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How to set up your Roku TV
How to set up your Roku TV
Written by Malimar
Updated over a week ago
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Roku TVs are available from a variety of TV manufacturers, but they all deliver the Roku viewing experience that has made our other streaming devices popular.

Before you can start using your new Roku TV, you need to unpack it, attach the included base or wall mount (not included), make connections, and then complete the Guided Setup wizard. This article provides a short overview of the Guided Setup.

For details on unpacking and attaching the base, read the quick start guide that was included in your Roku TV box. For in-depth instructions when making connections, completing the Guided Setup, using features, or configuring settings; refer to the Roku TV User Guide.


To enjoy streaming content, you will need a wireless internet connection and a Roku account.

If you choose not to connect your Roku TV to the internet and use it as a traditional TV (non-smart), connect one or more viewing sources, such as an antenna, cable or satellite box, game console, or Blu-ray™ player.

Guided Setup

1. Insert batteries in the remote control

  • Your Roku TV remote control comes with a pair of matched batteries of the proper size. Open the back cover of the remote control and insert the batteries, observing the correct polarity as indicated inside the battery compartment.

  • Reattach the back cover.

2. Turn on the TV

  • The standby indicator light below the TV screen should be ON, indicating that the TV has power.

  • Press the Power button


    on your Roku TV remote control. The standby indicator light will go OFF, and a moment later, you will see the TV’s startup screen. After a short wait, the first Guided Setup screen appears.

    • Note: If you want to use the text-to-speech screen reader, known as Audio Guide, press the


      button four times quickly. Audio Guide is available only in English.

3. Choose a language

  • When your Roku TV powers on, the first screen will allow you to choose a language. All text and dialog within the Roku application will be displayed in the selected language.

  • Scroll up and down the list and press the OK button


    on your Roku TV remote to choose a language.

    • Note: It is the responsibility of the channel publisher to translate their channel and some channels may not support your chosen language.

4. Select a country

  • To make sure your TV has all features available in your country, select the country where you are using the TV.

5. Select home use

  • Unless you are setting up your Roku TV for use as a store display, select Set up for home use.

6.Connect your Roku TV to your network and the internet

  • Choose your wireless network from the list of available networks and enter your password. This is most often the same network you use to connect your computer or smartphone to the internet. If at first you do not see your network, select Scan again to see all networks. For more assistance, see help finding your wireless network and password.

  • If you want to see your password as you type, choose Show password. This can help prevent entering the wrong password. Remember, passwords are case-sensitive. Use the shift button

    shift key

    on the on-screen keyboard to enter a capital letter.

  • Once you have entered your password and selected Connect, your Roku TV will automatically connect to your network and the internet. Alternatively, you can get more help if you are unable to connect to your wireless network or the internet.

7. Download the latest software

  • Once connected to the internet, your Roku TV will download the latest version of Roku OS software and then reboot.

8.Create a Roku account and activate your Roku TV

  • In order to activate your Roku TV, it must be linked to a Roku account. Your Roku account keeps track of which Roku devices you own and allows you to add free and purchase channels from the Roku Channel Store.

  • Instructions for activating your Roku TV will be displayed on your TV, including an activation code; e.g. “XCV5TG”. You will be required to visit on your computer or smartphone, enter the code and follow the instructions to activate your Roku TV.

    • Note: Roku does NOT charge for device activation. When entering into your web browser, type it carefully to avoid fraudulent websites.

9. Connect your devices

At this point, Guided Setup should be on the Let’s connect your devices screen.

  • If you have not already done so, connect your devices, such as your cable box, game console, Blu-ray or DVD player, or VCR. If you are using your Roku TV with a sound bar or home theater receiver, connect these as well. Refer to the Quick Start Guide for details.

    1. Turn on all of your connected devices. Your Roku TV can detect certain kinds of devices, so it prompts you to turn them on before proceeding. When you’re ready, select Everything is plugged in and turned on, and then follow the simple prompts to complete this step for each input.

    2. Press the OK button


      , and then press the OK button


      again to confirm that everything is plugged in and turned on.

    3. Guided Setup asks you to assign a name and icon to the device connected to the first input. You can select from a preselected drop down menu or select Set custom name & icon to customize the input name and choose from an icon menu. After a few seconds, the screen also displays a small window showing the program playing on the device connected to the input, if any. Use the UP and DOWN arrow buttons to scroll through the list, and then press the OK button


      to make your selection.

      • Tip: Select nothing if you are not using the input and you want to hide it so that it does not appear on the Home screen.

    • Repeat this step for each input until you reach the All done screen.

      Note: At this point, your TV might play a welcome video. To skip the welcome video, press the Home button


10. Optional – connecting an Antenna?

  • This step is not part of Guided Setup, and applies only if you are using the ANTENNA input. If you have a set-top box from a cable TV provider or satellite TV, you’ll most likely connect it to one of your TV’s HDMI® inputs, and never need to use the Antenna TV input.

  • The first time you select the Antenna TV tile on the Home screen, the TV prompts you to scan for channels. Just follow the instructions on the screen to complete this step, and then you’ll be able to watch your local broadcast or non-scrambled cable channels.

11. You’re finished!
You’re now ready to start watching your favorite shows.

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