Roku streaming sticks provide the option to use USB power. However, if your TV doesn't have a USB port, use the power adapter. Even if your TV does have a USB port, it's typically better to use the power adapter.
Turn on your Roku TV or the TV your Roku Streaming Stick or Box is connected to. The first thing you'll see is the Roku power up page, featuring an animated logo.
Select the language used for the onscreen Roku menu system. For Roku TVs, you may also be prompted to select the country you're in.
Your country determines which features and services are available in your location, such as region-specific streaming apps.
Connect your Roku TV, stick, or box to your network router for internet access. Roku streaming sticks use Wi-Fi only, while Roku boxes and TVs provide both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity options. If using Wi-Fi, your Roku device will search all available networks. Choose your preferred network and enter your Wi-Fi password.
Once your network connection is established, you may see a message that a software/firmware update may be available. If so, allow Roku to go through the update process.
If using HDMI, the Roku device will automatically detect the resolution capability and aspect ratio of your TV and set the video output signal of the Roku device accordingly. You can change this later if you wish.
This step is not included on Roku TVs, as the display type is pre-determined.
Your Roku remote should work automatically, as you need it to perform the steps outlined so far. If it does require pairing, you'll see a notification and instructions on your TV screen.
If you have a Roku Enhanced Remote that's provided with select Roku devices, the Check Remote Settings option will appear and automatically set up the remote to control the power and volume of your TV.
To activate or change this later, go to Settings > Remote > Set up Remote for TV Control.
Create an account by going to Roku's signup page. Create a username, password, provide address information, and also provide a payment method.
There's no charge for using Roku devices, but payment information is requested to make it quick and easy to make content rental payments, purchases, or pay additional subscription fees through your Roku device.
Once you've created a Roku account, further instructions will be displayed on your TV screen, including an Activation Code. Go to Roku.com/Link using a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone and enter the code number.
You will see a message on the TV screen that your Roku Device has been activated.
The Roku Home Menu will then appear and enable you to access the device operation and channels/apps selection. If the home menu does not appear, click the right arrow just to the right of the "All done" message.
In addition to the above setup steps, Roku TVs have some additional required and optional setup procedures so it can be used with the rest of your home theater.
At the conclusion of the above steps, your TV might play a welcome or demo video. If you don't want to watch, press the Home button.
Although all Roku devices share common setup and activation features, there are also additional settings that may be available on most players that can fine-tune your Roku user experience.
Once your Roku streaming TV, stick, or box is set up, you can explore all the streaming content that Roku provides.