Picture this: you’re settled in for a cozy night of binge-watching your favorite shows on your Roku device, but suddenly, the remote stops responding and the green light on the front starts flashing incessantly.
Frustration sets in as you frantically try to get it to work again. Sound familiar?
If you’re experiencing this issue with your Roku remote, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
We’ll explore some of the potential causes of the flashing green light on your Roku remote and what you can do to fix it. So, let’s dive in and get your Roku remote back to its normal functioning state.
|What to do||Brief information|
|Replace the batteries in the remote||Occasionally, simply replacing them with new ones might fix the problem. Remove the current batteries from your remote, wait 10 seconds, and afterward replace them, ensuring sure they are correctly oriented|
|Turn off the Roku device’s power.||take your remote’s batteries out. Then, switch off your Roku device. Depending upon the version, you may need to disconnect your Roku device from the power source or take it out of the back of your TV. While your Roku device is powerless, replace the remote batteries so that the positive side goes towards the positive and the negative side goes to the negative. The remote should already be blinking green at this point. Connect or plug your Roku device into the backside of your TV to restart it.|
|Factory Reset Roku Streaming Device Hardware||locate the reset button on the back or bottom of your Roku device. It will either be a raised button or a pinhole button. Once you’ve located it, press and hold it for around 10 seconds. When the reset is finished, the indicator light or status LED will start blinking rapidly. Restart your Roku and see if that solves your problem.|
|use the Roku app.||Install the Roku app on your smartphone or tablet, and search for “Roku” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading, you’ll be prompted to look for nearby Roku devices. Your Roku TV will be instantly added to the list. Select it to proceed with the connection. After connecting your Roku TV to the Roku app, you may use your smartphone as a remote!|
|Hard factory reset your Roku streaming device||On your remote, press the Home button. Choose Settings. and pick System. then click Advanced system configuration. Select Factory Reset. (Roku TV users should choose Factory to reset everything.)Follow the directions on the screen.|
|Pair remote from settings||To link your TV’s remote, navigate to SettingsSelect Remote Pairing, Remotes & devices, Click on Pair new device and finally Choose Remote.|
Replace the batteries from the remote
The first and most obvious step to fix a Roku remote with a flashing green light is to replace the batteries. Sometimes, when the battery level is low, the remote may start malfunctioning and cause the green light to flash. So, try replacing the old batteries with fresh ones, and make sure they are inserted correctly. This can often solve the problem and get your remote back up and running smoothly.
To replace the batteries, locate the battery compartment on the back of the remote, press the latch or button to open it, and remove the old batteries. Then, insert new batteries with the correct polarity and make sure they fit snugly. Close the battery compartment and try using the remote again. If the green light is still flashing, move on to the next step.
Turn off the Roku device’s power
If replacing the batteries doesn’t work, the next step to try is turning off the power to the Roku device. Sometimes, the Roku device may encounter an error that causes the remote to malfunction and flash the green light. By turning off the power and then turning it back on again, you can reset the device and clear any error that may be causing the issue.
To turn off the power to your Roku device, locate the power cord at the back of the device or unplug it from the power outlet. Wait for at least 10 seconds and then plug the power cord back in or turn the power outlet back on. This should power up the Roku device and reset it. Wait for the device to fully boot up, and then try using the remote again. If the green light is still flashing, move on to the next step.
Factory Reset Roku Streaming Device Hardware
If replacing the batteries and turning off the power to the Roku device didn’t solve the issue, you may need to perform a factory reset on the device. A factory reset erases all the settings and data on the device and restores it to its original state, which can often fix any software issues that may be causing the remote to malfunction.
To perform a factory reset on your Roku device, follow these steps:
- Locate the reset button on your Roku device. It is usually located on the back or bottom of the device.
- Press and hold the reset button using a paperclip or a similar tool for at least 10 seconds.
- Release the reset button when the LED light on the front of the device starts flashing.
- Wait for the device to restart and go through the initial setup process.
- Once the device is set up, try using the remote again to see if the issue is resolved.
If the green light is still flashing after the factory reset, it may be a hardware issue with the remote itself, and you may need to contact Roku support for further assistance.
As a temporary remote control, use the Roku app
If you’re still experiencing issues with your Roku remote and need a temporary solution, you can use the Roku mobile app as a remote control. The Roku app is available for both iOS and Android devices and can be downloaded from the respective app stores.
