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Why Is My Roku Blinking White? How To Solve The Light Issue

Why Is My Roku Blinking White? How To Solve The Light Issue

While watching your favorite shows, a sudden Roku blinking white light or error message can immediately disrupt your streaming service. Especially when your Roku player was working just a second ago.

If your Roku stick displays a flashing white light, this usually indicates an issue with the batteries or HDMI cable. Ensure that your batteries are new and facing the correct direction. You can also try replugging the HDMI cable and making sure that the input on your television is set to the correct channel.

Multiple reasons can cause light issues, and we’ll walk you through all the possible reasons we could come up with, and you can work your way through each of them until you find the one that’s causing the issue with your Roku device.

Why is My Roku Blinking White Light?

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If you see Roku blinking white light, it can be either because your Roku device is not charging or there is a power issue. It can also be because your device isn’t connected to an HDMI cable, or WiFi signals are too weak, etc.

Below we’ll go through each issue one by one, allowing you to pinpoint and troubleshoot the one you think is hindering your streaming. 

White Light Blinking on Roku Player

If you notice a blinking white light on your Roku player, it’s usually a sign of an unstable internet connection. Either your WiFi connection is weak, or your device is not connected to a network at all. In this case, you’ll see that the white light blinks twice on the Roku player. To fix this:

  • Ensure that your Roku player is connected to a stable internet connection
  • Restart your router and your Roku player if the internet is stable. After the lights on the router become stable, connect your Roku player and see if the issue persists.
  • Try removing all the metal items that might be interfering with internet signals, and it’s better if both your router and Roku player are in the same room.
  • However, if you use an HDMI cable and see Roku blinking white light, try changing the cable. Sometimes faulty HDMI cables can also cause the Roku player to blink.

White Light Blinking on Roku TV Remote

If the white light is blinking on your Roku remote rather than your Roku player, then it can be that your Roku remote needs new batteries.

White Light Blinking on Roku Stick

If it’s your Roku stick where the white light is blinking, then it can be because of one of the following reasons, if:

  • Your Roku remote that comes with a Roku stick is blinking. It can be because the remote needs new batteries.
  • The light is blinking in the battery area. This can be because of a connection issue known as “Pairing light”. It happens when your Roku remote cannot pair with your Roku player.
  • You see that a white light blinks on your Roku stick, and your TV is blank; the problem can be with the HDMI cable. 

How to Fix Blinking White Light on Roku Player?

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The most common issue that consumers complain about is Roku blinking white light. The Roku device suddenly starts blinking white light without any reason at all. Under typical scenarios, if it’s only the Roku stick’s remote that’s blinking, then it is usually because of batteries or an internet connection.

However, if a blank TV screen follows the white blinking light on the Roku remote, it can be an issue that needs something much more than just new batteries. So follow the guide below to troubleshoot the problem.

Reset the Roku Device

This might sound basic, but restarting your Roku device will remove the bugs. 

  • On your Roku “Home Screen,”.
  • Navigate to “Settings”.
  • Go to “System”.
  • Select the option “System Restart”.

This will restart your device; if the issue persists, try resetting the Roku device to the factory setting. For this:

  • Go to “Settings”.
  • Select the “Systems” tab.
  • Go to “Advanced System Settings” and select “Factory reset”.
  • Roku will show a code; enter it to reset everything to the original factory settings.

This will remove all your account and network settings, meaning you would need to set these settings again.

Check HDMI Cable

You can either plug in the Roku stick directly on the HDMI port on your TV or via an extension cable that comes along with the stick. First, check if the HDMI port is working by inserting a USB; if the USB shows plugged in on the screen, the issue might be with the cable. If not, then try another port.

Alternatively, rather than using the extension cable that came along with the Roku stick, try inserting the stick directly into the HDMI port. Hopefully, this will solve the issue.

Reset the Router

If you use cable internet, ensure that the ethernet cable is connected correctly. If WiFi, check if your internet signals are not disturbed by any metal device in the vicinity.

However, if this doesn’t solve the issue, then unplug your router from the power source. Please wait for 30 seconds and restart it. Once the light on the router becomes stable, try connecting the Roku again.

However, if nothing seems wrong at your end, yet the issue persists, then the Roku server may be down. 

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Conclusion

In the past, when we used to think about streaming devices, the thought of Netflix would come up. But these days, there are various other streaming devices available at comparatively better subscription charges. However, since these devices are advanced, issues are bound to happen. So is the case with Roku; considering their excellent subscription rates and diverse content, a minor issue should not be a problem. 

This guide has addressed all the possible issues disturbing your streaming. However, if the issue persists, you should contact Roku customer service to address the issue accordingly. 

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