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The most common Roku problems and how to fix them

Owning a Roku is a fantastic way to add smart TV capabilities to a TV without them, but, like all things tech, Roku hardware isn’t completely bulletproof. Whether it’s a glitch with the remote, the Roku device itself, or a sneaky hidden issue like an app compatibility issue, Roku problems can be frustrating when they pop up. The good news is that 99% of the time, there’s an easy fix. Here’s a list of the most common Roku problems and how to fix them.

How to fix Roku problems at a glance:

How to restart, update, and reset your Roku

Most Roku problems can be quickly solved by a restart, a software update, or in worst-case scenarios, a factory reset. Before moving on to any other troubleshooting steps, try these first.

How to restart your Roku

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  • Scroll up or down and select Settings.
  • Select System.
  • Select SystemRestart.
  • Use the remote’s directional pad to highlight the Restart button and press OK.
  • Your Roku device will now restart.

Sometimes, your Roku streaming device will simply freeze up, and the remote appears to be completely unresponsive. When this happens, you can often restart the device without needing the on-screen menus. To do this, follow this button-press sequence on your Roku remote precisely:

  • Press the Home button five times.
  • Press the Up arrow one time.
  • Press the Rewind button two times.
  • Press the Fast Forward button two times.
  • After a few seconds of completing this sequence, your Roku should restart.

How to update Roku software

If a restart doesn’t help, your software may be the problem. Roku software updates usually happen automatically in the background, without any need for you to take action. But now and then, this process doesn’t work. If you’re experiencing problems, it’s always a good idea to check the status of your Roku software before moving on.

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  • Scroll up or down and select Settings.
  • Select System.
  • Select System Update.
    • This screen will show you the current software and build version and the date and time it was added to your Roku.
  • Select Check Now to manually check for updates.
  • If an update for your software or your installed channels is available, it will be downloaded and installed automatically and your Roku will reboot. It’s very important that this process is allowed to complete without interruption.

How to factory reset your Roku

A factory reset is a thermonuclear option for fixing problems. As the name suggests, it returns your Roku to the same state it was in when you pulled it out of the box. This means that all of your settings including downloaded channels and network preferences will be wiped out. As such, we suggest keeping this one in your back pocket for when everything else fails.

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  • Scroll up or down and select Settings.
  • Select System.
  • Select Advanced system settings.
  • Select Factory reset.
  • Select Factory reset everything and then follow the on-screen instructions.

The above steps assume your Roku is still responsive and gives you the option of using the on-screen menus. If it doesn’t, switch to plan B by using the physical reset button on your device.

The four kinds of Roku factory reset buttons

On some Roku products, like the Roku Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick+, the reset button can be pushed with your finger. On set-top devices like the Roku Ultra, it’s usually a recessed button that requires a paperclip or other small, pointed object to press.

Once you’ve found it, make sure your Roku device is powered on, then press and hold the reset button firmly for about 10 seconds. The indicator light will blink rapidly on most Roku devices when the factory reset is complete.

Roku remote control problems

Roku devices come with two different kinds of remote controls. One kind is an infrared (IR) remote and the other is an enhanced “point-anywhere” remote. Before you try to fix problems with your Roku remote, you should figure out which one you have.

How to tell what kind of Roku remote you have

Remove the battery cover from the back of the remote. Just below where the batteries sit, you may find a small button. If you do, you’ve got an enhanced “point-anywhere” remote. If you don’t, yours is an IR remote.

Alternatively, you can always try downloading the Roku Remote app from theiOS orGoogle Play store. The app allows your phone to function as a Roku remote and might provide a solution if your remote is damaged beyond repair.

For IR remotes

IR remotes need to be able to “see” the Roku device they control. Almost all problems with IR remotes stem from the remote not having a direct line-of-sight to your Roku device. Most of the time, IR signals can bounce off walls and ceilings to reach their target, but even then, if your Roku device is stuck behind another object, those IR signals won’t make it.

Incorrect placement for Roku devices with IR remotes

When seated wherever you normally watch TV, if you can see the entire front side of your Roku device, you should be fine. If you can’t, move the Roku until you can. Never place a Roku device that uses an IR remote behind your TV or inside a cabinet.

The remote’s batteries also can be a problem. If the remote works well sometimes, but not all the time, try pulling the batteries out and replacing them. That might fix a problem with a poor connection.

