7 Roku Features You Should Be Using

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Roku devices are well known for being easy to use, which is one of the main reasons why they are so popular. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t do a lot of cool things. We will show you some features that you should use.

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Roku TV screen.

The default theme on Roku devices is very simple and purple. You don’t have to live with it if you don’t want to. Roku devices offer a number of themes that you can use to enhance the appearance.

Roku devices come preloaded with a few different “official” themes to choose from. You can also get more themes from people who have submitted their own to the Channel Store. It’s a great way to personalize your Roku.

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Turn off menu sounds

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Out of the box, Roku devices make a lot of noise. Every time you move around the screen and press a button, a small audible confirmation can be heard. If you find it annoying, you can turn it off. It’s a simple thing to do, but it will make the entire Roku experience a little less irritating.

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Search all streaming sites at once

Roku search results.

You probably have a Roku so you can enjoy your favorite streaming services on your TV. Roku’s search functionality is great for finding which service has what you want to watch.

A search can be performed from the “Search” tab on the home screen or with the voice search function on compatible remotes. All you have to do is enter or say the name of the TV show or movie you’d like to watch and you’ll see where it can be found.

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Use the Google Assistant with Roku

Roku and Google Smart Speaker

Google Assistant can be linked to Roku devices for some nifty hands-free commands. That means you can control the Roku from your phone, smart speaker, smart display, and smart watch.

Once you’ve connected the Roku to Google Assistant, there are a ton of commands you can use. Things like “pause Roku cooking”, “launch YouTube on Roku”, and “turn on Living Room Roku”. It is quite ingenious.

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Keep up with your favorite shows

Roku My feed.

With so many great shows available to watch these days, it can be hard to keep up. Roku’s “My Feed” keeps track of his favorite shows and you can see when new episodes are released. When a new episode comes out, it appears in your feed and you can jump straight to the episode, without skipping through the apps.

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Get rid of home screen clutter

Roku Sidebar Items.

Roku’s home screen is infamously simple. You have two main sections: the menu sidebar and the channel grid. The menu sidebar includes a few things that you might not be interested in. Fortunately, those things can probably be turned off.

In the “Home Screen” section of Settings, you can remove certain things from the sidebar. That includes shortcuts to the Movie & TV Store, “Free Featured,” “Live TV,” and more. It’s worth taking a look.

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To disable Some Ads and Tracking

An ad on a Roku home screen.

You’ve probably noticed that Roku devices have ads in certain places. Roku actually makes a lot more money from ads than it does from device sales. So while there’s no way to turn off ads entirely, you do have a few options.

There are a couple of things you can do. First, you can disable ad tracking so Roku can’t personalize ads for you. Second, you can stop pop-up ads that appear over commercials during live TV. It’s better than nothing.

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