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Roku - Official Remote Control
Get to know the must-have app for streamers Use the free Roku® mobile app to: • Control your Roku devices with a convenient remote • Use your voice or keyboard to quickly search for entertainment • Enjoy private listening with headphones • Stream free movies, live TV, and more on the go with The Roku Channel • Cast media files from your phone, like videos and photos, to your TV • Add and launch channels on your Roku devices • Enter text on your Roku device easier with your mobile keyboard You must connect your phone or tablet to the same wireless network as your Roku device to use certain features of the mobile app. Some features require a compatible Roku device and may require logging into your Roku account. Feature availability: • Voice search is available in English in the US, UK, and Canada. It’s also available in Spanish in Mexico and the US. • The Roku Channel can be viewed in the mobile app in the US only. • Some channels require payment, can change, and vary by country. For more information and troubleshooting, go to and
Trash, only great for last resort
by gahahsbsjewn on 2020/11/25 16:09
This app is trash. When you listen through the app. It breaks up and gets staticky every few months and you have to double click it every time to work properly. It constantly crashes and freeze. Sometimes it glitches. Just way to many bugs for me. I’ve used other smart tv apps and it’s much better! However it’s a great alternative when you loose the tiny remote! Which happens often in my household! So it’s worth the download foe this reason alone!
PLEASE allow us to disable connection to server
by Ncarbell on 2020/11/25 16:04
With the latest update, the connection to Roku’s servers (which is of absolutely no use to me) fails every. Single. Time. But the app does not allow you to bypass this load screen — instead, I have to wait 60-90 seconds before I can use the remote, every time I open the app. Of course, you could just use the remote that came with your Roku — except I’ve bought 3 of those, all of which failed after less than 6 months of use. Please let us either use the remote app as a remote, rather than a dedicated ad platform for Roku’s subscription service... or develop a physical remote that doesn’t’ self-destruct. I beseech you.
This app is not recommended
by dont touch me!!! on 2020/11/25 15:30
This app glitches quite often and is unresponsive for minutes at a time
No connection
by Trutotheu on 2020/11/25 15:20
The app just never opens and if it does it won’t connect to the tv. Went from being a super helpful tool to useless
Stopped working won’t update
by raymd93 on 2020/11/25 14:41
I used to love this app until it started lagging and then completely stopped working so I went to check for an update and attempted to update it and it will not update I’ve restarted my phone several times I have excellent wifi I’ve tried it on my own internet nothings working
Stopped working since update
by Thatmarathonmom on 2020/11/25 14:21
My app on my iPhone stopped working since the recent update. Just spins and spins even though I’m on my network. I uninstalled and reinstalled and it worked briefly before the same problem. I’ve used it for years before this- very frustrating
I love it
by playerreql on 2020/11/25 14:10
This is the best for controlling a roku from your phone
Doesn’t work half the time
by Feliciajeannn on 2020/11/25 13:37
It literally doesn’t connect or load half of the time
Like it Except For
by Love My 'Pad on 2020/11/25 04:16
I searched for this app so that I would always have one at my disposal but really used it for the Bluetooth function. BUT I get a lot of interference when using my AirPods and find myself removing them and straining to hear the TV. I stay up later than my husband and use the Bluetooth function to not disturb him. Could you please fix this problem ASAP with an update? Otherwise the Remote works perfectly!!
ADs - ADs - ADs Can’t do anything without an AD popping up.
by Allsh00kup on 2020/11/25 03:50
It’s so frustrating that every time you press any button you get an ad. It makes the app nearly useless. I can’t believe this is the official app from Roku. Remove the ADs!
Private Listening
by Dp1192 on 2020/11/25 03:48
I love how I can listen to the TV on my AirPods Pro while my wife can sleep
by ueuensmaknsndnxjdjaka on 2020/11/25 03:47
the app overall is amazing , you guys should add private listening to hdmi’s . it would be a HUGE addition to gaming and watching tv on consoles.
Buggy with random failures
by Review12345678900 on 2020/11/25 02:46
Randomly drops private listening and simultaneously begins whatever movie/show is being listed on screen. Useful and good overall, but this issue has persisted for years. Please figure it out and I’ll rate you 4 stars for this app. Thanks.
Mobile control
by lindsayfeltman818 on 2020/11/25 01:24
Wont let me use control on my device. Was working just fine and now it doesnt
Can’t connect
by Yolanda Page on 2020/11/24 18:30
My Roku tv randomly disconnected while I was using it and now it doesn’t show up as a device. If this continues then I will no longer be a Roku customer though I have been for years.
by beanrage on 2020/11/24 18:07
Does not connect to any of my Roku devices even when I manually input their IP addresses. This is an ongoing problem, not a one-off issue. The app is worse than useless and I don’t know how other people manage to have such great experiences with it. Zero stars.
Grest device
by TDC0430 on 2020/11/24 16:49
Great device for streaming but what bothers me the most is Roku changes my themes/wallpaper on occasion. Clearly not your concern or business of my wallpaper
Needs some fixing
by PDiddy1111 on 2020/11/24 12:52
Before the newest updates i never had a problem with the app. But now it seems to be that i could only connect to my roku tv from my phone when i unplug my tv and plug it back in. Never wants to work if i keep my tv plugged in. NEEDS SOME FIXING SOON
by jzhwhaua on 2020/11/24 05:04
I like how they update their app, but never address the actual probably people are having. Mainly the connection from the app to TV. Useless
Simpsons no sound
by Aaasaaasaaaadfedfhuhfe on 2020/11/24 04:00
For months no there is no sound on the Simpsons when private listening.
Doesn’t connect to TV
by EricThriller on 2020/11/24 03:00
This app takes forever for it to connect to our Roku TV. If at all...
by ruan brett on 2020/11/23 07:17
I do not understand the app it connects and disconnects every 5 min
It’s ok
by ItsAmazingBoy on 2020/11/23 04:28
The app is great but there are major issues with my app. Sometimes it works great but then all of a sudden it losses connection and doesn’t work for a bit, a lot of the time when it losses the connection and I try to reconnect it says there are no devices on this WiFi or something like that (and no it’s not the WiFi because it works just fine) and it does that for a long period of time.
Bad connection
by roku rater on 2020/11/22 23:08
After the latest update to the tv and remote you can’t reconnect to the tv after the app is closed without turning everything off and back on. What a hassle for something that is supposed to be a convenient solution to hunting for the remote...
doesn't work well with new update
by bc324 on 2020/11/22 14:24
with the new ios update feature "allow device access on local network" the roku app remote tends to not be able to connect to my tv. i've turned the feature on and off, as well as tried different networks. sometimes i'm allowed to control my tv with the app after i've manually turned it on from the tv itself
Helped a lot works just as well as a regular one
by Gdog 11121222222222 on 2020/11/22 08:42
by Olive... Hi on 2020/11/22 03:13
It’s so convenient!!
Doesn’t connect
by Corvinesque on 2020/11/21 23:23
Used to love this app but now it doesn’t connect. Very frustrating. Needs an immediate update.
Loved this app before ads played every second
by gdsjuxjsbxuksnhxjdnbx on 2020/11/20 19:21
The ads are out of control. You can press one button on the remote before another five second ad pops up. So frustrating. I cannot believe I bought this remote for a year and then they flood the app with ads. It’s useless now. It literally is useless.
