Yaslivinglife - Best Handy App... Here’s why (Read All)
Honestly, I love this app because it’s greatly convenient!!! Probably one of THE MOST convenient and simple apps for free. Like another reviewer said instead of searching for the remote as long as you have your phone (which is most likely all the time) you’re good. As a wheelchair bound disabled person, some people in my home can leave the remote in places I can’t really reach so that’s were this app come in handy, and really in this household the remote generally has the tendency to disappear. So if you have a remote that has hidden legs and likes to go into hiding then the app is great. On a funny and more truthful note, I originally got the app because my sister and I weren’t getting along at the time and she knows every morning I use the tv. For some reason the next morning I couldn’t find the remote and had a gut feeling she hid it on purpose so that I had no choice but to talk and ask her where it was (in which she probably still wouldn’t have helped to be petty). To avoid needing her help, I downloaded the app and she looked confused and shocked like “😳”. I felt like victory with my phone remote 😎😂. I definitely take back what I said about people who used this app were being lazy but it comes in handy for more than not wanting to get up!!!
best tv and everything is good - Why I love this app
I love this app because I don’t have to move when I wake up lookin for my control I just grab my phone and there is my control then I find it when I’m awake and I love not having to move out of my bed it’s like having your tv on your phone and don’t start me on that I can watch my. MY tv in my phone I just feel like my tv is in my pocket or in my purse at any time I need it and I feel important for having my tv in my pocket/purse. I just love the quality no hacking no lagging no need of standing up in the mornings anymore and I love how I just can do whatever in this app involving my tv and don’t start me on the tv the tv is the best quality ever EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER Athens best one EVER I don’t know what can be best than this it just needs to not stop being itself don’t change anything to that tv or ima return all the TVs I bought of you because their perfect just like they are that’s my review 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️rating ever EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER there that’s my best review.
Cerealkelr - Great app when it decides to work
I mainly use this for when I lose my physical remote or private listening when I want to watch TV, but not wake up housemates. It seems quite frequently it has stopped connecting to my TV saying that my TV may be in “eco mode” and asks me to “wake it up.” My TV is never in “eco mode” and I’m usually in the middle of a show when this happens. The only way I’ve figured out how to get it to recognize my TV again is to completely unplug my TV for about 20 seconds and plug it back in to completely reboot it. Then it usually works, but will often disconnect during the same watching session. It’s very random, too. Sometimes I can go a whole day without this problem. Sometimes I give up and just watch stuff from my phone because I can’t get it to private listen for more than 5 minutes. I have a strong WiFi connection and my bed where I try to private listen from isn’t far from my Roku TV. I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed an app before, but this needs to be fixed. I’ve looked at reviews from a year (and longer) ago complaining of the exact same issue. PLEASE GET THIS FIXED, roku developers!
nicknames_r_stupid - Can’t prevent phone from auto lock?
One glaring omission from this app is that there is no option to prevent the screen from auto-locking. That seems like such an oversight of something so essential in a remote app. Imagine you have a physical remote that sleeps and may or may not reload when you want to use it. Behold Roku app. Turning off auto-lock for the entire device just to keep the remote open is really a bad and unsafe alternative. Unfortunately with all the great features this app provides (especially the swipe controls and keyboard) this app becomes completely useless because eventually you will find yourself taking the path of least resistance and just reach for the physical remote. Please please add an auto-lock prevention option. IOS has this capability and from experience it’s relatively minimal effort to implement this functionality. Also Roku doesn’t seem to have an email to suggest missing features, so I’m going to be pessimistic here and assume Roku probably won’t read this and this app will never get this option. I so hope I’m wrong because I really want to use this app 🖖.
Mystiquekitty - Very Convenient When you Misplace the Remote
I was very excited when I found out Roku made an app for the iPhone. My remote is often knocked over by the cats and lands under my wheelchair which makes it hard to find. Or when I misplace the remote which is why I wrote this review since I couldn’t find it and the rate screen popped up. Lol
I find it especially simple to use and though I only have one Roku still hooked up it always finds the right one. I’ve had my Roku for several years and was wondering if the app would work. The app works just fine on my iPhone 5. Plus it looks exactly like my remote the one without the channel buttons. If it is possible to change the skins I do not know I haven’t searched it out.
I read one reviewer mention it often can’t find their connection that has happened only once I just restarted the app and it was fine. This is one of my most useful and helpful apps I have on my phone!
jacee d - Very good but TAKE THE 17+ RATING OFF!!!!!
I used to use this app literally every day because the remote was so useful! My roku tv at home is so finicky. It has a sweet spot that is hard to find and I have a shaky hand so it is also hard to keep consistent. But when I found this app it was a game changer. You don’t even have to aim the remote with this app. Private listening is also very useful. I like to have my tv loud, so late at night when I don’t want to disturb my parents watching tv, I can just turn on private listening and listen through my headphones.
But with the latest update they added a 17+ rating. Which is super annoying. My mom has a restriction on my phone to where I can’t download 17+ apps. So thanks Apple. Now I have to have an app that is super bobo and doesn’t even have private listening. And btw, this app doesn’t have ads. LITERALLY EVERY OTHER APP ON THE APP STORE THAT IS A ROKU REMOTE HAS ADS. So not only is it super bobo, has no private listening, IT ALSO HAS ADS. Apple make this app 12+ or whatever it was before again!!!
