How to Connect Your Roku TV To WIFI Without a Remote

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This step-by-step guide will show you how to use your Roku device without a remote, and also how to connect to a mobile hotspot.

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How to Connect Your Roku TV To WIFI Without a Remote

Using a Roku device to stream your favorite content to your TV is a solid option. It includes more streaming apps than most other streaming devices. It even has the Apple TV Plus app.

But what if you lose the Wi-Fi signal, but you also lost the remote? Here's how to connect your Roku device to Wi-Fi (or Ethernet) without a remote.

Connect Roku to Wi-Fi without a remote with the Roku app
Even without the physical remote, you can still use your phone to connect your Roku device to your Wi-Fi network.

To do this, download the Roku remote app for Android or iOS.
When the app first launches, it will walk you through its different options, including how to use it as a Roku remote replacement.

The app will then ask you to sign in with your Roku account. However, no login is required. Instead, you can select Continue as a guest and sign in later if you wish.

Next, tap Devices in the bottom right corner of the bar at the bottom. Tap on your Roku device, then select the Connect Now button.

Tap the Remote icon under the discovered Roku device; your name will appear at the top. You can then tap the Home button or OK button to activate the Roku device connected to your TV.

Now that the Roku app and the Roku device are "talking" to each other, use the arrow pad to go to Settings > Network > Set up connection > Wireless on the Roku device. Follow the additional instructions on your TV to set up the Wi-Fi connection.

Try a Chrome extension
If you don't want to use your phone, you can use your computer to control your Roku device. Remoku is a great option to control your Roku using your PC.

You will first need to install the Remoku extension on your Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser. Once the extension is installed, hit the Remoku icon in your extension area (top right in Google Chrome), then select one of the mock buttons.

Use an Ethernet connection
This method will only work on Roku devices that have an Ethernet port. An Ethernet port is only found on the Roku Ultimate models, certain Roku TVs, and the Roku Streambar (using a USB to Ethernet adapter). A streaming device like the Roku Premiere or Streaming Stick+ cannot be connected via Ethernet.

To use this method, first connect your Roku to your router via an Ethernet cable. If connecting the cable to your router makes sense in your home setup, you can continue using it afterwards. You don't have to connect to Wi-Fi too.

However, to set up Wi-Fi, make sure the Roku app on your phone connects to the same network. Next, launch the app and find your connected Roku device.

Using the remote app, go to Settings > Network > Set up connection > Wireless.
Find your Wi-Fi network and select it.
Enter the password you use to connect to the Wi-Fi network, then touch Connect.
This should establish the connection to your Wi-Fi network. You can now unplug the Ethernet cable from your Roku device (if you prefer to use Wi-Fi).

Use a Roku device without a remote
Not having your Roku remote when connected to a Wi-Fi network, or trying to use your Roku device, can be tricky. Hopefully these solutions will help.

Using the Roku app is your best bet in most situations. However, in the worst case, you can use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot or turn your Android into a mobile hotspot. You can then connect your Roku to it. In that situation, you could be subject to bandwidth limitations and overage charges on a limited data plan, so plan accordingly.

When you get it up and running, you might be interested in watching free live TV on Roku. You can even use a Roku to surf the web!

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