Have you ever tried to use your Roku Remote but it just simply didn’t work? It turns out that the green light that’s blinking on the back of your remote just means the remote is unable to pair to your Roku TV. In one of our other articles, we have tried fixing a Roku TV that had no video but sound still worked.
In this case, fixing our problem is even easier and much less costly. Most times, problems like these are easily fixed by doing basic troubleshooting so let’s do it!
Fix 1: Replace Your Remote’s Batteries
This may be the first thing you have overlooked when trying to use your remote. Usually, if the batteries are completely gone, you shouldn’t even have a green blinking light. Your batteries might be just so close to dying that the little light still works but the remote doesn’t have enough power to pair to your TV.
Try getting new batteries and popping them into your remote. Hold the button on the back of your remote until the green light starts blinking again. Make sure your TV is ON while doing this. If lack of power was the issue, you should notice that your TV successfully managed to pair the remote.
Fix 2: Unplug Your Roku TV From Its Power Source
This fix usually worked for many people so it’s worth a try as it’s the next easiest thing to do besides changing the remote batteries.
You first need to make sure that your Roku TV is ON. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to turn on your TV without a remote. Usually there is an ON/OFF button on the bottom or the side of your TV. Find that button and turn on your TV.
While your Roku TV is on, take the batteries out of your remote. Next, unplug your TV from its power source, which usually means the power outlet. Wait for around 30 seconds and plug your TV back in and turn it on.
After your TV has booted up, put the batteries back inside the remote and hold the button on the back for around 10 seconds or until the green light starts blinking again.
A notification should then pop up on your TV screen saying that the remote is pairing to your Roku TV.
This fix is also available as a video, made by WorldofTech on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp8ZzU0jPCM
Fix 3: Pairing Your Remote Through the TV Settings
Doing this step requires you to use Roku’s smartphone app that allows you to use your phone as a temporary remote for your Roku TV. You can download it from the Play Store if you have an Android device or from the App Store if you have an Apple device.
After downloading the app, make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV. Open the app and follow the on-screen instructions to pair your phone to your Roku TV and you should be set.
Roku’s app is actually very useful and brings out many improvements to the basic, physical remote. Searching for stuff on your TV is made easier by simply typing everything on your phone. Let’s be honest, typing words one letter at a time on your remote is time consuming and rather annoying.
Using your remote app, navigate to Settings – Remotes & Devices – Pair New Device – Remote.
While your Roku TV searches for your remote, pop the batteries into your remote and hold the pairing button on the back for around 10 seconds until the green light stops blinking and your remote is paired to your device.
Fix 3: Factory Reset Your Roku TV
One of the last things you can do is to completely factory reset your Roku device. Keep in mind that doing so will reset everything to its default setting and you will be logged out of your accounts.
Doing a factory reset is very easy on a Roku TV. First, check the back or bottom of your TV and look for a RESET button. While some TVs will just have a button for resetting, some might have a pinhole button where you will need to use a needle or a straightened paper clip as specified by Roku.
While your Roku TV is on, press and hold the reset button for about 10 seconds. The indicator light on the bottom of your TV will start blinking and the factory reset will be completed.
After the resetting process is done, try pairing your remote again.
In the worst-case scenario, these fixes might not work and the problem might just be the remote itself. If you still have warranty, try contacting Roku. You should be able send them your remote and they will repair or replace it for free.
If you can’t do that either, you will just have to buy a new remote from the Roku website or from Amazon. Be careful while searching for a new remote though, as you need to make sure the remote is compatible with your device. Check the reviews and the description and make sure everything matches accordingly.
Let’s hope that this is not the case and that these simple fixes are enough to stop the blinking green light from happening.