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Roku - Official Remote Control

Roku - Official Remote Control

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    1. Turn your device into a remote that you can use to change channels, pause shows, and so much more
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    Reviewed by Katelyn on April 25, 2018

  • Why I love this app Dec 15, 2019

    By best tv and everything is good
    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.
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Devon Sneed jr
    VERY great app, no adds to bother you, love it. The only problem I faced is sometimes it does not turn on the TV, other than that, GREAT APP
  • Sep 14, 2021

    By Ever Cross
    I love the app. I just wish it was easier to reconnect the device. Every time I close my phone, and reopen it to use the remote function again-- I have to select the device again and then the remote will start working. I feel like it should stay connected for at least an extended amount of time while you're using the remote feature. Other than that, I love it!! It is extremely useful. Lost your tv remote? Just use this app! :D
  • Great App, works perfectly. Aug 29, 2021

    By Annabelle 😱
    There’s one thing that must be said about Roku, and that’s that I feel like this app was made because they knew that their remotes would die very quickly. By that I mean, 6 months into having my tv, the batteries inside the remote actually corroded and ate away the battery contacts inside. I cleaned the inside and replaced the batteries only for it to happen again 4 months later. I was using Kirkland signature batteries the second time. After the third time of cleaning out the remote I noticed certain buttons stopped working consistently, and eventually I had to switch to using the app. The app itself is very useful though, I can do more on it that I could with the original remote. I love that I can just open the app on my phone and not worry about looking for the remote that fell behind my bed in my sleep again. However I have one complaint about the app itself, it doesn’t have a widget. I would absolutely love if I could put a widget on my home screen with 3 buttons, power on most recently used tv, open the remote buttons, and volume up + down. If this feature was added, I would gladly change my review to 5 stars.
  • Great app when it decides to work Jul 27, 2019

    By Cerealkelr
    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!
  • Sep 10, 2021

    By Crystal Miller
    This app is amazing, it can be used from multiple rooms you don't have to be the same room with it, but that is also the 1 downfall with it.. if you forget to take it off of that room's remote (if you have multiple roku powered smart tvs in ur home) then you will be changing that TV, if u forget to switch devices, but that's the only problem I have with it!. So really thats my fault.. All in all, it's wonderful!. I love it!. There's no searching for remotes anymore! Woo hoo!.
  • Can’t prevent phone from auto lock? Feb 3, 2018

    By nicknames_r_stupid
    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 🖖.
  • Aug 24, 2021

    By Lauren C
    Most days, the app works great. I use it to send the audio to headphones or a speaker next to me so I don't disturb others in the house late at night. The audio works when my tablet is locked. Sometimes, the sound cuts out briefly or stops completely. Sometimes the app just quits. I can use it as a remote, but the regular remote still works. I like that the app uses a keyboard for searching.
  • Why I love this app Dec 15, 2019

    By best tv and everything is good
    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.
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Devon Sneed jr
    VERY great app, no adds to bother you, love it. The only problem I faced is sometimes it does not turn on the TV, other than that, GREAT APP
  • Sep 14, 2021

    By Ever Cross
    I love the app. I just wish it was easier to reconnect the device. Every time I close my phone, and reopen it to use the remote function again-- I have to select the device again and then the remote will start working. I feel like it should stay connected for at least an extended amount of time while you're using the remote feature. Other than that, I love it!! It is extremely useful. Lost your tv remote? Just use this app! :D
  • Great App, works perfectly. Aug 29, 2021

    By Annabelle 😱
    There’s one thing that must be said about Roku, and that’s that I feel like this app was made because they knew that their remotes would die very quickly. By that I mean, 6 months into having my tv, the batteries inside the remote actually corroded and ate away the battery contacts inside. I cleaned the inside and replaced the batteries only for it to happen again 4 months later. I was using Kirkland signature batteries the second time. After the third time of cleaning out the remote I noticed certain buttons stopped working consistently, and eventually I had to switch to using the app. The app itself is very useful though, I can do more on it that I could with the original remote. I love that I can just open the app on my phone and not worry about looking for the remote that fell behind my bed in my sleep again. However I have one complaint about the app itself, it doesn’t have a widget. I would absolutely love if I could put a widget on my home screen with 3 buttons, power on most recently used tv, open the remote buttons, and volume up + down. If this feature was added, I would gladly change my review to 5 stars.
  • Great app when it decides to work Jul 27, 2019

