How to Pair a Roku Remote to TV

Do you want to pair the Roku remote with the TV? If you’re a frequent Roku user, you’re probably aware of how important it is to have your Roku remote paired and working properly in order to have complete control and access to all of your media streaming services.

Read on to check out how you can swiftly pair a Roku remote to a TV with a few simple steps.

Different Types of Roku Remote

Although there are two general types of remote: the Roku simple remote and the Roku voice remote, some Roku voice remotes combine wireless and infrared (IR) technologies to operate your Roku streaming device as well as features of your TV.

If you wish to upgrade your Roku device and have one that supports a voice remote with TV controls (all models shipped since 2017 are suitable), go to the Roku accessories store and buy one of the following models:

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  • Roku Simple Remote
  • Roku Voice Remote
  • Roku Voice Remote Pro

How to Pair Roku Remote to TV

To operate your Roku TV or player, you can easily add a new or additional remote by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Scroll down to Settings on the menu on the left side.

Step 2: Choose Remotes & Devices, then tap Set up a new Device or Add Devices.

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Step 3: Select Remote, then choose IR Setup or CEC Setup, both methods work well with most TVs and the directions for pairing your new remote will be provided on the following page.

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In case, a remote function is not working, you can try switching between two methods.

How to Program Roku Enhanced Remote

If your remote has voice control, power and on/off buttons for a TV, two gaming control buttons (A and B), a headphone jack, a remote finder alert feature, or more than one feature, then you need to follow the below steps to pair it:

Step 1: First of all, switch on your Roku streaming device and check the batteries in your remote.

Step 2: Place your remote near the TV, and it will recognize the remote and link it automatically.

Step 3: On some remotes, look inside the battery compartment toward the bottom. There should be a little pairing button and a status light. This button is positioned on the lower rear of rechargeable remotes. Hold the remote a few feet away from your Roku device and long-press the Pairing button. The status light will begin to flash when the remote enters pairing mode.

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How to Pair Roku Voice Remote During Setup

If the Roku streaming device comes with a voice remote, you can pair it during the initial setup. If you do not pair it during setup, you will be unable to finish the procedure unless you also have access to a Roku basic remote. Here’s how you can pair it:

Step 1: First of all, make sure your Roku streaming device is running Roku OS 9.4 or above.

Step 2: When prompted, begin the pairing procedure. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete pairing.

How to Pair a Roku Voice Remote (With Pairing Button)

The pairing button and status light are positioned behind the battery cover on Roku voice remotes with regular batteries and a microphone pinhole is placed below the power button. The remote comes with batteries, however, they are not pre-installed. During setup, do the following steps to put your voice remote in pairing mode:

Step 1: Remove the rear battery cover of your remote.

Step 2: Insert the new identical batteries.

Step 3: When the remote is in pairing mode, the status light will flash.

If the status light does not start flashing, hold down the pairing button for a few seconds until the status light starts flashing.

How to Program a Roku Voice Remote (without Pairing Button)

If you have a microphone pinhole to the left of the power button on your Roku voice remote, it does not have a pairing button. Follow the instructions below to put your voice remote in pairing mode during setup:

Step 1: Take out the battery tab on the back of the remote.

Step 2: Long-press the Home button on the remote and the Back button for 5 seconds. (If not working you can press and hold the Back button and Home button at the same time)

Step 3: The status LED will blink when your Roku voice remote is in pairing mode.

How to Sync a Roku Remote to a TV During Installation

You can easily sync a Roku remote to a TV during installation by following the simple mentioned below:

Step 1: Select Check remote settings.

Step 2: It will play a sound asking you whether you hear it, select Yes if you are able to hear it. If not, try to increase the volume then select No to try again.

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Step 3: Now, Roku will stop the sound asking you whether it stops, select Yes. If you still hear the sound, it means Roku didn’t get your TV information. Choose Enter TV brand then try again until you hear the sound stop.

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Step 4: Once you are done, tap OK.

How to Sync a Roku Remote to a TV After Installation

Make sure the remote is properly paired to the Roku device before syncing it by following the simple steps:

Step 1: On your remote, press the Home button.

Step 2: Go to Settings and select Remotes & Devices.

Step 3: On the next screen, choose Remote.

Step 4: Access Set up the remote for the TV control then select Start.

Wait for a few minutes for the process to complete.

How to Set Up Hands-Free TV Controls (Roku Voice Remote Pro only)

Voice commands are sent to your Roku device over a specialized wireless network, and then to your TV via an HDMI cable.

In order to use hands-free TV controls with your Roku Voice Remote Pro, you must first ensure that CEC is enabled on your television as IR technology cannot send voice commands. After you’ve confirmed CEC is enabled, do the following things:

Step 1: Start using hands-free voice commands with a request like “Hey Roku, what time is it?” and make sure you hear the correct response.

Step 2: After confirming that hands-free voice is working, you can use instructions like the ones shown below to control your TV.

  • “Hey Roku, turn on the TV”
  • “Hey Roku, turn off the TV”
  • “Hey Roku, turn up the volume”
  • “Hey Roku, set the volume to 9”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How Do I Pair My Roku Remote to My TV Without a Pairing Button?

In order to pair your Roku remote to your TV without a pairing button, you need to download the Roku mobile app on your mobile, which is available for free.
After it gets installed, connect your smartphone and Roku device to the same Wi-Fi, then tap Remote on the app and use the app to navigate to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Set up a new device on your Roku device.

Q. How Do I Connect a Roku IR Remote?

If your Roku remote has IR (Infrared Light), simply insert the batteries and point and hit the buttons you need to use, as there is no need for any pairing.

Q. How to Tell If You Have a Roku Voice Remote?

All the Roku voice remotes have a voice button that has either a microphone icon or a magnifying glass icon. If you are seeing the button on your remote, you have a Roku voice remote. Otherwise, you have a Roku simple remote.

Q. Why is My Roku Remote Not Pairing?

Your Roku remote is not pairing because it might require new batteries as old ones get weak or low. Apart from this, the remote might not be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Roku device. Something might be blocking the device from getting a signal from the remote if you have an infrared light remote. A further possibility is HDMI connection interference.

So, these are how you can pair a Roku remote to a TV. I hope the article helps you do so and enjoy flawless entertainment.

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Harsh Saxena

Hi! I am Harsh and I write about technology on different websites. I frequently write about these topics and cover them. I am available on Twitter at @Harsh4saxena or Email me at to send in your feedback and tips. Worked at GadgetsToUse, BrowserToUse, DailyTechByte, FreshFounder, and with many other websites as an author and researcher.

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