How to set up your Roku TV

Roku TV brings all the features that you enjoy from Roku’s streaming devices and inserts them directly into a smart TV. In fact, there are hundreds of Roku TV models from top brands like Hisense, JVC, TCL, Westinghouse, and more. Stream your shows and movies, listen to music, and play video games from the 20,000+ available apps in the Roku Channel Store. 

Are you here to find out how to set up Roku TV? Well, you’re in the right place. Below we dissect the Roku TV setup process step-by-step to make sure you’re on the right track. 

But, first — are you searching for the perfect Roku device for your standard TV? Check out our complete breakdown of Roku’s devices and pricing structure with our top-down Roku review. See how the Roku Express stacks up compared to other streaming devices with our analysis of its features. The Roku Streaming Stick Plus is Roku’s most popular streaming device. Find out why with our Roku Streaming Stick Plus review. But if you want the best, then you might want to know more about the wireless Roku Ultra in our product breakdown

Setting up your Roku TV

There are many advantages of Roku TV, like its smart features and Roku operating system (OS) that displays its familiar interface. As a smart TV, Roku TV connects to your Wi-Fi and is able to stream your apps without an additional streaming player. That means that you can stream your over-the-top (OTT) cable-alternatives and video-on-demand (VOD) streaming services from fuboTV to Disney+. Here’s what the setup process looks like. 

  1. Unpack your Roku TV and fasten the TV to the provided base. A wall mount isn’t included, but if you have one, attach it to your wall and mount your TV.  
  2. Plug your Roku TV into a power source. You’ll know if your TV is receiving power if the standby indicator light under the screen is lit. 
  3. Power on your Roku TV with your Roku TV remote. Once powered on, the indicator light switches off before the TV screen flashes on with the prompted Guided Setup process. For an Audio Guide, select the asterisk on your Roku remote (*). 
  4. The first screen prompts you to choose your language. With your remote, use the directional buttons to select your preferred language. 
  5. Next, click the country from where you are watching your Roku TV. 
  6. Choose Set up for home use
  7. Connect to the internet by selecting your wireless network. (Make sure to scan to view all available networks.) 
  8. Allow your Roku TV to download the latest version of Roku OS software. Then, reboot. 
  9. Add or create your Roku account with your email address and password. 
  10. Next, connect your devices like Blu-ray player, game consoles, soundbar, and wireless speakers. You’ll be advised to designate a name and icon for each device. 
  11. Repeat the step above until all of your devices are paired, and an All Done screen appears. 

The final cut

Setting up your Roku TV is essentially a cakewalk. The Guided Setup process uses helpful prompts that walk you from screen to screen. Make sure to have all the devices you wish to hook up to your Roku TV handy, so you can synchronize them at the time of your setup. If not, that’s also okay. You have the ability to pair devices to your Roku TV at any time. In fact, Roku offers a cost-effective audio system. So, you may want to also consider getting a Roku Streambar or Roku Smart Soundbar and pairing it together with Roku Wireless Speakers and Roku Wireless Subwoofer for an enhanced audio experience. 

Roku TV setup FAQs

How can I connect an antenna to my Roku TV? 

Yes, you absolutely have the option to connect a digital antenna in order to access local channels and regional sports networks (RSNs). The channels available to your location depend on your specific market area. Just connect your digital antenna to one of your Roku TV’s inputs. Then, pull up your Roku TV’s Home Screen and click on Live TV on the menu. From there, scan for channels and complete the prompts displayed on your TV screen. 

How do I use my Roku TV remote? 

Roku develops more than one style of Roku remote. Cheaper device models include the basic Roku IR remote that comes with simple controls. But more expensive models, such as your Roku TV, come with the Roku Voice Remote, which supplies you with quick search capabilities. Gain a full mastery of your Roku remote with our complete review, where we explore all of its capabilities and features. 

Does Roku TV work with my voice assistant? 

Good news! Roku TV is compatible with all the major voice assistants, including Alexa, Hey Google, and Siri. 

Can I download Roku Channels from the Roku Store?

The Roku Channel Store’s “channels” are actually apps that range from all different forms of media, like games, music, and TV. So, you may want to add Pandora to play music while working from home. Or, maybe you’d prefer to download CBS All Access in order to link your account so you can stream Star Trek: Picard. Would you like to know what other channels are available on Roku? Then take a look at our comprehensive list of best Roku channels for 2020. 

Is Apple AirPlay 2 available on Roku TV? 

It depends. AirPlay 2 is supported by select 4K Roku devices and iOS devices. Your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch must have iOS 12.3 or later, while your Mac needs macOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later.

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