    By Cerealkelr
    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!
  • Sep 10, 2021

    By Crystal Miller
    This app is amazing, it can be used from multiple rooms you don't have to be the same room with it, but that is also the 1 downfall with it.. if you forget to take it off of that room's remote (if you have multiple roku powered smart tvs in ur home) then you will be changing that TV, if u forget to switch devices, but that's the only problem I have with it!. So really thats my fault.. All in all, it's wonderful!. I love it!. There's no searching for remotes anymore! Woo hoo!.
  • Can’t prevent phone from auto lock? Feb 3, 2018

    By nicknames_r_stupid
    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 🖖.
  • Aug 24, 2021

    By Lauren C
    Most days, the app works great. I use it to send the audio to headphones or a speaker next to me so I don't disturb others in the house late at night. The audio works when my tablet is locked. Sometimes, the sound cuts out briefly or stops completely. Sometimes the app just quits. I can use it as a remote, but the regular remote still works. I like that the app uses a keyboard for searching.
  • Very Convenient When you Misplace the Remote Nov 19, 2017

    By Mystiquekitty
    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!
  • Sep 13, 2021

    By Thane Chase
    AWESOME!! But, not sure about any updates of late, there are glitches (app randomly stops working and needs to be restarted or completely uninstalled and reinstalled to remedy it, only temporarily) within the last 24 hours (this is posted at 0230, 13 September, 2021). Please fix, if possible. Otherwise, great!
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Chad
    Was a very good app. Now the functionality has become awful! I really enjoyed the make your own screensaver aspect, but that is now gone! I guess they just want your money...
  • Used to love Roku Sep 7, 2021

    By Penetrator22
    But they’ve been pretty disappointing recently. My current issue is trying to figure out how to cancel subscriptions, and being unable to get into contact with anyone from Roku Anyone at all, is impossible. If I go to the site of what I’m subscribing to, it says I need to do it through Roku. When I go to Roku’s website, it says I need to do it through the Roku. I don’t see the option anywhere on the ruku, it’s not on the faq, their online “help” system is worthless and just puts me through circles. And their customer service line that they hide the number to (bet you can’t find it on their website) just saying to go online for help. Which isn’t helpful at all. So I’m about to just call my credit card company and file a fraud claim, I don’t know how else to get the payments to stop. Another annoying issue from about a year ago. I bought the top model of Roku since my old rule stopped being serviced. The most expensive, fastest model. Within 2 months it’s telling me I need to buy a memory card since the Roku is full, and until I do, it uninstalls apps to make room for the ones I use. All I use is 5 streaming channels. That’s literally the only apps downloaded on it besides what comes in it, which shouldn’t be a lotl. If I’m buying the most expensive, top end model of a product, I shouldn’t have to buy additional add ones to make it functional. I feel like Roku made it big and then stopped caring about quality, just on profits.
  • Sep 15, 2021

    By r hicklin
    As with any product,it's good when it works and frustrating when it doesn't. The differentiator for me is how issues are handled; Roku Support is horrible. They take multiple days to acknowledge issues on their end and don't follow through with support cases. Roku is for you if you don't mind having an unreliable product and support.
  • Frustrating at times. Even after update still doesn’t work. Aug 7, 2021

    By KG U-Haul CSS
    Biggest problem I have is that me nor my wife can connect to both of our TVs to access the remote in the app. I am connected to WiFi and it’s full signal in the living room and in the bedroom. My wife was having troubles a month ago for about 2 1/2 weeks and then it worked for me no problem. However about 4-5 days ago I can’t connect at all. I have WiFi connected to my phone and both TVs and the app is updated however the issue still persists. It’s a bit frustrating guess I will just go ahead an buy 2 new Roku remotes due to the app inconsistency we have had. I will say that when it’s worked for me, it was an amazing app however its not always easy to keep track of a physical remote when you have 2 kids that love to grab it a hide it, forget where they put it or it gets lost. So that’s why the app is always my go to to be able to quickly get the tv on without the 30 mins to all day search. Maybe others have had no issues like I’m having or maybe they have. Anyways 4 stars for the times everything worked however it pretty much useless when it refuses to connect.
  • Sep 15, 2021

