How to Connect Roku to Wi-Fi Without Remote: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Roku is a versatile streaming device that can transform any screen with an HDMI port into a streaming machine, allowing you to enjoy your favorite shows on platforms like Netflix and Hulu. However, what happens when you lose or break your remote? Don’t worry, because in this article, we will guide you through the process of connecting your Roku to Wi-Fi even without a remote.

Step 1: Check Wi-Fi Connection

If you have previously set up your Roku device and it is still connected to your home Wi-Fi network, you’re in luck. The good news is that you can still control your Roku even without the physical remote. Simply download the Roku app on your Android or iOS device from the provided link in the description below.

Step 2: Pairing with the Roku App

  1. Make sure your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Roku device.
  2. Launch the Roku app on your smartphone and follow the on-screen instructions to pair it with your Roku device.
  3. After successful pairing, you will have access to a virtual remote via the app, which provides the same controls as a physical remote.

Step 3: Setting up a New Wi-Fi Network

If you need to connect your Roku device to a new Wi-Fi network and do not have access to the old one, here are two options:

Option 1: Using an Ethernet Cable

  1. If your Roku device has an ethernet port, connect one end of an ethernet cable to your new Wi-Fi router and the other end to your Roku device.
  2. Ensure that your Android or iOS device is also connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Launch the Roku app on your smartphone and use the virtual remote to access the Roku’s Wi-Fi settings.
  4. Follow the prompts to set up your Roku’s Wi-Fi connection.

Option 2: Replicating Old Wi-Fi Network

  1. Configure your new Wi-Fi network with the exact same name and password as your old network.
  2. This step can also be performed using a device with a mobile hotspot and editable settings, such as an iPhone or Android device.
  3. Note that if you choose this option, you will need to have the remote app open on a separate phone to control your Roku during the setup process.

Step 4: Unable to Connect to Wi-Fi?

If, despite trying the previous steps, you cannot get your Roku device to connect to the internet, don’t worry. There are still options available:

  1. Purchase a replacement remote: Roku sells replacement remotes for their devices online. You can find the official Roku remote replacements in the description below.
  2. Universal streaming remote replacements: Many stores, including Walmart and Target, carry universal streaming remote replacements that are compatible with Roku devices. These can be used straight out of the box. To pair an official Roku remote, simply click on the pair button found in the remote’s battery compartment.


In conclusion, losing or breaking your Roku remote does not mean you’re out of luck. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily connect your Roku to Wi-Fi without a remote. Whether it’s using the Roku app or setting up a new Wi-Fi network, you now have the knowledge to keep enjoying your favorite shows on your Roku device.

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