How to Sync Roku Remote Without a Pairing Button


This guide will cover how to sync your Roku remote without a pairing button. You may need to re-establish the connection if you’ve lost your Roku remote or have difficulty controlling it. By following the instructions in this guide, you should be able to reconnect and control your Roku device using your remote.

Before getting started, please ensure that you have replaced the batteries with fresh ones before attempting to sync the device. Connecting a new remote without a pairing button is a bit more complicated than that with a pairing button, as there is no way for the Roku device to recognize it automatically. Additionally, if any other remotes are currently being used with the same TV, these devices must be powered off before connecting the new remote.

To sync your new Roku remote and TV, please assemble all necessary items (including remotes and batteries) before proceeding with any setup steps. Once everything is ready, follow these steps, and you should have no problem re-linking your device:

  • Step 1: Power off all other remotes.
  • Step 2: Insert fresh batteries into the new remote.
  • Step 3: Power on the TV.
  • Step 4: Hold the Home button on the new remote for 5 seconds.
  • Step 5: Wait for the Roku device to recognize the remote.
  • Step 6: Test the remote to make sure it is working correctly.

Preparing to Sync Remote

To successfully sync your Roku remote, you must ensure that you have the correct device type, batteries, and settings. This will ensure that the syncing process goes smoothly. Additionally, it is essential to understand that some Roku remotes do not have a pairing button and will require you to use alternative methods to sync.

Let’s explore the necessary steps to take before syncing your Roku remote:

Unplug the Roku from the power source

The first step is to unplug the Roku device from a power source when preparing to sync your Roku remote without a pairing button. Once it is unplugged, wait 10 seconds before plugging back in and powering it on. Once powered back on, press the home button on your remote. Specific Roku devices will require you to press and hold the pairing button while doing this step, but if your remote does not feature a pairing button, proceed as usual by pressing only the home button.

After pressing your home button, wait for multiple blue light flashes to appear, as these are signs that your device recognizes and tries to connect with your remote. If this does not work, you may need to factory reset your device or replace it entirely with a newer model depending on how old it is. To finish the syncing process without a pairing button, keep pressing any other buttons (volume buttons, navigate controls, etc.) until the blue light flashes.

Check the batteries in the remote.

Before you attempt to sync your Roku remote without the pair button, you must check for any battery issues. Successful synchronization may be difficult or even impossible if the batteries are low.

To check the batteries, open the battery compartment on the back of your remote and examine them. Look for any corrosion that may have built up on either end of the battery; damage from pollution will prevent a proper connection between your remote and television, compromising any sync attempts.

If you haven’t already done so, replace both batteries in your remote before syncing. Some remotes use more than two AAA or AA alkaline batteries; if yours does, replace them before attempting a sync without the pair button. Only fresh alkaline batteries (lithium-ion or rechargeable versions can cause sync issues). Ensure you orient both new batteries correctly in the battery compartment (following +/- distribution); misplacing either battery can also cause syncing problems!

Syncing the Remote

Syncing a Roku remote without a pairing button can seem daunting, but it is pretty simple. You can use several different methods to sync your remote to your Roku device to start streaming your favorite shows and movies.

In this article, we will discuss the various methods of syncing your Roku remote, from using the pairing button to using your remote settings:

  • Using the pairing button
  • Using the remote settings

Press the Home button 5 times

Press the Home button on your Roku remote five times in rapid succession. This should launch the pairing mode on your remote if you’re using a player version of the Roku remote. Press and hold down the Home button for three seconds to launch pairing mode. After that, you’ll need to wait for your device to sync with your Roku streaming player – this usually happens within a few seconds.

Ensure that the batteries in your remote are correctly inserted and not low or dead, as this could prevent it from syncing correctly. You can also try the following:

  • Turning off your wireless network temporarily
  • Making sure that nothing is obstructing its signal path (such as walls or furniture)
  • Ensure you’re close enough to the streaming device for a successful connection – typically no more than 30 feet away.

Press the Rewind button 3 times

To sync the Roku remote without a pairing button, press and hold the rewind button and plug in the power cable of your Roku streaming device. Now press the rewind button three times rapidly. After this is done, the remote should sync with your Roku device. You should check to ensure that all other buttons are working correctly by trying each one individually.