    By Melissa G
    This app literally never works on my Roku tv. It works fine on every other device we have (I need it for the tv the most because my son broke the remote that goes with it) but every time I try to use it on the tv the app doesn't register that it is TURNED ON and it just loops endlessly trying to wake the device that's already on. This has been an issue the entire time we've had this tv. A fix for this would be fantastic.
  • Sep 11, 2021

    By Prodip Saha
    No idea how this app got 4.5 reviews! It doesn't connect to roku devices half the time! I am on same network and same wifi bandwidth but I could never connect manually. I have to unplug roku device from TV to be able to connect again. I don't use the app for a while and it does connect when I an lucky. Roku remote app on Android is kind of luck by chance!!
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Spider-man the Hero
    I have a roku tv and have been using the custom screensaver option to display images I picked from my phone. It was working earlier today, but a little bit ago the screensaver that popped up was one of the default ones, and when I went to check the options menu, the option had disappeared. Plus the screensaver option no longer appears on my mobile app. FIX THIS ROKU NOW ONE STAR BECAUSE OF OF THIS BS
  • Sep 12, 2021

    By Bob Allen
    When it works, it's really good. The problem is that it erases all my devices from the app every 2 to 3 weeks. I can still see the device through my Google home, but the Roku app can't. Nothing short of deleting the app and reinstalling it works to be able to see and connect to my Roku devices. This app obviously needs some serious work.
  • From an accessibility standpoint, the watch app is pathetic! Dec 22, 2019

    By Mom24monsters
    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.
  • TCL Roku TV - Remote Apr 3, 2020

    By JHof76
    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!
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    1. Turn your device into a remote that you can use to change channels, pause shows, and so much more
    2. What's On feature provides a personalized selection of television shows and films based on your taste and preferences
    3. View tons of behind-the-scenes programming like cast interviews to see what life is really like behind the cameras

    Reviewed by Katelyn on April 25, 2018

  • Why I love this app Dec 15, 2019

    By best tv and everything is good
    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.
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Devon Sneed jr
    VERY great app, no adds to bother you, love it. The only problem I faced is sometimes it does not turn on the TV, other than that, GREAT APP
  • Sep 10, 2021

    By Crystal Miller
    This app is amazing, it can be used from multiple rooms you don't have to be the same room with it, but that is also the 1 downfall with it.. if you forget to take it off of that room's remote (if you have multiple roku powered smart tvs in ur home) then you will be changing that TV, if u forget to switch devices, but that's the only problem I have with it!. So really thats my fault.. All in all, it's wonderful!. I love it!. There's no searching for remotes anymore! Woo hoo!.
  • Very Convenient When you Misplace the Remote Nov 19, 2017

    By Mystiquekitty
    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!
  • Sep 13, 2021

    By Thane Chase
    AWESOME!! But, not sure about any updates of late, there are glitches (app randomly stops working and needs to be restarted or completely uninstalled and reinstalled to remedy it, only temporarily) within the last 24 hours (this is posted at 0230, 13 September, 2021). Please fix, if possible. Otherwise, great!
  • Aug 22, 2021

    By Tom Ransom
    I love the Roku app! I discovered it after my Roku remote stopped working. The battery compartment had corrosion on the terminals. I was preparing myself to replace all of the hardware. However, I found the app on the Play store. It works beautifully and I've also additional content available. Well played, Roku! Thanks for a great product!
  • Family Remote(ROKU) Aug 4, 2019

    By JANIYA OLIVER😍😍
    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...😀😄😁
  • Sep 12, 2021

    By Angela Fitzgerald
    The remote that came with my Roku player blew up the other day. I was afraid I'd have to buy a whole new player. I was thrilled when I found a digital remote on the Google Play store. It's actually a great remote that can be used with a cell phone. My husband ended up downloading one from another company and it freezes up all the time but mine never does. Don't worry if you lose your Roku remote or it breaks because Roku has it covered. Thanks Roku!
  • THIS ISNT TINDER U FOOLS Jun 19, 2019

