Sometimes Roku remotes can get stuck in pairing mode. An indicator light will blink red when this occurs. There is an easy solution.
Roku remote blinking green light
If your Roku remote blinks green, it means that it is trying to pair. Remove the batteries from your remote to fix it. Unplug the TV while it is ON and wait for 30 seconds. Reconnect TV. Replace the remote batteries when the home screen loads. Then, press/hold the pair button. It should now connect.
It is possible that you will need to repeat the steps several times before your remote pairs with your Roku device.
Replace remote batteries
You should always have fresh batteries for your Roku remote. Sometimes, simply changing the batteries can solve your problem.
Take the batteries out of the remote and wait for 10 seconds before replacing them.
This is a tedious, obvious step. But you’d be amazed at how many times incorrect or new battery placements are the root cause of your problems.
Roku device can be killed
This step is slightly different from the one above. All steps below must be performed while the TV is on.
First, remove the batteries from your remote.
Next, turn off the power source to your Roku device. This will depend on the version of Roku you have.
If your Roku device goes down, you can replace the batteries. Make sure that positive sides go to positive and negative sides to negative.
The remote should now blink green.
You can power your Roku device on again by plugging it in, or into the back of your TV.
This is it. Your remote should now pair correctly.
Roku streaming device reset by hardware factory
You can try a factory reset Roku streaming device if you still have issues. By doing so, your device will be restored to its default settings.
Sometimes your Roku remote or Roku device may lose connection. This can be fixed by resetting the device completely.
For a factory reset, locate the reset button at the bottom or back of your Roku device. You will find it either a pinhole or raised button.
After you have located it, press it and hold it for 10 seconds. Once the reset is completed, the indicator light or status LED will blink rapidly.
Set up your Roku once more and check if it fixes the problem.
Roku app can be used as a temporary remote
You can use the Roku app on your smartphone as a temporary remote control by downloading it to your phone.
This is a great feature because it can get you out of trouble and allows you to perform additional troubleshooting steps that you wouldn’t be able without a working remote.
Just type “Roku”, in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and then download the Roku app to your tablet or smartphone.
After downloading it, you will be prompted to search for Roku TVs nearby. The list will automatically include your Roku TV. Select it to connect.
You can use your Roku TV as a remote control by connecting it to the Roku App.
This remote is a vast improvement over the original Roku remote.
You can use your phone’s remote to access a full keyboard for typing or searching for a title. The Roku remote makes typing painfully easy – just one letter at a stretch.
Roku apps’ private hearing feature allows you to use Bluetooth to wirelessly listen to your Roku.
Factory reset via device settings
Once you have set up the Roku remote app, you can factory reset your Roku device using the Settings menu.
You can perform a factory reset using the Settings menu on your Roku device:
- By pressing the Home button on your remote, you will return to the main menu.
- Choose Settings.
- Select System.
- Select Advanced system setting.
- Select Factory reset. (Roku TV owners choose Factory Reset).
- Follow the instructions on-screen.
Pair remote control from settings
Go to Settings > Remotes and devices > Pair new device > Remote.
When you see the screen “Searching”, you should do these:
- Your remote charger should contain batteries
- For 5 seconds, press and hold the pair button in your remote’s battery compartment.
- Your TV should automatically pair
If your remote doesn’t have a pairing function, you can remove the batteries and put them back in. Pairing should begin automatically.
Purchase a Roku remote
You might also consider purchasing a Roku remote from Amazon as a last resort.
These remotes are very affordable and come in a variety of colors. You might find some remotes with new features that aren’t available on your existing remote.
If you decide to take this route, ensure you read every word in the description before buying any remotes!
Some remotes may not work with all models of devices. Double-check compatibility before you buy.
Roku remotes sometimes get stuck in pairing mode, and they blink green constantly.
This will fix the problem. Turn on your TV and unplug the cable. Wait for 30 seconds. Reconnect the TV. Replace the remote batteries when the home screen loads. Press/hold the pair button.
If this doesn’t work, you can try these:
- Replace/reseat remote batteries
- Roku device can be killed
- Roku device factory reset
- Use the Roku app to download and use as a remote control
- Pair your remote using the Settings menu
- Purchase a Roku remote