Can be Frustrating
by dhhdvdvsgsbs s on 2020/11/20 09:52
Sometimes I like the app and sometimes I don’t but It really help me because I don’t know what’s wrong with my Roku Remote because it dose not work for my tv the first few Months that I got the tv the remote was working fine I don’t know what’s wrong with it now Buh this app helped to a lot but it’s kinda Frustrating using this app because it ether takes a long time to connect or I just don’t connect at all thing I have to keep going out the app and going back in but Eventually it works.
takes forever to load
by ghfgbbbbv on 2020/11/20 03:19
better off using other remote this will load for about 5-10 min
Not connected to network
by Brandilee1991 on 2020/11/20 02:39
I love that I can use this app to control my TVs but her lately the app keeps telling me not connected the network when it is. I have been fighting with it all week. I have uninstalled the app and reinstalled it. But it’s still not working. I don’t know what else to do.. I’m about to get delete it. I have tried everything to get it to work.
by knoobbyy on 2020/11/19 23:26
Good app
by bigbettybest on 2020/11/19 20:56
Good app very well made :)
by sonic2341 on 2020/11/19 02:58
Need to get fixed
by Maliah l on 2020/11/19 01:00
I’ve been using Roku for a while , and it never has this problem it acts so slow for no reason , disconnects like every 1 minute and half the time I have to stream from my phone !!! WOULDNT RECOMMED BUY ANOTHER APP
Worst app ever
by DNC murdered Seth Rich on 2020/11/18 22:20
Wont recognize the tv. Half the thine and the other half it will power the tv on and then tell me it could connect to the tv. So, that equals 100% worthless app. Roku has always been a joke, but this is bad even for them. How to fix: easy, Sling and Amazon Prime.
Wont work anymore
by hdudjdudjsjj on 2020/11/18 19:43
Was great until it stopped connecting to my tv and refuses to connect🙃👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Update your app.
by cantthinkofnothingelse on 2020/11/18 11:02
Constantly has problems booting up. Will have to close 2 or 3 times to get it to load in less than like 2 whole minutes... does it on multiple phones so it’s not my fault. Fix your app it’s terrible.
Never works
by skullman2033 on 2020/11/18 04:29
I have tried everything. It will not show up as available.
by YvonneGiathi on 2020/11/18 00:00
I can’t use my headphones for private listening and I can’t type with the keyboard the icons have removed themselves I don’t know what is wrong with the app but they were there before and now they’re not
by Shloip on 2020/11/17 23:32
It won’t stay connected to my tv. It connects and disconnects every time that I press a button. Other than that I really like the app.
by TonyG953 on 2020/11/17 15:20
Works when it wants to, always in eco mode but never turns on. Turning wifi off and on won’t help either.
by 273859284 on 2020/11/17 02:41
I works super well it connected to my tv and i didn’t have to do anything
How to write
by ava1081 on 2020/11/17 02:10
I don’t like it
by Rixxxxh on 2020/11/17 01:21
If you lose the Remote you can use this app
by boyfromthedwarf9 on 2020/11/17 00:13
No way to set it to JUST SHOW ME A REMOTE. IDC about the suggestions. Additionally, if you tap the wrong device at the start by mistake, it locks you in to waiting for it to connect. Even if it can't. Have to force close and reopen.
It used to work
by cayoyin on 2020/11/16 21:36
Now it doesn’t even wake up my Roku device. Too bad. I really liked it. #delete
Doesn’t work as good as third party apps!
by WNN8 on 2020/11/16 14:00
The remote almost never is able to recognize Roku devices on my network, yet apps like Spotify and YouTube are able to easily connect to and control my Roku devices! You’d think that the actual Roku devs would be better at knowing their device than third parties. Really sad!
No work
by kingdimond25 on 2020/11/16 07:14
It dose no show my tv and how am I supposed to go to my tv settings if I don’t have a remote pls fix
by EB Jacoby on 2020/11/16 04:38
Shame on me for losing my physical remote, but golly, I wouldn’t need this parasitic app if Roku would sell remotes individually without their fire-stickversion. cheapskates
by boobtch96 on 2020/11/15 19:24
I can only use this app if I have the physical remote to turn it on. That defeats the purpose of the app. 🙄
Bad headphone audio, constantly disconnects
by Qwerrtyuop on 2020/11/15 19:15
Says “too many devices connected” when there is only one... Just disappointed that its this bad and hasnt seen improvement all of these YEARS
It’s ok
by Aidencafterxput on 2020/11/15 14:40
I like it but there are errors
Needs some serious work!
by gmun315 on 2020/11/15 13:36
Looses connection very often when connecting to headphone pairing
Won’t connect
by Bme4free on 2020/11/15 06:36
All my WiFi settings are fine. It will not connect to my TV. Worthless. ***still not working!!! Please fix!
Won’t work for college students!!!
by Sam2020k on 2020/11/15 04:14
If your college has one WiFi for your tv and another for your phones and laptops, the remote app WILL NOT WORK!! The actual remote has stopped allowing me to turn down the volume, so I need to use the app. However, I can not connect because it’s not on the same network! This is a MAJOR inconvenience and something needs to be done! Prior to being in college, at home, it worked well and I used it all the time so I’m very upset that I can’t now.
by mitchstars on 2020/11/15 03:47
Best controller ever
by anthony i love this app on 2020/11/15 01:19
I don’t need to pay i love it who create app is the best
by Cubbybear05 on 2020/11/14 19:52
i haven’t used my actual remote in probably a year
Good previous updates
by a picture of me and my family on 2020/11/14 15:20
Reason for 2 stars. My internet is fine But it keep on saying no Roku available Or have to reboot it every so often.
by xxxtentacionapril231 on 2020/11/14 09:59
It’s so slow it’s not my internet it’s perfect it just says network not found?!
This app is amazing😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍✨✨✨✨
by 💯⭐️🌟 on 2020/11/14 00:11
There a lot of fake ones A LOT this is perfect if you lost it or somebody needs the remote it’s awesome I mostly use this app for my big sister I love it!!!
Use Daily
by MrsGray09 on 2020/11/13 20:14
I love this app! My kids lose their remote almost every day and I love having this app handy to use when that happens.
Headphone listening cut outs
by Storm-user on 2020/11/13 11:06
Was hoping for better experience than headphones directly plugged into the remote, but there is a lot of cut in and out. Less reliable than plugging directly into the remote.
Devices touch not working well
by DJ REY G.P. on 2020/11/13 05:18
Ever since new upgrade I haven’t been able click on the device that I want easily. I touch the device I want and nothing. I have set them but nothing!!!!
Works perfectly!
by dspgail on 2020/11/13 05:09
I’ve used my new app for three days now. My iPhone paired perfectly with the app and has worked exactly the way it’s supposed to work. On the iPhone store, there are several television brands that are listed, with a different variation of the app for those different brands. For instance, there is a different app download for a Samsung television compared to a Magnavox. It goes without saying that it’s important to get the right one. My ear buds worked fine with no pairing issues. Great app!!
Don’t know
by Call me SUSHI cause I'm so RAW on 2020/11/13 02:48
I don’t use this for anything but the remote so 5 star I guess. But my reasoning for this review was to say that it’s ridiculous how we literally lose the remote and don’t feel like finding it, so we download the app😪
by ail aka chase on 2020/11/13 01:43
Most apps are At LEAST 100 Megabytes this app has 75.My phone has about 15.5 out of 16. I can download and use when I can’t find the remote. LOVE IT 😍
Poor performance
by FZRMatt on 2020/11/12 11:37
We have 5 smart phones with this app downloaded. It fails to wake the TV almost every time. We haven’t been able to watch our TV in days!
