How to Connect Roku to WiFi without Remote

Roku is a popular streaming device that lets you access and stream one of your favorite TV shows, movies, sports events, and everything else. For all of that to work, you need to have your device connected to the internet.

With the Roku streaming device, you have a remote that you can control and set the device to connect to the internet. But, what if you have lost your remote and you need to get your Roku connected to the internet desperately?

Well, we have several solutions for you to check out. Here’s a definitive guide on how you can connect Roku to WiFi without remote.

How to Connect Roku TV to Wi-Fi without Remote

Different Roku devices support different ways to connect to Wi-Fi connection without a remote. Here are four easy ways based on the kind of Roku device that you have, a TV or the Roku Stick.

Method 1: Using the Roku Mobile App

Now, if you have a Roku TV that has already connected to the internet (via Ethernet or hotspot) and you lost the remote, you can simply download the Roku TV app on your Android or iPhone.

Once you have the app installed and are able to find the Roku TV, you will then easily be able to control the TV with an onscreen remote on your mobile phone.

how to connect Roku to wifi without remote

You can then use your digital remote to let your TV look for a new Wi-Fi network and connect it right away. Do note that this method works only if your TV was connected to a particular network in the first place itself.

Now, some Roku TVs might have an Ethernet Port that you could use. Simply connect the LAN cable from the router to the TV and make sure your mobile device is connected to the same router.

You can then use the Roku TV app to control your TV and then make it connect to the Wi-Fi network all with the help of the digital remote that appears on your screen.

Method 2: Use Remoku Browser Extension

Another way to connect your Roku device to the internet without using your remote is by making use of your PC. Yes, your PC can help you connect your Roku device to the internet right away. For this, you will need to have a PC with Google Chrome installed.

How to Connect Roku to WiFi without Remote
  1. Open up Google Chrome on your PC. If you do not have it, you can download it for free by clicking here.
  2. Now, search for the Remoku Extension.
  3. If you do not find it, simply click on this link to go to the Remoku web extension page.
  4. Make sure you have the extension installed in your browser.
  5. Once installed, click on the Remoku icon and use the control that you see to navigate and connect the Roku device to the internet.

Do note that you can use any web browser that supports extensions from the Chrome Web Store. Browsers like Microsoft Edge, Brave, Opera, and even Vivaldi will work just fine.

Method 3: Use an Ethernet Cable

A lot of Roku devices out there, especially the streaming boxes and the newly launched Roku smart TVs have an ethernet port to the side or the rear of the device. All you need to do is connect one end of the ethernet cable to your router and the other end to the Roku’s ethernet port.

How to Connect Roku to WiFi without Remote

Once you have both devices connected via the cable, your Roku device will detect the ethernet connection and connect the Roku device to the internet right away.

Method 4: Use Your Phone’s Hotspot

This is another great way to connect your Roku device to the WiFi network. However, this will work if your Roku was previously connected to a WiFi network and its details have been saved to the device.

In this scenario, you simply need to rename your phone’s hotspot network and password to the network that your Roku would previously connect to. With the same network password, the Roku device will automatically connect to the previously saved network.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use the Roku without a remote?

Yes, you can. And since this is possible, you can always use the Roku app on your smartphone to control the device.

Does the Roku device save WiFi networks?

Yes, your Roku device saves the WiFi networks that is connected to. This helps your Roku to automatically connect to the network

Do all Roku devices have an Ethernet port?

Well, only the Roku streaming box and the Roku lineup of smart TVs have an ethernet port. If you plan to use it with the streaming stick, you might want to get yourself a USB Ethernet port that can be connected to the Roku streaming stick.


So, this is how you connect the Roku device to the internet without using a remote. Of course, not everyone would want to jump through hurdles to use mobile devices as a remote for Roku.

Well, in that case, you can always purchase a replacement remote made for the Roku device on Amazon. Better yet, your local store that sells electronics, might even have a remote that will universally support a lot of TV brands. You can make use of such remotes as they come in at quite cheap prices.

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Joshua D'souza

Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

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