Roku Remote App
The Roku Remote App lets you control nearly any plug-in devices or Smart TV's that are running the company's OS. Apart from acting like a secondary remote, the software has many functions such as voice searches and Private Listening.
Convenient phone remote control
The app essentially provides better control over your Roku device than the proprietary remote.
The main use of this app is to give you another remote for controlling your Roku device or TV with the Remote Screen function. This feature provides the same interface as a Roku remote on your touch screen. One thing to note is the lack of an option to customize the button layout of the Remote Screen.
Are you tired of moving the directional pad on the remote to type in the name of a movie or show you want to watch? The app lets you find your content with a voice search function. You can also use your phone's touch screen keyboard to type the name of any video on the Roku search bar.
Roku Channel control
The Roku Channel is a collection of movies, TV shows, news, and other content. This channel provides both free and premium TV services. Instead of controlling the interface on your TV to find the content you want to watch, the app provides the Roku Channel directly to your phone. This makes it easy for you to find movies, TV shows, and other videos you want to stream to your TV.
You can have the audio of the video stream from your Roku device to your earphones or headphones with the Private Listening function. This is useful if you want to continue enjoying your show or movie without disturbing other people in the room.
It is important to note that Private Listening will not work with other media devices DVD/Blu-Ray players. Antenna and satellite TV feeds are also not compatible with the feature.
Where can you run this program?
You can use the Roku Remote app on Android phones. The app also has an Apple device equivalent that will work with iOS 9.0 or better.
Is there a better alternative?
The app stores on both Android and Apple phones have many Roku remote apps. One example is the RoByte that also lets you change TV channels and control multiple Roku devices.
The Roku Remote App does the job of letting you control your Roku device efficiently than with the physical remote. The voice search and keyboard function let you enter your search query faster. This app does have its share of limitations, but those have little to no effect to how you control your content streams. What may bother you is the device’s connectivity issues since the app might not find your Roku device at certain times.
Should you download it?
Yes, the Roku Remote App is a trusted software to use on your Roku box, stick, or TV.
- Touch-screen remote
- Voice search
- Private listening
- Roku channel integration
- Cast multi-media content
- Private Listening limitations
- Lacks custom remote option
- Connection issues