The Roku has taken over the world with its awesome screen sharing and streaming device for the TV. The Roku devices have their own popularity with a lineup devices like Roku express, Roku express +, Roku premiere, Roku premiere + and Roku ultra. There is also the Roku streaming stick that has been upgraded only last year.
There are a lot many things to know about the Roku device which are beyond the basics. Here are 21 ways to get more from the Roku device.
Streaming devices are mostly costly but the Roku provides an alternative through the Roku channel. It offers movies from Roku partner channels like Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers. There is no login charge apart from dealing with few commercials. Every Roku model would have the channel rolling in the devices.
What To Watch
Users generally have to navigate through different channels to see what is running through them. However, in case of Roku, a lot of it can be done using the What’s On. Tap on the What’s On feature at the bottom of the app and you will find shows and movies organized into categories that can be watched with just a click.
Not all the channels are available and listed in the Roku device. To find the secret ones check the Roku guide. Click on the link needed, then click on ‘Add Channel’ and you will be redirected to the Roku account page. Log in and add the code to watch the channels.
One can control the quality of the Netflix streaming on the Roku device. Whether you want to see things more clearly or wish to stay within the cap limit, just follow the steps,
Go to Netflix account à My profile à Playback settings
Navigating the Roku from the remote might need some help and hence download the Roku app and get the benefit of a keyboard with easy searching streaming from your tablet.
Some Roku devices support the screen mirroring from windows and android gadgets to the TV. To hook it up, press the home button on the Roku remote and select settings>>system>>screen mirroring>>enable screen mirroring.
If you don’t see the screen mirroring option, then the Roku device might not support it as well.
Maybe you paused the movie that you were watching or might have slept through and can now view the Roku logo just bouncing all over the screen, then it is time to give yourself a nice looking Roku screensaver that can be downloaded from the Roku apps.
It might not be the Xbox or the Nintendo switch but the Roku is still a savior with its inbuilt games like Pac Man and more. The Roku enhanced gaming remote with voice search supports motion control gaming.
Roku displays channel in order that you have saved and added them. Unless you select options using the asterisk key from the home screen and try to reorder them, the most frequently watched and famous channels are going to be at the top.
If you have opted for Roku instead of the Google Chromecast you can still view the YouTube videos from the mobile onto the screen of TV. Go to the YouTube channel on Roku à Settings à Pair device. You will see a string of numbers to enter. Now go to your mobile device, open a browser window and go to youtube.com/pair and enter the code. Now when you are in the YouTube app on the mobile device you paired, you can send the video to your TV screen by clicking the cast icon, provided both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
How To Access Secret Menus On Roku Devices?
Secret menu 1
Press the Home button five times, press the Fast Forward (FF) three times, press the Rewind (RW) button twice.
This menu will allow you to factory reset, run a USB test, and update the server or software. Use this one at your own risk.
Secret menu 2
Press Home five times, Up direction, RW twice, FF twice.
This will reboot your Roku device.
Secret menu 3
Press Home five times, Up, Down, Up, Down, Up.
This code will bring up a secret Wi-Fi menu to see things like signal strength.
Secret menu 4
Press Home five times, FF, Down, RW, Down, FF.
This will give you access to a hidden antenna menu.
Secret menu 5
Press Home five times, RW three times, FF twice.
This will bring up a bit rate menu where you can see quality settings and set bitrates.
Secret menu 6
Press Home three time, Up twice, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left.
This code will give access to the channel info menu.
Secret menu 7
Press Home three times, Up twice, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right.
This will give you access to developer mode.
Secret menu 8
Press Home five times, Up, Right, Down, Left, Up.
This hidden screen will allow you to remove auto-pair, cycle screenshot, cycle ad-banner, log theme info.