Private Listening needs to be adjusted
by Jtcart on 2020/11/12 05:33
I like the app when it works but I’m having the most problem with the private listening. It cuts off having so often and it can get a bit annoying. The remote control works like a charm but I need the private listening to improve
Subpar and worse than fake apps
by Reecemicter on 2020/11/12 04:31
This app is constantly crashing and has a hard time connecting. It also can’t turn on Roku TVs like the fake apps can (I understand rokus that plug into TVs shouldn’t be expected to do this, but an actual Roku tv should). While it says it’s a remote app it’s filled with useless screens and is sometimes unresponsive. I don’t know why the rating for this app is so high. This other issue I have is more of a suggestion to developers, but Roku remotes should be able to connect to TVs through Bluetooth. I was unable to use the remote app at college because of how my schools WiFi worked and it was disappointing. Bluetooth capabilities should be added into newer Roku devises.
Does Convenient !
by 💋💄🙋 on 2020/11/11 21:11
this app is awesome!!!! 👏🏾 we tend to lose the remote & it’s super annoying. one day we couldn’t find the remote to save our lives so we stepped out on faith to see if by some stroke of luck there’d be a Roku remote app & voilà ! ✨ Here it is ! & it’s perfect. however, i had to give it 4 out of 5 stars because every now & then when i go to the app it just buffers on the opening purple Roku screen forEVER. 🙄 i try closing & reopening and even uninstalling & reinstalling the app but it still never loads.
by hurbby on 2020/11/11 17:58
Slow and doesn’t load icons
by okauidc on 2020/11/11 11:09
it’s like the wifi never wants to connect to the roku it only does it when it wants to its so frustrating
Why I love this app
by Smashamall on 2020/11/11 04:04
I love this app because when someone is sleeping i can watch whatever i want with out waking them
Commercials? Are you kidding me?
by nandhdmxjs on 2020/11/11 03:38
After purchasing at least 4 Roku devices in the past 10 years is incredibly frustrating to be forced to watch commercials on the Roku app before I can control my TV when the couch eats the remote. This should be a utility not a moneymaker. Not OK Roku. Do better.
by retail dale on 2020/11/11 01:39
Trash barely connects
It Is Dumb
by :;13?(;)$,,$@(45::;)?? on 2020/11/11 00:34
I Try And I Try But Nooooooo U Not Let Me When I Have Everything You Want!!!!! Go Die In Hell!!!!!!!!!!!
Useless remote feature
by Iggy And rach on 2020/11/10 21:20
Remote feature through phone is unreliable to use
Private Audio - usual problems
by EatMyAnusApple on 2020/11/10 17:50
Every update, the private audio is the first thing to go. Terrible. Disconnects every few minutes. Reboot phone, kill every other app, still randomly disconnects. I’m five feet from the router and Roku, though I think it uses Bluetooth. Waste of time. Sometimes I wonder if developers thoroughly test their apps before releasing it. “Let the customers find and report any bugs, it will save our manpower.”
Not As Best As I Think
by Michael Grimmer on 2020/11/10 11:00
I Lost My Roku Remotes And Now I Have Use My iPhone As A Roku Remote
by doulaMomma on 2020/11/09 19:03
Worked great for a few weeks. Now it won’t connect. It will turn on the tv when I refresh it and it does so at top volume. Definitely needs a bug fix!
by Siopia on 2020/11/09 15:19
I couldn’t pair them.
If it worked even half the time, it'd be a great app!
by Terrilee223 on 2020/11/09 14:52
My issue with this app is that it needs to be on the same wifi network to work. Ok, shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong. It takes some doing to establish a connection to any of the 3 Roku's we have, for some odd reason. So when I open the app & a message comes across the screen saying something like 'no device found, please connect to the same wifi network to connect to a device', I enter the menu to choose from the list but it refuses to connect, so much so that my phone offloaded the app for lack of use. I mean, I still gave 4 stars bc it really is a convenient app- the keyboard for typing in passwords is SO great! If it wasn't such a hassle connecting it I'd have went 5, it really is a great app (when it works as intended!).
by Nessa7DS on 2020/11/09 13:27
I’d you haven’t already download this immediately! It’s a lifesaver when you’re looking all over for the remote. Only problem is it only works if your phone and tv are on the same WiFi. Either way love this app!! Believe me my remote loves to play hide and seek! 😂
by cupcakecutie1148 on 2020/11/09 01:13
For some reason it will not connect to the basement TV which causes me basically not to be able to watch TV because my sister destroyed the other remote.
Hasn’t connected to my TV in months
by KERW2018 on 2020/11/08 22:26
I even went through the troubleshooting and tried to manually connect it and it won’t connect to my TV for anything. Used to be a great app.
Best app ever made🥳
by bob boy 7 on 2020/11/08 20:42
This app is the best app ever .Because when my brother loses the remote I have this app to help everybody should download this app even my brother loves it no you do not get to know his name no but I love this app so much I love The app so much.
by jejsjejjaja on 2020/11/08 20:36
It never works
by keith car reviews on 2020/11/08 15:18
This is the worst app and tv to buy ever made in the u.s. it is so frustrating trying to use this app and operate this dumb tv at the same time
Best app ever For a tv
by olkeylover on 2020/11/08 07:14
My daughter is only five years old and it has an iPad and it’s really easier to watch her shows with her iPad remote it’s really easy even if you lose a remote you can use your iPad or iPhone as a remote love it
Needs bugs fixed
by Peter519 on 2020/11/08 04:37
This app keeps messing up it wont connect to the tv and when it does it stays connected for a few seconds!
Its never worked.
by Chrispatsox on 2020/11/07 22:00
Why is this still here it doesn't work. It tells me my Tv is in Eco mode my Tv doesn't have an eco mode. Its never worked
Private listening is a disaster
by macgeek7 on 2020/11/07 15:03
When it works it’s great but it’s so hit or miss it’s useless.
Twenty first century?
by Drewgirl571 on 2020/11/07 12:06
Let’s start with the fact that the app doesn’t allow you to watch in landscape format. The app Is difficult to navigate, does not have good instructions on how to use it (not intuitive) and doesn’t allow you to watch certain shows. Why in all of the tech that we have are you pushing an app like this? I can’t talk to a live person and the fact that none of my subscription channels are able to be viewed via this app because the email sign in doesn’t sync is infuriating. This is the least intuitive, circuitous app I have ever used. Worse is all,of the help screens on the website that pout you down a path to a dead end and none of the answers are actually helpful.
HELP: it disconnects itself from WiFi now! And still no sleep mode
by 1Reviewer21 on 2020/11/07 10:19
1.Help: This app doesn’t allow iPhones to go to sleep so your iPhone will not lock, potentially exposing all the info in your phone to be seen by unwanted people in your apartment or home. A terrible security flaw! 2. HELP: It had now started too disconnect itself from the wifi and so does the headphone connection! Roku people: Please fix it Thanks.
