Roku products are packed with features and settings to enhance the streaming experience. Here are a few must-know tips and tricks.
Year makes some of the best streaming devices for your TV. The Roku platform is simple to use and offers a wide variety of apps and content. The installation and general configuration process is quick and easy. And while you might be inclined to dive into your favorite series, your Roku has some really cool tricks to help you enhance your experience.
Use Roku search to compare the prices of shows and movies on apps
Sometimes you know what you want to watch, but you don’t know where to find it. Is it available on this or that streaming service or do you have to rent it? Which platform has it and at what price? Using Roku search helps answer that question. You can search for movies, TV shows, actors or directors and the Roku platform will tell you exactly where and how much it costs.
Use Roku Zones to find content that fits a certain category
What if you know what you want to watch? Digging through service catalogs isn’t exactly fun, and it can be time-consuming. Roku Zones attempts to simplify search by grouping content by genre or topic.
To access Zones, go to Search from the home screen and then type in a genre. Then click on the proposal that interests you and you will arrive on a screen with lots of content organized according to different criteria – Recent releases, Included with subscription, Free, Rental/Purchase -.
Use your smartphone as a remote control
All Roku devices come with a remote control that works well, but it gets tricky when it comes to entering passwords or search terms. Some devices have a remote control with microphone to facilitate the operation, but if this is not your case, you can use the Roku app, available on iOS and Android, to use your phone as a remote control and the virtual keyboard for your entries .
Once the app is installed, open it. Make sure your Roku is turned on. At the bottom of the screen you will see the menu options. Tap Devices. The application will then search for your device on the network. This one should device. Tap on it to link to your phone. The screen should then show a Remote, Channels and another Media tab. Tap on Remote to get a replica of your remote. At the very top, there’s a cogwheel icon, with an icon made up of two lines of dots and a solid bar. Tap on it and you will see the virtual keyboard.
The Roku app remote has all the functionality of the physical remote with some extras, like voice recognition. Tap the microphone icon and you can dictate your search or control your Roku by voice.
Listen to TV through headphones or earphones
Sometimes you want to watch TV without disturbing the rest of the house. Roku’s private listening feature lets you use your headphones or earphones. Some Roku models have such a function on the remote control directly, but all can enjoy it with the latest Roku app update.
Make sure your Roku and your mobile device are on the same wireless network. Connect your headphones or earphones to your phone, open the Roku app, tap the “Remote” icon in the navigation bar, and tap the “Headphones” icon to enable private listening. Roku will automatically adjust the audio sync with your headset, but if you feel a lag, you can go to the app’s advanced options to adjust it. Note that up to four mobile devices can listen privately at the same time.
Easily find the remote control
Some Roku models make it easy to find a misplaced remote. The Roku Ultra, for example, has a small button that makes the remote emit a sound. The Roku Voice Remote Pro is even more advanced. The remote control can be activated by voice. So if you don’t know where your remote is, you can say “Hey Roku, find my remote” and it will beep to find it (and turn on your TV).
If you subscribe to a lot of streaming services, you might have a whole bunch of channels on your homepage. It is possible to organize them as you wish. If you want to move this or that channel, press the Home button on the remote control. Go to the channel to be moved. When highlighted, tap the Star icon to bring up the options menu. Scroll down to Move channel. You can then place it wherever you want. Press OK when done.
Change Roku theme
Roku devices use the brand purple, Roku TVs have different color menus depending on the brand, but you can change that. And even set a wallpaper, a screen saver or particular sounds.
It happens in the settings. Scroll down to Theme. There you can explore popular theme packs or go to Wallpapers. If you find something that interests you, click on it. You can then view the screenshots and download the files. Once downloaded, you will have the option to apply it immediately.
Activate Instant Replay to hear lines you may have missed
The dialogues can sometimes be difficult to grasp. The Instant Replay feature makes sure you don’t miss a thing. By pressing the button with the arrow in a circle on the remote control, you will go back 10 seconds, but you can also add captioning to listen and read what has just been said.
To activate subtitling on the instant replay, go to the settings then to Accessibility. Then select Subtitle Mode. Scroll down and click on On Replay. Now when you use the replay button, subtitles will appear automatically. Be careful though, this does not work on all channels.
Use closed captions to clarify dialogue
It may be easier to watch TV with closed captions still on. You can access closed captions per app within the contents themselves, but Roku has a system option to customize the closed captioning experience.
Go to Settings and then to Accessibility. From there, go to Subtitle Mode and click On Always. You can also scroll down to Preferred subtitle language. In Subtitle Style, you can customize the font, text color, opacity, and background color.
Automatically adjust volume
Roku offers a function to automatically adjust the volume to less go to extremes. To activate it, launch your content, then click on the star icon. There, click on Sound Settings and Volume Adjustment.
From this menu, you can also click Night Mode. This sets a maximum sound level.
Set a special mode for guests
Having guests at home is often a good thing, but it’s not always easy to have to give them your credentials to watch TV. Roku’s guest mode solves this problem by allowing them to log in to their own accounts.
To activate the feature, you need to add a PIN to your Roku account so that your guests cannot automatically access your personal content. Guests can then click Guest Mode and enter an end date. There, they’ll have a default home screen and can log into their own services as if the Roku was their own. Once the date arrives, their profile is deleted from the system. Practice.