To use the Roku app as a remote control, follow these steps:
- Make sure your Roku device and mobile device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Download and open the Roku app on your mobile device.
- Tap on the remote icon at the bottom of the screen.
- The app should automatically detect your Roku device and display a remote control interface on your mobile device.
- Use the virtual buttons on the app to control your Roku device, including navigating menus and selecting content.
Although using the Roku app as a temporary remote control is not ideal, it can be a useful solution until you can resolve the issue with your physical remote.
Hard factory reset your Roku streaming device
If you have exhausted all other options and are still experiencing issues with your Roku remote, a hard factory reset may be necessary. This will erase all settings and data on your Roku device and restore it to its original state. Please note that a hard factory reset should only be used as a last resort and may result in permanent data loss.
To perform a hard factory reset on your Roku device, follow these steps:
- Unplug the power cord from your Roku device.
- Press and hold the reset button located on the back or bottom of the device.
- While holding the reset button, plug the power cord back into your Roku device.
- Continue to hold the reset button for at least 20 seconds, or until you see the Roku logo appear on your TV screen.
- Release the reset button and wait for the device to fully restart.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to set up your Roku device again, including signing in with your Roku account.
After the hard factory reset is complete, your Roku device should be back to its original state and any issues with the remote should be resolved. If you are still experiencing issues with your remote, it may be a hardware issue and you may need to contact Roku support for further assistance.
Pair remote from settings
If you have tried all the above steps and are still having issues with your Roku remote, you can try to repair the remote with your Roku device. Here’s how to do it:
- From your Roku home screen, go to “Settings.”
- Select “Remote & devices.”
- Select “Remote.”
- Select “Pair a new remote” or “Pair new device” depending on your Roku model.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to pair the remote. This may involve pressing a button on the remote or putting it in pairing mode.
- Once the pairing process is complete, your remote should be able to control your Roku device again.
If your remote still does not work after pairing, you may need to replace the remote or contact Roku support for further assistance.
Get a new Roku remote
If you have tried all the previous steps and your Roku remote is still not working, you may need to consider getting a new remote. Roku offers replacement remotes for purchase on their website, or you can also find them at many electronics retailers.
If you prefer to purchase a new remote from a retailer, be sure to check that the remote is compatible with your Roku device model before making a purchase. Many electronics retailers carry Roku remotes, including major retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target.
Frequently asked questions
Does Roku cost a monthly fee?
There are no monthly fees associated with watching free channels or using a Roku device. Only subscription channels like Netflix, cable-replacement services like Sling TV, or movie and TV program rentals from services like Apple TV need payment.
How many free channels do you get with Roku?
The Live TV Channel Guide is your one-stop shop for all of the best live TV on your Roku device. In addition to the 300+ free channels that come with The Roku Channel, this is where you can view any live/linear programming that comes with your premium subscriptions
Do I need Roku If I have a smart TV?
While you don’t need Roku if you have a smart TV, Roku offers more content possibilities, a simpler menu to navigate and manage, a better remote, faster and smoother load times, more regular upgrades, and less junk or “throwaway” applications than a typical smart TV.
Why is my Roku remote blinking and not working?
One of the reasons that the Roku remote is blinking and not working can be a problem is pairing. Sometimes the remote gets stuck while connecting and the green light is continuously blinking. To get rid of this problem you need to remove the batteries from the remote. Check to determine if your Roku control has new batteries. Occasionally, simply replacing them with new ones might fix the problem.
How do I fix an unresponsive Roku remote?
When your Roku remote is not working properly you need to remove the power cable and wait for 5-6 seconds. After that re-plug the power plug. After some time you will see a Roku device will appear on your screen. When the home screen loads, reconnect the remote batteries and push the pair button.
Roku remotes often get stuck in pairing mode and flash green indefinitely. To remedy this, remove the batteries from the remote. Unplug your TV while it is powered on and wait thirty seconds.
Reconnect the television. Replace the remote batteries and press/hold the pair button when the home screen loads.
If it does not work, try the following:
- Replace or replace remote batteries
- Turn off the power to the Roku device.
- Roku device hardware factory reset
- Install the Roku software and use it as a remote control.
- Using the Settings menu, pair your remote.
- Purchase a new Roku remote.
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