Roku TVs are known to be reliable smart TVs mostly for streaming an array of movies from free or paid channels. It supports screencasting features such as AirPlay and is compatible with popular smart assistants, like Alexa, Siri, and Google. When you buy a Roku TV, it always comes with a dedicated remote.
However, there are rare instances where the remote for your Roku TV is lost or broken. In this guide, we’ll go over how to control your Roku TV without a remote and do simple tasks such as how to connect your Roku TV to Wi-Fi without using a remote.
Read on to know more.
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Turning On Your Roku TV Without A Remote
Before going straight on finding the Power button of your Roku TV, it helps if you first read its user manual. There, you can see a diagram of every button that’s built-in on your Roku TV. If you lost the original manual, you can search for it on Google by typing in the keywords “Roku tv user manual [model number]”; you should be able to find a copy of it for free.
If the manual didn’t help you on finding the Power button on your Roku TV, here are some solutions that you can try. Remember to go through them individually to see which one helped you the most. These should help if your Roku TV won’t turn on.
Solution #1: Manually Find the Power Button of Your Roku TV
If the remote for your Roku TV was lost or broken, you’ll need to do its main functions manually, such as turning it on. The Power button of your Roku TV will depend on its model and model year. Here are the most common locations for the Power button of your Roku TV.
Note: When finding the Power button, you can use a flashlight to spot it faster, especially if your TV is mounted on a wall.
#1: Back of the TV, Right Side
One possible location for the Power button on your Roku TV is on its right-hand side. It’s a small button that’s surrounded by four directional buttons. The Power button should be in the middle with a Power icon.
#2: Back of the TV, Left Side
If it’s not on the right-hand side of your Roku TV, you can try looking at its left-hand side. It can sometimes be surrounded by other ports, such as HDMI, USB, and other video ports.
#3: Front Left, Underside
Another location that you can try to search for is the leftmost underside of your Roku TV. The Power button should be near the signal receiver where your remote interacts with the TV.
#4: Middle, Underside
The most common spot for the Power button of your Roku TV is on the middle underside. Depending on the model, it will be positioned near the front or further at the back. Just feel it with your hand or spot it with a flashlight and you should be able to see it.
Solution #2: Use your Smartphone as a Remote via the Roku App
If you still cannot find the Power button on your Roku remote, you can try to use your smartphone as a temporary remote. To do this, you’ll need a smartphone that runs either Android or iOS.
Note: To use the Roku app effectively, both your smartphone and Roku TV must be connected to the same wireless network.
To use your smartphone as a temporary remote for your Roku TV, follow these steps:
- On your phone, download and install the Roku app. It’s available on both the Google Play Store and the App Store.
- Launch the Roku app and follow the on-screen tutorial.
- Next, go to Devices. The Roku app will now search for nearby Roku devices.
- Select your Roku TV and tap the Remote icon.
- Once both devices are connected, you can now control your Roku TV using your phone.
- To turn on your Roku TV, tap the red Power button on the top-right side of the screen.
To set up a wireless connection on your Roku TV, proceed to these steps:
- Using the virtual remote, go to Settings > Network.
- Choose Set up connection. Your Roku TV will now search for nearby wireless connections.
- Select your Wi-Fi network and enter its password. Your Roku TV will now be connected to Wi-Fi.
- If prompted, reconnect your phone to the Wi-Fi connection same as your Roku TV.
If your phone is unable to scan your Roku TV, you can try power cycling your smart TV and see if it shows up on the list of devices later on. To power cycle your Roku TV, follow these steps:
- Exit the Roku app on your phone.
- Unplug your Roku TV from its power source and wait for ten seconds.
- Plug the power cord of your Roku TV back into the socket and open the Roku app.
- Let your phone scan for your Roku TV for thirty seconds or more.
- Select your Roku TV from the list of devices.
Solution #3: Use a Universal Remote
Another solution that you can try is by using a universal remote. It’s programmed to work with various brands of smart TVs via its dedicated program code. You’ll need to find the code for your smart TV brand and use it to pair the remote to the TV.
If it’s paired, you can use it like how you would use your normal Roku remote. It’s a great alternative for doing basic commands such as turning your Roku TV on and off, adjusting the volume, switching from one channel to another, and much more.
A Universal remote will also help if you need to turn on an onn TV without a remote.
Solution #4: Fix the remote or TV if it is not working.
We have a few articles which can help if the remote or Smart TV is malfunctioning
Roku TV is a reliable device for streaming various movies from both free and paid channels. However, you’ll need to have an operational Roku remote to use your Roku TV with ease. Hence, this article can hopefully guide you when you’re trying to turn on your Roku TV without a remote.
Although these fixes will work on your Roku TV, we’ll still recommend that you buy a new Roku remote as a replacement, since it doesn’t cost too much and will be worth it for long-term use.