Me encanta.
by Cologachiryan1981 on 2020/11/07 04:58
Lo mejor
Doesn’t even work
by TheElvesAreBack on 2020/11/07 03:55
It literally cannot connect to my tv. Randomly stopped. Idk why. I’m connected to the internet but it’s lying and saying I’m not. Useless garbage app
Best Handy App... Here’s why (Read All)
by Yaslivinglife on 2020/09/18 14:26
Honestly, I love this app because it’s greatly convenient!!! Probably one of THE MOST convenient and simple apps for free. Like another reviewer said instead of searching for the remote as long as you have your phone (which is most likely all the time) you’re good. As a wheelchair bound disabled person, some people in my home can leave the remote in places I can’t really reach so that’s were this app come in handy, and really in this household the remote generally has the tendency to disappear. So if you have a remote that has hidden legs and likes to go into hiding then the app is great. On a funny and more truthful note, I originally got the app because my sister and I weren’t getting along at the time and she knows every morning I use the tv. For some reason the next morning I couldn’t find the remote and had a gut feeling she hid it on purpose so that I had no choice but to talk and ask her where it was (in which she probably still wouldn’t have helped to be petty). To avoid needing her help, I downloaded the app and she looked confused and shocked like “😳”. I felt like victory with my phone remote 😎😂. I definitely take back what I said about people who used this app were being lazy but it comes in handy for more than not wanting to get up!!!
Why I love this app
by best tv and everything is good on 2019/12/15 01:51
I love this app because I don’t have to move when I wake up lookin for my control I just grab my phone and there is my control then I find it when I’m awake and I love not having to move out of my bed it’s like having your tv on your phone and don’t start me on that I can watch my. MY tv in my phone I just feel like my tv is in my pocket or in my purse at any time I need it and I feel important for having my tv in my pocket/purse. I just love the quality no hacking no lagging no need of standing up in the mornings anymore and I love how I just can do whatever in this app involving my tv and don’t start me on the tv the tv is the best quality ever EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER Athens best one EVER I don’t know what can be best than this it just needs to not stop being itself don’t change anything to that tv or ima return all the TVs I bought of you because their perfect just like they are that’s my review 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️rating ever EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER there that’s my best review.
Great app when it decides to work
by Cerealkelr on 2019/07/27 12:19
I mainly use this for when I lose my physical remote or private listening when I want to watch TV, but not wake up housemates. It seems quite frequently it has stopped connecting to my TV saying that my TV may be in “eco mode” and asks me to “wake it up.” My TV is never in “eco mode” and I’m usually in the middle of a show when this happens. The only way I’ve figured out how to get it to recognize my TV again is to completely unplug my TV for about 20 seconds and plug it back in to completely reboot it. Then it usually works, but will often disconnect during the same watching session. It’s very random, too. Sometimes I can go a whole day without this problem. Sometimes I give up and just watch stuff from my phone because I can’t get it to private listen for more than 5 minutes. I have a strong WiFi connection and my bed where I try to private listen from isn’t far from my Roku TV. I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed an app before, but this needs to be fixed. I’ve looked at reviews from a year (and longer) ago complaining of the exact same issue. PLEASE GET THIS FIXED, roku developers!
Can’t prevent phone from auto lock?
by nicknames_r_stupid on 2018/02/03 19:45
One glaring omission from this app is that there is no option to prevent the screen from auto-locking. That seems like such an oversight of something so essential in a remote app. Imagine you have a physical remote that sleeps and may or may not reload when you want to use it. Behold Roku app. Turning off auto-lock for the entire device just to keep the remote open is really a bad and unsafe alternative. Unfortunately with all the great features this app provides (especially the swipe controls and keyboard) this app becomes completely useless because eventually you will find yourself taking the path of least resistance and just reach for the physical remote. Please please add an auto-lock prevention option. IOS has this capability and from experience it’s relatively minimal effort to implement this functionality. Also Roku doesn’t seem to have an email to suggest missing features, so I’m going to be pessimistic here and assume Roku probably won’t read this and this app will never get this option. I so hope I’m wrong because I really want to use this app 🖖.
Very Convenient When you Misplace the Remote
by Mystiquekitty on 2017/11/19 19:28
I was very excited when I found out Roku made an app for the iPhone. My remote is often knocked over by the cats and lands under my wheelchair which makes it hard to find. Or when I misplace the remote which is why I wrote this review since I couldn’t find it and the rate screen popped up. Lol I find it especially simple to use and though I only have one Roku still hooked up it always finds the right one. I’ve had my Roku for several years and was wondering if the app would work. The app works just fine on my iPhone 5. Plus it looks exactly like my remote the one without the channel buttons. If it is possible to change the skins I do not know I haven’t searched it out. I read one reviewer mention it often can’t find their connection that has happened only once I just restarted the app and it was fine. This is one of my most useful and helpful apps I have on my phone!
Very good but TAKE THE 17+ RATING OFF!!!!!
by jacee d on 2019/07/16 04:00
I used to use this app literally every day because the remote was so useful! My roku tv at home is so finicky. It has a sweet spot that is hard to find and I have a shaky hand so it is also hard to keep consistent. But when I found this app it was a game changer. You don’t even have to aim the remote with this app. Private listening is also very useful. I like to have my tv loud, so late at night when I don’t want to disturb my parents watching tv, I can just turn on private listening and listen through my headphones. But with the latest update they added a 17+ rating. Which is super annoying. My mom has a restriction on my phone to where I can’t download 17+ apps. So thanks Apple. Now I have to have an app that is super bobo and doesn’t even have private listening. And btw, this app doesn’t have ads. LITERALLY EVERY OTHER APP ON THE APP STORE THAT IS A ROKU REMOTE HAS ADS. So not only is it super bobo, has no private listening, IT ALSO HAS ADS. Apple make this app 12+ or whatever it was before again!!!
Can be very frustrating at times
by Tiffany002 on 2019/03/12 11:06
The app is a great alternative to using the remote, especially if you are someone like me who looses it every 5 seconds. I have the app on a setting to where i can turn my tv on through the app. A lot of the times the remote is not connected so it doesn’t turn on my tv. The main reason I have this app is to listen to the tv with my headphones. A lot of the times it gives me problems and it doesn’t always connect to my headphones or it will connect for a little while and then start glitching later. This app has a lot of problems and its so annoying when I turn on my tv expecting to use my phone and its not connected. I don’t understand why its not connected when i have an internet connection. And also when the app starts glitching is causes my tv to glitch and turn off. And sometimes my tv doesn’t work unless i get up and unplug it and plug it back up again. As i said before, this is a good app and is very convenient, but at the same time it can still use a lot of work in the meantime.
Family Remote(ROKU)
by JANIYA OLIVER😍😍 on 2019/08/04 13:08
Good morning here is my review This app is literally the best when my sister can’t find Our remote to our TV I say calm down because there’s no need to panic because I have the app right here on my iPhone and almost like everybody in my family does and will use it like a lot and can’t find a remote the only reason why I did A review was because I want to help support this app because because I really enjoy paying for movies and watching them even more they have Netflix ,sling hulu,vudu, and more and here is some advice when you go to sleep at night time are you Gotta do is press the pause button and when you wake up in the morning it’s showing pictures of the new movies that’s about to come out like for example big Brother Doctor Who she’s Gotta have it or more or more classic movies so I hope you like it I tried my best my very best have the very best day goodbye...😀😄😁
Decent needs adjustments
by Great Amazing App! on 2020/07/06 11:48
I’ve been in love with this app for a while, the major reason why I use it is for the headphone setting since I like privately listening, but this feature has a couple of problems such as it will glitch a little and eventually shut off private listening and play the volume incredibly loud which is a problem when it’s late and my family is sleeping. I know I’m not the only one who faces this issue and I don’t know about others but this typically happens to me when my headphones aren’t placed correctly. Another issue I have is when the app shuts off after a while of not being used. And this takes me a while to readjust because the remote will load for a long time even though my internet is connected or I have to work my way around is such as disconnect from the WiFi, close the app reconnect from the WiFi open the app and sometimes THAT doesn’t even work and it gets really annoying to the point where I have to use the physical remote so it defeats the purpose of even having a remote on my phone in the first place
Note To App Developers
by BlueTurdsInWinter on 2020/09/20 19:55
Theoretically, a brilliant app. The reality of it is that this app in the year+ that I’ve been using it has upgraded many times, each time seeming to get more and more glitchy...and not really adding anything of great positive change to the app. I’m at the point now where about half the time neither ios device I use is able to connect to my Roku tv and almost always at least one is unable to connect. Yes. I know about unplugging the tv for a few minutes to reset it but it’s rather annoying when I’ve just prepared a meal and I’m sitting down to watch something and have to wait an extra 5 minutes while my food gets cold for the connection to reset. So here’s the message I’d send to the developers: The app, while the other features are cool, is designed to be A REMOTE. If it can’t even be used as a remote then YOU ARE FAILING AS DEVELOPERS OF THIS APP. Forget the extra nonsense until you take care of these bugs preventing us from connecting the remotes to our roku tvs. Thank you.
