Our viewing experience has been on an upward trajectory for decades. Not too many people long for, or even remember the bulky console TV sets and rooftop antennas of the past. Oh no, TVs are slick and smart nowadays, and the viewing options are many.
If you own a Roku player or any other Roku device, such as Roku Streaming Stick or Roku TV, you are familiar with all the wonderful options that are available to you. And since every Roku product comes with an original Roku remote, you’re aware of how simple and straightforward it is to use it.
But, maybe you’ve misplaced it, or you’d like to have another remote. Or perhaps you bought a used Roku that didn’t come with the remote, then you probably find yourself in a conundrum.
What to Do?
Well, scratch your head in wonder first. That’s done. Now what? You’ll go online and overwhelm yourself with the vast selection of third-party remotes that can be used with Roku. There are so many of them. Some look very similar to a Roku remote and others not so much.
After doing some research and deciding on a compatible fake remote, it’s time to figure out how to use it. It’s important to notice a major difference between the original Roku remote and the knock-offs: the fake ones don’t have a pairing button.
The Pairing Button
On the original Roku remote, the pairing button is located in the battery compartment. Paring the original remote with a Roku device is simple. You just need to:
- Insert batteries
- Turn on your Roku device
- Make sure the remote is adjacent to the device. Your Roku player or Roku TV will automatically detect the remote and pair it
Non-Original Roku IR Remote
However, if you happen to own a fake Roku remote, the pairing button is not an option for you. Most likely, the remote you do have is a simple IR remote. It means they use infrared signals and not radio frequency (RF).
The important thing to remember is that to use them, they require an unobstructed line of sight in order to work with Roku. So, most likely you’ll sometimes find yourself looking for the right angle to point the remote. Or you’ll have to make sure there is no object in the way of the signal.
To start using the fake Roku remote, all you have to do is:
- Insert 2 AA or AAA batteries (same as most remotes)
- Point the remote directly at the Roku device
- Start pressing buttons
Programming a Learning Remote for Use with Roku
If you own or have bought a universal remote that has a learning function, you can make the remote learn every button/function available on the Roku remote. Of course, you’ll have to have the original Roku remote or borrow one from somebody. Here’s how to learn the buttons one at a time
- Lay down both remotes on a flat surface, with the top facing each other
- Put your universal remote into learning mode. Note: You’ll have to consult the owner’s manual for that. It’s simple but might be slightly different for different brands of universal remotes.
- Press the Power button on the universal remote
- Press the Power button on the original Roku remote
- Your universal remote will respond, usually with blinking light, if the power button is successfully learned.
- Repeat for all other buttons
This should program your universal remote for use with your Roku device.
Don’t forget that you also have the Roku App available. You can turn it into a Roku remote in no time whatsoever.
- Download and Install the Roku app from Google Play or App Store
- Launch the app
- Select “Remote” at the bottom of the navigation bar
Voila, your phone is now a remote. This isn’t a permanent solution, of course, but it’s good to have it on hand.
Is It Worth It?
We lose remotes and replace them all the time. It doesn’t have to be a big issue. The opinions toward fake Roku remotes differ, and so do the experiences. One thing is for sure, if you do opt for one, pairing it with your Roku device is not complicated and quite quick.
Let us know what you think in the comments section below.