Technology can get frustrating and difficult. Remotes are meant to make your life easier but can end up being the opposite. In this article, we will discuss what to do when your Roku remote ends up controlling two TVs simultaneously.
This may occur because the Infrared beams easily spread across your home and can create issues; for example, TV 1 settings (like volume) get changed in TV 2, etc. This often happens if you own two Roku televisions. Also, if you own two models of the same brand, there can be an overlap or sharing of the same code.
Before you start panicking, let us assure you that this problem can be fixed easily, with just a few steps. You can upgrade the remote, install the Roku App, disable the TV’s universal remote function, get an optic line, or rotate the TV set’s position to resolve this issue.
Here are the simple solutions to stop your Roku remote from controlling two TVs:
- Solution 1: Change The Setting Of The Universal Remote
- Solution 2: Install The Roku App
- Solution 3: Use An Opaque Insulation Tape
- Solution 4: Use an Optic Line
- Solution 5: Change Your Roku Remote To Upgraded Versions
- Solution 6: Rotate Your TV Set or Block the Path By Hand
Before you continue, you can also check out our general article on how to stop a remote from controlling two TVs regardless of the brand.
Below, we will discuss each item in detail:
Solutions To Stop Roku Remote From Controlling Two TVs
Here is a quick fix to sort out the problem you are dealing with:
Solution 1: Change The Settings Of The Universal Remote
If you have a universal remote for your Roku TVs, changing your universal remote’s settings can help.
Since this remote is designed to control several devices, disabling the option to choose more than one device (here, TV) can put an end to the signal conflict between them. The best thing about such remotes is they can either be used to control one or more than one TVs separately.
Follow the steps below to disable this:
- Go to Menu on your television.
- Scroll down and look for Settings.
- Once you locate the settings, hunt for a section called “Control” or “Remote”.
- Now, search for the “Universal Remote Mode” option. Once found, use arrows to navigate to the disable button.
Solution 2: Install The Roku App
Use the official Roku App to control the TV installed with the Roku streaming player; it will ensure that your TV is controlled by the remote app only.
Roku’s remote app comes with a play/pause, fast forward, rewind, and navigation button; however, you must use a TV remote to control the volume. The app is quite convenient and allows users to use voice search too.
Solution 3: Use An Opaque Insulating Tape
This is the most common solution, where you must cover the TV’s magic eye using a small insulating tape. Doing so will block the signal and prevent the TVs from getting controlled, and if you want to enhance the signal blockage further, you can also put the tape over the IP emitter of the remote.
Now, if you are wondering how you will control the TV, you can move a little closer to it, and it will catch the signal.
Solution 4: Use Optic Line
You may use a lengthy fiber optic line to achieve this. It functions as an IR extension cord. Just covering the second TV’s IR window and placing the fiber optic extender’s other end far from the first TV can do the job.
However, this option is costly.
Solution 5: Change Your Roku Remote To Upgraded Versions
Purchase another upgraded version of the Roku remote that can individually control the two TVs. Try getting the RC80 or the RC-AL7.
Solution 6: Rotate Your TV Set Or Block Path By Hand
Talking of the Roku remote or any other remote, they do not directly pair with TVs; instead, they react to the infrared signal that emits from the remote. If your TV set is rotatable or comes with a rotatable stand, you can rotate it so it fails to react to the signal.
Also, try placing your hand next to the remote, preventing the IR beam from reaching the other television.
How Does One Remote Control Two TVs?
Your remote controls multiple TVs because the same infrared signal (IR) from your remote reaches the infrared sensors on numerous TVs. In this case, if you own two Roku TVs, tackling the signal can become a task because the IR in Roku remotes spreads across the room, which may also end up controlling the other TV in the other room.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can one remote control two TVs?
Yes, this depends on the remote if the same manufacturer makes the remote and the remote operates using the same Infrared (IR) frequency.
2. Why does my TV remote control other devices?
This can happen because of many reasons, mainly:
- Most devices have a function called HDMI-CEC that enables you to operate multiple connected devices with a single remote.
- If the TV and the remote have the same IR frequency, and if the remote interacts with the other one having the same frequency, it can also control that TV.
3. Why is my TV remote not working?
If your remote is not working, it is probably because it ran out of charge. You need to replace the cells or batteries to make it work again. If changing the battery also doesn’t work, purchase a new one.
You must follow precautions in order to avoid your remote getting damaged:
- Keep liquids away from the remote.
- Be careful while handling. Make sure it doesn’t fall on the ground.
- Regularly clean the remote to keep dirt and dust at bay.
From the solutions mentioned above, the Roku remote controlling two TVs can easily be fixed without worrying. Let us recap the solutions:
- Disable the setting to use multiple TVs on your Universal remote.
- Get the Roku Mobile App and use the remote settings in it.
- Use electrical/insulation tape to cover the IR emitter part of the TV or the remote. You can also remove the tape when using one TV and keep the tape on the other one.
- Set an optic line.
- Change your Roku remote to an upgraded version.
- Rotate the TV or put your hand to block the path.
We also recommend getting a TV from another brand to avoid this problem when buying two or more TVs.
Norvan Martin is the founder of BoomSpeaker.com. He is a professional Electronics Engineer and is passionate about home theater systems and AV electronics. BoomSpeaker was created as an online hub to share his knowledge and experiences as it relates to home theaters and home audio electronics.