Weak IR signals can be another problem. Think of an IR remote as a flashlight that shines a light that you can’t see. If the batteries are old, that light will be too weak. If the batteries are really depleted, the remote might not respond to button presses at all. Try replacing the batteries with new ones.

For enhanced “point-anywhere” remotes

Roku Ultra 2019 remote.

These remotes are a bit more sophisticated, so there are several ways to troubleshoot their operation. The first step is to try the same battery tricks as above — remove and replace them, or simply install new ones.

If this doesn’t help, the next step is to restart both the Roku device and the remote:

  • Remove the power cable from the Roku device.
  • Remove the batteries from the remote.
  • Plug the Roku device back in, and wait for it to finish booting up — you should see the home screen.
  • Reinsert the batteries into the remote and wait about 30 seconds. The remote should now respond to button presses.

If the restart procedure doesn’t fix your problem, you may need to pair the remote again to your Roku:

  • Remove the power cable from the Roku device.
  • Remove the batteries from the remote.
  • Plug the Roku device back in, and wait for it to finish booting up — you should see the home screen.
  • Reinsert the batteries into the remote, but don’t replace the battery cover yet.
  • Press and hold the pairing button inside the battery compartment of the remote for three seconds or until you see the pairing light on the remote begin to flash. Depending on your remote, the pairing light might be beside the pairing button, or on the top surface of the remote, near the bottom end. If the light does not flash, try again. If the light still does not flash, try replacing the batteries.
  • Wait for 30 seconds while the remote establishes a connection with your Roku device.
  • You should then see the remote pairing dialog on your TV screen.

In rare instances, wireless signal interference can cause problems with enhanced remotes. If you own a Roku Streaming Stick or Streaming Stick+ and they’re plugged into an HDMI port on the rear panel of your TV, an HDMI extender cable could help move the Stick away from the main body of the TV, thereby reducing any interference the TV could be causing. If you own a Roku Streaming Stick, Roku will send you one of these cables for free.

It’s also possible that there’s simply too much congestion on the 2.4GHz frequency used by the remote to communicate with the Roku. One way to solve that problem is to switch your Wi-Fi router to a different wireless channel. Another solution is to switch your Roku to your router’s 5GHz network if it has one.

Roku Wi-Fi problems

Wi Fi router on a table.

If you’re experiencing degraded video or audio quality, overall slowness of your Roku when responding to commands, or you see “not connected” in the top right corner of your home screen, you’re probably dealing with Wi-Fi issues. Checking Wi-Fi signal strength is the best place to start. Check the status of your Internet connection strength by going to Settings > Network. Assuming you’re actually connected to Wi-Fi, the signal strength will be listed as Excellent, Good, Fair, or Poor. If it’s Fair or Poor, you should try to improve it.

Obviously, relocating your TV won’t be an option very often, but you might still benefit from relocating the Roku itself. Try repositioning it and see if it helps. Roku Sticks are harder to reposition because they’re usually plugged right into the TV, but an HDMI extender cable can give you the extra play you need to reposition them.

If your Roku device has an Ethernet port and you’re able to connect it to an Ethernet cable, this is an easy way to test if it’s your Wi-Fi that’s at fault.

A “not connected” message on the home screen indicates that you’re either completely outside of your Wi-Fi network’s range, or you’ve entered the wrong Wi-Fi password for your router. If your phone, tablet, or laptop is connected via Wi-Fi — in the same general location as your Roku — that suggests a problem with the password. Check your Roku’s network settings and try again.

If you see Roku error code 009, it means that your Roku is successfully connected to your router, but it can’t reach the Internet. If your other Wi-Fi devices are operating normally, restart your Roku. If the other devices can’t connect either, try rebooting your modem and router, and then restart your devices. If this fails, you should contact your Internet service provider.

If moving your Roku is out of the question, consider moving your Wi-Fi router, or adjusting its external antennas if it has any. Even small changes to your router can have a big impact on how wireless signals move around your house. If you’ve noticed Wi-Fi troubles with one or more devices in your home (other than your Roku), it may be worth it to upgrade to a new router altogether. If your home is on the bigger side, or there are many walls and floors between your entertainment devices and your router, a mesh system may be your best bet. With a mesh network, your main router will broadcast to a series of smaller “nodes” throughout your home. Instead of struggling to pair with the main router, a device like a Roku will have a much easier time connecting to one of your new network’s satellite nodes.

Roku audio problems

Roku smart soundbar credenza.