If you’re still having trouble pairing your remote, try unplugging and replugging your Roku device and its power cable. If that doesn’t work, you can also open up the battery compartment of your remote to check if any connectors have come loose; if they have, push them back in and see if that solves the issue. If it doesn’t, contact customer support from the manufacturer for further help.

Press the Fast Forward button 2 times

Start by locating the Fast Forward (FF) button on your remote to sync the remote without a pairing button. Press and hold down the FF button and count to three. Then press the FF button twice in quick succession.

You should see a white light around the FF button, which indicates that your remote is trying to connect with your Roku player. When successful, you will see four solid lights in confirmation that your device is linked with the Roku player and ready for use.

If you’ve tried to sync your remote unsuccessfully, resetting the Roku player can help. To do this, first, unplug your Roku device from both power and HDMI cables. Wait for at least 10 seconds before reconnecting everything – then follow the same steps above to try syncing again.


Sometimes, your Roku device and remote can get disconnected, making the remote unresponsive. If your Roku remote doesn’t have the pairing button, you may wonder how to resolve this issue.

In this article, we’ll provide some troubleshooting steps that you can try to sync your Roku remote without the pairing button:

  • Check the batteries in your remote.
  • Make sure your Roku device is turned on.
  • Check your remote for any obstructions.
  • Reset your Roku device.
  • Perform a factory reset on your Roku device.

Check the batteries

To sync your Roku remote without a pairing button, it is crucial to ensure that the remote’s batteries are working correctly and have enough charge to power your device. To check the batteries, remove them from the remote and check their voltage using a multimeter. If they measure less than 1.5 volts, you need to replace them. Additionally, if you see any signs of swelling or bulging on the battery pack, do not insert it into your device and immediately contact your local recycling center for proper disposal.

Once you have checked and replaced the batteries, if necessary, re-insert them into your remote and attempt to pair again, following the instructions provided by Roku’s troubleshooting guide.

Try connecting the Roku to a different power source

If you are using your Roku device with a surge protector or power strip, try clicking the Roku directly to an outlet to ensure the device is getting enough power. If you are still having trouble syncing your Roku remote without a pairing button, it is possible the device needs a software update.

You can check for an update directly from your Roku by opening the settings menu on your device and selecting ‘System’ followed by ‘About.’

On the About page, you should see a checkmark next to ‘Software Version’; select this and follow the prompts to download any available updates. Once complete, fearlessly sync up your remote as usual.

If neither of these tips helped, there might be an issue with your device that can only be fixed with troubleshooting tools provided by Roku Support or through direct communication with their team. If this is necessary, you can contact their customer support team from their website or via telephone for further assistance.

Check the Roku settings.

You may need to delve into your device settings to sync the remote if you have a Roku Streaming Stick, Ultra, or Express model without a pairing button. First, check to ensure that the Remote Auto-Pairing (formerly called Point Anywhere) feature is enabled on your device. To do this, open the Settings menu and go to the Remote section. Ensure that the Remote Auto-Pairing feature is switched on. If it is already activated and you are still having difficulty syncing your remote, try these steps:

  • Unplug your Roku device from the power outlet for 10 seconds
  • Plug it back in
  • Wait 10 seconds while the system restarts
  • Check again whether your remote has been automatically synced.

If you’re still having trouble with automatic syncing, attempting manual syncing may be an option. This requires connecting directly to Roku’s advanced setup through a web browser – not all models support this feature – and manually entering a four-digit code that can be found in settings on the device’s screen. For more detailed instructions about manual syncing for specific devices, it’s best to refer to the user guide or manufacturer’s website for further guidance.


In conclusion, you can sync your Roku remote without a pairing button if you try a few available solutions. You can use your mobile device to reset the remote, optimize Wi-Fi connection settings, and hardwire an Ethernet connection. You can also unplug the power cable and insert new batteries to reset the remote.

Each step should indicate whether or not your remote was successfully synced with your streaming device. If none of these solutions work for you, contact Roku support for additional help.