How to set up a Roku TV
How to Connect Roku to TV
This wikiHow teaches you how to install, set up, and activate a Roku streaming player or stick on your HDTV.
Installing the Roku
Determine your Roku type.There are two main types of Roku, both of which will require your TV to have at least one HDMI port to use:
- Roku Player— Resembles a box. Comes with several cables.
- Roku Stick— Resembles a flash drive (memory stick). Comes with at least one power cable.
Plug the Roku into your TV's HDMI port.All HDTVs have at least one HDMI port; the HDMI port resembles a trapezoid, and can often be found on the back of the TV (though some TVs have the HDMI port(s) on the side). Depending on your Roku type, this process will vary slightly:
- Roku Player— Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the back of the Roku Player's box, then plug the other end into the HDMI port on the back or side of your TV.
- Roku Stick— Plug the HDMI connector on the end of your Roku Stick into the HDMI port on the back or side of your TV.
- Most HDTVs have more than one HDMI port.
- If your TV doesn't have an HDMI port, you cannot use a Roku Stick with your TV; you may be able to buy an HDMI to Component adapter if your TV has component (e..g, red, white, and yellow) ports.
Note the HDMI port's number.On TVs which have more than one HDMI port, you'll see a number next to the port into which you plugged the Roku.
- This number may be written as "HDMI 1", HDMI 2", and so on. Your TV may also just have the ports labeled with individual numbers (e.g., "1", "2", etc.).
Attach the Roku to a power source.Both the Roku Player and the Roku Stick require connection to a power source (e.g., an electrical outlet):
- Roku Player— Plug one end of the included power cable into the back of the player box, then plug the other end into an electrical outlet.
- Streaming Stick (model 3800 and down)— Plug one end of the included power cable into the back of the stick, then plug the other end into an electrical outlet. If your Roku Stick has a USB power cable and your TV has a USB port, you can instead plug the USB cable into your Roku Stick and your TV.
- Streaming Stick+ (model 3810)— Plug one end of the included power cable into the side of the stick, then plug the other end into an electrical outlet. If your Roku Stick has a USB power cable and your TV has a USB port, you can instead plug the USB cable into your Roku Stick and your TV.
Switch to the Roku's input.Turn on your TV, then press theInput,Video, orSourcebutton on the remote (or the TV) and select the HDMI slot into which the Roku Stick is inserted. This will open the Roku's setup screen, from which point you can begin setting up your Roku.
Setting up the Roku
Select a language.Using your Roku remote's arrow buttons, scroll through the available languages until you find your preferred one, then pressOKon the remote.
Connect to Wi-Fi.On the network page, do the following:
- Scan for networks by selectingScan again to see all networksand pressingOK
- Scroll through the available Wi-Fi networks until you find yours.
- Select the network by highlighting it and pressingOK
- Enter the password for the network by using the on-screen keyboard.
- PressOKwhen prompted.
- If you're connecting a Roku Player, you can also attach an Ethernet cable to the player instead of using Wi-Fi.
Allow the Roku to update as needed.Once your Roku is connected to the Internet, you'll be prompted to let it download the latest software. This process can take up to half an hour (or longer, depending on your Internet speed), so be patient.
Confirm your display settings.If you're using a Roku player, your Roku will immediately determine the best settings for your HDTV and apply them.
- For a Roku Streaming Stick, you'll selectSet display typeand allow the setup to run.
- On a Roku Streaming Stick+, you'll selectAuto detect display typehere instead. You can then selectOK, go to automaticwhen prompted.
- You can change the display settings once your Roku is set up by openingSettings, selectingDisplay type, and selecting your preferred TV settings.
Set up your Roku remote to control your TV if you like.If you want to use your Roku remote to change your TV's volume and such, selectCheck remote settingswhen prompted and follow any on-screen instructions.
- You can also select theSkipoption to skip ahead to activating your Roku.
Wait for the activation code to appear.Once you see a five-character activation code appear on-screen, you can proceed with activating your Roku.
Activating Your Roku
Determine your Roku's activation code.You'll need to enter the five-character code which appears on-screen in order to activate your Roku.