by SnapchatGetUrHeadInTheGame on 2019/06/19 23:21
***edit*** I went into the settings to switch my Roku and I saw the option to switch it back to how I liked it, and here I accidentally selected ‘swipe’ mode instead of ‘traditional’ mode weeks ago without realizing :/ I’m a clown :/ I’m sorry roku I love you, baby GET THE NEW VERSION OF THIS OUT OF HERE!!!! Why do you have to swipe your finger to scroll up, down, and across???? When you’re trying to find something to watch or know what show you want it literally takes fifty years to get to it because of how much fingering swiping you have to do. I want the one where you just have to press the button. Every time I try to swipe it it accidentally presses the buttons instead and I have to hit the back button a million times just to find what show I want. This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. How do I switch back? Again, this is the dumbest update I have witnessed in my entire life.
iPhone remote app for TLC ROKU
by Merlintoo on 2019/01/28 01:17
So far, this is the easiest, most reliable, user friendly remote app I have used. I tap on the icon, the app opens up, and it works perfectly for my needs. As I am getting on a bit age wise,(physically, mentally I think I’m still 25 sometimes, not always advantageous), I have found using the app on my iPhone 7S easier than the remote itself, because everything is right there on the screen to see, only larger, and only takes a light touch. I have found this to be a very useful, pleasantly reliable and user friendly app. Anyone who happens to have arthritis as I do I believe would find this app very helpful, and find a bit of relief from the occasional difficulty and frustration of not being able to hold that tiny remote, as opposed to the relative ease of holding the iPhone with an easy to see and easy to use interface.
From an accessibility standpoint, the watch app is pathetic!
by Mom24monsters on 2019/12/22 20:10
I haven’t found many issues with the iPhone app, but nobody, including me, has all day to read or in my case, write my entire review about what’s wrong with the Watch app. It’s so much easier to write what does work, and that’s kind of pathetic. Everything should work with voiceover, meaning this is an accessibility issue. Your TV talks, but you fail to understand how well accessibility needs to work on your apps. All I can say is, everything on page 2 of the app works, but nothing else does. I can switch from page to page, but heaven forbid I should touch the page chooser, because it ends up going back to page one, which is beyond frustrating! When I’m trying to do something on page 2, then I go too far and get to the page chooser, it goes back to page 1. That should not happen! When there are four pages, and only a quarter of them work with voiceover, you have a problem. Accessibility should be one of the first things you should check before releasing an app.
Roku Remote
by PiperRylie on 2018/11/21 00:41
I original had my real remote for my Roku TV and it worked perfectly but then it stopped working. I discovered that they had a Roku App (This App) and it’s helped a whole bunch because you can just about control the TV from any direction or angle of my bed. It’s a great tool since I still to this day haven’t gotten another remote but I have one concern..When I turn on my TV I open the Roku App and it says that Roku Is Powered Off when I am staring at my POWERED ON television and it’s saying Roku Is Powered Off and then it constantly says Not Connected when I am connected to WiFi and I’m connected to the Internet. So please answer my questions due to 1:Why does it say Roku Is Powered Off and won’t let my remote work? And 2: Why does it always say “Not Connected” when I’m connected to every plug, WiFi password, and internet connection in my house? I really hope you read this feedback because I really would like answers Thank You-❤️❤️❤️
TCL Roku TV - Remote
by JHof76 on 2020/04/03 12:14
I use the remote on the app for private listening using my Bose Quiet Comfort II headphones. When it works it’s fantastic! Lately I’ve been having so many issues with it doing this 30 second countdown to wake my tv up out of “eco mode” for no reason at all. My tv is not in eco mode. I wait the 30 seconds for it to connect and it starts all over with the 30 second eco mode stuff. I get so frustrated. I’m a techy. I know my way around these issues by searching from solutions from others. Currently I’m turning Airplane Mode on and off to reestablish my WiFi connection. That seems to fix the issue for a little while, but come on. Why should anyone have to do this? I’ve had this tv for two years now and have always had this issue with the remote feature on the app, but it’s gotten so bad I felt I needed to leave a review. The app remote has also started not working when I try to turn my tv on. And yes, both my phone and tv are on the same WiFi network. Major frustration. Please fix this issue already!
by hi hi hi what do you long on 2020/02/06 02:21
That is so good because it means no more half team have to get up and look for the Roku remote every single day when stays Thursdays Fridays Mondays Sundays is a fair day I have to work on I don’t but this app helps you to not have to have to look for your remote every single day this is why I think this app is good you good are you you’re good I’m good are you good this app is the best app so I recommend it I have a five stars rating so this is why I think you should get this app this is the best app you could ever have for the TV remote and iPad it twice iPad is twice and my TV is second so this is why I recommend it so if you’re scared of the dark and you like TV I definitely recommend it to you so me and my monkey will have a safe sleep and no it will come with me what is that your flow to your flow two I’ll be back with this review come back for part two of my review
Would love to see voiceover support
by Themusicman08 on 2018/08/10 22:44
I am a visually impaired user of this application. I noticed that on the remote control, where the arrows and the OK button and anything else are concerned. Voiceover just announces the word, button. So we have to label the buttons ourselves in order to find out what they are. I would like to see Roku improve this application and have VoiceOver support over all, this app is great to have if you don’t want to use the physical remote. I would also like to see voice recognition put into this for those who have limited mobility. This would also be great if we could use this over our cellular data. Especially for those who have unlimited data. And auto lock feature in the previous reviewer‘s comment I second. But I understand why it’s not here since an iPhone battery can be drained very quickly.
APP functions stupidly
by Cindy Shopper on 2018/12/06 15:29
Why bother to have a mobile app that you can’t use unless you connect with a fixed wireless? I tried to go into update my payment information for my new credit card. I can’t accomplish this because it will not connect and less it has Wi-Fi. We only use fixed secure Wi-Fi because of data security issues. I certainly don’t want to break this rule in order to go on this app to update my credit card information. This is a stupid design that they need to fix. Most of us have unlimited data and are not concerned about whether we have Wi-Fi. Also if I were using this app on a road trip with my kids I would want them to be able to look on their iPad whether or not we had access to reliable Wi-Fi. Stupid stupid stupid design. Any app to sign her that is this out of touch with the purpose of its application needs to be replaced. Roku needs to fix this or I suspect it’s going to be replaced with the mini market alternatives that have now developed including Apple Watch doesn’t have this problem.