Tiffany002 - Can be very frustrating at times
The app is a great alternative to using the remote, especially if you are someone like me who looses it every 5 seconds. I have the app on a setting to where i can turn my tv on through the app. A lot of the times the remote is not connected so it doesn’t turn on my tv. The main reason I have this app is to listen to the tv with my headphones. A lot of the times it gives me problems and it doesn’t always connect to my headphones or it will connect for a little while and then start glitching later. This app has a lot of problems and its so annoying when I turn on my tv expecting to use my phone and its not connected. I don’t understand why its not connected when i have an internet connection. And also when the app starts glitching is causes my tv to glitch and turn off. And sometimes my tv doesn’t work unless i get up and unplug it and plug it back up again. As i said before, this is a good app and is very convenient, but at the same time it can still use a lot of work in the meantime.
SnapchatGetUrHeadInTheGame - THIS ISNT TINDER U FOOLS
***edit*** I went into the settings to switch my Roku and I saw the option to switch it back to how I liked it, and here I accidentally selected ‘swipe’ mode instead of ‘traditional’ mode weeks ago without realizing :/ I’m a clown :/ I’m sorry roku I love you, baby
GET THE NEW VERSION OF THIS OUT OF HERE!!!! Why do you have to swipe your finger to scroll up, down, and across???? When you’re trying to find something to watch or know what show you want it literally takes fifty years to get to it because of how much fingering swiping you have to do. I want the one where you just have to press the button. Every time I try to swipe it it accidentally presses the buttons instead and I have to hit the back button a million times just to find what show I want. This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. How do I switch back? Again, this is the dumbest update I have witnessed in my entire life.
BlueTurdsInWinter - Note To App Developers
Theoretically, a brilliant app.
The reality of it is that this app in the year+ that I’ve been using it has upgraded many times, each time seeming to get more and more glitchy...and not really adding anything of great positive change to the app. I’m at the point now where about half the time neither ios device I use is able to connect to my Roku tv and almost always at least one is unable to connect. Yes. I know about unplugging the tv for a few minutes to reset it but it’s rather annoying when I’ve just prepared a meal and I’m sitting down to watch something and have to wait an extra 5 minutes while my food gets cold for the connection to reset. So here’s the message I’d send to the developers:
The app, while the other features are cool, is designed to be A REMOTE. If it can’t even be used as a remote then YOU ARE FAILING AS DEVELOPERS OF THIS APP. Forget the extra nonsense until you take care of these bugs preventing us from connecting the remotes to our roku tvs. Thank you.
JANIYA OLIVER😍😍 - Family Remote(ROKU)
Good morning here is my review This app is literally the best when my sister can’t find Our remote to our TV I say calm down because there’s no need to panic because I have the app right here on my iPhone and almost like everybody in my family does and will use it like a lot and can’t find a remote the only reason why I did A review was because I want to help support this app because because I really enjoy paying for movies and watching them even more they have Netflix ,sling hulu,vudu, and more and here is some advice when you go to sleep at night time are you Gotta do is press the pause button and when you wake up in the morning it’s showing pictures of the new movies that’s about to come out like for example big Brother Doctor Who she’s Gotta have it or more or more classic movies so I hope you like it I tried my best my very best have the very best day goodbye...😀😄😁
Mom24monsters - From an accessibility standpoint, the watch app is pathetic!
I haven’t found many issues with the iPhone app, but nobody, including me, has all day to read or in my case, write my entire review about what’s wrong with the Watch app. It’s so much easier to write what does work, and that’s kind of pathetic. Everything should work with voiceover, meaning this is an accessibility issue. Your TV talks, but you fail to understand how well accessibility needs to work on your apps. All I can say is, everything on page 2 of the app works, but nothing else does. I can switch from page to page, but heaven forbid I should touch the page chooser, because it ends up going back to page one, which is beyond frustrating! When I’m trying to do something on page 2, then I go too far and get to the page chooser, it goes back to page 1. That should not happen! When there are four pages, and only a quarter of them work with voiceover, you have a problem. Accessibility should be one of the first things you should check before releasing an app.
Merlintoo - iPhone remote app for TLC ROKU
So far, this is the easiest, most reliable, user friendly remote app I have used. I tap on the icon, the app opens up, and it works perfectly for my needs. As I am getting on a bit age wise,(physically, mentally I think I’m still 25 sometimes, not always advantageous), I have found using the app on my iPhone 7S easier than the remote itself, because everything is right there on the screen to see, only larger, and only takes a light touch. I have found this to be a very useful, pleasantly reliable and user friendly app. Anyone who happens to have arthritis as I do I believe would find this app very helpful, and find a bit of relief from the occasional difficulty and frustration of not being able to hold that tiny remote, as opposed to the relative ease of holding the iPhone with an easy to see and easy to use interface.
JHof76 - TCL Roku TV - Remote
I use the remote on the app for private listening using my Bose Quiet Comfort II headphones. When it works it’s fantastic! Lately I’ve been having so many issues with it doing this 30 second countdown to wake my tv up out of “eco mode” for no reason at all. My tv is not in eco mode. I wait the 30 seconds for it to connect and it starts all over with the 30 second eco mode stuff. I get so frustrated. I’m a techy. I know my way around these issues by searching from solutions from others. Currently I’m turning Airplane Mode on and off to reestablish my WiFi connection. That seems to fix the issue for a little while, but come on. Why should anyone have to do this? I’ve had this tv for two years now and have always had this issue with the remote feature on the app, but it’s gotten so bad I felt I needed to leave a review. The app remote has also started not working when I try to turn my tv on. And yes, both my phone and tv are on the same WiFi network. Major frustration. Please fix this issue already!
PiperRylie - Roku Remote
I original had my real remote for my Roku TV and it worked perfectly but then it stopped working. I discovered that they had a Roku App (This App) and it’s helped a whole bunch because you can just about control the TV from any direction or angle of my bed. It’s a great tool since I still to this day haven’t gotten another remote but I have one concern..When I turn on my TV I open the Roku App and it says that Roku Is Powered Off when I am staring at my POWERED ON television and it’s saying Roku Is Powered Off and then it constantly says Not Connected when I am connected to WiFi and I’m connected to the Internet. So please answer my questions due to 1:Why does it say Roku Is Powered Off and won’t let my remote work? And 2: Why does it always say “Not Connected” when I’m connected to every plug, WiFi password, and internet connection in my house?
