connect your Roku device to a TV

How to connect your Roku device to a TV and set it up for streaming

Are you still have a problem to connect your Roku device to a TV or other video player? Check out our latest guide to how to connect your Roku with TV. You will get a complete solution regarding that. 

How does my Roku device connect to my TV?

Your Roku streaming device can be connected to any television with an HDMI® port. To make this connection, a Roku player requires an HDMI cable while a Roku Streaming Stick connects directly with its built-in HDMI connector. When selecting an HDMI cable, we recommend that you use a High Speed HDMI Cable if your TV only supports 720p and 1080p, or a Premium High Speed HDMI Cable if your TV also supports 4K Ultra HD or HDR.

What if my TV does not have an HDMI port?

If you have an older television that does not support HDMI, you can connect a Roku player that has a composite audio/video connection in addition to its HDMI connection. To determine if your player has this connection, look for a single port labeled “A/V” or “A/V OUT”, or you may see a separate port labeled “VIDEO” along with two ports labeled “AUDIO”.

cable for roku 

The cable you need to connect your player to your TV likely has red, white, and yellow connectors like those seen below.

Step-1 Connect your Roku device to your TV

Using HDMI Connect your Roku player using the correct HDMI cable, or connect your Streaming Stick directly

connect roku with HDMI cable
  • Note: Your Roku player or Streaming Stick may differ from those depicted in the sample diagrams here.
  • If you plan to stream 4K UHD or HDR content, you must connect your compatible Roku device to an HDMI input that supports HDCP 2.2.
  • Note: If your Roku Streaming Stick does not easily connect to the HDMI input on your TV due to space restrictions, you may wish to get a free HDMI extender cable.
  • Using composite If your TV does not have an HDMI port, connect your compatible Roku player using composite cables
connect your roku with cable

Step -2  Connect your Roku player to your wired network (optional)

If you are using a wired network and your Roku player has an Ethernet port, connect one end of an Ethernet cable to your player and the other end to an available Ethernet port on your router or network switch.

connect roku with ethernet cable
  • Note: A Roku Streaming Stick does not have an Ethernet port.

Step -3 Connect your Roku device to power

From a wall outlet (recommended)

Use the power adapter (or USB power cable and power adapter) to connect your Roku streaming device to a wall outlet

connect roku with power cable
  • Note: If you are connecting a Roku Streaming Stick+, you must connect the USB power cable with advanced wireless receiver along with the USB power extender cable before attaching the power adapter.

Step -4 From a USB port on your TV

Any Roku Streaming Stick supports USB power, but only some Roku players do. If you are connecting your Roku device to USB power, use the USB power cable to connect it to a USB port on your TV.

connect usb point with tv
  • Note: The USB port on some TV’s may be unable to power a Roku device. If you see the on-screen warning message that appears in these cases, use the power adapter (or USB power cable and power adapter) and connect to a wall outlet.

Step -5 Power on your TV and select the correct input

Use your TV remote to power on your television and select the input where you connected your Roku device. You should see the Roku logo on the TV screen as your Roku device powers on. Help is available if you do not see any picture on your TV.

Step -5 Insert batteries in your Roku remote

Slide open the battery cover on the back side of your remote and insert batteries.

insert battery in roku remote
  • Note: If you are not sure what type of remote you have, you can check for a “pairing” button inside the battery compartment since only enhanced remotes have this button.

On-screen setup and activation of Roku Device

Choose a language

The first screen you see will allow you to choose a language. All text and dialog within the Roku interface will be displayed in the selected language.

Scroll up and down the list and press the OK button  on your Roku remote to choose a language.

Note: It is the responsibility of the channel provider to translate their channel and some channels may not support your chosen language.

Connect your Roku device to your network and the internet

connect roku with internet

If you are using a wired network, make sure an Ethernet cable is connected to your Roku player and then set up the wired connection. Otherwise, use the guidelines below to set up the wireless connection.

Choose your wireless network from the list of available networks and enter your password. This is most often the same network you use to connect your computer or smartphone to the internet. If you do not see your network, select Scan again to see all networks.

  • If you want to see your password as you type, choose Show password. This can help prevent entering the wrong password. Remember, passwords are case-sensitive. Use the shift
  • button up on the on-screen keyboard to enter a capital letter.
  • Once you have entered your password and selected Connect, your Roku device will automatically connect to the internet.
  • Wait for your Roku device to download the latest software

Once connected to the internet, your Roku device will check to see if a software update is available, download the latest version if necessary, and then reboot.

Set the display type

Your Roku device will analyze the HDMI connection to determine the best display resolution so you do not have to manually configure the settings. To change the display type at a later time, go to Settings > Display type.

If support for 4K UHD or HDR is not detected on your compatible Roku device, and you are using a 4K UHD-compatible TV or HDR-compatible TV, make sure all HDMI cables are firmly attached and all connections support HDCP 2.2. For more help, review the steps for 4K UHD setup or HDR setup.

Set up your Roku enhanced remote to control your TV

Select Check remote settings to automatically set up your Roku enhanced remote to control the power and volume for your TV. If you skip this step, you can set up your remote at any time from the settings menu. Go to Settings > Remotes & devices > Remote > Set up remote for TV control.

Notes:

This setup step only appears if you are using a Roku enhanced remote with TV power and volume buttons. Select Roku devices released in 2017 and later include this remote.

The Roku enhanced remote may not be able to control volume and power on all TV models. With some TV models, you may only be able to control the volume, and not the power.

Create a Roku account and activate your Roku device

activate roku device

In order to activate your Roku device, it must be linked to a Roku account. Your Roku account keeps track of which Roku devices you own and allows you to add free and purchase channels from the Roku Channel Store.
Note: There is NEVER a charge to create a Roku account.


Instructions for activating your Roku device will be displayed on your TV, including an activation code; e.g. “XCV5TG”. You will be required to visit roku.com/link on your computer or smartphone, enter the code and follow the instructions to activate your Roku device.

Note: Roku does NOT charge for device activation. When entering roku.com/link into your web browser, type it carefully to avoid fraudulent websites.


Once you have completed all the activation steps, your Roku streaming player or Roku Streaming Stick is ready to use.

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