- You can do more than simply play and pause video with your Roku remote.
- Depending on what model of remote you have, you can use a Roku remote to control playback or search for content with voice commands, play games, and more.
- Most remotes can use a Private Listening feature to watch and listen to content whenever your environment isn’t conducive to watching audible programming, such as late at night.
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The humble Roku remote is packed with features to improve your streaming experience.
From one-touch channel launch to motion control for casual gaming, your remote can do a lot.
Remote models vary slightly depending on the Roku streaming device they accompany so you may opt to use the Roku mobile app instead.
Here are seven ways you can use the Roku remote to enhance your Roku experience:
Organize installed channel apps
Roku channel apps are displayed in the order they were installed, but you don’t have to leave them this way. You can reorganize channels using the remote.
Select a channel you want to move and click the * star button. Choose the option to "Move Channel." Use the remote’s arrow keys to position the channel app where you like on your screen.
Quick launch popular services with one button
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Roku remotes for newer devices have a set of quick launch buttons. A single button press launches a channel. Button options vary slightly by Roku model, but may include Netflix, Amazon Video, Sling, Hulu, and more. As long as you have the channel you select installed, it will immediately open.
Use private listening
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Newer Roku models, above Roku 2, have a Private Listening feature that allows you to listen to your favorite shows when the rest of the house is quiet. You can listen using a Roku Enhanced Remote with a headphone jack. The feature must be enabled on your Roku device before you can take advantage of it on your Enhanced Remote.
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