Audio problems on the Roku, like no audio, distorted audio, or audio dropouts, can be caused by software settings or problems with your hardware and/or cables depending on the complexity of your setup.

Before trying any of the following solutions, we suggest you first turn off your Roku and connected devices, unplug the power, wait 10 seconds and then plug it back in and power your gear on again. It sounds silly, but you’d be amazed how many problems — including audio problems — this can fix.

No audio at all? Check your connections and selected inputs

(If your Roku is a stick-style device connected directly to your TV, you can skip this section.)

  • Check to make sure your HDMI, optical, or component cables are securely inserted into your Roku on the one end, and your A/V receiver, HDMI switcher, or soundbar, on the other end.
  • Make sure all of your components are powered on.
  • Check that you’ve selected the correct input on your A/V receiver, HDMI switcher, or soundbar.
  • Check to see if your audio component’s mute function is on (if it is, turn it off).
  • Adjust the volume level on your audio component higher and lower to see if this makes any difference.

Still no audio? Check your Roku’s audio settings

If your Roku is connected to an A/V receiver or soundbar using an optical (TOSLink) cable, try the following:

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  • Scroll up or down and select Settings.
  • Select Audio.
  • Set HDMI and S/PDIF to Dolby D (Dolby Digital).

If your Roku is connected to an A/V receiver, soundbar, or TV via HDMI, try the following:

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  • Scroll up or down and select Settings.
  • Select Audio.
  • Set Audio mode to Stereo.
  • Set HDMI to PCM-Stereo.

Still no audio? Swap your cables

It’s fairly rare, but on occasion, your HDMI, optical, or component cables can be faulty. If none of the steps so far have helped, try switching out your cable(s) with another set. This can be frustrating if you don’t have an extra set handy, but the good news is that all three types are inexpensive and you can find them at your local retailer or online.

Selective audio

Sometimes, you’ll hear audio on some kinds of content but not others. This is usually a compatibility problem with the audio format(s) you’re trying to play and the audio format(s) your connected gear can support. If this happens, try the same procedure as above for HDMI devices and if you’re using an optical (TOSLink) cable, set HDMI and S/PDIF to PCM-Stereo.

You’re expecting surround sound but you’re only getting stereo

Normally your Roku can determine the capabilities of your TV, A/V receiver, or soundbar automatically, but sometimes it needs help. If you’re watching surround sound content that’s presented in Dolby 5.1 or Dolby Atmos, but you can only hear stereo sound:

  • Press Home on your remote control.
  • Scroll up or down to Settings.
  • Select Audio.
  • Your HDMI (or HDMI and S/PDIF on Roku players with an optical connector) will likely be set to Auto Detect. Choose the option that matches the capabilities of your TV, A/V receiver, or soundbar.
  • Channels can have their own discrete audio settings. For example, Netflix may require you to select English (5.1) under Audio and Subtitles.

Garbled or distorted audio

We’ve seen reports, specifically related to the Roku Ultra, but possibly on other models as well, of garbled or distorted audio. A fix that seems to work in this instance, is to begin playback of the desired video, then:

  • Press the Star or Asterisk (*) button.
  • Scroll to Volume Mode.
  • Select OFF by scrolling right.

Audio and video are out of sync

Some users have reported that their audio and video lose sync while playing content. Though somewhat counterintuitive, a fix that seems to work involves tweaking the video refresh properties:

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  • Scroll up or down and select Settings.
  • Select System and then select Advanced system settings.
  • Select Advanced display settings.
  • Select Auto-adjust display refresh rate and choose Disabled.

Keep in mind that while this has been known to fix audio sync issues, it can also introduce some unwanted video problems like image jerkiness. If this happens, switch Auto-adjust back to Enabled.

Roku video problems

Roku Express in a person's hands.

Problems involving video quality like buffering, stuttering, or degraded detail can usually be traced back to your network connection. Before moving on, see our section on Wi-Fi problems. If your Wi-Fi connection is stable, it’s possible that your internet plan doesn’t provide sufficient bandwidth for the content you’re trying to stream.

Roku recommends a minimum download speed of 3.0 Mbps for standard definition and up to 9.0 Mbps for HD content. 4K HDR content may require up to 25 Mbps. You can check your actual download speed here.

If your plan provides the necessary speed for the content you’re trying to watch, check to see if anyone else in your home is using high bandwidth applications on your other devices. You may also want to check your router’s administration settings to see if there are any unknown devices using your connection.

