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.
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