All Roku devices come with a Roku remote attached to them. Initially, you need to pair your Roku remote with your Roku to control it. Most Roku remotes vary in appearance based on the model, while most of the features are almost the same. Only in some Roku remote models, you can get quick launch buttons for popular streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, or others. As you may know remote is a necessity when it comes to controlling your TV. This is why, when your Roku remote is not working, you are quite frustrated. However, you can rest your Roku remote to fix the issue easily.

What are the Types of Roku Remote

Roku remotes may come in different appearances, shapes, and buttons, but in truth, there are only two types of Roku remotes, and they are:

  • Simple Remote
  • Voice Control Remote (Enhanced Roku remote)

Simple Remote (Standard IR Remote):

Simple Remote uses infrared light to control your TV, and this remote will be automatically paired with your TV. All you need to do is press a button on your remote and point to your Roku device to control it. You also need to make sure that there isn’t anything (including a glass cabinet) blocking the path to the receiver on your Roku.

Voice Control Remote (Enhanced Remote):

Voice Control Remote is different from Simple Remote, where the Voice Control Remote will have a microphone button. It uses wifi to control your TV, so you don’t need to press the button pointing directly at the TV; you can press the button pointing anywhere.

How to Reset a Simple Roku Remote

It is not possible to reset your Simple TV remote. So, the only method you can try is removing the batteries from the remote and reinserting them. You can also try replacing the batteries with new ones.

Note: You can check whether the infrared light on your remote is working properly by pressing any buttons on your remote while pointing it at the camera on your smartphone. If you see the infrared light through the camera, it means it is working properly, and if you don’t, then there is a problem with the remote, and you need to replace the remote with a new one.

Roku remote control - Reset Roku remote

How to Reset a Roku Voice Remote

You can reset your Roku Voice Remote using the steps below:

1. First, remove the batteries from your Roku remote.

Remove the batteries - Reset Roku remote

2. Then, unplug the power cable from the power outlet and wait for 5 to 10 seconds.

3. Plug the power cable back into the power outlet.

4. Wait until you see the Roku home screen on your TV to insert the batteries into the remote.

5. Now, press and hold the Reset button located in the battery compartment of your remote for about 5 seconds.

Press the Pairing button

6. When you see the light flashing on your remote, it means that your Roku remote has been reset.

Green light flashing on Roku remote

Note: Based on the model of your Roku remote, the paring light should either be in the battery compartment near your Reset button or on the front side of your remote.

How to Pair your New Roku Voice Remote

If you have an alternative remote with you, you may use the steps below to pair it with Roku. In case your Roku remote is still not working, you can use the remote interface of the Roku Mobile app to control your TV Settings.

1. Install the Roku app on your Android or iOS device from the Google Play Store or App Store.

2. Next, launch the Roku app after installation.

3. Make sure your Android or iOS device is connected to the same wifi network.

4. Sign in using your Roku account.

5. Tap on the Devices tab from the bottom of the screen.

6. Your Roku app will start to scan for nearby devices. From there, choose your Roku device.

7. Next, tap on the Remote tab.

8. Use the Remote interface to select the Settings from the Roku home screen.

9. Select Remotes & devices and click on Set up a new device.

Select Remote & devices

10. Click on Remote and select Continue.

Select Remote - Reset Roku remote

11. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish setting up your new Roku remote.

Press the Pairing button

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are Roku remotes universal?

Yes, most of the Roku remotes are universal.

2. Where is the pairing button on Roku remote?

The pairing button is located in the battery compartment on the back side of your remote.

3. Can you reset an Enhanced Roku remote?

Yes, you can easily reset your enhanced Roku remote.