Manually adjust your bit rate

If you’ve tried everything to solve your buffering problems and are ready to throw in the towel, here’s one more trick that might help.

Normally your Roku will choose the best bit rate to use automatically — one that matches your network connection speed — but on rare occasions, setting this manually needs to happen. You do this through a hidden settings screen:

  • On your Roku remote, press Home five times.
  • Press reverse scan three times.
  • Press forward scan twice.
  • From the Bit Rate Override screen that is displayed, select Manual selection.
  • Select a lower bit rate and see if that solves the problem. If not, repeat this sequence and choose a lower bit rate.

Roku HDMI problems

HDMI ARC port on back of a TV.

Another common Roku problem relates to the use of HDMI cables. When two or more devices connect via HDMI, they must establish a “handshake.” Generally speaking, once established, that handshake continues to govern the connection without issue. However, now and then the handshake doesn’t happen when the devices connect, or the handshake gets interrupted.

When this happens, it can cause a variety of problems from black screens to flashing video, to HDCP error messages. As with many problems, a reliable fix is to power everything down, remove and reinsert the HDMI cable ends into each device, and then restart.

HDCP errors

Roku HDCP Error message.

HDCP errors that aren’t resolved this way may be a symptom of a different problem. HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, and it’s a way of preventing people from copying movies and shows that they stream on devices like a Roku. But unless each device in your HDMI chain supports the same level of HDCP, the video signal can’t get through and you’ll see an HDCP error.

For instance, if you’re using a Roku Streaming Stick+ or a Roku Ultra to stream 4K content from Netflix, all of your devices must support HDCP 2.2. But if you have any older A/V receiver or soundbar between your Roku player and your 4K TV, it may not be HDCP 2.2 compatible.

To test to see if this is the problem, try connecting your Roku directly to your TV. If the problem goes away, that’s a good sign your middle device isn’t HDCP 2.2-compliant. Your choice at this point is to stick to non-4K content (only 4K requires HDCP 2.2), find a way to bypass your A/V receiver or soundbar for video (perhaps by using the HDMI ARC connection on your TV), or upgrade that middle device.

Replacing cables

Though a rare Roku issue, occasionally the HDMI cables themselves are the problem. If you’re seeing flashing video, or no video at all — or perhaps video with “sparkles” — these can all indicate potentially faulty cables. Before buying new cables, try swapping your Roku’s HDMI cable with any other HDMI cable you have, as a test. It’s very unlikely that two of your cables have problems, so if one works, you know you should replace the one that doesn’t.

There is one situation where you may need to replace a perfectly good HDMI cable. 4K HDR signals use a lot of bandwidth — much more than HD. Older HDMI cables might lack the necessary bandwidth to carry all of that data reliably between devices, especially over longer distances like 10 feet or more.

If you suspect this applies to your situation, you probably need to buy a new Premium High-Speed HDMI cable. But don’t worry — they’re relatively inexpensive and you can buy them almost anywhere. Check out our full HDMI cable buying guide.

Roku hardware problems

Roku overheating message.

Roku devices are usually highly dependable, but here are two situations where the hardware itself can experience problems.

Overheating

If your Roku device sits on top of other equipment or is located in a poorly ventilated space, it can overheat. If this happens, you’ll see an on-screen warning message appear in the top right corner of your screen. Some Roku devices like the Ultra and Roku Express also have a front LED that will turn solid red when they overheat.

If your device overheats, immediately turn it off, unplug the power and disconnect all cables. Wait at least 10 minutes before reconnecting it and powering it back up. If you see the solid red light or warning message again, repeat this process. If it still happens, you should contact Roku Support, as it may indicate a more serious problem with your device.

Insufficient power

Roku Express 2019 with remote.

If your Roku device is powered by USB — e.g., Streaming Sticks and Roku Express — there’s a possibility it’s not getting enough power. This usually happens when people plug their USB power cable into an available USB port on their TV or their A/V receiver. Unfortunately, not all USB ports deliver the same amount of power, and some aren’t intended to supply power at all.

The best way to solve the “insufficient power” on-screen warning (or flashing red LED on the front of Roku Express or Express+) is to plug the USB cable into the USB power adapter that shipped with your device. This adapter is designed to deliver the correct amount of power your Roku needs. If, after switching to the included adapter, you still get the insufficient power warning, you should try plugging the adapter into a different power outlet. If you’re using a power strip or an extension cord, try plugging the adapter straight into a wall socket.