I really hope you read this feedback because I really would like answers
hi hi hi what do you long - Goooooooooood
That is so good because it means no more half team have to get up and look for the Roku remote every single day when stays Thursdays Fridays Mondays Sundays is a fair day I have to work on I don’t but this app helps you to not have to have to look for your remote every single day this is why I think this app is good you good are you you’re good I’m good are you good this app is the best app so I recommend it I have a five stars rating so this is why I think you should get this app this is the best app you could ever have for the TV remote and iPad it twice iPad is twice and my TV is second so this is why I recommend it so if you’re scared of the dark and you like TV I definitely recommend it to you so me and my monkey will have a safe sleep and no it will come with me what is that your flow to your flow two I’ll be back with this review come back for part two of my review
Robrebob - Best Roku App Ever!
I never really write reviews but this app so totally rocks I think I need to let others know.
So many apps out there are really nothing more than crap but this Roku app met all expectations and more.
All I really wanted was for my phone to act as a remote. I downloaded the free app and launched itturned it and immediately a screen popped up which had already searched for Roku debices registered to me. I was asked which device I wanted to use. I selected my living room device and immediately my phone turned into a remote fir that Roku box. I could choose other screens and see what was available to watch on premium channels, what was available on my channels, and a search button. If I only wanted a remote I wasn’t bothered with anything else. Simple.
But the biggest surprise was, if I didn’t want to bother anyone else I could actually tap a key and every channel on my Roku was routed to my headset. This cyber key when tapped would immediately pair my Roku box with my Bluetooth headset. I could then walk around, turn up my headset, and chill, not having to worry about neighbors or anyone in my home who was asleep or didn’t want to be bothered.
I’m sure there are other features, all of which you can ignore if you only want a remote. Kudos to the maker of this app.
Cindy Shopper - APP functions stupidly
Why bother to have a mobile app that you can’t use unless you connect with a fixed wireless? I tried to go into update my payment information for my new credit card. I can’t accomplish this because it will not connect and less it has Wi-Fi. We only use fixed secure Wi-Fi because of data security issues. I certainly don’t want to break this rule in order to go on this app to update my credit card information. This is a stupid design that they need to fix. Most of us have unlimited data and are not concerned about whether we have Wi-Fi. Also if I were using this app on a road trip with my kids I would want them to be able to look on their iPad whether or not we had access to reliable Wi-Fi. Stupid stupid stupid design. Any app to sign her that is this out of touch with the purpose of its application needs to be replaced. Roku needs to fix this or I suspect it’s going to be replaced with the mini market alternatives that have now developed including Apple Watch doesn’t have this problem.
Aaachhheheee - The most frustrating remote ever
I’ve never written a review before in my life but this app has caused me so much frustration and anger that I feel I need to share. I lost my physical Roku remote, and have spend months looking for it. It’s no where to be found. So this app is my only hope of controlling the Roku. When I say that the remote disconnects at the most inconvenient times I am not kidding. Want to rewind a show for 10 seconds? Nope, the remote will freeze and you’ll be stuck rewinding your show to the beginning. Wanna turn down the volume of a unnecessary loud commercial? Can’t, remote needs 30 seconds to “wake up”. How about skip a intro on Netflix? Ahhh no no, the intro will be long over before you can even get the remote to connect to your tv, That you’re 2 feet away from. The frustration is unbearable I have torn my house up looking for my physical Roku remote. I can’t take this app anymore I wish the creators would look into getting rid of the “eco mode” because I surely never wanted my remote to take 30 seconds to turn on, every 5 seconds... it is horrible.
Themusicman08 - Would love to see voiceover support
I am a visually impaired user of this application. I noticed that on the remote control, where the arrows and the OK button and anything else are concerned. Voiceover just announces the word, button. So we have to label the buttons ourselves in order to find out what they are. I would like to see Roku improve this application and have VoiceOver support over all, this app is great to have if you don’t want to use the physical remote. I would also like to see voice recognition put into this for those who have limited mobility. This would also be great if we could use this over our cellular data. Especially for those who have unlimited data. And auto lock feature in the previous reviewer‘s comment I second. But I understand why it’s not here since an iPhone battery can be drained very quickly.
GarBearTX - Your a Stupid if you didn’t get the whole package!!!!
I bought myself a 75” Hisense LED Rokuflat screen Television for a “Merry Christmas to Me, because I’m Worth It” gift in December of 2019. I wasn’t quite sure about this Roku thing but I thought “what the heck, I can always turn it off and then get cable reinstalled in my house. Well... long story-short... I now have everything Roku makes all the way down to the ear buds headphones. “I’m in love with a Technology God!!!” It is so wonderful to know that I have bought quality products for more than half - Less than $ what even the absolute ridiculous Priced competitors offer and a guarantee that all the accessories are compatible with each-other, while still offering the same if not better quality and performance than the so called higher priced competitors clam to provide.
Fruit squad - Good app but needs updates
I lost my remote 2 - 3 days ago and I used this app! When I first did. It was okay. The next day I realize you need to have your tv on for the next day otherwise you have to get a remote. The channels are cool though however sometimes you want to watch something and then you have stuff you don’t like. That is just my opinion. I get the thing of it needing to connect. However don’t turn off you tv ever otherwise useless app! My mom bought 5 yesterday. Yes that is right, I said 5 just in case if I lose another one. I have another spare. Sometimes the needs connecting plays for no reason. And is this just my tv but the Roku TVs disconnect the WiFi after turned off for hours. Not even a day! You need to change this. Or make a button to turn it on when not connected. Other then that. It is a good app. Not the best though. If you make this app better. I will regret this message. But for now, this is ridiculous!
