Roku is a popular maker of streaming sticks and media players
The remote control provided for Roku TVs has additional functions which makes it easier to conduct.
Let’s have a quick go through of some of the buttons on a Roku TV remote, and how to use them.
Start at Home
The starting point in the Roku TV is the Home Screen. You need the starting point after turning it on.
The icon that looks like a house is the home button. Just press the home button to get the home screen on Roku TV.
You’ll see the main operational categories, as well as the list of inputs and streaming apps once you are on the home screen.
While watching a TV or streaming program, if the Home Button is pressed it will be interrupted, however, you can’t display the home screen at the same time you’re watching TV or streaming content.
To return automatically to the previous step or screen, back-button is used as a shortcut button.
Supposing, if you’re watching something via an app, the back button may return you to the previous content selection screen.
3.Channel Recall/Jump Back, Sleep Timer, and More Options
Channel Recall/Jump Back: The Channel Recall Button or the Jump Back Button will take you back to the previous channel. You’ll go back one position if you’re viewing streaming content. If you’re in search and are entering search terms, it will take you back one letter.
Sleep Timer: This allows you to set the timer for when the TV shuts off. Time intervals include 30 minutes, 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 hours.
View More Options: This button helps you to directly come to a menu which has more details of video and audio settings.
Fine Tune your settings
Options such as Picture Size, Audio Effect, and Advanced Picture Settings can only be accessed via More Options button.
The number and type of advanced setting options may vary depending on brand and specific model number of the Roku TV, but here some examples include:
Picture Size: This adjusts the Aspect Ratio. The selections are Auto, Normal (16×9), Direct (4×3 or 16×9 depending on content), Stretch, and Zoom.
Audio Effect: Provides pre-sets to optimize audio quality for different types of content, including Normal, Speech, Theatre, Big Bass, High Treble, and Music.
The above mentioned settings only apply to the TV’s speakers.
Advanced Picture Settings: This menu permits you to adjust several picture parameters, separately for each input source, including streaming. In addition to familiar settings, such as LED backlight intensity, brightness, contrast, etc, you can also set the color temperature, which makes the picture warmer or cooler, as well as the Game Mode, which decreases input lag for a faster response but slightly impacts picture quality.
The More Options button only works when you’re viewing content. If you press the More Option button while viewing the home page, it doesn’t work.
Organize your channels
Every time you add an app channel to your home screen, it’s automatically placed at the bottom of your listings. However, you can move it to a better spot if you wish:
- Press the Home button on your Roku TV Remote.
- Press right on the directional pad to access the channel list.
- Use the directional keypad to highlight the channel you wish to move.
- Press the More Options
- Select Move Channel.
- Use the directional keypad to move the channel to its new location.
- Press OK on the remote.
Label your source input.
Use the directional keypad arrows and OK button to perform the following steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Select TV Inputs.
- Select the input you want to rename.
- Select Rename.
- Scroll through the available list of names and select the one you want to use by pressing OK on the TV remote’s directional keypad.
- Repeat these steps for each input you want to rename.
Control your playback
In case you’re playing pre-recorded streaming content, you can use the following buttons to control playback. For left to right, they’re Reverse/Rewind, Play/Pause, and Fast Forward. These operate just like the playback controls on a VCR, DVD, Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, DVR, or other media streamers.
If you’re watching something live, these buttons are non-operational. On some live webcam sites, you may be able to pause the video feed, but when you press play it will skip ahead to the live video.
Featured channels shortcut buttons
Shortcut Buttons are present in Every Roku remote, including their TV remotes that take you to select internet streaming channels, including Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and AT&T Now.
Depending upon the TV brand and model this selection varies. Netflix is always featured, but other shortcuts may be included for Amazon Prime, Google Play, Paramount+ (Formerly CBS All Access), VUDU, or other selections.
Control Your Sound
On the right side of a Roku TV Remote Control are the Mute, Volume Down, and Volume Up buttons are located.
10.Roku TV Enhanced remote: Use voice command
You might notice a Microphone button in place of the Sleep Timer button on a Roku TV that comes with an Enhanced Remote.
Press the button, wait for the onscreen prompt, then speak a command you want Roku to execute. Examples include:
- “Find (program, video, app).”
- “Launch (app).”
- “Go to (app).”
- “Switch the input to HDMI 1.”
- “Switch to antenna TV.”
- “Change broadcast channels Channel Up/Down.”
- “Last channel.”
- “Tune to ABC.”
- “Tune to channel 6 dot 1 (6.1).”
- “Launch Smart Guide.”
Roku TV enhances remote: listen in private
There is a mini-plug for connecting earphones on the left side of the Roku enhanced remote which are provided in the package with your Roku TV and remote. You can access to this miniplug to listen to the content shown on your TV privately. Once you plug the earphones in the TV’s speakers will automatically disable.
You can also disable and enable the TV speakers through the Audio settings category in your home menu.
Once you unplug the earphones The TV’s speakers will become active again.
Bonus Remote Control Option
There are three additional ways you can control some or most of the functions of Roku TV.
- Roku Mobile App: The iOS and Android app allows you to use your smartphone to control your Roku.
- Alexa Via Quick Remote App: This app enables you to control some features of your Roku TV using Alexa.
- Google Home via Quick Remote App: This App enables you to control some features of your Roku TV using Google Home or Google Assistant. This is Android-only App.