    By SnapchatGetUrHeadInTheGame
    ***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 Jan 28, 2019

    By Merlintoo
    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.
  • Sep 14, 2021

    By Ever Cross
    I love the app. I just wish it was easier to reconnect the device. Every time I close my phone, and reopen it to use the remote function again-- I have to select the device again and then the remote will start working. I feel like it should stay connected for at least an extended amount of time while you're using the remote feature. Other than that, I love it!! It is extremely useful. Lost your tv remote? Just use this app! :D
  • Great App, works perfectly. Aug 29, 2021

    By Annabelle 😱
    There’s one thing that must be said about Roku, and that’s that I feel like this app was made because they knew that their remotes would die very quickly. By that I mean, 6 months into having my tv, the batteries inside the remote actually corroded and ate away the battery contacts inside. I cleaned the inside and replaced the batteries only for it to happen again 4 months later. I was using Kirkland signature batteries the second time. After the third time of cleaning out the remote I noticed certain buttons stopped working consistently, and eventually I had to switch to using the app. The app itself is very useful though, I can do more on it that I could with the original remote. I love that I can just open the app on my phone and not worry about looking for the remote that fell behind my bed in my sleep again. However I have one complaint about the app itself, it doesn’t have a widget. I would absolutely love if I could put a widget on my home screen with 3 buttons, power on most recently used tv, open the remote buttons, and volume up + down. If this feature was added, I would gladly change my review to 5 stars.
  • Aug 24, 2021

    By Lauren C
    Most days, the app works great. I use it to send the audio to headphones or a speaker next to me so I don't disturb others in the house late at night. The audio works when my tablet is locked. Sometimes, the sound cuts out briefly or stops completely. Sometimes the app just quits. I can use it as a remote, but the regular remote still works. I like that the app uses a keyboard for searching.
  • Very good but TAKE THE 17+ RATING OFF!!!!! Jul 16, 2019

    By jacee d
    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!!!
  • Sep 1, 2021

    By Jose Chaparro
    The app is easier to use than the remote in some respects. A nice feature is that I can look up a show or movie and find if it is available on the Roku device. I can add a program to a watch list for later. The issue is that the app shows all the channels where the program airs. It would be helpful if the app or device remembered which channel I last saw. And, the database is not very complete. All in all, though, it is helpful.
  • Sep 8, 2021

    By Paul Garrison
    I have been using Roku for 6 months now. My family and I could not be any happier. It is very simple to navigate and we always can find something good to watch. I wish I would have put the Roku app on my phone sooner. You can navigate so much easier with more functions. I was hoping I could get my local channels with my Roku app but so far I have not been able to. I give them a 4-star rating. If I ever figure out how to get local channels I will give them a 5-star rating. Thank you Roku.
  • Great app when it decides to work Jul 27, 2019

    By Cerealkelr
    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? Feb 3, 2018

    By nicknames_r_stupid
    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 🖖.
  • Can be very frustrating at times Mar 12, 2019

    By Tiffany002
    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.
  • Note To App Developers Sep 20, 2020

    By BlueTurdsInWinter
    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.
  • Good app but needs updates Jan 19, 2021

    By Fruit squad
    I lost my remote 2 - 3 days ago and I used this app! When I first did. It was okay. The next day I realize you need to have your tv on for the next day otherwise you have to get a remote. The channels are cool though however sometimes you want to watch something and then you have stuff you don’t like. That is just my opinion. I get the thing of it needing to connect. However don’t turn off you tv ever otherwise useless app! My mom bought 5 yesterday. Yes that is right, I said 5 just in case if I lose another one. I have another spare. Sometimes the needs connecting plays for no reason. And is this just my tv but the Roku TVs disconnect the WiFi after turned off for hours. Not even a day! You need to change this. Or make a button to turn it on when not connected. Other then that. It is a good app. Not the best though. If you make this app better. I will regret this message. But for now, this is ridiculous!
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Chad
    Was a very good app. Now the functionality has become awful! I really enjoyed the make your own screensaver aspect, but that is now gone! I guess they just want your money...
  • Frustrating at times. Even after update still doesn’t work. Aug 7, 2021