Mepoq - Useless app
I am extremely disappointed in this app. When I first downloaded it and used it a couple of times, it seemed to work well. After that it took longer and longer for it to initialize. Obviously this is the worst thing you could have since you want to use it WHEN you want to use it.
Now, it will NOT connect at all. My devices, iPad and iPhone will clearly show the Roku devices so it’s not a matter of the devices not being available. I’ve checked my signal several times and it shows it is STRONG. I even recommended it to a friend after the first couple uses and I am embarrassed that I did.
You can still view stuff from the gallery item at the bottom, but I got it for the Remote feature. It just won’t connect. I did try some trouble shooting, but this is just NOT well designed and is garbage, as an app, as far as I’m concerned. Both my Roku devices work well, but this Roku app is pure crap. And after looking at a couple other alternatives shown in Apple App Store, they seem to have some major drawbacks, which I don’t want.
mgb537 - Awesome Selections
For years I have spent a ton of money in order to enjoy cable tv. At one time this was the only way you could get any online or even decent shows on tv!
Now there are many different ways to watch tv or shows online! I purchased a Roku tv several years ago and now all different kinds of movies, tv shows and documentary’s are available at my finger tips for a much better rate than I ever received from cable tv!
Roku provides such a large selection of anything and everything you could possibly want to watch for a fantastic rate...anyone that is on a tight budget or has financial hardships and wants to enjoy watching movies, tv shows and documentary’s should look into Roku! I assure you there will be no looking back on cable tv! Thanks Roku...for providing such a wonderful variety at cheap rates!
Tatsattack - What’s wrong with the new Roku express?
So I’ll start by saying that I’ve had an old model Roku for years (I don’t even remember how long maybe 7 years) and I love it, I still do. I had this in my bedroom for Netflix mostly.
I moved and because I no longer have Spectrum in the new place I decided to go with Xfinity and get Sling to see sports channels, they had a promotion where they’d give you a free Roku express so I jumped on this because I really enjoyed my old Roku and thought this newer version would be better...
I installed it (super easy) and it worked for about 3 days then it started saying that the network is out of range, I don’t t get it! Where I have my router it’s not that far...
At first I thought it was the actual provider (Comcast) I tried doing all the troubleshooting.
But what didn’t make sense is I had a fire stick and it worked fine, So I even switched and plug my very old Roku and it works fine! So this is definitely the new Roku Express being horrible and frustrating.
Smiley Med Man - Has some useful features
I recently received a new Roku Ultra as a gift, with the latest remote. The Roku itself has some useful features, but doesn’t include many important channels like CNN, local CBS, C-Span and several others. But Roku does offer a choice of at least a few other additional channels, and gives access to some recent and past programs from PBS, NBC etc to partially compensate. The Roku App suddenly became indispensable for me for using my Roku because my new “state of the art remote” stopped working after less than 10 days of use. The App does some of the the basic functions of the remote and has proven useful when you don’t have access to the remote itself, but it lacks several functions of the real remote. But it is better in some ways than a cheap, crappy Roku remote which stopped working within a few days. My Roku remote reflects very poorly on the quality of a Roku product.
Cinnamon Toast 57 - Private listening doesn’t work well
I use the Roku app on my iPhone along with my AirPods to listen to my Roku TV (TCL) when my wife is sleeping. However, the sound cuts out for a few seconds every few minutes as it is apparently re-syncing the picture and the sound. I have read every troubleshooting article I can find, including Roku support, but I cannot fix the problem. I even listened on my iPhone without AirPods and it still does the same thing. My Wifi signal is strong; no interference from other apps. I am 10 feet from the TV so the Bluetooth signal is good. Cannot figure it out. My conclusion is that the app is bad.
Roku has a good concept with private listening but it is simply a poor app. I was even thinking about buying Roku wireless speakers. I am now rethinking that.
Signed, a dissatisfied customer.
rrreceno - Almost Flawless
Some well needed changes were implemented in the latest update. It is now easier to access your remote and switch TV’s. There is also convenient access to the channels on the remote itself. In addition, there is now haptic feedback when pressing on the remote. Finally, they combined the two styles of using the remote, so you can either swipe or tap. All of these things even though they’re pretty small add up and save you so much time and make life easier so I’m glad Roku is paying attention to these details. The only downside to the new remote is it’s smaller so I wish they made it possible to customize the controls or have a pull down menu to hide controls that aren’t used very much. Overall though, well done!
disappointed3838383 - The remote feature WAS better before.
The most recent update to this app should be undone in the next. The remote feature was great and mirrored the hand held remote perfectly. But now the remote is pushed up and reduced in size. To make room or another remote button and the channel selection button. You pass the channels to get to the remote so why would I need that? And if I am IN and using the remote why do I need a button to get to where I am. I get that it’s for quick screen switching but really. Seems a bit redundant.
Secondly. The headphone feature which was super awesome. (Especially with a child sleeping in the next room.) is unstable now. So I’m scared to use it because after a few minutes it will shut off and the volume of the tv will return to full and that is rather loud when it was silence in the room a minute before.
Upgrades are fine but not one that are unneeded, and make the app unstable.
L Freddie - Roku is internet required.
I’m use to my old element tv that just connects and go. But this new “smart” tv requires internet for literally everything. Just to smart view it with a Samsung phone it must be connected via WiFi as well as the app, you can’t use your mobile hotspot for the app as both devices must be on same link. I don’t have internet hookup here so this tv is more or less a wall decoration and the app but wasted space on my phone. Don’t get me wrong most people have internet nowa days but it’s getting to the point everything is requiring it which is complete bs. Should at least write it on the box so people don’t have to go home with it to find out. Also you can Bluetooth to this tv! If you buy an additional sound bar for a hundred or so bucks.... reason it gets 2 stars is because I can at least watch a movie when some family stays over and we have 2 phones for one to cast WiFi to the tv and other phone so they are on the same link to connect..
