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How to get the most out of Roku voice control



If you want to control a Roku player or a Roku Smart TV by voice, you have many options. Many Roku devices have a remote control that supports voice commands, and you can also control Roku with an Amazon Echo Smart Speaker or Google Home Handsfree Speakerphone.

However, with all these voice control options, there are some limitations, especially when it comes to launching videos or TV channels directly. Knowing what Roku can and does not do can save you some headaches when placing orders.

We discuss how to set up with the Roku voice controls, a list of supported voice commands, and some tips

How to use the Roku voice remote

If your Roku player has a microphone button under its direction field, you can hold down the key to record a voice command. The current Roku players that have a voice remote control include the Roku Premiere +, the Roku Streaming Stick, the Roku Streaming Stick + and the Roku Ultra.

For most Roku players from 2014 – including without a voice remote – you can also use Roku's mobile app for iOS or Android for voice control. Just tap the Remote tab in the app, and then look for the microphone button in the upper-right corner of the screen. Alternatively, you can purchase a stand-alone Roku Voice remote at Roku.com for $ 20.

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If your Roku remote does not support voice search, and you do not want to. Try the mobile Roku app.

Roku supports the following commands:

  • Play / Pause / Rewind / Fast Forward
  • "Go Home" on the Home Screen
  • "Replay", which skips back seven seconds and allows subtitles
  • "Start [app name]
  • "Search for [actor/director/movie/TV show/genre]"
  • "Search for free [movies/TV shows/genres]"

Roku smart TVs support these additional controls:

  • "Volume up / down"
  • "Adjust volume [percentage] "
  • " Turn off / on the TV "
  • " [channel] "(if an antenna is connected)
  • " Switch to [TV input number or name] "

If you have Pandora, iHeartRadio or TuneIn, you can also use voice commands to play Internet radio stations or podcasts. Pandora Premium subscribers can also play specific artists, albums or playlists. Just say "play [music/podcast] in [Pandora/iHeartRadio/TuneIn"tostartlistening

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Music and podcasts are the only types of content you can directly launch on Roku [19659011ThemainlimitationhereisthatyoucannotaskRokutoplayaspecificvideoorstartaparticularliveTVchannelasisthecasewithcertainappsonAppleTVAmazonFireTVandAndroidTVdevices

How to Use Amazon Alexa with Roku

For people who own an Amazon Echo or other speakers powered by Alexa, Roku offers Alexa hands-free capability. To enable it:

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  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone, select "Skills & Games" from the sidebar menu, and search for Roku. If you are on a computer, just visit this link in a web browser.
  2. Select "Activate" and sign in to your Roku account.
  3. Accept the conditions, and then select the Roku player to which you want to connect. (Unfortunately, Alexa devices can only control a single Roku player or a TV.)
  4. Finally, select the Alexa devices you want to use with Roku and click "Connect Devices" in a web browser instead of the Alexa app you need to reload the skill page, select "Manage in TV & Video", select "Manage devices and link" and then select your Alexa devices to complete the setup.)




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