Setting up a new Roku remote involves different steps depending on the type of remote you have. Roku offers two main types of remotes: the simple (infrared) remote and the voice (Wi-Fi) remote. Here’s how to set up each:
Setting Up a Simple Roku Remote (Infrared)
- Automatic Pairing: The simple Roku remote uses infrared light and should automatically pair with your Roku device. Just point it directly at the Roku receiver.
- Troubleshooting: If it’s not working, check for any obstructions between the remote and the receiver. You can also remove and reinsert or replace the batteries.
- Testing Infrared Light: To check if the infrared light is working, point the remote at your smartphone camera and press any button. If you don’t see a light on the camera screen, you may need a new remote.
Setting Up a Roku Voice Remote (Wi-Fi)
- Initial Pairing: If the remote is not responding, find the pairing button inside the battery compartment or on the back of the remote. Press and hold this button until the status light flashes green. Move the remote close to your Roku device for pairing.
- On-Screen Instructions: The TV screen should display a “Pairing remote…” message. Follow any additional on-screen instructions.
- Battery Check: Ensure the remote is charged (if rechargeable) or has fresh batteries (if it uses replaceable batteries).
Resetting an Unresponsive Roku Voice Remote
- Unplug your Roku player.
- Remove the batteries from the remote.
- Wait 5 seconds.
- Plug your Roku player back in.
- Once the Roku logo appears on the screen, reinsert the batteries into the remote.
- Press and hold the pairing button for about 5 seconds or until the light starts flashing.
- Wait for the pairing process to complete. A prompt will appear on your TV when successful.
Pairing a New Roku Voice Remote
- Press the Home button on your existing remote.
- Go to Settings > Remotes & devices > Remotes > Set up a new device.
- Press the pairing button on your new remote and follow the on-screen instructions.