How To Change TV Input With Roku Remote? A Step-By-Step Guide

I’ve been enjoying my Roku TV for a while.

Recently, I added a new Nintendo Switch to the mix, but the Roku kept popping up.

How to change TV input with Roku remote?

I wondered that question many times.

And after hours of seeking online help, I finally pulled it off.

So if you have the same problem with the inputs of your Roku, I can get you covered!

Let’s check this guide to see what I suggest!

How To Change TV Input With Roku Remote?

To change TV input with a Roku remote control, you can use Roku streaming devices.

And if you want to work with more inputs, access the “TV inputs” section on your TV’s “Settings” page.

How To Change TV Input With Roku Remote

Option 1: On Roku Streaming Devices

You can use Roku streaming devices to change TV inputs.

This method is straightforward, but you can’t apply it to all Roku models.

Often, you can connect Roku devices to your TV using HDMI.

They then can add intelligent features to the TV.

However, those devices don’t belong to the TV.

As a result, they can’t change or control what you are watching on the screen.

Even when you can, you may not have many options to choose from.

If your TV can talk to Roku using HDMI-CEC, you can switch from watching the regular TV to the Roku.

Just do it by pressing the power button on the Roku remote. You can also use the remote to turn off your TV.

Option 1: On Roku Streaming Devices

1. You can use your Roku streaming device

Option 2: On Your Roku TV

Your Roku TV has a built-in feature that lets you select and switch between inputs.

This way, you can access the desired inputs directly from the TV home screen.

Here is how to do it:

  • First, press the “Home” button on your remote. It will take you to the main menu of your TV.
  • Use the directional buttons on the remote to navigate to “Settings.” This menu gives you access to different TV features.
  • When you are on “Settings,” click the right arrow key on the remote to move to the “Settings” page. From here, find the “TV inputs” option.
  • With “TV inputs” highlighted, move to the right to access the “Inputs” menu.
  • There will be a list of available inputs. You just need to tap on your favorite option, then click “Select” or “OK.
  • Choose “Set up Input.”
  • After that, a dialog box will show up on the TV screen. It gives you information about the input and its source. But you have nothing to do with it. So just sit there and wait for it to disappear.
  • Then, press the “Home” button on the remote again to return to the home screen.
  • On the screen, you can find all the inputs displayed as icons and titles. They represent the sources you’ve set up.
  • Next, use the directional buttons on your remote to choose the input to switch to.
  • Finally, click “OK” to confirm your choice.
Option 2: On Your Roku TV

2. Find the TV inputs option on your TV

Can You Change TV Input Without Roku Remote?

What if you have lost the remote? No worries! There are other ways to change inputs on your Roku TV.

Roku app

The Roku app can act as a remote. Here is how to use it to change inputs on your TV:

  • Install the Roku app only on your mobile device (tablet or phone).
  • Open the app. It will ask you to search for nearby Roku devices. Thus, your Roku TV will show up on the list. So choose it to connect.
  • After that, tap “Home” on your Roku app.
  • Scroll down and choose “Settings.”
  • Find “TV inputs” and go for it.
  • Pick the input you want to switch to and press “Set up Input.”

Roku TV buttons

There are more than 100 Roku models, each with different features.

Some may have many buttons, while others don’t.

So, before starting, you need to check which keys your TV has.

The locations of the buttons vary depending on the model. You can find them in these places:

  • In the middle, under the TV.
  • The back of the TV and on the right side.
  • The back of the TV and on the left side.
  • The front left part and under the TV.

After finding the buttons, follow the steps below to change inputs on your TV:

  • Press the main key on your TV. If your TV has only one key, go for it. Meanwhile, if it comes with many buttons, choose the middle one.
  • The button will guide you to the menu, but it just shows up on the left side of the screen.
  • Press the main key again to scroll down the menu.
  • Keep pressing that button until you find the desired input.
  • Stop for a while on the input. Your TV can now change to it after two seconds.
Roku TV buttons

3. You can use the TV buttons

How To Find Missing HDMI On Roku TV?

If you can’t find any inputs on your TV’s home page, you can follow the steps I have mentioned above.

Once you access the “TV inputs” option in the “Settings” menu, you will find the missing HDMI input in the input list.

You can also get it by using another device to check the HDMI ports.

The steps are as follows:

  • Check the back side of your TV to find the HDMI ports.
  • If you have a device that uses HDMI (like a gaming console), plug it into one of the HDMI ports.
  • Then, your Roku TV can recognize it automatically and add the HDMI input to the main menu.
  • The newly added input allows you to access the device by selecting it from the menu.
How To Find Missing HDMI On Roku TV?

4. Find the missing HDMI inputs in two ways


Does a Roku TV have AV ports?

To see if there are any AV ports on your Roku, look on the sides of the TV.

Then, search for three plugs, one each in yellow, white, and red.

Another way is to check for the specifications of your Roku TV model.

The manufacturer mentions the ports available there.

Where is HDMI on Roku TV?

The HDMI ports are not visible at first.

Instead, you have to set them up.

To do that, go to the “Settings” menu, find the TV input settings, and choose the HDMI inputs there.

Where are the AV inputs on TCL Roku?

If the TV has AV ports, then access them by opening the “Settings” menu.

You can find the AV inputs under the “TV inputs” section from here.

Why is my Roku TV switching inputs?

Some Roku devices can make your TV switch to them when you press a button on the remote.

It’s a feature called 1-touch play.

But if your remote has volume buttons, they don’t trigger this feature.


With the Roku remote, you can access the “Settings” menu on your TV and find the “TV inputs” option.

So click it, and find the input you want to switch to.

Hopefully, this guide can help you with your streaming experience.

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Hi! I’m David — a writer, blogger, and proud owner of Smarterve. I’ve been using smart home gadgets and in the home industry for about a decade. I love to solve problems, give suggestions, and create ease for people to enjoy life. This blog is where I can share tips and provide solutions to everyone using smart gadgets.

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