Open the Roku website.Go to in your computer's web browser.
- While you can also perform this process in a smartphone browser, it will usually be quicker to use a computer.
Enter the activation code.In the text box in the middle of the page, type in the five-character code.
ClickSubmit.It's a blue button below the text box.
Create a Roku account.Fill out the on-screen text fields with your email address, preferred password, and other required information.
- You may be asked to create an account PIN as well. This is what you'll use to log into your Roku TV if you choose to password-protect it.
- If you already have a Roku account, select theLog inoption and enter your email address and password to log in instead.
Add a payment method.When prompted, enter your preferred payment information (e.g., a credit card or PayPal).
- You will not be charged when entering your payment method, but this is the method you'll use to pay for some content (e.g., subscriptions) on your Roku.
- If you're on a Roku account which already has a payment method, skip this step.
Complete any additional on-screen steps.Once you finish adding a payment method, you may be asked to confirm your account's email address; either way, once you've completed the activation process, you will be able to use your Roku on your TV.
QuestionHow do I make my phone work with my Roku TV?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou turn on Bluetooth on your mobile device, then download the Roku app from the App Store.Thanks!
QuestionDoes my TV need a cable connection to connect to Roku?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCable TV has nothing to do with ROKU. You need either an Ethernet internet connection [wired] or a Wi-Fi internet connection to be able to use Roku.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I only have one HDMI port that is already in use?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your TV only has one HDMI port and it's already in use by another device, you'll need an HDMI splitter. This will allow you to connect multiple HDMI devices to a single HDMI port and then switch between them. You can purchase HDMI splitters from most electronics retailers.Thanks!
QuestionMy TV has only red, white, and yellow plugs, how do I connect the Roku?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRoku devices are designed to connect to HDTVs via HDMI, and most new models only have an HDMI connection. If you want to connect a Roku to an older standard definition TV, you'll need to find an older Roku that supports composite A/V connections, such as the Roku 1 (Model 2710).Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if all of my channels have disappeared?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis error can usually be corrected by unplugging the power from your Roku, waiting about ten seconds, then plugging it back in. Your channel selection should be restored.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have to pay the .00 subscription fee after purchasing the stick?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere is no subscription fee for Roku itself, but you may have to pay for some of the apps/channels.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I install a Roku with only an HDMI port to a TV without an HDMI port?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your Roku and TV do not have matching connectors, there isn't anything you can do to connect them. You'll either need to find an older Roku model that supports TVs without HDMI, like the Roku 1 (Model 2710), or you'll need to upgrade to an HDTV with HDMI ports.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I do not have HDMI hookups?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use composite cables or purchase an HDMI cable from outside. If you have an old TV, then a composite cable will help you to make the connection.Thanks!
QuestionCan the Roku 4 play video files that are stored on desktop PC that's connected to the same network?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, by setting up a media server on your PC and then installing the appropriate channel on your Roku. One of the most user-friendly ways to do this is with Plex. Plex can be installed for free on your PC and used to stream videos on your computer to the Plex channel on Roku. See Set Up a Media Server Using Plex for details.Thanks!
QuestionRoku said I need a WiFi address. Where do I find this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRoku uses your home WiFi connection. Your WiFi router should have a password on it (the same password you use for connecting your other devices, such as a computer or phone). If you do not have WiFi in your home, you won't be able to use the Roku.Thanks!
How do you install roku on a second tv?
What do I do if no code appears on my TV screen during setup?
My Roku can not connect to my wireless network, and I am sure my password is correct. What could be wrong?
I press OK on the remote but still cannot get past the "let's get started" page! What can I do?
How do I get the Roku screen to come up on TV?
- You can add apps such as Hulu to the Roku dashboard by visiting the Channel Store on your Roku.
- If your Roku belonged to another person (or if you're trying to set up your old Roku for a new TV), you can reset it by attaching it to a power source and using a paperclip to press the recessed "Reset" button.
- Most Roku units require an HDTV to work. If your TV doesn't have an HDMI port, you won't be able to use most Roku models.
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