Roku app problems

Roku App No Device Found screen.

The Roku app for iOS and Android is a must-have add-on for your phone. It can act as a replacement remote control, plus you can add/remove channels, use the private listening function, and cast videos and photos from your phone to your TV.

But none of those things will work if the app can’t find your Roku device.

Your Wi-Fi network is likely at the heart of the problem, so before moving on, consult the Wi-Fi problems section. If that doesn’t help, here are a few things you can try.

Make sure your phone and Roku are on the same network

Some Wi-Fi routers let you create a guest network that is physically separated from your normal Wi-Fi network. It’s possible that your phone or your Roku are using these two different networks. If so, they won’t see each other. Make sure both devices are using the exact same Wi-Fi network.

Most Wi-Fi routers create two separate networks for each Wi-Fi frequency band (2.4GHz and 5GHz). Though technically it shouldn’t matter if your phone and Roku are using different frequencies (both bands share the same subnet on your router so devices can talk to one another), to be absolutely sure, place both your phone and your Roku on the same Wi-Fi frequency band.

Check your Roku’s network access

It’s possible that network access to your Roku has been disabled. Here’s how to check and correct:

  • Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  • Select Settings then System followed by Advanced system settings.
  • Select External Control and then Network Access.
  • Make sure Default or Permissive is selected.
  • “Default” should work, but if not, try “Permissive.”

Still can’t find your device? Try connecting manually

  • Inside the Roku app, at the bottom of the device discovery screen (or within the three-dots menu), tap Connect Manually and enter the IP address of your Roku device. You can find the IP address by visiting Settings > Network > About on your Roku device.
  • Restart your Roku device and ensure it is connected to the correct wireless network.
  • Restart the Roku mobile app.
    • On iOS devices with a home button, double click the Home button and then swipe the Roku app to close it. Once it’s closed, tap on the Roku app icon to launch.
    • On iOS devices without a home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and slide your thumb or finger to the right in one continuous motion. Swipe through the list of open apps until you find the Roku app and then swipe up on the app to close it. Once it’s closed, tap on the Roku app icon to relaunch.
    • On Android devices, press the Recents button and then swipe the Roku app to close it. Once it’s closed, tap on the Roku app icon to relaunch

Alternative devices

If you’re still experiencing issues with your Roku and want to give other gear a spin, here’s a short list of some competitive streaming devices, along with noted perks.

  • Apple TV 4K — With 4K streaming, Airplay mirroring, iCloud syncing between your iOS devices, and plenty of apps, the Apple TV is a solid bet for media streaming (especially for Apple fans).
  • Amazon Fire TV —  Are you a fan of all things Alexa? The Amazon Fire TV offers Alexa-powered voice controls, along with plenty of apps and skills to make your smart TV experience smarter than ever before.
  • Chromecast with Google TV — There’s a lot to love about Google’s latest Chromecast. Enjoy app-casting from a phone or tablet, along with a customized home screen with movies, shows, and other content recommended just for you. At $49, the Chromecast is a hard deal to beat.

For more on smart streaming devices, check outour full guide to cutting the cord.

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Online streaming platforms are slowly but surely becoming the primary source of media content today. A lot of people seem to prefer tuning into Netflix and Hulu over traditional cable channels.

For people on older generation TVs, streaming sticks like Roku make it possible to access the vast library of online content. Unfortunately, this is why it can be very frustrating when your Roku runs into technical issues.

A lot of users, including myself, have reported experiencing problems with Roku’s audio output. However, after reading through a few articles and forums online, I found that Roku’s audio problems are among the easiest to fix. In most cases, you can troubleshoot the problem on your own and implement a solution in a matter of minutes.

This article will serve not only as a step-by-step guide for you to troubleshoot and resolve your Roku audio issues but will also help you understand what may have caused these issues to arise in the first place.

If your Roku has no sound output check your HDMI connection, adjust your Roku’s audio settings, and make sure the audio format of the media is compatible with your Roku device. If your Roku still has no sound, reset your Roku device.

Inspect the HDMI Connection on Your Roku

The most common cause for an audio issue with your Roku device is a problem with the HDMI connection used to plug the device into your TV. However, there are simple fixes to this problem. You can either try switching the input that you have plugged the Roku device into or switching the cable you use to connect the device.

