Most Roku TVs, including all Series 3 and 4 models, come with basic remote controls. They are fine, but Rokus voice remote control is definitely better. First and foremost, it's based on wireless instead of traditional infrared signals, so you can aim it anywhere instead of aiming for the TV. It also has a microphone button that calls the Roku language system. When you speak into the microphone, you can search for TV shows, movies, and actors, launch apps, and more.
Let's say you bought a Roku TV with the basic remote, such as the– and now you want to upgrade. Good news: Roku sells a $ 20 voice remote and works with just about any Roku TV. So you can add language and point to anything that is good.
To see if it works, I've taken a couple of different Roku remotes, including one from a 2018 Roku Ultra and one from aand a purchased from Best Buy, which came with the base remote control. The conversion was very easy.
- Turn on the Roku TV.
- Go to Settings with your old IR remote or the Roku app on your phone.
- Scroll to Remote Controls.
- Click New Remote Add new upgraded remote control, insert the batteries and hold the button down for five seconds.
- The TV and the remote are paired.
The procedure is identical for the Ultra remote control with headphone jack on the remote control and for the Premiere + remote control with voice control, but without a headphone jack. Both remote controls were able to control the volume and use voice commands without any problem.
It was a simple upgrade, but Roku's website makes it more complicated. The website states that the replacement for the $ 20 voice remote control specified on the accessories page works with the company's streaming devices, but not with televisions. In the meantime, a replacement Roku TV remote will be sold for $ 30. The only noticeable difference between the two is a "mute" button on the TV's remote control compared to the voice remote control (the voice control still works by mute the TV, by the way).
Roku confirmed to CNET that the normal voice remote control (the $ 20 remote control) can be used on most televisions. According to Roku, some older televisions may not support private listening when audio is transmitted to the headphone jack on the remote. This feature is available on the $ 30 advanced remote control, which can be found on the streaming side.
An easy way to upgrade your Roku TV is just $ 20 away. Or $ 30 if you want a mute button.