Updating a Roku Streaming Player or Roku TV: A Step-by-Step Guide

Cupertino, September 7, 2023

Your Roku puts thousands of TV shows, movies, apps, and services at your fingertips. That's why you want to make sure it's running the latest software so you have the latest features, security solutions, and most importantly, the best performance.


We'll show you how to stay informed with just a few clicks on your Roku remote.

Why You Should Update Your Roku Streaming Player or TV

Although Roku's software automatically checks for updates in the background and applies them regularly, there are some cases where you may want to check manually. As with most connected devices, your first step in troubleshooting your Roku should be to make sure it's running the latest software to rule out known bugs and performance issues. Manually checking for updates may also allow you to experience new features as they are released. For example, Roku OS 9.4 allowed users to set up their Roku devices with Apple HomeKit, while previous releases included support for Roku's line of wireless speakers.

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You'll also want to manually check for updates if you've recently downloaded a channel from the Roku Store, as the process pulls the latest build. And since your Roku relies on an internet connection, you'll want to check for updates regularly to make sure it has the latest security fixes.

How to Update Your Roku Streaming Player or TV

Thanks to Roku's remarkable consistency across platforms, the software update process is the same no matter which streaming player or TV you use. With just a few clicks on your remote control you will be up to date in no time.

  1. Turn on your Roku device.
  2. Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  3. Using your remote's directional pad, navigate to Settings and click OK.
  4. Scroll down to navigate to System and click OK.
  5. Navigate to Software Update and click OK.
  6. Click Check Now.

That's all there is to it. Your Roku will now check for and automatically apply the latest channel and software updates. After updating, you can once again watch tons of free content in Roku Originals while enjoying the latest features.

Update your Roku for the best streaming experience

By keeping your Roku up to date, you'll benefit from the latest security, performance, and bug fixes and unlock powerful new features. All it takes is a few clicks with the Roku remote to ensure you experience the best your streaming player or TV has to offer.

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