Adding Apps to a Roku Player or TV - How to get it done

Adding streaming apps and channels to your Roku device is an easy way to unlock a world of entertainment. 


With thousands of options to choose from including movies, TV shows, news, sports, music, and more, you'll be sure to find lots of great apps to enjoy on your Roku. 


Follow the simple steps to browse the Roku Channel Store, find apps that interest you, install them to your Roku, and launch to start streaming your favorites. 


You'll quickly have an customized streaming experience tailored to your unique tastes and interests. Happy streaming!


Tips for Adding Apps to Your Roku device


Here are 7 useful tips for adding apps to your Roku device:


1. Browse the Roku Channel Store categories to discover new apps. Don't just stick to the Featured section. Explore genres like News, Sports, Music, Gaming, and others to find hidden gems.


2. Use the search function to find specific apps you're looking for. Just enter the name of the app or channel and if Roku offers it, you'll see it come up in the search results.


3. Read reviews and ratings of apps before adding them. See what other Roku users say about the channel to determine if it's high-quality and worth your time.


4. Add apps to your Roku Wishlist if you're not ready to install them yet. You can go back to your wishlist at any time to install the apps you've saved for later.


5. Try out newly added apps - Roku frequently updates their channel store with the latest streaming services. Check the Newly Added section for options you may have missed.


6. Don't forget you can remove any apps you no longer watch. Go to the Streaming Channels menu, select the app you want to remove and choose "Remove channel". This will free up space on your Roku home screen and declutter your app library.


7. For private listening, look for apps that support the Roku mobile app. The Roku app lets you stream audio from select channels directly to your phone or tablet headphones.


Follow these tips to get the most out of the Roku Channel Store and build up your app library with the best selection of streaming entertainment for you and your family. 

How to Connect a Roku to WiFi ?

Connecting your Roku player to WiFi opens up a world of entertainment options. With an internet connection, you have access to thousands of streaming channels, millions of movies and TV episodes, news, sports, music, and more. 


Following the simple steps above to add your WiFi network to your Roku device will allow you to enjoy all the streaming content you love on the big screen. Now you can sit back, relax, and stream away!


Here are 10 troubleshooting tips for Wi-Fi connectivity issues with Roku:


1. Restart your Roku device:
  • Go to the Home screen on your Roku
  • Navigate to Settings
  • Select System
  • Choose Restart or Reset
  • Click Restart
  • Wait 2 minutes and try connecting to Wi-Fi again


2. Restart your router:
  • Locate your Wi-Fi router's power cable
  • Unplug the power cable for 2 minutes
  • Plug the cable back in and wait for the router to fully restart
  • Try connecting your Roku to Wi-Fi again


3. Check if router's SSID is visible:
  • On your Roku, go to Settings - Network - Set up connection
  • Select your Wi-Fi network name (also called SSID) from the list. If it's not visible, go to your router settings.
  • Make sure the option to 'Broadcast SSID' or 'Make network name visible' is enabled. Enable it and save the settings.
  • Retry connecting your Roku to Wi-Fi.


4. Check router security type:
  • Log into your Wi-Fi router's admin page, usually by entering or in your web browser.
  • Locate the wireless or Wi-Fi security settings.
  • Ensure your router is using a security type supported by Roku like WPA, WPA2 or WEP. Change to a compatible security if needed.
  • Save settings and reconnect your Roku.


5. Check for router firmware update:
  • Log into your Wi-Fi router's admin page (see Step 4)
  • Look for Firmware Update or Updates option and click to Check for Update
  • If an update is available, install/download it on your router
  • The router will reboot after updating. Wait 2 minutes then reconnect your Roku.


6. Check distance from the router:
  • Ensure there are no walls, large furniture or other obstacles between your Roku and Wi-Fi router. Move items if needed.
  • Move your Roku closer to the router to improve signal strength. Even moving a few feet closer can help.
  • Reconnect your Roku to Wi-Fi to test the connectivity.


7. Change Wi-Fi channel:
  • Log into your router settings (see Step 4)
  • Locate the Wi-Fi or Wireless channel settings. It may be under "Advanced Wi-Fi settings".
  • Change the channel to either 1, 6 or 11. These are non-overlapping channels that reduce interference.
  • Save the channel settings and reconnect your Roku to Wi-Fi.


8. Check for wireless interference:
  • Ensure any cordless phones, microwaves, wireless speakers near the router or Roku are turned off.
  • Move those devices away from the router and Roku to minimize interference.
  • Try reconnecting your Roku to Wi-Fi to check if the connectivity improves.


9. Disable Wi-Fi optimization on the router:
  • Log into your router settings (see Step 4)
  • Look for options like "Wi-Fi optimization", "self organizing network", "smart connect" or "band steering" and disable them.
  • These features can sometimes cause connectivity issues with Wi-Fi devices.
  • Save the changes and reconnect your Roku.


10. Perform a hard reset:
  • On your Roku remote, hold the A, B and Home buttons at the same time for at least 10 seconds
  • Your Roku will reboot
  • The hard reset will restore your Roku to factory settings, removing all accounts and connections
  • Set up your Roku again with your Wi-Fi network and any streaming apps/channels
  • A hard reset often fixes issues not resolved by the other steps.


Your Roku and WiFi router may have slightly different menu options or screens than outlined here, depending on your model numbers. But the general process to find and add a WiFi network will be very similar across all Roku devices and WiFi networks. 


If you continue to struggle connecting to WiFi or have no streaming options appearing on your Roku, you may need to contact your Internet Service Provider or Roku support for more specific help. 


With the proper WiFi connectivity in place, your Roku can become your central hub for an amazing streaming media experience.

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