To make sure you don’t have any issues, we’ve taken a Streaming Stick Plus, our favorite overall streaming device, to walk you through the process – which should be basically the same no matter which Roku you’re using. Here’s how to set up your new Roku.
Step 1: Connect it to HDMI and power
There are a few things you need to plug in whether you have a box or a streaming stick. In our case, with the Streaming Stick Plus, you need to connect the included USB power cable to the Roku and the Roku to your TV’s HDMI slot.
For power the Streaming Stick can use a USB input on your TV, but make sure it has at least 5 volts of power (some manufacturers list the voltage next to the USB designation) so that your Stick gets maximum performance. But if you can, we recommend that you use the included wall adapter instead to keep the Roku powered on and ready to go. Roku includes a USB extension cord with the Streaming Stick Plus to help.
If your TV is mounted on the wall and the HDMI port is hard to reach for your Streaming Stick, you can get a free HDMI extender from Roku.
After everything is connected, turn on your TV and select the input that you connected your new Roku to.
Step 2: Pair the remote
After connecting your Roku and directing your TV to the correct input, you should see Roku’s interface ready to walk you through the next steps. You will likely need to pair the included remote with your Roku (although some devices may already be paired).
Insert the supplied batteries into the remote for pairing. It should connect automatically, but if it doesn’t, press and hold the button near the battery slot for three seconds.
Step 3: Go through the process
Now we can go through the installation process. After choosing your language, you will be asked to connect to Wi-Fi. If you have one Roku Ultra box and are connected via wired Ethernet, you can skip this step. For everyone else, click on your Wi-Fi network and enter your password.
After confirming that you are connected to the Internet, your Roku may need to update its software. Let it do this and start spending more time opening other presents. This shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, but times depend on your connection.
Display (your TV)
Once updated, your Roku will ask to automatically detect the type of TV you have. Touch OK and let this run. It chooses the best settings for your TV to play content in the future. If there is a problem, you can try the test again, otherwise choose OK, go to automatic. If the screen looks good, click OK at the next prompt.
Set TV control
If you have a Roku with a remote that can control your TV, you’ll be asked to set it up now. Your Roku syncs the volume and power controls with your TV, so you can control both with the Roku remote. Click OK and follow the instructions. Music will play, so keep your remote pointed at the TV. Follow the steps, when the music stops automatically, you are all set.
Otherwise, click No and choose Enter the TV brand. Enter your TV brand and repeat the process until your remote syncs with your TV.
Link your Roku account and download apps
You need a Roku account to use your new Roku. Fortunately, the accounts are free, but you will need to create one if you don’t have one and enter your email address on the screen to link your account.
After entering your email address, you will be presented on the screen to verify the email address you just entered. You will find an email with the subject line “Activate your device.” Clicking the link there will take you to Roku’s website, where you’ll either create a new account or, if you already have one, go straight to the next step.
Then you assign your device to a room (or enter a custom name) and agree to the user agreement. Then you will be taken through a guide to help you determine which services you are already subscribed to, such as Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, Prime Video ($ 9 at Amazon) and HBO Max ($ 15 at HBO Max) – and your interests. You can skip this section too, but you’ll still get a page with even more channels to install, as well as an offer for free trials.
If you click “Continue” on these pages, your Roku will (finally) automatically start downloading and installing the apps. However, you still need to log in to each app (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc.) individually to view it.
That is it. Your Roku should now be ready to use. If you want more control, you can download the Roku app on your iOS or Android device ($ 34 at Amazon). Roku also offers some tutorial videos for getting the most out of your device. Also remember to ., or add the Roku skill to your or app for voice control via smart speakers such as a Google Home or Amazon Echo
Have fun streaming!