- Roku remotes without a pairing button use automatic pairing with the help of infrared technology.
- To sync a Roku remote without a pairing button, remove and replace the batteries, point the remote at the device, and test its functionality.
If you have a Roku remote without a pairing button, you might be wondering how you’re supposed to make it work with your Roku device. Thankfully, syncing these remotes is incredibly easy and requires very little effort on your part. Turns out, you don’t need that extra button at all. Here, we’ll show you a fast, straightforward method to connect your Roku remote to your Roku device without the use of any buttons. Follow along with the steps and photos below to learn how to sync a Roku remote without a pairing button.
Why Doesn’t My Roku Remote Have a Pairing Button?
The Roku voice remote is the most feature-heavy Roku remote in the brand’s catalog. It comes equipped with a microphone and voice controls, channel shortcut buttons, a headphone jack, and even hands-free voice features. This list also includes a pairing button found on the back of the remote near the battery compartment. Roku owners can press and hold this pairing button to connect their Roku voice remote to their device. Once paired, the remote and its full list of features are ready for you to use.
However, an increasing number of Roku remotes lack this pairing button. These are the Roku simple remotes. They don’t need the pairing button because they use a technology called automatic pairing. With the help of invisible infrared (IR), these remotes can connect to your Roku device without the help of a button. They’re pre-programmed to work together with the IR receiver on Roku devices. As soon as you insert the batteries, the Roku simple remote automatically searches for and connects to your Roku. No need for a pairing button!
How to Sync a Roku Remote Without a Pairing Button
Without a pairing button, how can you possibly sync your Roku remote with your device? As it turns out, it’s even easier to pair one of these Roku simple remotes that lack pairing buttons than one of the Roku voice remotes that require you to press and hold a pairing button. Let’s walk you through the steps to sync a Roku remote below. Make sure you have your Roku device or Roku-enabled smart TV powered on before you begin.
Step One: Remove Batteries
First, turn your Roku simple remote over. Slide off the back cover to reveal the battery compartment. As you’ll see, there’s no pairing button on the remote. Instead, you’ll only see a couple of batteries. Pop these out, but don’t let them roll too far — we’ll need them again in the next step.
Step Two: Replace Batteries
Now, take the removed batteries and place them back into the battery compartment. Pay close attention, as some Roku simple remotes require you to place both batteries in the same direction — not in opposite directions like other devices.
Step Three: Point at Device
Next, place the remote close to the Roku device. Point the top of the remote toward the device’s receiver. This will allow the IR light to communicate with the Roku player, effectively pairing them quickly and easily. It’s best to keep the path between the two clear to streamline pairing.
Step Four: Test Remote
Lastly, give the Roku simple remote a little test. Press the directional keys on the remote’s face and see if the device responds to it. Look for a blinking red light or listen for the iconic Roku clicking sound to confirm the remote has successfully paired with the device. That’s it! You’ve successfully learned how to sync a Roku remote without a pairing button.
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