    By KG U-Haul CSS
    Biggest problem I have is that me nor my wife can connect to both of our TVs to access the remote in the app. I am connected to WiFi and it’s full signal in the living room and in the bedroom. My wife was having troubles a month ago for about 2 1/2 weeks and then it worked for me no problem. However about 4-5 days ago I can’t connect at all. I have WiFi connected to my phone and both TVs and the app is updated however the issue still persists. It’s a bit frustrating guess I will just go ahead an buy 2 new Roku remotes due to the app inconsistency we have had. I will say that when it’s worked for me, it was an amazing app however its not always easy to keep track of a physical remote when you have 2 kids that love to grab it a hide it, forget where they put it or it gets lost. So that’s why the app is always my go to to be able to quickly get the tv on without the 30 mins to all day search. Maybe others have had no issues like I’m having or maybe they have. Anyways 4 stars for the times everything worked however it pretty much useless when it refuses to connect.
  • Sep 12, 2021

    By Bob Allen
    When it works, it's really good. The problem is that it erases all my devices from the app every 2 to 3 weeks. I can still see the device through my Google home, but the Roku app can't. Nothing short of deleting the app and reinstalling it works to be able to see and connect to my Roku devices. This app obviously needs some serious work.
  • From an accessibility standpoint, the watch app is pathetic! Dec 22, 2019

    By Mom24monsters
    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.
  • TCL Roku TV - Remote Apr 3, 2020

    By JHof76
    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!
  • APP functions stupidly Dec 6, 2018

    By Cindy Shopper
    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.
  • Used to love Roku Sep 7, 2021

    By Penetrator22
    But they’ve been pretty disappointing recently. My current issue is trying to figure out how to cancel subscriptions, and being unable to get into contact with anyone from Roku Anyone at all, is impossible. If I go to the site of what I’m subscribing to, it says I need to do it through Roku. When I go to Roku’s website, it says I need to do it through the Roku. I don’t see the option anywhere on the ruku, it’s not on the faq, their online “help” system is worthless and just puts me through circles. And their customer service line that they hide the number to (bet you can’t find it on their website) just saying to go online for help. Which isn’t helpful at all. So I’m about to just call my credit card company and file a fraud claim, I don’t know how else to get the payments to stop. Another annoying issue from about a year ago. I bought the top model of Roku since my old rule stopped being serviced. The most expensive, fastest model. Within 2 months it’s telling me I need to buy a memory card since the Roku is full, and until I do, it uninstalls apps to make room for the ones I use. All I use is 5 streaming channels. That’s literally the only apps downloaded on it besides what comes in it, which shouldn’t be a lotl. If I’m buying the most expensive, top end model of a product, I shouldn’t have to buy additional add ones to make it functional. I feel like Roku made it big and then stopped caring about quality, just on profits.
  • Sep 15, 2021

    By r hicklin
    As with any product,it's good when it works and frustrating when it doesn't. The differentiator for me is how issues are handled; Roku Support is horrible. They take multiple days to acknowledge issues on their end and don't follow through with support cases. Roku is for you if you don't mind having an unreliable product and support.
  • Sep 15, 2021

    By Melissa G
    This app literally never works on my Roku tv. It works fine on every other device we have (I need it for the tv the most because my son broke the remote that goes with it) but every time I try to use it on the tv the app doesn't register that it is TURNED ON and it just loops endlessly trying to wake the device that's already on. This has been an issue the entire time we've had this tv. A fix for this would be fantastic.
  • Sep 11, 2021

    By Prodip Saha
    No idea how this app got 4.5 reviews! It doesn't connect to roku devices half the time! I am on same network and same wifi bandwidth but I could never connect manually. I have to unplug roku device from TV to be able to connect again. I don't use the app for a while and it does connect when I an lucky. Roku remote app on Android is kind of luck by chance!!
  • Sep 16, 2021

    By Spider-man the Hero
    I have a roku tv and have been using the custom screensaver option to display images I picked from my phone. It was working earlier today, but a little bit ago the screensaver that popped up was one of the default ones, and when I went to check the options menu, the option had disappeared. Plus the screensaver option no longer appears on my mobile app. FIX THIS ROKU NOW ONE STAR BECAUSE OF OF THIS BS

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