How to connect Roku to Wi-Fi without Remote

Ever been in a situation where you had to use a remote to control something but just couldn’t find the remote? Remotes don’t usually get lost, but just be misplaced most of the time. It can be a headache when you can’t find the remote at all. Like what if you wanted to perform functions like connecting your Roku TV to Wi-Fi network. If you have a Roku device and want to connect to Wi-Fi network but don’t have the remote, here is a guide on how to connect Roku to Wi-Fi without remote.

Yes, a remote is important for devices that come with it. It’s obvious enough that you cannot have a huge number of buttons on the device itself which makes it look odd and makes your smart device look like something for the early years. Thanks to technology and mobile devices, you can now use them as remotes to perform most of the functions easily. Read on to know how to connect Roku to Wi-Fi without remote or hotspot.

Connect Roku to Wi-Fi without Remote

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

How to connect Roku Tv to Wi-Fi without Remote

Now, if you have Roku TV that has already connected to the internet and you lost the remote after that, simply download the Roku Tv app on an Android or iOS device. Make sure that your phone is connected to the same network that the TV is connected to. Once you have the app installed and able to find the Roku TV, you will then easily be able to control the TV with an onscreen remote on your mobile phone.

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.

how to connect Roku to wifi without remote

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 then 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.

How to connect Roku Streaming Stick to Wi-Fi without Remote

For this method to work, you will need to have mobile devices. On one of the devices turn the mobile hotspot on. You can do this by opening the Settings app and it will be found under Wireless Networks or a similar heading (varies with devices).

  1. Set up the wireless network’s name and password that has already been saved onto your Roku device previously.
  2. Use the second phone to install and run the Roku app.
  3. Now, turn your Roku Streaming Stick On.
  4. Open up the Roku app on the phone and tap on the remote icon.
  5. Let the Roku Stick detect and connect to the network you just created.
  6. With the connection all done, simply turn the mobile hotspot off and connect it to the network that the Roku Stick uses.
  7. Now you will be able to use the mobile device with Roku app as a remote for the 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 pieces.

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By 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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