How to Pair A Second Roku Remote & Use Voice Search

Updated October 2017


My family uses Roku’s streaming players a lot. We watch internet based content from Netflix, HBO, Amazon and Showtime on all our TV’s even though none of them are internet ready.  Roku’s were the main reason I began to think it might be possible to cut the Cord from our cable provider…which we ultimately did! You’ll find links to my first 2 posts in my ‘Cutting the Cord’ series at the end of this article.

Roku 3When Roku ended a long running standoff with YouTube & made finally allowed a YouTube channel on Roku’s too…that was the final positive indication we needed to put most our streaming needs into Roku’s hands. Back when that happened, several of our Roku’s were quite old, and the new YouTube channel was only available on newer Roku’s, so we replaced a few of the very old models with current ones.  Some of the older Roku’s were passed on to relatives who were interested in trying Rokus  out without the investment (even though Roku’s are quite inexpensive in the big scheme of things, ranging from $49.99 – 99.99 per player at the time of this writing.)

We still had one old model left however, and I decided to pair the remote that came with that player to a Roku 2, which was one of the current models we purchased.  I tried everything I could think of, but ultimately was unsuccessful.

I Googled ‘How to Pair a Roku Romote’ So Many Times But Failed To Find Anything That Helped

At the Roku user forums many other people have had similar pairing problems and offered lots of sage advice along with things to try.  I read them all and tried a lot of the ideas here. 

Then, a few nights later I began again after this time found something in the Roku Settings page about pairing remotes.

It took a couple try’s but I finally did it!!!

So I decided to write this quick post about how I successfully paired a 2nd remote.

  • Step 1 – Open the battery compartment for the 2nd remote
  • Step 2 – On your Roku, Go to Settings – Remote – Pair Remote
  • Step 3 – Go back to the remote & press the tiny ‘pairing’ button inside the battery compartment
  • Step 4 – The light on the remote should begin to flash after the button is pressed…if it doesn’t, check your batteries!
  • Step 5 – Set the remote very close to the Roku player and wait for the light to stop flashing
  • Step 6 – Once the light stops, out test out the remote to make sure it’s paired and working
  • Step 7 – Sit back, relax and watch some streaming TV!

Note:  Not All Remotes Can Be Paired With All Models of Roku

Use this link to find out which remotes can be paired with which remotes.

If you’re interested in learning more about Roku’s this is a link to their website’s page showing some of Roku’s features.

Roku 3 Remote Diagram & Voice Search

We bought a 2nd remote for one of our Roku 3’s from Amazon and it came packaged with a user manual I’d never seen before.  It includes a  diagram of the remote and descriptions for each button, which I thought was useful, so I uploaded a picture of it below. One aspect I wasn’t sure of was whether or note our remote included Roku’s new voice search feature. I know for sure the new remote does, so with the diagram I was able to figure out that you use the magnifying glass button for Voice Search. 

You Can Identify Which Remotes Have Voice Search Capabilities By the Inclusion of a Magnifying Glass Button on Them

There are a few nuances to the Voice Search feature however, which despite viewing many other people’s YouTube videos on the topic, we felt that none of them really addresses.  So it took us longer than it should have to learn how to use the Voice Search mode effectively.

 It turned out that our efforts were well worth it because…

We Love Voice Search!

It’s an incredible utility which Roku has designed well! Voice Search, for cord cutters is almost a mandatory feature, because we’re constantly forgetting which channel we’re watching something on.  Incidentally, I don’t think I mentioned anywhere I’ve begun a series of articles on How to Cut the Cord…which we did last October (2016.)

The Roku 3 Remote Diagram Below

Roku 3 Remote Diagram

I ended up making our own YouTube video which hopefully explains the process better. I’m embedding my video below this screenshot.

