection without needing to press the physical pair button on the Roku device.

The only requirement is for the Roku player to be connected to the WiFi, so it can communicate with the app.

Let’s continue to unwrap!

Does Your Roku Remote Have Pairing Button?

Well, there is a giant misconception in regard to whether a Roku remote has or has not pairing button since the button is not on the front.

Yes, you’ve read that right, the sync button is not among the other buttons on the front-facing side of the Roku Voice & Voice Pro remotes!

does your roku remote have pairing button
  • The Roku Voice remote pairing button is located behind the battery cover!

To access the pair button you need to remove the battery compartment cover but, of course, you don’t need to eject the batteries.

The sync button is small, underneath the right battery and on the left side is the small LED indicator light, which is used for the pairing process.

What is the Type of Roku Remote?

First and most importantly, you need to identify the type of your Roku remote.

There are 2 x general types, based on whether you’ve got the streaming stick or the Roku TV.

Those models are the Roku Simple remote and the Roku Voice & Voice Pro remote.

The main difference is that the Roku Simple remote doesn’t have pairing button compared to the Roku Voice remotes. With this in mind let’s proceed with the pairing with no pairing button!

How to Pair Roku Remote Without Pairing Button?

In case the button – “pairing” on your Roku remote doesn’t work or there is no pairing button such as on the Roku Simple remote, we’ve got you covered.

Here we’ll review how to sync without pairing buttons for both models of Roku remotes so let’s proceed into the guide!

1. Connect Roku to WiFi (No Remote):

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In order to pair a Roku remote with no pairing button, the Roku streaming player must be connected to WiFi.

This is necessary because if the Roku is not connected, you won’t be able to control the device from the Roku Mobile App, and hence won’t be able to pair your remote.

Note: If the Roku is connected to the WiFi jump to the next step!
  1. Prepare a smartphone or tablet with an internet connection.
  2. Open Google Play or App Store to download Roku App.
  3. Then open the app, tap on “Devices” and select Roku.
  4. Next, go to “Remote”, then select “Settings” and “Network”.
  5. From there tap on “Set Up Connection”, and then “Wireless”.
  6. Lastly, select your WiFi SSID, type the password, and connect.
  7. Your Roku player will soon be connected to the WiFi.

Once your Roku player is connected to the WiFi, proceed with the next step!

2. Set up the Roku Digital Remote

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Without pairing button, you need to have access to the Roku menus so you can perform the programming manually.

This is possible by downloading the Roku Mobile App, a digital remote, which only requires your Roku to be connected to the WiFi.

Follow the steps below to set up the Roku digital remote in the app:

  1. Connect your smartphone to the same WiFi as Roku.
  2. Ensure that the wireless network is up and functional.
  3. Open the Roku Mobile app on your smart device.
  4. Tap on the “Remote” tab to show up the digital remote.
  5. Test whether you can control your Roku with the app.
Tip: If the digital remote in the Roku Mobile app is not working, disable the Mobile Data!

3. Sync the Roku Remote (No Pairing Button)

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When you’re able to navigate through the menus of your Roku without the remote, it’s time to perform the syncing without the pair button.

It’s only important to double-check whether the in-app digital remote is working by testing the purple arrows as well as the “OK” select button!

Follow the steps below to pair the Roku remote with no pairing button:

  1. Open the Roku app and tap on the “Remote” button.
  2. Using the digital remote go to the Roku Settings.
  3. From there select the “Remotes & Devices’ tab.
  4. Next, select the option “Set Up New Device”.
  5. Then, tick the checkbox next to the “Remote” icon.
  6. Tap on Continue, and wait for the programming.
  7. Your Roku player will attempt to sync with the remote.

That was how to pair a Roku remote without a pairing button and in case your Remote does not show up even after multiple attempts, ensure that the batteries in the remote are fresh!

How to Sync Roku Simple Remote Without Pairing Button?

sync roku simple remote without pairing button

If you’ve got the Roku Simple Remote, it’s common to wonder how you are going to pair the remote when there is no pairing button.

Well, it’s true, you won’t find pairing button on the front nor behind the battery cover on the Roku Simple Remote, simply because it doesn’t need one!

  • The Roku Simple Remote uses IR (Infrared), hence no pairing is needed!

To control your Roku with the Roku Simple remote is enough to ensure that there is a clear line of sight between the remote and the Roku player.

Then simply point the remote towards your Roku and that’s it, that was how to pair old Roku remote without pairing button.

Reminder: No Roku remote will work when the batteries are weak or dead!

Why Won’t Roku Recognize My Remote?

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If you’re attempting the correct programming steps without the sync button but nothing happens, change the “Network Access” to “Default”.

This simple operation might resolve any wireless issues due to which, your Roku streaming player will not recognize the remote.

To access and tweak the Roku network access settings, follow the steps below:

  1. Set up the Roku App digital remote (shown earlier in the guide).
  2. With the digital remote go to Settings and then select “System”.
  3. The next step is to reach into the “Advanced System Settings”.
  4. From there tap on “Control My Mobile Apps” > “Network Access”.
  5. On some devices, it might be “External Controls”, as per the model.
  6. Lastly, change the Network Access to “Default” and exit the menu.
Note: It’s recommended to reboot your Roku and test programming the remote with a no pairing button by following the steps earlier in the guide.

Reset Roku Remote & Test Pairing Again!

reset roku remote and test pairing again

With or without pairing button, when the Roku remote just won’t sync with the Roku device, we have to be prepared with a working technique.

To troubleshoot possible issues with the Roku remote, the best course of action would be the so-called “hard reset” or “power cycle”.

Info: This type of reset works on ALL Roku remote models!

  1. Begin by disconnecting your Roku from the power.
  2. Then flip the remote upside down and open the cover.
  3. Gently eject the batteries from the remote compartment.
  4. Press each remote button 2 x consecutive times.
  5. Next, press and hold the Power button for 30 seconds!
  6. Next, insert the batteries and embed them securely.
  7. Follow the instructions earlier in the guide to pair the remote.
Note: If the Roku remote has a “Reset button” behind the cover, instead of the pair button and LED light, then hold the reset button for 15 seconds.

Can You Use a Universal Roku Remote?

can you use a universal roku remote

Yes, there are quite a few universal remotes on the market that are proven to work with Roku, so if you’re unable to pair your remote, there is a solution.

In fact, you can purchase a universal remote from Amazon, and here are some recommendations in regard to compatibility:

  • GE Backlit Universal Remote
  • Remote Control for Roku TV
  • Philips Universal Remote

It’s important to note that pairing a universal remote typically requires a TV code, so when the universal unit arrives, inspect the documentation.

You will discover pairing codes for Roku and detailed instructions on how to perform the pairing.

Good luck!

Quick Recap:

In this guide, we’ve learned how to pair Roku remote without pairing button as well as how to control our Roku player using the mobile app. The conclusion is that once we get control over the Roku menus, it’s easy to pair a Roku remote with no pairing button!

We hope that this guide was helpful so follow us for more Roku content!

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