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How to turn on Roku TV without a remote

If you need to turn on your Roku TV, you can do so using the power button located in the center on the underside of your Roku TV (right below the logo). However, since Roku TV is not only the brand of the TV manufacturer but also the operating system, the location of the power button on third-party TVs may differ.

How to turn on Roku TV using ob-body buttons

It wasn’t too long ago that Roku started releasing their own TVs. They, of course, have their Roku TV operating system installed on them. The easiest and quickest way to turn them on if you don’t have a remote is to use the power button on their case. It is usually centered at the bottom, where the Roku logo is located.

Note that since these are the first Roku TVs, the design may change in the future, and the power button may move to a different location. If this happens, we will update this section of the article.

How to turn on Roku TV using a mobile app

If you don’t feel like getting up every time to change the channel or change the sound using the physical buttons on the case, you can use Roku’s mobile app. This app is available on both iOS (AppStore link) and Android (Google Store link). It turns your Smartphone into a full-fledged Roku TV remote.

However, please note that it will only work if your Roku TV is connected to your smartphone’s Wi-Fi network, as the app controls the TV via Wi-Fi. You can connect the TV to Wi-Fi using the physical buttons. If everything is ready, you need to:

  • Ensure your mobile device and your Roku TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This is crucial for the app to detect and communicate with your Roku TV.
  • Open the Roku app on your mobile device.
  • Launching the app for the first time will automatically search for any Roku devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Once the search is completed, a list of available Roku devices will appear. Tap on your Roku TV’s name from the list to select it.
    • If prompted, you might need to enter a code that appears on your TV screen into the app to pair them. This ensures a secure connection between your phone and TV.
  • Once paired, you’ll see a remote control icon at the bottom center of your phone screen. Tap on it.
  • The interface of the remote control will open. Press the red power button in the upper right corner to turn your Roku TV on or off.

Now, you can use the app just like a physical remote to navigate the Roku interface, open apps, control volume, and more. The Roku app also offers voice control capabilities. Look for a microphone icon and use it to voice-command your Roku TV.

In case you face any issues connecting, double-check that both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. Occasionally, restarting both the Roku TV and the mobile app can help resolve connection hiccups.

How to turn on TV with Roku TV OS using buttons on the TV body

The easiest and most obvious way to turn on any TV with Roku TV without a remote is to use the power button on the cabinet. However, since Roku TV is also an operating system and not just a TV brand, it is installed on different TVs from different manufacturers. This creates the problem that the power button may be in different places on different TVs.

Here’s a handy list of the various Roku TV manufacturers and the power button locations of each:

ManufacturerPower Button Location
TCLBottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
HisenseBottom/back panel of the TV
SanyoBack panel of the TV
JVCSide/Back panel of the TV
PhilipsBack panel of the TV
WestinghouseBottom-left of the TV
ElementBottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
onnBottom-right of the TV
RCABottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
HitachiBottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
MagnavoxBack panel of the TV
InFocusBack panel of the TV

That’s where you should look for the power button on your Roku TV:

I have also seen information on other websites that some Roku TVs do not have a power button. That’s not exactly true. Even if there are no power buttons on the case, any TV should be able to be turned on without a remote control. This button should be present on the body of your TV. It just might be hidden. If you can’t find it, refer to the instruction manual that came with your TV.

Are there any other ways to turn on the Roku TV without a remote?

Beyond using the physical buttons on the TV body and the Roku mobile app, there are a few other methods and strategies you might consider if you need to turn on your Roku TV without its standard remote:

Universal Remotes

A universal remote is designed to control a variety of electronic devices, not just a single brand or device type. Many universal remotes on the market can be programmed to work with Roku TVs.

  • How to Use: Follow the instructions provided with the universal remote to program it for use with Roku TV. This often involves entering a specific code for your TV brand.

Once set up, a universal remote can replace multiple remotes for various devices in your entertainment system.

HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control)

Modern TVs, including many Roku models, support HDMI-CEC, a feature that allows devices connected via HDMI to control one another.

  • How to Use: Ensure your Roku TV and the external device (like a gaming console or Blu-ray player) both support HDMI-CEC and enable the feature on both devices. Turning on the external device can also power on the TV.

This is especially handy if you frequently switch between streaming services on Roku and gaming or watching Blu-rays. The devices can also switch the TV to the correct input automatically.

Infrared (IR) Blaster on Phones

Some smartphones come with a built-in IR blaster, allowing them to mimic traditional remote controls’ functionality.

  • How to Use:
    • Check if your phone has an IR blaster.
    • Download an app that can utilize the IR blaster to control TVs (e.g., Peel or AnyMote).
    • Follow the app’s instructions to set it up for your Roku TV.

If your phone has an IR blaster, this can be a handy backup remote without needing to be on the same Wi-Fi network.



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