The most frustrating remote ever
by Aaachhheheee on 2020/03/10 18:13
I’ve never written a review before in my life but this app has caused me so much frustration and anger that I feel I need to share. I lost my physical Roku remote, and have spend months looking for it. It’s no where to be found. So this app is my only hope of controlling the Roku. When I say that the remote disconnects at the most inconvenient times I am not kidding. Want to rewind a show for 10 seconds? Nope, the remote will freeze and you’ll be stuck rewinding your show to the beginning. Wanna turn down the volume of a unnecessary loud commercial? Can’t, remote needs 30 seconds to “wake up”. How about skip a intro on Netflix? Ahhh no no, the intro will be long over before you can even get the remote to connect to your tv, That you’re 2 feet away from. The frustration is unbearable I have torn my house up looking for my physical Roku remote. I can’t take this app anymore I wish the creators would look into getting rid of the “eco mode” because I surely never wanted my remote to take 30 seconds to turn on, every 5 seconds... it is horrible.
Best Roku App Ever!
by Robrebob on 2019/02/20 00:38
I never really write reviews but this app so totally rocks I think I need to let others know. So many apps out there are really nothing more than crap but this Roku app met all expectations and more. All I really wanted was for my phone to act as a remote. I downloaded the free app and launched itturned it and immediately a screen popped up which had already searched for Roku debices registered to me. I was asked which device I wanted to use. I selected my living room device and immediately my phone turned into a remote fir that Roku box. I could choose other screens and see what was available to watch on premium channels, what was available on my channels, and a search button. If I only wanted a remote I wasn’t bothered with anything else. Simple. But the biggest surprise was, if I didn’t want to bother anyone else I could actually tap a key and every channel on my Roku was routed to my headset. This cyber key when tapped would immediately pair my Roku box with my Bluetooth headset. I could then walk around, turn up my headset, and chill, not having to worry about neighbors or anyone in my home who was asleep or didn’t want to be bothered. I’m sure there are other features, all of which you can ignore if you only want a remote. Kudos to the maker of this app.
Awesome Selections
by mgb537 on 2020/04/08 01:13
For years I have spent a ton of money in order to enjoy cable tv. At one time this was the only way you could get any online or even decent shows on tv! Now there are many different ways to watch tv or shows online! I purchased a Roku tv several years ago and now all different kinds of movies, tv shows and documentary’s are available at my finger tips for a much better rate than I ever received from cable tv! Roku provides such a large selection of anything and everything you could possibly want to watch for a fantastic rate...anyone that is on a tight budget or has financial hardships and wants to enjoy watching movies, tv shows and documentary’s should look into Roku! I assure you there will be no looking back on cable tv! Thanks Roku...for providing such a wonderful variety at cheap rates!
Useless app
by Mepoq on 2019/02/17 17:13
I am extremely disappointed in this app. When I first downloaded it and used it a couple of times, it seemed to work well. After that it took longer and longer for it to initialize. Obviously this is the worst thing you could have since you want to use it WHEN you want to use it. Now, it will NOT connect at all. My devices, iPad and iPhone will clearly show the Roku devices so it’s not a matter of the devices not being available. I’ve checked my signal several times and it shows it is STRONG. I even recommended it to a friend after the first couple uses and I am embarrassed that I did. You can still view stuff from the gallery item at the bottom, but I got it for the Remote feature. It just won’t connect. I did try some trouble shooting, but this is just NOT well designed and is garbage, as an app, as far as I’m concerned. Both my Roku devices work well, but this Roku app is pure crap. And after looking at a couple other alternatives shown in Apple App Store, they seem to have some major drawbacks, which I don’t want.
Your a Stupid if you didn’t get the whole package!!!!
by GarBearTX on 2020/01/17 22:46
I bought myself a 75” Hisense LED Rokuflat screen Television for a “Merry Christmas to Me, because I’m Worth It” gift in December of 2019. I wasn’t quite sure about this Roku thing but I thought “what the heck, I can always turn it off and then get cable reinstalled in my house. Well... long story-short... I now have everything Roku makes all the way down to the ear buds headphones. “I’m in love with a Technology God!!!” It is so wonderful to know that I have bought quality products for more than half - Less than $ what even the absolute ridiculous Priced competitors offer and a guarantee that all the accessories are compatible with each-other, while still offering the same if not better quality and performance than the so called higher priced competitors clam to provide.
The remote feature WAS better before.
by disappointed3838383 on 2020/06/07 22:16
The most recent update to this app should be undone in the next. The remote feature was great and mirrored the hand held remote perfectly. But now the remote is pushed up and reduced in size. To make room or another remote button and the channel selection button. You pass the channels to get to the remote so why would I need that? And if I am IN and using the remote why do I need a button to get to where I am. I get that it’s for quick screen switching but really. Seems a bit redundant. Secondly. The headphone feature which was super awesome. (Especially with a child sleeping in the next room.) is unstable now. So I’m scared to use it because after a few minutes it will shut off and the volume of the tv will return to full and that is rather loud when it was silence in the room a minute before. Upgrades are fine but not one that are unneeded, and make the app unstable.
Private listening doesn’t work well
by Cinnamon Toast 57 on 2019/12/22 20:42
I use the Roku app on my iPhone along with my AirPods to listen to my Roku TV (TCL) when my wife is sleeping. However, the sound cuts out for a few seconds every few minutes as it is apparently re-syncing the picture and the sound. I have read every troubleshooting article I can find, including Roku support, but I cannot fix the problem. I even listened on my iPhone without AirPods and it still does the same thing. My Wifi signal is strong; no interference from other apps. I am 10 feet from the TV so the Bluetooth signal is good. Cannot figure it out. My conclusion is that the app is bad. Roku has a good concept with private listening but it is simply a poor app. I was even thinking about buying Roku wireless speakers. I am now rethinking that. Signed, a dissatisfied customer.
What’s wrong with the new Roku express?
by Tatsattack on 2019/11/11 03:03
So I’ll start by saying that I’ve had an old model Roku for years (I don’t even remember how long maybe 7 years) and I love it, I still do. I had this in my bedroom for Netflix mostly. I moved and because I no longer have Spectrum in the new place I decided to go with Xfinity and get Sling to see sports channels, they had a promotion where they’d give you a free Roku express so I jumped on this because I really enjoyed my old Roku and thought this newer version would be better... I installed it (super easy) and it worked for about 3 days then it started saying that the network is out of range, I don’t t get it! Where I have my router it’s not that far... At first I thought it was the actual provider (Comcast) I tried doing all the troubleshooting. But what didn’t make sense is I had a fire stick and it worked fine, So I even switched and plug my very old Roku and it works fine! So this is definitely the new Roku Express being horrible and frustrating.
Roku is internet required.
by L Freddie on 2019/05/09 01:42
I’m use to my old element tv that just connects and go. But this new “smart” tv requires internet for literally everything. Just to smart view it with a Samsung phone it must be connected via WiFi as well as the app, you can’t use your mobile hotspot for the app as both devices must be on same link. I don’t have internet hookup here so this tv is more or less a wall decoration and the app but wasted space on my phone. Don’t get me wrong most people have internet nowa days but it’s getting to the point everything is requiring it which is complete bs. Should at least write it on the box so people don’t have to go home with it to find out. Also you can Bluetooth to this tv! If you buy an additional sound bar for a hundred or so bucks.... reason it gets 2 stars is because I can at least watch a movie when some family stays over and we have 2 phones for one to cast WiFi to the tv and other phone so they are on the same link to connect..
