How to Fix TCL Smart TV Remote

Introduction

Remote pointed at TV.

The TCL Roku TV is a smart TV with a simple, intuitive interface and built-in ability to watch live TV with an antenna, access connected devices like a cable set-top box or game console, and stream content over the internet through different streaming channels (more popularly referred to as apps) that can be added via the Roku Channel Store.

If you're having issues controlling the TV with the remote, this guide will provide some solutions that may help.

1 Determine Remote Type

To determine whether you have the Standard or Enhanced Roku Remote:

Remove the battery cover and check for a pairing button:
Remote pairing button under battery cover.

    • Enhanced “point-anywhere” remotes have a pairing button,
    • Standard IR (infrared) remotes do not have a pairing button.

? Which remote do you have?

  1. Standard IR Remote
  2. Enhanced Remote

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Remote pointed at TV.

The TCL Roku TV is a smart TV with a simple, intuitive interface and built-in ability to watch live TV with an antenna, access connected devices like a cable set-top box or game console, and stream content over the internet through different streaming channels (more popularly referred to as apps) that can be added via the Roku Channel Store.

If you're having issues controlling the TV with the remote, this guide will provide some solutions that may help.

To determine whether you have the Standard or Enhanced Roku Remote:

Remove the battery cover and check for a pairing button:
Remote pairing button under battery cover.

    • Enhanced “point-anywhere” remotes have a pairing button,
    • Standard IR (infrared) remotes do not have a pairing button.
  1. Make sure that there are no obstructions between your remote and the TV.
    Roku remote pointed at TV screen.

  2. Point the remote directly at the TV or at an optimal distance.

If your remote is unresponsive or responding intermittently:

  1. Open the battery cover and remove the batteries.
  2. Insert the batteries observing the proper orientation as indicated in the battery compartment.
    Battery being inserted into Roku remote.
  3. If there is no improvement after reseating the batteries, try replacing them.

You can use any device with a digital camera and a live display, such as a handheld camera, computer webcam, smartphone or tablet camera, to test the infrared emitter in your remote.

  1. Point your remote towards the camera lens. If you use a smartphone, you can use the selfie (front facing) camera.
    Remote pointed at smartphone camera.
  2. Press any button on the remote and look at the live display of the camera.
  3. You should see a flashing purple light as you press and hold the button.
    Remote IR LED flashing in camera view.

If your remote is unresponsive or responding intermittently:

  1. Open the battery cover and remove the batteries.
  2. Insert the batteries observing the proper orientation as indicated in the battery compartment.
    Battery being inserted into Roku remote.
  3. If there is no improvement after reseating the batteries, try replacing them.
  1. Press the Home button on your Roku TV remote.
  2. Scroll up or down and select Settings.
    Roku TV menu with Settings option highlighted.
  3. Press the right arrow button and select System.
    Roku TV menu with System option highlighted.
  4. Press the right arrow button and select Power.
  5. Press the right arrow button and select System Restart.
    Roku TV menu with Restart option highlighted.
  6. Press the right arrow button and select Restart.
  7. Press the OK button to confirm.
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  1. Power off the Roku device (TV or Streaming Player).
  2. Open the remotes battery compartment to locate the pairing button.
  3. Press and hold the pairing button (1) for three seconds or until the pairing light (2) starts flashing.
    Pairing button and light pointed out on Roku remote.
  4. If the light does not flash, try again or replace the batteries.
  5. Power on the Roku device and wait for 30 seconds for the remote to establish a connection with it.
  6. The remote pairing dialog should appear on your TV screen.
    Enhanced Roku Remote pairing screen.
  7. Once the remote is successfully paired with the Roku device, the remotes battery status will show up on the top right corner of the TV screen.
    Remote battery status on TV screen.

To restart your device via power cycle:

  1. If your device has buttons or a remote control, press the power button to turn it off.
    Power symbol.

  2. Unplug it from the power outlet and wait for 10 seconds.
    Power cable unplugged from power outlet.

  3. Plug it back into the power outlet, then turn it back on from the power button if it has on.
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