how to pair roku remote without pairing button

Many people have been wondering how to pair Roku remote without pairing button, but what they don’t realize is that their remote could be just IR controlled.

If you recently bought a new Roku remote and you’re having trouble finding the pairing button, we are here to help you understand what exactly is happening.

If your remote does not have a pairing button on the expected spot, it might be in the battery compartment.

Some models could have the pairing button there, others might not have a pairing button at all. Ensure what type of remote you have and we shall continue with describing your situation.

Now when you know whether there is a pairing button or not, let’s see what you’ve been dealing with.

Can I Pair a Roku Remote Without Pairing Button?

If your Roku remote pairing button is broken, yes you can pair it with your Roku receiver using another way.

In contrast, if your remote does not have and never had a pairing button it means that you have a standard IR remote which doesn’t even need to be paired.

If this is your case and your Roku remote does not have a pairing button by default, you can still visit the official support page for more information, but you shouldn’t expect to pair your IR remote.

The IR-only remotes are compatible with boxes such as Ultra and Premiere.

Sadly, if you are using a Streaming Stick you should know that they don’t have an IR sensor and you won’t be able to use your remote with it.

However, if your Roku remote is pairable (has a pairing button), but it is not working or broken, next we are going to introduce steps for you to follow in order to pair without it.

How To Pair Roku Remote Without Pairing Button Easily?

pair roku remote without pairing button

Luckily whatever the reason your pairing button doesn’t work, there is an extremely easy way to pair it with your Roku device, because all the functionalities work regardless.

To proceed with this method you will need to prepare a smartphone, laptop, or tablet with available Bluetooth as you are going to need it.

Once you have everything ready follow the steps below:

  • Take your device and navigate to its dedicated App Store
  • Search for “Roku” and download the application
  • Ensure that both your device and Roku are using the same network
  • Open the Roku app and navigate to Settings (the Roku app allows you to use your device as remote)
  • Locate and press “Remotes and Devices” then “Pair New Device

At this point, your Roku device will scan for available Roku remotes and if your remote is discovered you can easily pair it by selecting it.

If your Roku remote is not discovered, you can repeat the pairing process. If your attempts are unsuccessful then your remote might have more damage than just the pairing button.

Which Roku Models Does IR Remote Support?

If your remote turned out to be just IR censored, you’ve probably realized by now that you cannot pair because it’s not supposed to be paired.

You can simply use the buttons to interact with the supported devices below:

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

Does your device support IR Roku remotes? Apparently, only Roku sticks are not compatible with IR Roku remotes and if you are using a stick, unfortunately, you might need a pairable remote.

How To Pair New Roku Remote Without Pairing Button?

It is a well-known occasion where people are having trouble pairing their Roku remotes if they already have another remote paired.

Here we will discuss how to avoid some troublesome occurrences and how to successfully add a new remote to the workflow.

To add a new remote follow the steps below:

  • Navigate to the Home Screen of your Roku device
  • Scroll down to Settings.
  • Select Remote from the menu that appeared on the left side
  • Select Pair Remote
  • Press the Right Arrow and you will be provided with instructions
  • Follow the instruction to add your new Roku remote

If your first attempt is unsuccessful do not discourage yourself, instead, try the steps again, and hopefully, you will succeed this time.

However, if you are not able to add your new device you might have to disconnect all other devices that are currently paired with it.

Under our next heading, we will discuss how to unpair a Roku remote.

How To Manually Unpair Roku Remote?

We have answered the question “how to pair a Roku remote without a pairing button” and now we are going to see how to repair it.

In contrast to automatic pairing, manual unpairing requires a pairing button, and if you have concerns that your remote might be damaged, this method might not work for you.

However, if you have established a connection with your phone previously, make sure to disable/unpair it before you start.

Remember that we are trying to perform a clean pairing afterwards, so we are removing all paired devices beforehand.

Once ready, you can unpair your remote as well, just to ensure that it is not glitched in any way.

  1. Press the Home, Back, and Pairing simultaneously and hold for about 3-5 seconds
  2. Release upon indicator light blinking 3 times
  3. Now you can try to press some Roku remote buttons to confirm that it is not paired

Now repeat the pairing process and your Roku remote should be successfully paired to your device, if not your issue might be far more severe than expected.

Why Can’t I Pair Roku Remote Without A Pairing Button?

If none of the solutions above were able to help you pair your Roku remote, don’t get discouraged.

You’re probably dealing with a hardware issue, especially if your remote was recently exposed to water or drop damage.

In such cases, your warranty won’t be available to use but if your Roku remote is having issues on its own, then it’s worth trying.

You can always look for a repair or you can simply buy a new Roku remote where things cannot go wrong.

If you are experiencing any other troubles with pairing your Roku remote, here are some frequently asked questions at your disposal:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do all Roku remotes have a pairing button?

If you have read our post you’ve probably understood by now that there are two major types of Roku remotes, IR remotes and enhanced.

Both types can interact with specific Roku drives/players and our recommendation is to check online which Roku model you have in order to avoid unnecessary efforts towards something that is not possible.

What do I do if I lost my Roku remote?

If you have lost your Roku remote there is nothing to worry about. Simply take your smartphone out, navigate to the dedicated app store and download the dedicated mobile Roku application.

It will allow you to use your smartphone as a Roku remote and you will be able to pair a remote with a pairing button really easily.

How do I manually pair my smartphone with a Roku device?

To connect/pair your device manually using the mobile Roku app, you simply need to tap on Settings, and then navigate to Switch Roku Device.

Once there, press on Connect Manually on the device’s screen you shall be provided with the opportunity to choose from available devices.

Bottom Line

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