KivLoor - Held back slightly by interface short-term, immensely after that
The connectivity to the Roku monitor is amazing, definitely a defining quality. Phone will disconnect periodically if you leave the app open and on for a long period of time, I’d assume to save phone battery. Props for pausing the connection to the tv when switching apps on the phone to decrease background tasks.
Interface is appealing, the haptic response when pressing buttons makes sure of that. It performs effectively and does as is required by the tv as a regular remote would. However, it is not really necessary to preserve the layout of the physical remote, especially in the near-future. There is too much potential in viewing entertainment via remote-control to be held back by a design that’s held back by physical requirements. Such a design would make so that however someone interacts with Roku could pivot easily to be compatible with emerging entertainment platforms.
PetuniaBlue - Great for private listening
Works ok but needs to allow landscape mode esp for iPad. Great for private listening. Needs a stop button for video not just pause since pause doesn’t function well within some apps on Roku. Needs to have way to easily make comments about problems with roku product itself & it’s associated apps. Apps inside Roku do have a screen which allows a rating for app but if you pick feedback - no place for comment if your problem with app is not listed-very frustrating. Roku is a nice alternative to cable or in addition to cable to allow one to the watch shows in one’s own available time or in a room without cable but you do need a roku for each tv. Main downside to Roku is some free watching apps within Roku commercial you to death showing as many as 4 to 6 commercials every 11 minutes!!
Makayla J1999 - GREAT APP‼️
I downloaded the Roku remote control app because the original remotes are so tiny and I always end up losing it and have to use someone else’s Roku remote in my house or don’t watch tv until I find my own. But this app is wonderful, you do need WiFi to connect the remote and tv but that’s expected, because you need WiFi for the tv as well. Another thing I love about this app is that I’m able to plug my headphones into my cell phone and listen to whatever I’m watching directly through my headphones, which is so amazing and very needed when you realize that you have constant loud noises around you being unable to quietly enjoy your tv, especially when you have toddlers and newborn babies in your house lol. I love this app, everyone should download.
David5280CO - Screen Freezes
I purchased the Roku Stick about 1 week ago. Out of the box it worked fine. Then the remote would not respond. Spent an hour yesterday with a tech on online chat. Was able to get tv/remote working again. But this morning it’s frozen again. Roku is to send me a free HDMI extender that may eliminate Roku radio interference from the TV. Don’t know if it will work. Hope so. Here’s the problem-Roku has had “freezing” issues clear back to 2014 that I found. Still problems today. Not good. And if they have a known interface problem with the Roku stick and TV, why not include the extender with all stick sales? Major waste of my time. Also online chat is painfully slow and my original tech was dropped somehow to be then picked up by another tech. What a pain and not a good initial experience with Roku. Roku you can do better and I encourage you to do so.
Z. Brown - My experience with the Roku application
This app is great, there is just one problem, some of the buttons are not labeled as they should be, there are five of them, the first one is after the home button, and the last one is before the reset button, could you label all of those? Then the problem would be solved. It is in the remote section of the tabs. If that helps. Something like this would really help out a lot, remote forward, remote back, remote left, remote right, and remote confirm, for picking the channel or application you wish to do. Because while I like the voice button, I doubt I could just launch stuff with it alone. You don’t even need to go with what I just suggested, just label it after the remote buttons, and test it to make sure voiceover reads it all.
\/\/AvA\/\/ - Oh Bother
Why can’t we live in a world of continuity, from app to device, from screen to screen. Using app on iPad Pro & iPhone cannot for the life of me understand whereas my devices have touch as does the app - so why doesn’t the app reflect what’s on my screen? Not saying streaming content cause surely can do... but as a blind person it’s not altogether inclusive when interface isn’t same on divers devices.
What truly bugs me most of all... truly has ruined streaming entertainment for me altogether is Roku’s insistence in changing advertising to point of blocking competitor ads AND preempting broadcast content to squeeze in as many its own ads as possible! Worse is when viewing paid services such as Spectrum app getting bombarded with one Spectrum ad after another. Including business and foreign language ads. Same watching Sling... nothing but Sling ads. Considered by most to be double billing I can’t help but wonder the FTC’s take on all this - especially when replacing competitor ads for its own?
Stevedave44 - Get a 3rd party app.
If you want to stay connected to your roku devices. Or be able to connect to your roku devices at all. I have 5 I my house and this app will only connect to two of them consistently and even then it disconnects after a short and highly arbitrary amount of time. It won’t connect to my roku tv hardly ever and when it does it disconnects very quickly or won’t control all functions as it should. Most often it tells me to power my tv on via the app even though my tv is already on and all I’m really trying to do is use the QWERTY on my phone instead of the directional pad on my remote. This app is garbage. Has so many different menus and links to unnecessary crap that it forgets the main point of the app is to remotely control the device. Needs to be overhauled, streamlined, and functional or it’s just taking up space on my phone.
Fartypants123 - Free!
