How to Reset Roku Remote [Easy Ways]

Having a non-functional remote can be annoying. One of the most popular devices that require the use of a TV remote is the Roku lineup of streaming devices and smart TVs.There could be many reasons as to why a Roku remote might not be functioning correctly. In terms of physical damage, your best bet is to replace it. 

But if you are sure that it’s just an issue between the remote and the software of your Roku device, you can try the following methods that we have mentioned below to reset your Roku remote.

How to Reset Roku TV Remote

Before we go into how to reset the Roku TV remote, you need to know what kind of remote you have. There are two kinds of Roku remotes; a simple one and a voice remote. The voice remote will have a voice button on it. However, the process to reset the remotes is the same.

Method 1: Reset Roku Remote

Step 1: First things first you might want to remove the battery cover and the batteries for your Roku remote. It is the same for both Roku Remotes.

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Step 2: Disconnect your Roku device. Whether it is a Roku TV or a Roku Streaming device you will need to disconnect its power source and wait around for a few seconds.

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Step 3: After 20 seconds or so, you can now reconnect your Roku Streaming box or TV.

Step 4: Getting back to the Roku remotes, simply insert the batteries and place the remote in front of the Roku stick or TV. It will start pairing the remove again.

How to Reset Roku Remote

Step 5: When both devices successfully connect, you will see a message on your TV screen stating that the pairing process has been successful.

Method 2: Switch Pairing Method to CEC

You can use this method to switch the control type of your Roku remote only on the newly released Roku devices and smart TVs. Provided that the new devices are running on Roku OS 12, you will be able to make use of this new feature.

By default, the remote would use the IR (Infrared Mode) to control your Roku TV or streaming device. But it might not be compatible with all TVs, if you have problems with the IR method, you can easily switch it from IR to CEC.

Step 1: Grab the remote or your smartphone to control your Roku device.

Step 2: Now, navigate to the Settings option and choose Remotes & devices.

How to Reset Roku Remote

Step 3: Now you will see the paired remote, select it and then click on Set up remote for TV control.

How to Reset Roku Remote

Step 4: Finally, select the CEC option and use the remote.

How to Reset Roku Remote

Your Roku remote should now be working fine with CEC which can then be used to control your TV as well as your Roku streaming devices such as the streaming box or the streaming stick.

Method 3: Pair a New Remote

Now in case of any issues with your old Roku remote not working even after resetting it multiple times, the best solution is to get yourself a newer Roku remote. A newer Remote will not only function perfectly fine out of the box, but it will also come with a warranty period which you can make use of in case the new remote does go bad.

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The newer Roku remote does not come with a pairing button that you would normally see on the older remotes which were present under the battery cover. For pairing or setting up the newer Roku remotes, all you need to do is install fresh batteries in the remote and stand near your Roku TV or streaming device. 

With your Roku device powered up and running, simply press the Back as well as the Home buttons simultaneously and wait for the Roku device to detect your new Roku remote. Within a few seconds, the new remote will be paired to your Roku device and you can use it right away. Of course, you can check if it is working by either switching channels or adjusting the audio levels.

Reasons to Reset Roku Remotes

Well, since it is an electronic device, it could have a few issues that might cause it to not function properly. So, let’s take a look at the reasons why you might want to reset your Roku Remotes

  • There could be an issue that the device does not respond to the input from the Roku Remote.
  • The functions do not perform as indicated on the remote. For example, pressing the volume up button begins to decrease the volume and vice versa.
  • Sometimes, the remote might simply begin to be hot or warm when not being used.


This is how you can reset your Roku Remotes. However, even after resetting and re-pairing it the remote doesn’t work, so it might be time to get a new remote. But before that, make sure to test it with newer batteries.

Also, if these are the Pro or enhanced remotes, ensure that it’s connected to a 5GHz wireless network. If all else fails, it might be time to get yourself a new remote. In the meantime, you can always make use of your mobile phone as a remote for your Roku device.

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