This article shows you how to sync your Roku remote without a pairing button.
Roku is a popular streaming device that allows you to access a wide range of content from the comfort of your home. However, a common issue that many Roku users experience is a malfunctioning remote.
One of the most frustrating problems is when the remote fails to pair with the Roku device, making it impossible to control your streaming experience.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem that doesn’t require a pairing button. In this article, we’ll show you how to sync your Roku remote without a pairing button, so you can get back to enjoying your favorite shows and movies.
Some of the topics we’ll cover are:
- where to find the pairing button
- why some Roku remotes don’t have a pairing button
- how to sync your remote with your Roku device even if the pairing button is broken
How To Sync Your Roku Remote Without a Pairing Button
Here is how to sync your Roku remote without a pairing button, in three different situations:
- your Roku remote does not have a pairing button
- your Roku remote has a broken pairing button
- you have a Roku TV
#1. Your Roku remote does not have a pairing button
The pairing button on a Roku remote will either be on the front of the remote or in the battery compartment of the remote. If you can’t see a pairing button in either of these places, it means your Roku remote is an IR remote.
And if that’s the case, you don’t need to pair it with your Roku device. Just ensure the batteries are fresh and point them at the Roku device.
What if your remote does have a pairing button but it’s not working?
Don’t worry – there’s an easy workaround using the Roku smartphone app.
#2. Your Roku remote has a broken pairing button
If the pairing button on your remote is broken or not working, this is how to pair your remote with your Roku device using your smartphone:
- Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone
- Download the free Roku app
- Make sure that your smartphone and Roku device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
- Open the Roku app and tap on the ‘Remote’ option. This option allows you to control your Roku device from your smartphone.
- Now navigate to ‘Settings’ and then ‘Remote sand Devices’
- Then tap on “Pair New Device”. Your Roku device will now scan for available Roku remotes. If your remote is discovered, the Roku device will pair with it.
And that’s it – your Roku remote will now be paired with your Roku device.
#3. You have a Roku TV
Roku TVs only have infrared (IR) remotes and IR remotes cannot be paired with a TV.
Just make sure the batteries are fresh and point the remote at the TV, ensuring there is direct line of sight between the remote and the TV.
IR remotes vs Wi-Fi remotes
There are two different kinds of Roku remotes: those that work with an infrared (IR) beam and those that connect with Wi-Fi.
- Roku remotes that use an infrared beam, called ‘simple remotes’ can’t be paired with a Roku device. You simply point the remote at the Roku device. The only requirement is that there must be line-of-sight between the remote and the Roku device.
- Roku remotes that use Wi-Fi, called ‘enhanced remotes’ or ‘point anywhere remotes’, connect to your Roku device using the Wi-Fi network. These remotes have to be ‘paired’ with yur Roku device.
If you’re wondering how to sync your Roku remote without a pairing button, the first thing to do is to check which types of remote you have. If you have an IR remote, you don’t need to pair it with your device or TV – just point it at the device.
If you have a Wi-Fi Roku remote, you need to pair it with your Roku device. The pairing button will be on the front of the remote or in the battery compartment.
If the pairing button is not working, you can use your smartphone to pair your remote with your Roku device.