So you just got a shiny new Roku streaming player? Awesome! Let’s walk through how to get it all set up so you can start streaming your favorite shows in no time.
What is Roku?
For those new to the streaming world, Roku is one of the most popular makers of media streaming boxes and sticks. Their devices connect right to your TV and let you access tons of free or paid streaming channels and apps. We’re talking Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max – you name it!
Once you connect your Roku to the internet and activate it, you’ll have access to over 100,000 movies and shows. Pretty sweet deal!
Pro Tip: Roku doesn’t charge any fees for activating devices or creating accounts. But be sure to use roku.com/link directly rather than any sketchy sites.
Step-By-Step Roku Activation
Activating a new Roku is super easy – just follow these steps:
- Plug your Roku box or stick into your TV using the included HDMI cable.
- Connect the device to power and internet (WiFi or ethernet).
- On your TV, select the HDMI input you plugged the Roku into.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your wifi, update software, adjust display settings, and check remote settings.
- When you get your unique activation code:
- Write it down
- On your computer or phone, visit the official Roku site
- Enter the code to link your device to your Roku account!
Pro Tip: If you don’t already have a Roku account, no worries! Just create one for free during the activation process.
Creating A New Roku Account
Here’s how easy it is to setup a new Roku account:
- Visit Roku account signup page
- Enter your name, email, password
- Select your age, contact preferences, prove you’re human
- Choose a purchase PIN option
- Verify your email
- Start streaming!
Customizing Your Roku
Once your device is activated, the fun begins! Here are some tips:
- Browse and add channels – Under Streaming Channels, explore Featured, Popular and more categories to find free and paid channels to add.
- Search for your faves – Don’t see what you want? Search the Channel Store by name.
- Create shortcuts – Add your most-used channels to the home screen.
- Install new themes – Customize colors, backgrounds and screensavers under Settings.
When Roku Misbehaves
Like any gadget, Roku devices can be finicky. Try these fixes for common issues:
- Won’t connect to wifi? Double check password, reboot router.
- Weak signal? Move Roku closer to router.
- Roku not working? Reboot device under Settings > System Restart.
- Roku.com/link issues? Clear browser cache/cookies, ensure using updated browser.
Still having trouble? Reach out to Roku customer support. Their team is super helpful if you need a hand getting everything running smoothly!
So plug in that new Roku, grab the remote, and start streaming your way. Welcome to endless, personalized entertainment!