How to Connect to Your Roku Without the Remote by Utilizing a Mobile Hotspot

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We all know the frustration of losing or forgetting a remote, especially when it comes to devices like the Roku. The inconvenience becomes even more pronounced when the Roku needs to connect to a different Wi-Fi network. In such scenarios, you might think that there’s no solution. But don’t fret! Jason Wyrick has provided a creative workaround that can help you connect your Roku device without the remote. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it, focusing on the problem where the Tcl Roku TV remote app is not working.

Key Points

  1. Problem: Losing or forgetting your Roku remote when needing to connect to a new Wi-Fi network.
  2. Solution: Using a cell phone as a mobile hotspot and another device with the Roku remote app to connect your Roku.
  3. Requirements:
    • Roku device.
    • Cell phone capable of producing a mobile hotspot.
    • Secondary device to run the Roku remote app.
    • Knowledge of the SSID (Wi-Fi name) and password of your last known internet connection.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prepare Your Devices

Ensure that you have a Roku device and two devices – one capable of producing a mobile hotspot and another for running the Roku remote app (like an iPhone or iPad).

Step 2: Gather Network Details

Find the SSID and password of the last known internet connection that you used with your Roku device.

Step 3: Configure Mobile Hotspot

On your cell phone:

  1. Go to Settings > General > About and change the name of your phone to match the SSID of your last Wi-Fi connection (e.g., att 200).
  2. Go to Personal Hotspot Settings and change your hotspot’s password to your internet’s password.
  3. Enable the hotspot.

Step 4: Connect the Remote Device

Connect the device you’re going to use as a remote (e.g., another iPhone) to your phone’s hotspot (e.g., att 200).

Step 5: Trick the Roku Device

Since the phone’s hotspot now mimics your last Wi-Fi connection, your Roku will be tricked into connecting to it.

Step 6: Access Roku App

Exit out of the hotspot settings, go to the Roku app on your remote device, search for your Roku, and connect to it.

Step 7: Control Roku

You can now use your remote device to navigate the Roku settings and change your network back to what you need.


This creative method, as demonstrated by Jason Wyrick, is a lifesaver for those who find themselves stuck without their Roku remote. By mimicking your last Wi-Fi connection using your phone’s hotspot, you can trick your Roku into connecting and regain control. Remember to have the information about your last internet connection (SSID and password) handy, and you’ll never have to worry about a lost or forgotten Tcl Roku TV remote app not working ever again!

Resources Mentioned

  1. Roku Device: The streaming device that you want to connect.
  2. Cell Phone with Mobile Hotspot Capability: This will be used to mimic your last known Wi-Fi connection.
  3. Secondary Device with Roku Remote App: This will act as a temporary remote for controlling your Roku.
  4. SSID and Password: The Wi-Fi name and password of your last known internet connection, needed for configuring the mobile hotspot.

By following these steps, you’ll have your Roku connected in no time, even without the physical remote. This workaround ensures you stay connected and entertained, regardless of where you are!

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