My Video Demonstration of Voice Search

My Series of Articles on ‘How to Cut the Cord to Cable TV’

I began to journal the process of our ‘Cutting the Cord‘ in order to write about it as a post for family and friends. Many of them had been following our progress and hoped to follow our guide at some point. But it took so much longer than we anticipated, and there were a few bumps in the road. What really dragged out the process in retrospect though was that we secretly harbored more fear I think about making that final sever than anything else. Along the way I learned so much and my list of helpful topics grew so long that ultimately, my article turned into a whole series. The Series is only 1/2 written at this point, (actually it’s completely written but needs a lot of proofreading and images,) so it’s really half published right now. I do this all myself and proofreading for it will take at least a full day alone, so I’ll add those links here too as I complete them (but don’t hold your breath while waiting!)  

Because my main subject that I write about, cyber security, is keeping me busier than it should be these days!

My Series Links to ‘Cutting the Cord’

Link to Part 1: The Cost Savings  We Anticipate When We Cut the Cord

Link to Part 1.5: Overview of the Hardware we Bought  and Our Setup


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About vsajewel

Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouTube channel which I use to better illustrate some of the 'how to's' in my posts. I love everything about technology. Currently, my main interests/platforms are ios, Windows and Amazon Echo. Recently I decided we were spending way too much money with our local cable provider. So I decided to cut the cord. There is a definite learning curve, especially the antennae part, but we successfully did that and are now saving a boatload of money, so I write some about that. I also am extremely conscientious about security because of an event my family endured , so I write a lot about that too. Two sub-categories of security I tend to focus on are the password manager Dashlane and Hardware Firewalls. Last, I take a lot of notes and have been a beta tester for Evernote for many years. I love Evernote! In recent years Apple has beefed up Apple Notes a it’s become a fairly serious note long as its OK if you lose or mess up all your Apple note data. I write about those 2 note platforms primarily.
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6 Responses to How to Pair A Second Roku Remote & Use Voice Search

  1. Jace says:

    Thank you. I had an old remote I needed to pair. Your advice worked perfectly.


  2. Anonymous says:

    This information helped! Success😊. My batteries were bad. After I changed the batteries no problems.


    • vsajewel says:

      So glad to hear it! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know.

      I wanted to write a longer, more in depth article about the nuances of the various models of remotes since we have most of them. I gathered all our remotes together to photograph them for the article. I put little stickers on each one to tie them back to the correct Roku. But I was in a hurry and messed something up. They got all mixed up and now I’ve got about 15 remotes that I can’t easily associate with the correct player. It’s kind of a nightmare.

      I’ve tried all the advanced steps…there are several good YouTube videos…and ultimately resorted to resetting some of them and then trying to get them to reassociate. So far I’ve done that successfully with only 2 of them!

      I’ve spend almost a full day on this and only got 2 working so far!!! We love Rokus and have been using them since their early years (which is why we have so many remotes!)…but it seems to me like IT JUST SHOULDN’T BE THIS HARD!

      So,sorry to shout…can you tell how frustrated I am? That’s why your Comment is uber appreciated right now…thank you. :-)


  3. Mark says:

    Are you able to listen to audio in both remote headphone jacks simultaneously?

    Are the audio/volume controls for each listener independent of the other?

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    • vsajewel says:

      Those are really good questions Mark! But we have never used the headphone feature so I don’t know. In fact since we got a new TV recently that’s smart, we’ve been using our Roku less and less.

      But I can’t think of any technical reason why you wouldn’t both be able use headphones. When it comes to controlling volume, it seems to me that it would logically follow that the volume would be controlled for the headphones by the remote they are attached to.

      But my answers are pure speculation!

      We have 2 of the same type of Roku…I think it’s the 3, but the version without voice control. Because we both like to have a remote, we took one from the other room (it’s in a room where it’s used infrequently) and paired it to our main TV. So we already owned the 2nd one.

      If you’re wondering because your thinking of buying a 2nd one and you can’t test it yourself, I could try to find 2 sets of headphones to test this out for you.

      Or, if you still are able to place orders for Roku products via phone, you could call and ask prior to buying. I know in the old days you could order by phone, but I don’t know if that’s possible anymore. I spent a long time trying to get the 2nd paired and could find nothing online that helped…which is why I wrote this…but I’m not really much of any expert with Roku’s.

      If you find out and think of it, leave a comment here and I’ll add that information to the article. Thanks for the great questions and visiting my site :-)


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