One of the best apps I’ve used and the fact it’s free just makes it that much better. The remote control alone is a huge improvement from the factory remote that came with my TCL 6 series with all the bells and whistles as far as true 4K and not 4KUHD, which is really in my opinion has worse moving picture than just 1080p because I’ve noticed whenever u upscale something it’s always choppy or blocky whenever there’s medium to fast moving scenes. Then I saw the remote control for the TCL and I saw why they were able to charge 600$ for a HDR TRU 4K at 120fps and a game mode for any gamer at a .14ms lag input at 55 inches when most good gaming monitors are .10ms the TCL 6 series can compete with any TV 2500$ or less in its size for sure as long as u get this app for remote control.
mosiegrace - I love it
I love this so much because we lose the remote a lot. You can never sit down and just use the remote. You would have to use certain angle to use the remote. But now you can sit down on the couch and use your phone and use the app. There are also so many options, like you can play your own music from your music app, show photos and videos from your camera roll and tons of other things. I highly recommend this app. it’s so easy to connect to your TV too. One thing you should do is go to the last page and turn on the setting that says don’t sell my information. I don’t know what they do with it I think they use it for ads but if you don’t want anyone’s playing or using your information I will turn it off.
Addastitch - LOVE THIS APP! But now I have a problem...
I love my Roku and this app doubles that love. Now searching Roku is a breeze and the remote substitute is smooth. And the ability to play the music on my phone through my TV set is a bonus. Love this app.
I still love the app but I am having a major problem with the streaming of content in the app on a tablet and since I could not find unstructured support (they have a list of questions and you have to pick one) in the actual app or a phone # I decided to reach out here.
Whenever the program that I am watching reaches the first ad the program then returns to the start of the movie or skips straight to the next episode of a sitcom. I am unable to watch anything all the way through. Help!!!
Senojam - Not pleased so far
I’ve used this for a little over a month and while I was selecting channeled, the remote stopped working. I did all the things it said online to do. Nada. Unplug, plug back in. Nada. New batteries, per online instructions. Nada. The light to pair the IR won’t flash. There is no light when I push the power button. The remote is suddenly completely non-responsive.
Downloaded the app because it said that’s a way to get around a non-working remote. The app won’t connect to the Roku...yet I even see the Roku on my connections. It’s active and working, I’m connected to the same WiFi...nada. I was super in love with it until the remote stopped working out if the blitz. I didn’t drop it or anything - I was literally using it when it went dead.
If I can’t control the Roku, I can’t use the Roku...even though it’s obvious that the only problem is the remote. And of course I didn’t pay for the warranty. Stuff should work for more than a month. I couldn’t be more disappointed.
gea1144 - Useless app
The app’s purpose is to control a Roku device, specially if you can’t use the remote for some reason which happened to me when it stoped connecting for no apparent reason. After following every troubleshooting step available for the remote (which didn’t solve the issue), the app was the only options I had to control the device. Even though it finds the Roku device the app always errors out when tryin to connect, and wants me to navigate to the settings menu, with the remote mind you, to try and connect manually. According to Roku my only other option is to buy a new remote.
When this one was perfectly fine the last time it was used, and hasn’t been dropped or damaged in anyway. This seems like a scam to me. Going through the app was just an extra slap in the face. Chromecast, Apple TV or even a Fire stick are better options (both the apps and the devices). Save your time and money if you haven’t bought one of these .
Icepick147 - Rockin’ with Roku!
How cool is this! I can control my audio/video devices with my iPhone!!! Was very hesitant about purchasing a “smart” device. But, boy, howdy, we are very, very ecstatic about the world of entertainment and/or technology that has suddenly opened up before our eyes! The ease of “pairing” with the tv is automatic, requiring only the tap of the remote icon on my phone.
Being a Cold War kid, who was raised with the Jetson’s, Star Trek, and the greatest race in history, the Space Race, (which for y’all young whipper snappers was a race to the MOON!!!) this is just friggin’ amazing!! I hold more technology power in my phone than an entire room of 1960’s computers did back in the day.
I know that soon, everything will be connected, and if it’s as easy and enjoyable as this app, it’ll be groovy!
abbyboyle1712 - Awesome app!
There’s nothing worse than losing your remote... it’s never happened to me before but I️ did lose my remote on 5/3/18. My boyfriend and I️ got into a huge fight because we knew we wouldn’t able to fall asleep to our favorite show or change the volume from full blast. Then we discovered this app which not only lets you change the channel, select a different app but also lets you change the volume as if you have the physical remote in your hand. Kudos to you Roku... for not only saving my relationship and preventing world war 3 but for also creating an aesthetically pleasing app that solves everyone’s problems. I’ve never left a review before but I️m so grateful to roku that I️ had to... thank you, thank you, thank you!
Terrilee223 - If it worked even half the time, it'd be a great app!
My issue with this app is that it needs to be on the same wifi network to work. Ok, shouldn't be a problem, right? Wrong. It takes some doing to establish a connection to any of the 3 Roku's we have, for some odd reason. So when I open the app & a message comes across the screen saying something like 'no device found, please connect to the same wifi network to connect to a device', I enter the menu to choose from the list but it refuses to connect, so much so that my phone offloaded the app for lack of use. I mean, I still gave 4 stars bc it really is a convenient app- the keyboard for typing in passwords is SO great! If it wasn't such a hassle connecting it I'd have went 5, it really is a great app (when it works as intended!).
Wild Open Space - Thank god for this app!
I love this app. My boyfriend and I live in a small apartment and using this app along with the private listening (headphones) feature has been a lifesaver!
I like putting tv on in the background while working but sometimes I can’t hear it. That’s where this comes in! Pair my AirPods Pro with phone and use private listening. Look up and see the tv when you want, but since the sound is only coming out of headphones it isn’t bothering my boyfriend who is also trying to work.
