Roku Express 2017

5 Roku Pro Tips to Help You Get The Most From Your Roku Player


Roku is the number 1 most popular streaming media player in The United States; however, many are likely not taking full advantage of everything it has to offer.

So I wanted to take a moment and show you my top 5 Roku to help you get the most from your Roku player.

#1 Rename Your Roku Players

The ability to cast video and photos from your phone is great. The ability to send YouTube videos from your computer or phone to your TV is even better. But if you are like me and own multiple Rokus sometimes it can be confusing to remember what serial number is the living room and what is the bedroom.

There is good news if you head over to your My Account page on Roku’s website you can rename your Roku boxes. That way you can easily figure out what Roku is in your living room and what one is in your bedroom without having to go find a serial number.

mplaints about all streaming players. The onscreen keyboards are slow and painful to use. With the Roku app your mobile device can be used as a keyboard for usernames and passwords.

#2 Replay Captions

Ever miss what was said on the TV? Is the sound low so you don’t wake someone up or is it just hard to understand what was said? Roku now lets you enable captions for instant replay. Just hit the replay button and for the few seconds of the replay your Roku will enable closed captions. (Settings > Captions > click “Instant replay.”)

#3 Roku Apps

Roku has a super powerful and helpful app for Android, iOS, and Fire OS devices. This app will let you cast photos and videos from your phone or tablet to your TV. And you can use your mobile device as a remote for your Roku if you ever lose your remote.

The Roku app also solves one of the most common co

#4 Mute Captions

We have all been there before. The game or show is on and the phone rings. So you hit mute but still want to know what is being said. Now with Roku TVs you can enable mute captions so any time your TV is muted the captions will automatically turn on.

#5 Cast Netflix or YouTube

Searching Netflix or YouTube on your TV is not nearly as fast or as easy as on your computer or phone. Now Roku will let you search for what show or video you want on your phone and cast it to your TV. All you need to do is hit the cast button on the Netflix or YouTube app and select your Roku player. (Note: You must be on the same Wi-Fi network for this to work.)

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  • SanityChecker

    Here are secret screens…

    Home x 5 + FF x 3 + RW x 2: Secret screen one (factory reset, USB test, cycle channel store, update server/software, enable debug)
    Home x 5 + U + R + D + L + U: Secret screen two (cycle screenshot, cycle ad-banner, remote auto-pair, log theme info)
    Home x 5 + U + D + U + D + U: Wi-Fi secret screen
    Home x 5 + FF + PP + RW + PP + FF: Platform secret screen
    Home x 5 + FF + D + RW + D + FF: Antenna secret screen
    Home x 5 + RW x 3 + FF x 2: Bitrate override
    Home x 3 + U x 2 + R + L + R + L + R: Developer settings
    Home x 3 + U x 2 + L + R + L + R + L: Channel info
    Home x 5 + R + L + R + L + R: Network info
    Home x 5 + U + RW x 2 + FF x 2: Reboot Device

    • Joseph ewing

      Now THAT’S a pro tip!!!

  • RubberBoloney

    I’d love to bypass Roku entirely but can’t figure out how to do it. I connected my Dell computer using win10 to my tv via an HDMI cord but I can’t seem to display what I see on my computer to my TV. Suggestions anyone?

    • While connected to the TV, what does the window show when you right click on your desktop and click “screen resolution”?

    • Phuq_Me

      You say via connected via HDMI but you also say see on your computer do you have 2 screens connected?

    • Dogman

      Do you have the TV tuned to the correct HDMI input if you have more than 1 HDMI input on the TV? I have my small Dell Box going thru a Sony AVR to my TV without issues!

      • RubberBoloney

        Thanks yes I have two HDMI inputs on my Sony Bravda TV 2 on my Dell Insperian computer. When I switch to input 2 which is the the one to the computer, the TV displays my desktop wall paper but not any of the folders or links. When I click on anything in the task bar nothing happens.

        • Dogman

          I have an small HP PC box in addition to the Dell small PC box – I had to turn the TV on and make sure the TV is powered on completely before powering on the PC small boxes to display on the TV.

          Also, I have had 2 bad HDMI cables – one was running from my TiVo to the AVR and the other from DirecTV box to the AVR. DO you have another HDMI cable to try?

          • RubberBoloney

            Thanks, my HDMI cable is pretty old. I’ll try a new one and see if that changes anything.

          • Dogman

            Any luck on solving your issue?

          • RubberBoloney

            Not yet, I need to find a new HDMI cord still. I have a line on one but havent pulled the trigger yet. Thanks for your help, I will let you know.

        • That sounds like what’s supposed to happen with the default configuration for dual monitors. The way to fix that is to go to “display settings,” either by right clicking on the desktop or via the control panel, find the “advanced display settings” link at the bottom and click it, then click the #2 display icon, next select “duplicate these displays” as the option for “multiple displays,” and finally click the OK or Apply button. (Hopefully I have the steps correct. I’m still using Win7 myself which is a little different.)

    • outdoor ruckster

      I was playing with my new Roku stick last night and found Roku device>Settings>System>Screen Mirroring>Screen Mirroring Mode>Prompt. Then go to bottom right of your Windows 10, click on icon for Action Center>Connect. I selected my ‘Roku Stick’ that it had detected, and on the tv ‘Accept’ with my remote. My laptop screen shows right up on my tv. Caveat: not all Roku’s have the Screen Mirroring option…

      • RubberBoloney

        I’m trying to by pass Roku altogether.

  • Slow news day, Luke?

    I’m having déjà vu here… http://cordcuttersnews.com/5-pro-tips-roku-owners/