How to Turn On Roku TV Without Remote [All Manufacturers]

If a Roku TV’s remote is lost or if your Roku remote is not working, there is still a way to turn the TV on and off. The power button for Roku TVs is often located in very inconspicuous places – such as the bottom of the TV.

This article will show you how to find it and detail two other ways to turn your TV on or off without the remote. Let’s get right to it.

To turn on Roku TV without using the remote, find and press the physical power button located at the bottom-center, side panel, or on the back panel of your Roku TV. Alternatively, you can use the Roku smartphone app to turn your Roku TV on or off without the standard remote. Read on to see the table we created to find the location of the power button on your Roku TV.

Press the Physical Power Button on Your Roku TV

This is the easiest and most direct way to turn your Roku TV on or off without a remote. If you are reading this article, it is probably because you couldn’t locate it.

This is because the design trend among TVs (especially Roku TVs) is to hide the power button. Since Roku TVs are made by more than a dozen manufacturers, this gets tricky.

Sometimes the power button is located behind a flap, on the back of the TV, or in some cases, it’s behind on the sides.

To make your life simple, we dedicated multiple hours digging up the manuals of all major Roku TV manufacturers to find out exactly where the power button is located on the TV.

It is worth pointing out that powering off the TV using the physical button or the remote only puts the Roku TV in a low power standby mode. It does not entirely turn the power off. To completely power off your TCL Roku TV, you need to unplug the power cable.

Roku TV Panel Designs: The 7 Types

The way you power off the TV depends on the panel design of your specific model. There are seven kinds of panel designs on Roku TVs. Let us explain how to power your TV on and off for each of these panel designs.

  1. Single Button: Short press to turn the TV on and long press to turn the TV off.
  2. Three Buttons: Short or long-press the middle button to turn the TV on and long-press it off.
  3. Gamepad Style Joystick: Middle button to toggle between power on and standby mode (there is no power off button)
  4. Four Buttons: Short press for turning the TV on and off.
  5. Five Buttons (with mute): Short press for turning the TV on and off (The order of buttons vary from model to model)
  6. Five buttons (without mute): Short press for turning the TV on and off (The order of buttons vary from model to model)
  7. Seven buttons: Short press for turning the TV on and off (The order of buttons vary from model to model)

Roku TV Power Location Button Chart

ManufacturerPower Button Location
TCLBottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
HisenseBottom or on the back panel of the TV
SanyoOn the back panel of the TV
JVCSide or on the back panel of the TV
PhilipsOn the back panel of the TV
WestinghouseBottom-left of the TV
ElementBottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
onnBottom-right of the TV
RCABottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
HitachiBottom-center of the TV (under the flap)
MagnavoxOn the back panel of the TV
InFocusOn the back panel of the TV

TCL

The power button on a TCL Roku TV is located on the bottom of the TV. After reading dozens of manuals, we have the following observations:

Almost all TCL Roku TVs have their power button on the bottom of the TV, hidden behind the white flap. It is a little hard to spot, but once you lift or lay the TV down flat, you should be able to power on the TCL Roku TV without the remote.

Hisense

Hisense’s button layout has changed over multiple iterations. Therefore it could be on the bottom of the TV, on the left or right side on the back.

Sanyo

On the Sanyo Roku TVs, the buttons are located at the back along with the other ports. Surprisingly, it is pretty easy to find.

JVC

This one is interesting. Turns out JVC Roku TVs don’t have physical power buttons. If you have lost your JVC Roku TV remote, don’t worry. You can skip to the next section.

Philips

The Philips Roku TV design is similar to Sanyo’s TV. The power button is located at the back of the TV in a very clear fashion.

Westinghouse

The Westinghouse Roku TV has its power button on the bottom of the TV towards the left side when facing the TV screen.

Element

Similar to the TCL Roku TV, the Element Roku TV has its power button on the bottom of the TV behind the notched flap in the center.

onn

onn Roku TVs have the power button located on the bottom of the TV towards the right side of the TV under the flap when facing the TV.

RCA

RCA Roku TVs have the power button in the center on the bottom of the TV under the flap.

Hitachi

Hitachi Roku TVs have the power button behind the TV at the bottom towards the center.

Magnavox

The power buttons are located at the back of the Magnavox Roku TV and other inputs. You should be able to identify it quickly.

InFocus

The InFocus Roku TVs have the power button located on the back of the TV towards the right when facing the TV.

Use The Roku App As Remote Control

The alternative to powering your Roku TV on by pressing the physical power button is using the Roku smartphone app. Whether your phone has an IR sensor, you can use both IR and Wifi to control your TV. This is also a method we discussed to sync your Roku remote without pairing button.

The Roku app is available for both iOS and Android users. Here is how to do that:

  1. Download the official Roku app for the App Store or Play Store.
  2. Once you are in, it will search for nearby Roku devices.
  3. Once your Roku TV pops up, you can power on and off the TV by tapping the power button located at the top right of the app screen.

Note: We don’t recommend any third-party apps to control your Roku TV.

Find a Replacement Remote For Roku TV

If you have lost your Roku TV remote or is just not working correctly, you always have the option of using the Roku app, but it is never a long-term solution because it is a battery drain, and you might want to use your phone for other things.

So the best thing to do is buy a replacement remote. We recommend the official Roku voice remote because voice search makes navigating media much simpler.

Final Thoughts

So, whether you’re looking to impress your friends with some Jedi-like Roku skills or just want to make sure you can always power down your TV even if you lose the remote, we hope that you learned how to turn on Roku tv without a remote.

Let us know in the comments below if your Roku has a different button layout and how our solutions worked for you. And be sure to check out our other posts for more Roku-related content.

Common Questions Asked by Our Readers

Is there a power button on Roku TV?

All Roku TVs have physical power buttons located on the bottom, at the back, or on the sides of the TV.

How do I turn on my Roku without the power button?

You can turn on your Roku without the power button by using the Roku app on your phone. Ensure that your phone is connected to the same wifi network as your Roku device.

About the author

Maria Chan, or MC, as we call her, is the genius girl-boss who gave up on her cushy silicon-valley job to grind it out with us. Her undying pursuit of wanting Zeebox to the best makes it very clear that she has no interest in running a generic tech-site.