How to Fix the Roku Remote Not Working with New Batteries

Check Battery Terminals Have you set the battery to the correct terminal on the remote? Check the remote terminals; there may be rust or carbon deposits. Check whether one of the two batteries is terrible or of low power. If you are using a Roku TV stick, then check by connecting the Roku stick to the TV’s second HDMI input option.

Many Roku users are facing issues with their remote not working despite new batteries. If you’re looking for a solution to this problem, you’ve come to the right place.

There can be many reasons why the remote is not working even after inserting a new battery on the Roku remote, which we will see below systematically, so stay tuned till the end.

In this article, we’ve compiled experiences from Roku users who have encountered this issue, which will help you find a solution to your remote problem.

Why is My Roku Remote Not Working with New Batteries? [ Possible causes and solutions ]

1.) Terminal Mix-Up: The Culprit Behind Roku Remote Malfunctions

You may have mistakenly set the battery terminals incorrectly in the Roku remote, which is why the Roku remote is not working.

Check the battery terminals and the Roku remote terminals. According to the picture below, setting the batteries in the Roku remote is mandatory like this.

The Right Way to Install the Batteries in a Roku Remote

If your Roku remote is an IR remote, you must go through camera testing to verify that the remote is working correctly.

Camera testing means that you have to place the IR emitter of your remote in front of the smartphone, start the camera on the smartphone, and press the power, volume up & down, and mute buttons on the remote.

If the infrared LED blink appears on your smartphone screen after you press the buttons on the remote, it means the remote is working correctly.

If you have found that the remote’s infrared LED is blinking, even then the Roku TV is not responding, there may be some reasons behind it, which are mentioned below.

But if you found in this test that the infrared LED is not blinking, it means either the remote is not getting power, or there is some fault in the remote circuit.

2.) Tackling Terminal Troubles: Corrosion and Carbon Deposits in Roku Remote

If your remote is not working correctly, even with new batteries, it could be due to corrosion or carbon deposits in the remote terminals.

If the remote terminals are corroded or have carbon deposits, it may interfere with power transmission to the remote circuit even when the batteries are new.

So once you check all the terminals of your Roku remote, all the terminals in the battery compartment should be clean; if you find in your test that it is not so, then you have to clean it.

Suppose you find that the terminals in the remote’s battery compartment are heavily corroded due to battery leakage or, in general. In that case, you must disassemble the remote to clean it.

In this article, How to Fix Roku Remote Buttons, we discussed how to open the Roku remote properly; you can follow that article to open the remote.

Remember, if your Roku remote comes under any warranty period, you can void the warranty by opening the remote.

If you want to clean the terminals located in the battery compartment of your Roku remote, then you can follow the steps given below:-

  • After opening your Roku remote as described, carefully separate the circuit compartment of the remote and separate the battery compartment.
  • If the terminals in the remote’s battery compartment are heavily corroded due to battery leakage, carefully remove as much rust as possible from the terminals using an unused toothbrush.
  • Now clean the remaining rust carefully with the help of white vinegar and cotton swabs; while cleaning, keep in mind that vinegar should not go into the circuit board of the remote. Because remote batteries are made of alkaline electrolytes, using vinegar while cleaning the terminals will easily remove all the rust.
  • After cleaning the terminals with vinegar, dry the terminal compartment thoroughly and assemble the remote.

3.) Power Imbalance: Dealing with a Dead Battery in Roku Remote

Roku remote requires two batteries, so if one of the two batteries in your remote has low power or is dead, then your Roku remote will not work.

To troubleshoot the issue, checking both of your batteries is recommended.

You can use another remote to test if the problem lies with the Roku remote or the batteries. Try placing the batteries from your Roku remote into another device’s remote in your house to see if they work correctly.

Roku remote controls prefer two types of batteries: some Roku remotes run on AAA-type batteries, and some run on AA-type batteries.

So, according to the Roku remote, you have to select the remote’s batteries; the information about which batteries will work in your Roku remote is given on the back side of the remote. You will also find this information in the Roku device manual.

4.) HDMI Interference: Unraveling Roku Remote Glitches

Sometimes, the issue may be caused by HDMI connection problems. Interference from nearby HDMI cables or excessive pressure on the HDMI port by the Roku stick can lead to a loss of connection, affecting certain Roku remote models.

If this is the reason for your case, you should use an HDMI cable extender to connect your Roku Streaming Stick to the TV to avoid interference or connect your Roku streaming device to another HDMI input option.

5.) Roku Remote Woes: Troubleshooting Wi-Fi Interference Problems

Roku has two remote types: IR and RF. RF remotes need a Wi-Fi-created local network to communicate with the TV, not the Internet.

If you’re using an RF remote, you must troubleshoot the connection between the Roku device and the router settings.

To identify the remote you have, simply locate the pairing button. This button is typically found inside the battery compartment on the backside of the remote. If your remote has a pairing button, it falls into the RF remote category.

6.) Connectivity Interference: Roku Device and Remote Challenges

For IR Roku remotes, maintain a clear line of sight between the remote and the device to ensure a strong connection.

Make sure that the Roku device is easily visible from your sitting position. Remove any objects that may obstruct the view between the Roku device and the remote for improved connectivity.

7.) Reboot and Reset: Revitalizing Roku Device and Remote Performance

Reboot your Roku device and reset the Roku remote. This process will enable your Roku remote to work again.

Follow the steps below to reboot your Roku device and reset the remote:-

1.) Unplug your Roku device’s power plug from the power wall socket for 10 seconds, then remove the batteries from the remote.

2.) Next, Now start the device by inserting the power plug of the Roku device into the power wall socket and wait till the Roku home screen appears

3.) Insert the batteries in your Roku remote once the Roku home screen appears on the TV.

4.) Wait for 50 seconds before using your Roku remote again.

8.) Last Resort: Upgrading to a New Roku Remote

As we know, there are two types of Roku remotes, IR and RF, and you can replace both types of remotes with a new one.

Although re-working the original remote can be a good choice

But if you have tried all the solutions mentioned above, your Roku remote is still not working, and then there may be a significant circuit problem in your Roku remote; in such a situation, you should consider replacing your Roku remote with a new remote.

Why is my Roku Remote blinking and not working

This means that your Roku remote is not paired with the Roku device; maybe the power of the batteries is low; try replacing the batteries in the remote. If you’re experiencing connection issues, you can improve the signal by moving closer to the Roku device. Additionally, you can reset the connection by pressing the reset button on the back of the remote.

Why is my Roku remote blinking green

“If you notice a blinking green light on the remote, it typically means that the battery power is low. To resolve this issue, try replacing the batteries with fresh ones, which can help determine the problem.

Roku remote green light stays on

This means that your Roku remote is not paired with the Roku device; the batteries in the remote may be weak; replace the batteries in the remote and pair the Roku remote with the device again.

Why is my Roku Remote blinking yellow?

This means that the Roku remote is not correctly paired with the device. Pair the remote with the device once again.


We have seen all the possible reasons and solutions for the Roku Remote Not Working with New Batteries in this article; we hope that your problem has

Bhavic Gedekar
Bhavic Gedekar

My name is Bhavic Gadekar. I am a technology enthusiast because I am fascinated by how innovative gadgets and devices are changing our world. I've loved tinkering with electronics and learning how things work. As I grew older, my passion for technology only increased. I enjoy learning new technology-related things and teaching others, so I figured, why not share the solutions through my writing? Besides writing, you'll often find me experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

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