Held back slightly by interface short-term, immensely after that
by KivLoor on 2020/07/25 08:59
The connectivity to the Roku monitor is amazing, definitely a defining quality. Phone will disconnect periodically if you leave the app open and on for a long period of time, I’d assume to save phone battery. Props for pausing the connection to the tv when switching apps on the phone to decrease background tasks. Interface is appealing, the haptic response when pressing buttons makes sure of that. It performs effectively and does as is required by the tv as a regular remote would. However, it is not really necessary to preserve the layout of the physical remote, especially in the near-future. There is too much potential in viewing entertainment via remote-control to be held back by a design that’s held back by physical requirements. Such a design would make so that however someone interacts with Roku could pivot easily to be compatible with emerging entertainment platforms.
Has some useful features
by Smiley Med Man on 2020/05/19 00:10
I recently received a new Roku Ultra as a gift, with the latest remote. The Roku itself has some useful features, but doesn’t include many important channels like CNN, local CBS, C-Span and several others. But Roku does offer a choice of at least a few other additional channels, and gives access to some recent and past programs from PBS, NBC etc to partially compensate. The Roku App suddenly became indispensable for me for using my Roku because my new “state of the art remote” stopped working after less than 10 days of use. The App does some of the the basic functions of the remote and has proven useful when you don’t have access to the remote itself, but it lacks several functions of the real remote. But it is better in some ways than a cheap, crappy Roku remote which stopped working within a few days. My Roku remote reflects very poorly on the quality of a Roku product.
Almost Flawless
by rrreceno on 2020/05/31 03:36
Some well needed changes were implemented in the latest update. It is now easier to access your remote and switch TV’s. There is also convenient access to the channels on the remote itself. In addition, there is now haptic feedback when pressing on the remote. Finally, they combined the two styles of using the remote, so you can either swipe or tap. All of these things even though they’re pretty small add up and save you so much time and make life easier so I’m glad Roku is paying attention to these details. The only downside to the new remote is it’s smaller so I wish they made it possible to customize the controls or have a pull down menu to hide controls that aren’t used very much. Overall though, well done!
Great for private listening
by PetuniaBlue on 2018/08/22 09:37
Works ok but needs to allow landscape mode esp for iPad. Great for private listening. Needs a stop button for video not just pause since pause doesn’t function well within some apps on Roku. Needs to have way to easily make comments about problems with roku product itself & it’s associated apps. Apps inside Roku do have a screen which allows a rating for app but if you pick feedback - no place for comment if your problem with app is not listed-very frustrating. Roku is a nice alternative to cable or in addition to cable to allow one to the watch shows in one’s own available time or in a room without cable but you do need a roku for each tv. Main downside to Roku is some free watching apps within Roku commercial you to death showing as many as 4 to 6 commercials every 11 minutes!!
I love it
by mosiegrace on 2020/07/31 19:33
I love this so much because we lose the remote a lot. You can never sit down and just use the remote. You would have to use certain angle to use the remote. But now you can sit down on the couch and use your phone and use the app. There are also so many options, like you can play your own music from your music app, show photos and videos from your camera roll and tons of other things. I highly recommend this app. it’s so easy to connect to your TV too. One thing you should do is go to the last page and turn on the setting that says don’t sell my information. I don’t know what they do with it I think they use it for ads but if you don’t want anyone’s playing or using your information I will turn it off.
by Fartypants123 on 2019/10/31 20:08
One of the best apps I’ve used and the fact it’s free just makes it that much better. The remote control alone is a huge improvement from the factory remote that came with my TCL 6 series with all the bells and whistles as far as true 4K and not 4KUHD, which is really in my opinion has worse moving picture than just 1080p because I’ve noticed whenever u upscale something it’s always choppy or blocky whenever there’s medium to fast moving scenes. Then I saw the remote control for the TCL and I saw why they were able to charge 600$ for a HDR TRU 4K at 120fps and a game mode for any gamer at a .14ms lag input at 55 inches when most good gaming monitors are .10ms the TCL 6 series can compete with any TV 2500$ or less in its size for sure as long as u get this app for remote control.
Screen Freezes
by David5280CO on 2019/07/31 17:06
I purchased the Roku Stick about 1 week ago. Out of the box it worked fine. Then the remote would not respond. Spent an hour yesterday with a tech on online chat. Was able to get tv/remote working again. But this morning it’s frozen again. Roku is to send me a free HDMI extender that may eliminate Roku radio interference from the TV. Don’t know if it will work. Hope so. Here’s the problem-Roku has had “freezing” issues clear back to 2014 that I found. Still problems today. Not good. And if they have a known interface problem with the Roku stick and TV, why not include the extender with all stick sales? Major waste of my time. Also online chat is painfully slow and my original tech was dropped somehow to be then picked up by another tech. What a pain and not a good initial experience with Roku. Roku you can do better and I encourage you to do so.
My experience with the Roku application
by Z. Brown on 2020/08/15 01:59
This app is great, there is just one problem, some of the buttons are not labeled as they should be, there are five of them, the first one is after the home button, and the last one is before the reset button, could you label all of those? Then the problem would be solved. It is in the remote section of the tabs. If that helps. Something like this would really help out a lot, remote forward, remote back, remote left, remote right, and remote confirm, for picking the channel or application you wish to do. Because while I like the voice button, I doubt I could just launch stuff with it alone. You don’t even need to go with what I just suggested, just label it after the remote buttons, and test it to make sure voiceover reads it all.
Awesome app!
by abbyboyle1712 on 2018/05/04 02:45
There’s nothing worse than losing your remote... it’s never happened to me before but I️ did lose my remote on 5/3/18. My boyfriend and I️ got into a huge fight because we knew we wouldn’t able to fall asleep to our favorite show or change the volume from full blast. Then we discovered this app which not only lets you change the channel, select a different app but also lets you change the volume as if you have the physical remote in your hand. Kudos to you Roku... for not only saving my relationship and preventing world war 3 but for also creating an aesthetically pleasing app that solves everyone’s problems. I’ve never left a review before but I️m so grateful to roku that I️ had to... thank you, thank you, thank you!
Oh Bother
by \/\/AvA\/\/ on 2019/05/15 14:51
Why can’t we live in a world of continuity, from app to device, from screen to screen. Using app on iPad Pro & iPhone cannot for the life of me understand whereas my devices have touch as does the app - so why doesn’t the app reflect what’s on my screen? Not saying streaming content cause surely can do... but as a blind person it’s not altogether inclusive when interface isn’t same on divers devices. What truly bugs me most of all... truly has ruined streaming entertainment for me altogether is Roku’s insistence in changing advertising to point of blocking competitor ads AND preempting broadcast content to squeeze in as many its own ads as possible! Worse is when viewing paid services such as Spectrum app getting bombarded with one Spectrum ad after another. Including business and foreign language ads. Same watching Sling... nothing but Sling ads. Considered by most to be double billing I can’t help but wonder the FTC’s take on all this - especially when replacing competitor ads for its own?
Get a 3rd party app.
by Stevedave44 on 2019/05/09 17:19
If you want to stay connected to your roku devices. Or be able to connect to your roku devices at all. I have 5 I my house and this app will only connect to two of them consistently and even then it disconnects after a short and highly arbitrary amount of time. It won’t connect to my roku tv hardly ever and when it does it disconnects very quickly or won’t control all functions as it should. Most often it tells me to power my tv on via the app even though my tv is already on and all I’m really trying to do is use the QWERTY on my phone instead of the directional pad on my remote. This app is garbage. Has so many different menus and links to unnecessary crap that it forgets the main point of the app is to remotely control the device. Needs to be overhauled, streamlined, and functional or it’s just taking up space on my phone.