Swap Your HDMI Inputs

HDMI connections are two-way digital connections that carry both audio and video. Just like any digital connection, it is possible for an HDMI channel to experience some congestion when there is a lot of activity going on. 

If this is what is causing your Roku’s audio troubles, removing the Roku device from its current HDMI input and plugging it into a different port will fix the problem.

Plugging the HDMI cable into a different port eases the traffic passing through it, thus fixing the audio issue. However, if this issue occurs frequently, it may indicate a problem with the TV itself.

Swap Your HDMI Cable

Sometimes the audio issue may be caused by a physical problem such as wiring. Always make sure that your HDMI cables are not damaged and are secured firmly to the device ports. 

If your HDMI cable is damaged, you might also experience problems with the video, like fuzzy or intermittent pictures, in addition to your audio troubles. In this case, swapping out your current HDMI cable for new ones will fix your troubles.

HDMI cables are quite inexpensive and are very easily available. However, one thing you need to keep in mind when buying a cable is to make sure you get the right length. Cables that are unnecessarily long are prone to damage.

Check Your Roku’s Audio Settings

If checking the HDMI inputs and cables did not fix your audio issue, the problem might lie in an incorrectly configured Roku device. Selecting the wrong output channel can cause your Roku to have no audio. Luckily this is very simple to fix.

If your Roku device is plugged into an A/V receiver or soundbar via an optical (TOSLink) cable, try doing this:

  1. On your Roku remote, press the home button.
  2. Find the Settings menu by scrolling up or down and select it.
  3. Select the Audio menu under it.
  4. Set the HDMI and S/PDIF option to Dolby D (Dolby Digital).

If your Roku device is plugged into an A/V receiver, soundbar or TV via an HDMI cable, try doing this:

  1. On your Roku remote, press the home button.
  2. Find the Settings menu by scrolling up or down and select it.
  3. Select the Audio menu under it.
  4. Set the Audio mode to Stereo.
  5. Set the HDMI option to PCM-Stereo.

Check The Audio Format of the Media You are Trying to Play on Roku

If your Roku is selectively playing audio, that is, you are able to hear some kinds of audio but not others; it indicates a compatibility issue. The audio format that you are trying to play is not supported by gear connected to the Roku device or may have been configured incorrectly. 

To resolve this issue, you will have to open up your Roku’s audio settings and implement the same solutions mentioned above, depending on whether you use a TOSLink or HDMI connection.

How To Get Your Audio To Play In Surround

In most situations, your Roku can automatically detect the audio capabilities of the device it is plugged into, like your TV, soundbar or A/V receiver.

However, sometimes you will have to select the audio channel manually. If you are watching content that is tagged as Dolby 5.1 or Dolby atmos but hears only stereo sound instead of the surround, try this fix:

  1. On your Roku remote, press the home button.
  2. Find the Settings menu by scrolling up or down and select it.
  3. Select the Audio menu under it.
  4. Your HDMI (or HDMI and S/PDIF for TOSLink connections) will be set to Auto Detect by default. Change it to the option that your TV, soundbar or A/V receiver is compatible with.
  5. Some channels like Netflix have their separate audio settings, which you will have to select manually.

How To Fix Distorted Audio on Roku

Distorted audio is a known issue reported by Roku users. It is usually found on the Roku Ultra but can occur on other models as well. To resolve the issue:

  1. Start playing the video you wish to watch.
  2. Press the Asterisk (*) button on the Roku remote.
  3. Scroll and find Volume mode.
  4. Toggle this option to OFF by scrolling to the right.

How To Sync Up Your Audio And Video

Some users have reported that the audio and video tend to desynchronize sometimes when watching content on their Roku device. A fix to resolve this issue requires you to make changes to the video refresh properties. To do this:

  1. On your Roku remote, press the home button.
  2. Find the Settings menu by scrolling up or down and select it.
  3. Find the System menu and select Advanced System Settings under it. 
  4. Select the Advanced Display Settings option.
  5. Find the Auto-adjust display refresh rate option and set it to Disabled. 

While this solution will fix your audio syncing issues, it can create some unwanted issues with video playback, such as jerky images. If this happens to you, simply switch the Auto-adjust display refresh rate option back to Enabled. 

Troubleshoot The Audio Receiver Your Roku Is Hooked Up To

Sometimes the problem might not be with your Roku but the audio receiver that your Roku is hooked up to instead. Some steps you can take to troubleshoot this issue are:

  1. Ensure that all the components are powered on.
  2. Make sure that you have selected the correct input on your A/V receiver, soundbar or TV.
  3. Check if you have accidentally muted your audio component. 
  4. Try adjusting the volume to higher and lower levels to see if that makes any difference to the audio playback.