I just got excited that there is a new version. It looks great and I like how things are organized at first sight. As long as there are no performance issues it looks like this update was definitely an upgrade!
max_siuda - Does not connect
I use the Roku app for the remote function solely because of our actual Roku remote which is broken. It’s a decent app when it works, but it hardly ever works. It rarely ever connects to the streaming stick on the first try and when you press “retry connecting” it just does the same thing and doesn’t ever connect until you unplug the streaming stick and plug it back in, which requires me to get up and walk all the way across the room, reach behind the tv, and reset it. It may seem like a minor inconvenience, but it gets extremely frustrating when it happens 5 times in an hour all day every day. You could be watching your tv show and not even using the remote but it will randomly disconnect and it DOES NOT reconnect until you restart the streaming stick.
I don’t usually write reviews for apps unless I feel strongly about them as I do with this app. It is frustrating to use and needs to be fixed.
GloGlizzyy - BEST APP I LOVE ROKU
I brought a 50 inch a few months back that was a store display model so the remote wasn’t included. I was told about this app and since day one it’s been amazing. It’s never app flaws or glitches w/ this app &’ it’s so many different amazing features. I’d never go as far as to say if this app charged a fee I’d still use it because it’s wonderful . Never worry about misplaced remote because most of us keep our phone in our hand 24/7 so your remote is always in your hand lol . This app is constantly being improved and updated . Much love and respect to the good kind folks who made this app . Added more roku TVs in my house and this app even supports that . Just perfect on god download it and go . It’s simple amazing.
Alienvsripply17 - Love everything except one thing
I love this app it’s really helpful in almost every thing except for one thing the private listening it really grinds my gears when I’m watching anime or something and when it’s getting good bam the audio cuts in and out then stays off until I open the app replay 10 seconds and manually turn off restart the app and turn on the private listening again and ether the feeling of what I’m watching leaves or the audio again and I’ve tried a lot of things to find out the problem is but other than that it’s amazing once in awhile it bugs out and doesn’t work at all for a day as well I hope you can fix this issue soon please and thank you
The Snow Princess 4268 - Fix this.
I usually use this app for the remote or private listening feature. I connected it to my Roku, and it worked fine for about three months. Then the issues started. It all started when I turned off my WiFi temporarily. I turned it back on, and tried to connect it. It said something about how I cannot connect to it because I don’t have WiFi on. I was like “That’s odd, I just turned it back on.” So I delete the Roku tab and see if it works. I turn my WiFi on and off, to no avail. I was able to get about two clicks in before it stops working.
Then I deleted Roku and re-downloaded it. Once again, I got two clicks in before it stopped working. Please, fix this.
AsianBoi99 - Random disconnecting
I love that there is an app to use with my Roku TV and most of it’s features work great. I love that you can use the app as a remote and redirect the audio to another device. However, this audio feature is very glitchy since the app doesn’t want to stay connected to my TV. I used to use it all the time but I got fed up with it disconnecting every 5 minutes. And if it wasn’t disconnecting, it’s cutting in and out in a glitchy fashion.
The app seems to think the TV is going to sleep when it’s not or saying it’s completely off in the middle of a video etc.
I would give it more stars but I would like to get the developers’ attention to fix this issue as it is extremely annoying after having spent this much money on a TV. The app’s been updated several times with no noticeable improvement in its connection stability.
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S Houston - Great app - can now use Headset!
I purchased the Roku TV last year. I wanted to use a Bluetooth headset and was told by BestBuy that the TV was not compatible with Bluetooth. Through the magic of the internet I found this App. Sure enough it has a headset button on it. I connected my Bluetooth headset to work on my iPhone then pressed the Headset button on this app. Voila works like a charm! By the way BestBuy tried to sell me a corded headset for $269. This app saved me over $300. Thank you! Also the rewind/fast-forward setting works better through this app than the actual remote that came with the TV. This app is awesome and very easy to operate!!
Olse215 - Works sometimes.
Only works maybe a quarter the time. Works great when it does.....but takes forever to connect/reconnect.
carmeoww - saved me
i recently lost my roku remote and i was worried i’d never be able to use my tv again- however this app easily connected to my tv!!! incredible
danielberrry - Connection
Constantly disconnecting while I’m in private listening mode, I can’t even get through a 20 minute episode of a show.
Gabb70 - Eco-mode
The app does always said that my TV is in eco-mode, so I can’t use the application. Sometime it works and sometime not...
Just__me - New update not working
Works great until it updated. Can no longer find the wifi and will just close. Please fix.
Tuttle95 - Doesn’t work
Created an account and attempted to stream Disney+; however, when I chose the video the app endlessly requests me to sign in. It just constantly pops up the sign in option and doesn’t allow me to watch anything.
can793 - Only for USA
A lot of the free movies will only work in the US. They even send me emails with the latest free movies and every time I go to them they say sorry only available in the US. Smarten up ROKU. At least don’t send emails with offers of free movies when you know very well I am Canadian!!!!. Don’t buy Canadians
NextMemory - Volume buttons
Who decided to flip the volume buttons in the last update?
Now mute is one the left, volume up in the middle, and volume down on the right. That makes no sense and is very frustrating.
Jjfffiii - SUCKS
This app sucks sooooo bad . Everyday you have to resent it I find . It rarely ever works . When it doesn’t I have to select the app and redownload and hope for the best . It takes forever to “search for device” . Hate this f ing thing .
H8aaf - It doesn’t work
It doesn’t work
flumbuster - Satisfaction
Useless will not set up. I guess I throw it away now and tell as many people how poor it is as I can’t get it o work
JPM9932 - Unresponsive
It keeps freezing takes forever to load
Gmusique15 - Freeze
As soon as it launches, it freezes. Unusable.