Not pleased so far
by Senojam on 2019/03/18 01:22
I’ve used this for a little over a month and while I was selecting channeled, the remote stopped working. I did all the things it said online to do. Nada. Unplug, plug back in. Nada. New batteries, per online instructions. Nada. The light to pair the IR won’t flash. There is no light when I push the power button. The remote is suddenly completely non-responsive. Downloaded the app because it said that’s a way to get around a non-working remote. The app won’t connect to the Roku...yet I even see the Roku on my connections. It’s active and working, I’m connected to the same WiFi...nada. I was super in love with it until the remote stopped working out if the blitz. I didn’t drop it or anything - I was literally using it when it went dead. If I can’t control the Roku, I can’t use the Roku...even though it’s obvious that the only problem is the remote. And of course I didn’t pay for the warranty. Stuff should work for more than a month. I couldn’t be more disappointed.
Rockin’ with Roku!
by Icepick147 on 2018/07/22 17:32
How cool is this! I can control my audio/video devices with my iPhone!!! Was very hesitant about purchasing a “smart” device. But, boy, howdy, we are very, very ecstatic about the world of entertainment and/or technology that has suddenly opened up before our eyes! The ease of “pairing” with the tv is automatic, requiring only the tap of the remote icon on my phone. Being a Cold War kid, who was raised with the Jetson’s, Star Trek, and the greatest race in history, the Space Race, (which for y’all young whipper snappers was a race to the MOON!!!) this is just friggin’ amazing!! I hold more technology power in my phone than an entire room of 1960’s computers did back in the day. I know that soon, everything will be connected, and if it’s as easy and enjoyable as this app, it’ll be groovy!
Useless app
by gea1144 on 2019/02/15 00:49
The app’s purpose is to control a Roku device, specially if you can’t use the remote for some reason which happened to me when it stoped connecting for no apparent reason. After following every troubleshooting step available for the remote (which didn’t solve the issue), the app was the only options I had to control the device. Even though it finds the Roku device the app always errors out when tryin to connect, and wants me to navigate to the settings menu, with the remote mind you, to try and connect manually. According to Roku my only other option is to buy a new remote. When this one was perfectly fine the last time it was used, and hasn’t been dropped or damaged in anyway. This seems like a scam to me. Going through the app was just an extra slap in the face. Chromecast, Apple TV or even a Fire stick are better options (both the apps and the devices). Save your time and money if you haven’t bought one of these .
If it worked even half the time, it'd be a great app!
by Terrilee223 on 2020/11/09 14:52
My issue with this app is that it needs to be on the same wifi network to work. Ok, shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong. It takes some doing to establish a connection to any of the 3 Roku's we have, for some odd reason. So when I open the app & a message comes across the screen saying something like 'no device found, please connect to the same wifi network to connect to a device', I enter the menu to choose from the list but it refuses to connect, so much so that my phone offloaded the app for lack of use. I mean, I still gave 4 stars bc it really is a convenient app- the keyboard for typing in passwords is SO great! If it wasn't such a hassle connecting it I'd have went 5, it really is a great app (when it works as intended!).
LOVE THIS APP! But now I have a problem...
by Addastitch on 2019/06/29 13:58
I love my Roku and this app doubles that love. Now searching Roku is a breeze and the remote substitute is smooth. And the ability to play the music on my phone through my TV set is a bonus. Love this app. I still love the app but I am having a major problem with the streaming of content in the app on a tablet and since I could not find unstructured support (they have a list of questions and you have to pick one) in the actual app or a phone # I decided to reach out here. Whenever the program that I am watching reaches the first ad the program then returns to the start of the movie or skips straight to the next episode of a sitcom. I am unable to watch anything all the way through. Help!!!
Thank god for this app!
by Wild Open Space on 2020/05/30 02:29
I love this app. My boyfriend and I live in a small apartment and using this app along with the private listening (headphones) feature has been a lifesaver! I like putting tv on in the background while working but sometimes I can’t hear it. That’s where this comes in! Pair my AirPods Pro with phone and use private listening. Look up and see the tv when you want, but since the sound is only coming out of headphones it isn’t bothering my boyfriend who is also trying to work. I just got excited that there is a new version. It looks great and I like how things are organized at first sight. As long as there are no performance issues it looks like this update was definitely an upgrade!
Wifi connection dropping out
by 6stringslingr on 2020/06/30 10:30
Ever since the last update(I think it’s version 7.0.4), the app keeps telling me the WiFi connection isn’t strong enough for private listening. Our router is not the issue because I have run diagnostics on it and everything checks out. The physical locations of my devices haven’t changed and the app was working perfectly before the latest update. I use private listening on the app every single morning so I quickly figured out how to get it to work again, but it happens several times every day. Not the biggest problem to have, but I wanted to report it nonetheless. Other than this small issue, we’ve had absolutely no problems with any Roku products in the almost ten years we’ve been using them.
by GloGlizzyy on 2019/02/14 15:14
I brought a 50 inch a few months back that was a store display model so the remote wasn’t included. I was told about this app and since day one it’s been amazing. It’s never app flaws or glitches w/ this app &’ it’s so many different amazing features. I’d never go as far as to say if this app charged a fee I’d still use it because it’s wonderful . Never worry about misplaced remote because most of us keep our phone in our hand 24/7 so your remote is always in your hand lol . This app is constantly being improved and updated . Much love and respect to the good kind folks who made this app . Added more roku TVs in my house and this app even supports that . Just perfect on god download it and go . It’s simple amazing.
Great Smartphone Remote App!!!!
by pdcali38 on 2020/09/13 14:05
The smartphone remote app opens up many different features and blows the physical remote out of the water. Its keyboard is one of the best features that allow for quick, easy and accurate typing in the movie and program search field vs. using the physical remote which can be slow and tedious when entering usernames, passwords or authenticating accounts on specific app websites. Other benefits to using the smartphone remote app include the ability to use wireless and wired headphones with the private listening feature and watching movies and programs on your smartphone. Finally, the likelihood of losing your smartphone remote are slim. My ROKU physical remote stays in the drawer, unused, most of the time!
Does not connect
by max_siuda on 2018/07/13 18:13
I use the Roku app for the remote function solely because of our actual Roku remote which is broken. It’s a decent app when it works, but it hardly ever works. It rarely ever connects to the streaming stick on the first try and when you press “retry connecting” it just does the same thing and doesn’t ever connect until you unplug the streaming stick and plug it back in, which requires me to get up and walk all the way across the room, reach behind the tv, and reset it. It may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it gets extremely frustrating when it happens 5 times in an hour all day every day. You could be watching your tv show and not even using the remote but it will randomly disconnect and it DOES NOT reconnect until you restart the streaming stick. I don’t usually write reviews for apps unless I feel strongly about them as I do with this app. It is frustrating to use and needs to be fixed.
Great app, has some bugs
by Tiffylolo on 2019/01/03 04:36
I love this app! We’ve lost every Roku remote in our house, so this app is a very handy replacement. No delays, easy to use, but it’s not perfect. A lot of times when I go to use it it will tell me it can’t find my Roku in my room, even though it’s on, it’s connected to WiFi, sometimes even when it’s playing something. This is very inconvenient. No matter how many times I refresh it will still tell me it can’t be found. I try turning the device on and off and even doing the same with my phone, but even that usually won’t work. I usually have to restart our WiFi router which causes for a household of unhappy campers. I’m not sure if this is a problem with everyone or just me but I would like to see it fixed. Thank you!
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