Roku provides a range of entertainment options and offers free on-demand entertainment. Moreover, if you are using a Roku device for quite some time, the following are some of the best hacks and tricks you can try to get the best streaming experience.
You can get the Roku app on your Android and iOS device to use a mobile device as a remote. Moreover, you can control audio and video settings, input selection, OTA channel, and TV functionality. On top of that, you can listen to Roku channels via your mobile device.
Casting may not be available in a few set-top boxes but Roku lets you cast channels via your mobile device. The best part is that you can use your mobile phone for other purposes while casting Roku channels on your TV. However, you have to use the same Wi-Fi network for your mobile device and TV when casting Roku channels.
You might run into buffering issues and freezing when streaming Roku channels. This happens because you are using a lot of bandwidth and the ISP (internet service provider) starts throttling your internet connection. To get around this buffering issue, you can visit the menu and make the necessary changes. Press Home button five times > RW button three times > FF button twice to prevent buffering or freezing.
Watch your Roku channels in high quality if you have a 4K Roku device. All you have to do is select Streaming Channels > UHD Content Available to see a list of Roku channels offering 4K content. In addition, you can download and install the 4K Spotlight App from the Roku Channel Store to see a bunch of available content in 4K quality. On the other hand, if you are outside the USA and can’t use Roku because of regional limitations, download and install a VPN on Roku.
If you are getting weak internet signals, the chances are that you can’t stream Roku channels in high-quality and experience extra buffering. Above all, you can check the internet strength on the Roku menu by pressing the Home button five times > Up > Down > Up > Down > Up. After that, you can see the Wi-Fi settings menu and check the existing Wi-Fi signal strength.
Not many Roku users know this, but you can use the screen mirroring option via Roku. Secondly, you can start Screen Mirroring and display your mobile device screen on a TV or laptop. If you are using a different version of an Android device, use the Miracast option to enjoy screen mirroring. The best part is that you don’t require an internet connection to start screen mirroring and only need a mobile device and a Roku device.
You can customize the Roku Theme in a jiffy and choose from a wide array of display options. Moreover, you can enjoy additional features on Roku if you know how to do it. All you have to do is press the Home button > Settings > Themes > My Themes. Above all, you can select any Roku theme that you like with a single click of a button.
Although you can’t use Roku as an internet browser, there are a few ways to search and browse the internet on Roku. Firstly, you can use the screen mirroring option to use the Roku device as a web browser. Secondly, download the Web Browser X app to get access to the internet on Roku. However, you have to pay $4.99/month to use the Web Browser X app, which can be a bit expensive for some Roku users.
Some Roku models have a headphone jack, while others don’t. If you are one of the lucky ones using a Roku with a headphone jack, just connect the headphones to your Roku device and get started. Moreover, you can use both your TV audio and headphone jack. All you have to do is pressing the Volume Up button twice, Volume down button twice, Volume Up thice, and Volume Down button thrice to activate the Audience Audio on Roku.
Roku provides you an option to activate closed captioning for those who have a hearing disability. For instance, if you fail to understand a specific scene, you can always use the Instant Replay option to see the scene once again. To use the Instant Replay button, choose Settings > Caption > Instant Replay.