If you’re into playing music through your Roku device, you can look out for the best stereo receivers. You can even play different music on multiple Echo devices for a better audio experience.

Reset Your Roku Device

If none of the fixes resolved your issue, the last option left for you is to perform a factory reset on your Roku device.

To perform a factory reset of your Roku device from the device settings:

  1. On your Roku remote, press the home button.
  2. Find the Settings menu by scrolling up or down and select it.
  3. Find the System menu and select Advanced System Settings under it. 
  4. Go to the Factory Reset menu and select Factory reset everything. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reset.

You can even reset your device by using the hardware reset button on the back or bottom of your Roku device. It could either be in the form of a tactile button, which you press using your finger, or a pinhole button, for which you will need a paperclip.

To reset your device, press and hold the reset button for about 10 seconds. Most Roku devices will have an indicator light blink rapidly to indicate a successful factory reset.

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Audio troubles with Roku devices are quite common and fortunately are fixed very easily. In addition to the fixes mentioned in the article above, some simple solutions you can try are to unplug your Roku from power before plugging it back in and to make sure that you use the wall power adapter included with the device to power it.

Also, make sure that you test your A/V receiver, TV, or soundbar with other audio inputs to ensure that the problem lies with the Roku device and not with the audio receiver device. 

The solutions mentioned in the article are guaranteed to work. However, if they don’t resolve the issue for you, it may indicate an internal issue with your Roku device, and the only way for you to fix it is to contact Roku’s customer support.

One important thing to note is that performing a factory reset will erase all your personal preference data and unlink your Roku device from your Roku account.

Thus, consider resetting your Roku device only as a last resort as this change is irreversible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I unmute my Roku?

If your Roku remote has a mute button, toggle it to unmute your Roku device. However, if your device has no form of volume control, you will need to take a look at your HDMI cabling or audio settings.

How long does a Roku last?

A Roku device, on average, has a life expectancy of anywhere between 3 to 5 years.

How do I unlock my Roku?

Its not possible to directly jailbreak a Roku device, but you can play outside content on it by screen mirroring or casting from your mobile device or PC, using a USB cable or playing over a local network, or by using the Play on Roku feature on the Roku Mobile app.

How do I get to the Roku secret menu?

Press the Home button (to get to the Home screen) > press the Home button 5 times >Press the Fast Forward button > Press Play > Then Rewind > Press Play > Then Fast Forward button.

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How to Fix It When Roku TV Sound Is Not Working

Sometimes Roku TV sound can be spotty on an individual channel or across the board. If your Roku TV sound isn’t working, use the troubleshooting tips below to restore your sound.

Why Is My TCL Roku TV Not Playing Sound?

When your TCL Roku TV doesn’t play sound, but the display is fine, these settings could be culprits:

  • Your remote volume could be very low or set to mute
  • Your speakers are off
  • The Volume mode is on Night or Leveling
  • Private listening is on for headphones-only listening with the Roku mobile app

If you have sound issues with only one app, check the app’s support site for specifics. If the sound is absent only from the Roku menu, check that the menu volume isn’t disabled. Go to Settings > Audio > Menu volume.

If you don’t hear the sound or see a picture, you might need to troubleshoot why your Roku TV won’t turn on.

Is Roku Having Sound Issues?

If your sound issues impact the Roku menu and all of your apps on our Roku TV or other Roku streaming devices you own, Roku could be experiencing sound issues.

Refer to Roku social media handles or the Roku support site for service alerts. You might also find clues about any changes that could be affecting your sound by browsing the latest Roku OS release notes.

Why Did My Roku TV Lose Sound?

If your Roku TV suddenly loses sound, some possible reasons include:

  • A poor network connection
  • Loose cables
  • A software update bug
  • Faulty hardware

When a Roku TV persistently loses sound and requires numerous soft or hard reboots to fix temporarily, it might be defective and require additional support from the TV manufacturer.

How to Fix Roku TV Sound Issues

When your sound doesn’t work on your Roku TV, try this list of fixes to restore your audio.

  1. Check your remote volume. Press the volume up and mute buttons. If your remote isn’t responsive, follow these steps to reset your Roku remote.

