It is the complete Roku guide, whether you want to search for channels, troubleshoot, or learn about hidden features.
When it comes to specialized streaming devices, Roku is one of the more seasoned companies, and it is still one of the finest. Roku devices are ubiquitous inboxes, sticks, and built-in smart TV operating systems. If you have one, you’re probably aware of the device’s enormous potential for both enjoyment and perplexity.
There’s a lot you can do with a Roku, and while that’s essentially a good thing, it may sometimes be a bad thing. Whether you’re looking for a hard-to-find channel, troubleshooting a defective remote, or simply learning about some of Roku’s best-kept secrets, keep reading to find out how to get the most out of your device.
How to Setup a Roku Streaming Stick or Box
Connect your Roku to your television
Whether you got a box or a streaming stick, you’ll need to connect a few items. To use the Streaming Stick Plus as an example, link the accompanying USB power cord to the Roku and then click the Roku to your TV’s HDMI port.
The Streaming Stick may utilize a USB input on your TV when it has at least 5 volts of electricity (some manufacturers mention the voltage next to the USB identification) to get the best performance out of it. However, if possible, we recommend utilizing the provided wall adapter to keep the Roku fueled up and ready to go. With the Streaming Stick Plus, Roku offers a USB extension cable.
If your TV is wall-mounted and the HDMI port is difficult to reach, making it tough to plug in the Streaming Stick, Roku offers a free HDMI extender.
After you’ve hooked everything in, turn on your TV and pick the input into which you’ve plugged your new Roku.
Connect the Roku control
After connecting your Roku and moving your TV to the appropriate input, you should see Roku’s UI ready to assist you with the following steps. You’ll almost certainly have to link the provided remote with your Roku device (although some devices may be paired already).
Install the provided batteries in the remote before pairing. Hold down the button next to the battery slot for 3 seconds if it doesn’t connect automatically.
Connect the Roku to Wi-Fi and do the rest of the setup
We may now begin the setup procedure. After choosing the language, you will be asked to connect to Wi-Fi. You can skip this step if you have a Roku Ultra box or an Express 4K Plus with an Ethernet adapter hooked in through wired Ethernet. Everyone else, connect to your wireless network and input your password.
Connect your Roku account and turn on your device.
To utilize your new Roku, you must first create a Roku account. The accounts are free, but you must create one if you already have one. To link your accounts, enter your email address on the screen.
The onscreen display will urge you to check the email address you just provided once you input your email. You come across a mail with the subject “Activate your device.” Clicking the link there brings you to Roku’s website, where you can either register a new account or go to the next step if you already have one.
After that, assign your gadget to a room (or give it a unique name) and accept the user agreement. Then I’ll guide you through a questionnaire that asks about your current subscriptions (such as Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, Prime Video, or HBO Max) as well as your hobbies. You may also skip this section, but you’ll still be taken to a website with even more channels to install, as well as a free trial offer.
By clicking “Continue” on these screens, your Roku will (finally) begin downloading and installing the applications. To view, you’ll still need to sign in to each app (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and so on) separately.
That’s all. Your Roku should now be operational. If you want additional control, download the Roku app for iOS or Android, which turns your phone into a Roku remote, or add the Roku skill to your Google Assistant or Alexa app for voice control from smart speakers like the Google Home or Amazon Echo. Roku also provides a few training films to assist you in getting the most out of your device. Also, keep an eye on the privacy settings.