With the purchase of every Roku device model, you will receive a Roku remote, and with it, you can control your Roku device. In the older version of the Roku remote, it will be easy for you to pair it with your Roku device. But in the newer models, you will receive a pairing button on your Roku remote. In the newer Roku remotes, users are complaining that it is difficult to pair them to their Roku device. So, we have prepared this article to show you how to sync Roku remote without a pairing button.

How to Sync Roku Remote Without Pairing Button

The latest and most advanced remote, which is usually called point anywhere remote, is the one that has a pairing button. Roku IR version is an older Roku remote which has the necessity to be in a direct line of sight to work. To confirm your Roku remote model, all you have to do is check the battery compartment. If there is a button near the battery compartment, you have the latest Roku remote. And if you don’t, you have an older IR blaster version.

Sync Roku Remote Without Pairing Button: Easy Methods

The following are some easy methods you can use to sync Roku Remote without a pairing button.

Using Standard IR remote

The easiest thing to do is to use a Standard infrared remote. This is because, unlike the latest remote, it doesn’t need Wi-Fi connectivity or pairing. So all you have to do is pit your remote directly to your Roku device, and it will be working just fine. But this solution does have its flaws. For example, if there is any obstruction or the remote is out of a field of view, the Roku remote will not be working.

Here is a list of some Roku devices that support IR remote.

  • Roku LT
  • Roku Express
  • Roku Express+
  • Roku N1
  • Roku HD
  • Roku XD and XDS
  • Roku 1, 2 and 3
  • Roku Premiere
  • Some Roku TVs
  • Roku 2 HD
  • Roku XS

To pair IR Roku remote, follow the steps mentioned below:

[1] Turn on your Roku device-connected TV.

[2] Once connected and turned on, choose the correct input source of the TV.

[3] Insert the battery in your remote and press any button on your remote while pointing at the Roku device.

Using Standard IR remote to Sync Roku

Now, wait for a few seconds while the pairing process is completed.

Sync the Enhanced Roku Remote without the Pairing Button

In some Roku TV models, you can find navigational buttons on them. So, you can use it to pair your Enhanced Roku TV remote.

[1] Scroll down and select the Settings option on the left pane.

[2] Now, select the Remotes & devices option from the new menu that would have appeared

Sync the Roku remote using the Pair Remote option.

[3] Now, select the Set up a new device option.

[4] Your Roku remote will now appear if you have inserted batteries on it. From there, select your Roku remote, and it will be paired to your Roku device.

Sync the Roku Remote using the Mobile App

Do you know that you don’t even need a Roku remote to control your Roku device? Instead, you can use the Roku Mobile app to control your Roku device with the virtual remote.

[1] On your smartphone, search for the Roku app. The app is available in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

[2] Now, download and install the Roku app on your smartphone.

[3] As mentioned earlier, just make sure that the Roku device and the smartphone in which the Roku app is downloaded be connected to the same Wi-Fi.

[4] Launch the Roku app and tap on the Devices tab from the lower right corner.

[5] Choose your Roku device from the list to pair it with the Roku app.

[6] Next, tap the Remote tab below your Roku device.

[7] Use the virtual Roku remote and go to Settings > Remotes and Devices option.

Finally, select the Set up a new device option to pair your Roku remote.

Replacing Your Roku Remote

If your Roku remote has been battered or undergone water damage beyond repair best suggestion is to replace it. Yes, we are not trying to be naive here. We suggest this because the reason you are looking to pair the Roku remote without the Paring buttons is most probably that your Remote’s pairing button is damaged. Hence, it’s better to replace a malfunctioned product like that with a new one. If your Roku remote doesn’t undergo any damage, you can reset Roku remote to fix the issue.

You can follow the steps below to pair your replacement Roku remote:

[1] The first step is to put the batteries into the remote.

[2] Now unplug the Roku device or TV for one minute and plug it back in.

Replacing Your Roku Remote

[3] Now, remove the battery compartment and search for the pairing button as shown above, and press the button for 3-5 seconds. This will trigger the pairing process, and you will see a green LED light. You’ll see a message when the remote is being paired.

Note: If you find green light blinking on your Roku remote, you need to immediately fix the issue.


1. Does every Roku remote have a pairing button?

No, all remote does not come with a pairing button. The older standard IR remote did not have a Pairing button.

2. Will a Roku TV remote work on all Roku TV models?

Each Roku remote is programmed specifically to work on certain Roku device models.