Adding a Roku Smart TV to Apple HomeKit: A Step-by-Step Guide

Cupertino, December 8, 2023

Your Roku TV is already pretty smart when it comes to apps and services. However, you can make it smarter by connecting it to Apple's HomeKit smart home platform. MUO VIDEO OF THE DAY SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT Adding HomeKit to the mix lets you turn on your TV with a Siri voice command, change its input via Scenes, and control it with the remote app that comes with your iPhone or iPad. Here's how to add your Roku smart TV to HomeKit and the Home app.

What You Need to Add Roku to HomeKit

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  • To get started with HomeKit, make sure your Roku TV is running Roku OS 9.4 or later. To do this, you can navigate to Settings, followed by System and then System Update.
  • You also need to be using iOS 12.3 or later on your iPhone or iPad. If you need help, check out our guide to updating your iPhone.
  • Finally, for the best performance, we recommend that you enable the Fast TV Start option in your TV's settings. Although energy consumption may increase, Fast TV Start ensures that your TV is always available via HomeKit, even when it is turned off.

Setting up Apple HomeKit

TV Setup

Adding HomeKit to your Roku TV starts on the big screen. Start by clicking Settings and then the Apple AirPlay and HomeKit options. Then click Setup under HomeKit at the bottom of your screen. Your TV should now display a HomeKit QR setup code that you can scan using the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. The process for adding your TV is the same as for adding other smart home products to Apple HomeKit. Launch the Home app, tap the + icon in the top right corner and tap Add Accessory. You can now scan the HomeKit code on your TV. The Home app will connect to your TV and if successful, you'll be given the option to give it a name, assign it to a room and set your inputs. At the end of the pairing process, tap Done.

How to Use Your Roku TV with the Home App and Siri

Once your Roku TV is connected to the Home app, you now have access to several valuable features. You can find your TV in the same room you assigned it to, and by long pressing the device icon you'll find a series of quick controls. Tapping the power switch turns your TV on or off, and you can switch inputs by swiping the input list. Tapping the settings icon will bring up options to rename your TV, inputs, and change rooms. Still in the Home app, your Roku TV is also available for use in scenes and HomeKit automation. A HomeKit scene lets you place your TV next to other smart home accessories like lights and smart blinds, perfect for a movie night scene. Automations let you add your TV to your routines, such as turning off the power when you turn off the lights in a bedroom. Of course, adding your Roku TV to HomeKit also unlocks Siri voice control. Whether it's through your iOS devices or a HomePod, you can use phrases like "turn on the TV" to turn the power on or off or "put the TV on the cable box" to switch inputs on demand.

How to Control Your Roku TV from Control Center

Outside of the Home app, you can find another set of useful controls for your Roku TV in the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad. If your iPhone has a Touch ID button, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. If your iPhone uses Face ID, swipe down from the top right corner. Now tap the remote icon to display a list of TVs in your home and then tap the name of the device you want to control. If you don't see a remote control icon, you may need to add it to your Control Center first. Check out our control center customization guide for detailed steps. The iOS Remote app should now appear, giving you access to the volume buttons with your phone's side buttons, a directional pad, play/pause controls, a back button, and an additional information button. Tapping the center of the directional pad acts as the Select or OK button on the Roku remote, while tapping your TV's name lets you switch between devices.

Make your Roku TV even smarter with HomeKit

Adding HomeKit to your Roku smart TV opens the doors to a world of automation possibilities and greater convenience. With HomeKit, you can now set the tone for your next movie night with a scene that turns on your TV, sets the correct input, dims your smart lights, and closes the blinds, all with a tap or Siri voice command.

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