How to Set Up a Roku Remote

Setting up your Roku remote control may seem like a daunting task, but fear not! With this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to set up your Roku remote and resolve common issues you may encounter. So let’s dive right in.

Unpacking and Initial Steps

First things first, make sure your Roku device and TV are properly connected and powered on. You’ll find a Roku remote within the device’s packaging, along with batteries to power it.

Battery Installation

  1. Slide the battery cover off the back of the remote.
  2. Insert the batteries, ensuring the polarities match the indicators inside the battery compartment.
  3. Slide the battery cover back into place.

Pairing the Remote With Your Roku Device

Standard IR Remotes

If your Roku remote uses Infrared (IR) technology, you don’t have to go through a formal pairing process. Simply aim it at the Roku device and ensure there is a clear line of sight between the two.

Enhanced “Point Anywhere” Remotes

These remotes use Wi-Fi technology to connect to the Roku device. Here’s how to pair them:

  1. Insert batteries into the remote if you haven’t already.
  2. Turn on your Roku device.
  3. Wait for the Roku home screen to appear.
  4. Press and hold the pairing button (inside the battery compartment) for three seconds or until the pairing light starts flashing.

Troubleshooting Remote Issues

Unresponsive Remote

  • Check the batteries.
  • Make sure there’s a clear line of sight between the remote and Roku device.

Remote Not Pairing

  • Try resetting your Roku device.
  • Remove and reinsert the batteries, then attempt the pairing process again.

Additional Remote Features

Voice Commands

Some Roku remotes come equipped with a voice command feature. To activate it, simply press and hold the microphone button and speak your command.

Private Listening

Certain Roku remotes also offer a headphone jack for private listening. Insert your headphones into the jack and the audio will switch from the TV to your headphones.


Can I use my smartphone as a Roku remote?

Yes, the Roku app available for iOS and Android can function as a remote.

How do I replace a lost Roku remote?

You can purchase a new one from the Roku website or use the Roku mobile app as a temporary solution.

How can I pair more than one remote?

Some Roku devices support the pairing of multiple remotes. Go through the same pairing process for the additional remote.

How can I reset my Roku remote?

For standard IR remotes, remove the batteries and reinsert them after a minute. For enhanced remotes, press and hold the pairing button for 10 seconds to reset.


Setting up a Roku remote is generally straightforward, but it can involve multiple steps depending on the type of remote you have. Whether you are using a standard IR remote or an enhanced “point anywhere” remote, this guide has hopefully provided you with the information you need to get up and running.