Bgotcha - Great app 🙂 (make a widget please )
It would be helpful if there was widget to use with the remote so you don’t always have to unlock your phone to use it..other then that a very great app and I love that it has private listening 🙂 I would recommend this app to everyone.
jordan rupke - Connection problems
Constantly disconnects 3rd party apps work better
Khadijamengal - Not working
I have no clue why but it is not working it says you have to check up address and most of the times it says I’m not connected to the internet when I am but for the past few days I’m just deleting the app and reloading it I don’t know what is wrong
arshdeep24 - Unresponsive
Unresponsive app. It opens and when i click the remote. It is unresponsive.
c24$$$ - Doesn’t work and freezes tv
Not worth the download
lauracammm - sucks
This app sucks, it takes age to load, it just freezes and you have to wait around 5 mins for the app to finally do something. It just closes by itself. So basically you’re taking around 20 mins just trying to get the app to work to turn on your TV.
My_Nickname_Has_Changed - Useless & doesn’t connect
The first time I installed this app it worked perfectly. Now, after a month I haven’t been able to access my TV through this app for the past 3 weeks... garbage.
ruzfab - Thank you for private listening!
The remote itself is very useful to begin with but private listening is a great feature!! Especially really appreciate that the volume goes back to what it was before private listening, I was afraid it was going to be too loud if I accidentally disconnected. Thank you!
Nicolini Family - Latest update does not open app on 14.4
Updated today to the latest app and does not open on 14.4 iPhone 12 Pro Max
Steph1255 - Works good
Works good, but you will need a remote in case your internet isnt working too good and you need to relink your tv to your internet. The app doesnt work if your tv isnt connected to your internet.
Switchie32 - Garbage
Always says to connect to WiFi when it already is! Never connects!
AdReport - Issues with private listening
I can go through at most half of a 10 minute YouTube video before the audio skips once, starting a rapid audio loop.
khraibi - Screen mirroring
Screen mirroring is not working on this tv i tried million times and still not working from my iphone
neatestnickeroo - It’s awesome... the 10% of the time it’s working.
This app makes me want to switch to a different service altogether. I’ve been a huge Roku fan but this app is so poorly executed that I’ve lost faith in their ability to produce quality products. I’m seeing a lot of people on here with the same issue as me: constantly disconnecting/not recognizing that a device is on the network. It’s very clearly an issue with the app as other third-party apps like Rokie tend to work better than this garbage app. Only problem with Rokie is that nobody in the world wants ads playing on their remote control.
Just get a different streaming device and hope their app actually works I guess.
hdidhdbdndj - WAY too many ads
It works great except way too many ads
kokichiiscool - Good but...
I was using the Roku remote app for a while because I lost my remote and time to time when I want to pause it, it will glitch out and kick me out of the app and I have to reconnect to my TV :(
ovis70 - Sound interuptions
Like i said in title it's happened sound interruptions
SVP1985 - Ads on a TV remote, are you really devoid of reason?
Resolved! Thanks very much.
devilrock123 - Connection
Works Great when it’s connected but it constantly says it can’t find my device. My internet connection is stable so it should be working fine but I have to keep deleting and reinstalling the whole app to use it again.
KatAttacks - Issue with new update
This app was working great but after most recent update it will not open. Roku comes up on screen with purple background n then app disappears. Keep trying to bring it up n keeps just crashing in less then a second.
efm-7 - Works better than actual remote.
I downloaded this app because my dog was sleeping on my lap and I was too lazy to get up. Somehow this app works better than the physical remote which is far less responsive! (higher control latency)
chrisnogu3ira - Alright but not great
It’s good for using it as a remote but for my I use blue tooth headphone and it always connects and reconnects and it’s so frustrating to get it to work again
owencode - Screensaver
Why can’t I use my own photos on my devices as the screensaver on my tv? Why can’t I customize the colors I want with the background I want? This would be a great feature to add to you devices that why the TVs are more personalized and custom to the viewer/owner.
katie.laventure - Cute out sometimes
Works great but sometimes service cuts out and doesn’t restart for a while no matter what I do, restart device, unplug Roku into TV, delete app and redownload. Very annoying.
boopirtyss - :/
Constantly disconnects from my tv and airpods 🙄
Mat911 - Works well
Works well but launches in the “whats on” tab instead of remote. Also not compatible with Shortcuts which is a bit disappointing.
Grycour - It won’t connect
I’ve been using the remote for months and it was always a little janky but now it won’t even connect , tells me there’s “no devices connected” and to fix it by allowing it to my local network, I do that it finds it for a second and gone again over and over and over again it’s annoying
Wally Fazoo - Good value; some issues
Great price and generally good video quality and good app selection. YouTube app needs a date filter or sort options unless you prefer 3 year old videos.
Video buffers frequently on YouTube if you try >> or << too much and my home network is rock solid. Private listening audio back to iPhone ear buds through Roku app is a brilliant idea but disconnects frequently. (Hey Apple, how about allowing Bluetooth play back INTO the iPhone?? - this would be a fantastic feature)
Overall the Roku Streaming Stick + is a great product for the price despite a few wrinkles.
Neon-kitty carly - Amazing🤩🥰
Try it we lost our romote now we have this
jessie christie - Perfect!! Recommended
I purchased Roku about a couple months ago and I keep loosing my remote and it works perfectly it always connects to my TV. I recommend getting this app it works for everything on my TV.I give this app a five star review
sdgtjv - Pretty good
Will always disconnect when I turn off my phone but doesn’t take long to reconnect, I really like the fact that I can listen to my tv with headphones.
Nickname#12,365 - Bad copy paste
When you paste a password into the keyboard area, it coverts any upper case letters to lower case forcing you to tediously use the manual remote.
Hhhhhhhhwzdgdhejjendd - useful!
comes in very handy, especially perfect for when you cannot find your remote
Crxxdy - Terrible app
Don’t use doesn’t even work. Can’t connect to my tv and use it. Terrible app.
Knifeparty_ - Terrible app
Doesn’t connect, this app literally does nothing.
AList Anthony - Trash
Trash trash trash only works sometimes. Trash
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