  2. Make sure your speakers are on. Go to Settings > Audio > Speakers. If Off is selected, no sound will come from your TV or external speakers.

  3. Disable audio leveling. Press the Star button on your remote to open the Options panel. Select Off under Volume mode to see if that resolves your no-audio issue.

  4. Turn off private listening in the Roku mobile app. If you see a headphones icon on your screen, open the Roku app and tap the headphones icon to disable private listening. 

  5. Check your Wi-Fi connection. If you have a poor network connection, your audio quality could suffer.

  6. Look for a system update. Check your Roku TV Settings for an OS update. On most Roku TVs, this setting lives under System > System Update.

  7. Restart your Roku TV. Try a system restart if an update isn't available. This step often resolves broad system issues.

  8. Check all your Roku channels. If the menu and all channels are silent, you’re likely dealing with a Roku OS or TV issue. If it's just one app, check with the app developer for more information or delete and reinstall the channel.

  9. Double-check the audio and HDMI cable connections. Check for loose audio output and input connections with external accessories like soundbars, and ensure that the power cord to your Roku TV is secure. You might also consider replacing cables for good measure.

  10. Adjust the audio settings. Whether you use the TV speakers or set up a surround sound system with your Roku TV, choose Automatic instead of a specific audio format from System > Audio.

    If you use a S/PDIF optical connection, disable the TV speakers manually from Audio > Speakers > Off to ensure proper audio output.

  11. Reset your TV’s audio settings. If your TV has this feature, press the Play/Pause button three times. You can also go to Settings > System > Advanced system settings > Factory reset > Reset TV audio/picture settings. This selection won’t delete any of your apps.

    On some Roku TVs, you can find a Reset sound settings option from Options > Sound settings.

  12. Do a hard reboot or factory reset. Power off your TV and leave it unplugged for 5 minutes to 10 minutes before plugging it back in. To factory reset it, press the reset button on your TV or select Settings > System > Advanced system settings > Factory reset > Factory reset everything.

  13. Contact your Roku TV manufacturer. If you haven’t been able to find an issue with one specific app, all your cables are secure, and updates and resets don’t do the trick, it’s probably time to reach out to your Roku TV manufacturer. You can find this information from Settings > System > About.

FAQ

  • Connect the soundbar to your Roku TV via the HDMI ARC port. When you set up a Roku Smart Soundbar with your Roku TV, these settings turn on automatically once your TV detects the soundbar. With a non-Roku soundbar, enable CEC from Settings > System > Control other devices (CEC) > System audio control > 1-touch play and ARC from Control other devices (CEC) > System audio control > ARC.

  • Roku doesn't support direct Bluetooth pairing with Roku TVs. Only select Roku devices, such as the Roku Streambar and Roku TVs with Roku wireless speakers set up, can connect to Bluetooth accessories like phones and tablets. One way around this restriction is to connect your phone to the Bluetooth soundbar and turn on private listening in the Roku app.

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Roku can play video content from a wide variety of streaming sources - which is great, unless the audio output on your Roku player isn’t working. There are several troubleshooting options available to fix the problem. You can do it yourself by following these simple steps.

1. Check the ‘HDMI Connection’
A faulty HDMI connection can be the reason behind no/poor audio from your Roku player. Check that your HDMI cable is properly plugged into both the TV and your Roku player. If the HDMI cable is too short for your purposes, get an HDMI cable extender.
If you are using a composite cable to connect to your TV, make sure the audio connector is attached to the correct ports on both the TV and the Roku player.

2. Open ‘Audio Settings’
Go to ‘Settings’by scrolling down the main menu from ‘Home’.
In Settings, scroll down to reach ‘Audio’ settings, and select it. The Audio Settings screen will open.

3. Select ‘Audio Mode’
Use your remote to scroll down to the 'Audio Mode'option in the 'Audio Settings'. There are two options available here, 'Stereo' and 'Auto'. Choose the Stereo option using the trackpad on your remote, and select it. This will stop any error in audio selection by your Roku device.

4. Select ‘HDMI’
Select the ‘HDMI settings’from the ‘Audio’ menu, using the remote trackpad. You can change the HDMI option from ‘Auto’to ‘PCM -Stereo’or ‘Dolby D/D+’.Check each of the options in turn, and see if your Roku device delivers audio.
With the right combination of ‘Audio Mode’ and ‘HDMI’ preference, your Roku player will be able to output audio again.

Your Roku device will produce audio after following the above steps.

 

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