Harmony experience with Roku

It's compatible with all Harmony products*
* Roku Streaming Sticks can not be controlled by Harmony IR based remotes and are only compatible with our hub-based products.

Setup

Add Roku to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony app

  1. Select the ADD DEVICE at the bottom, followed by SCAN FOR WI‑FI DEVICES.
  2. Harmony will search for Roku Media Players and Roku TV's on your home network.
  3. Tap to ✓ the box next to the Roku device you want to add, followed by NEXT.
         * If you have multiple Roku's tap the information icon on the right to view the Roku friendly name.
  4. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  5. Continue through the series of questions to build your Watch Roku Activity.
  6. Once you have selected your devices and inputs, Harmony will also prompt you to select a starting favorite channel.
  1. Launch the MyHarmony desktop software and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony product from the Remote Gallery screen.
  3. Select the Devices tab on the left side of the screen.
  1. Select the Add device button.
  2. Enter the manufacturer Roku and your model number (e.g., Roku 2, Roku 3, or Roku 4). If you have a Roku TV, enter its specific information such as manufacturer TCL and model number 32S4610R.

  3. Harmony Desktop Softare
  1. Select the Scan for devices button near the center of the page.

  2. Harmony Desktop Softare - Auto Scan Roku
  3. You will be prompted to connect your Harmony to your computer with the provided USB cable. Harmony will scan your home Wi‑Fi network for Roku players. Ensure both Roku and Harmony Hub are on the same Wi‑Fi network.

Creating a Watch Roku Activity:

  1. Select the Activities tab on the left side of the screen.
  2. Select the Add Activity button.
  3. Select the Watch Roku Activity type and select Next.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Activity.
  5. Once done, remember to sync your remote after making any changes.
Notice

The starting channel feature is only possible when setting up an Activity using the Harmony app

  1. Launch the Harmony app and sign into your account.
  2. Select your Harmony remote, followed by DEVICES > ADD DEVICE.
  3. Enter the manufacturer Roku and the model number for the device you're adding.
  4. Finally, select the sync icon in the upper right corner of the settings menu, followed by SYNC NOW.

Control

Harmony hub‑based products can control all Roku devices including Roku Streaming stick, and also add additional capabilities. Using the Harmony app

  • Control icon lists commonly used Roku buttons.
  • Gestures allows you to control your Activity using simple swipe gestures over your phone screen. For example, swiping up/down will change your volume and left/right can rewind and fast-forward.
  • Favorites will display all your Roku channels for easy switching.
  • Voiceand Text entry allows you to use your mobile device's keyboard and/or microphone for text input.

Customize


Adjust the physical buttons on your remote

Harmony has already optimized the buttons on your remote; however you can further customize these buttons depending on your preference.

Add, remove or rename commands on your remotes screen

Harmony automatically imports your Roku channels and displays them under the favorites section on your Harmony remote. Commands specific to your Watch Roku Activity are also displayed for which you can add, remove or rename them.

Customize Harmony app buttons

You can view common Roku commands on your phone or tablet screen. You can add, remove or rearrange these commands.

Set your own swipe gestures

By default, swiping up or down on the gestures screen will change volume. There are 22 gestures in total, view and customize them from the app.

Create unique Roku Activities

Harmony allows you to import your Roku channels and launch one automatically when you start your Watch Roku Activity. With this, you can create specific Watch Netflix, or Watch Hulu Activities that go directly to those channels. Create unique Activities such as a "Breakfast Shows" that may open your blinds, turn on your lights and opens the YouTube channel on Roku.

Follow the steps below to create an Activity or edit an existing one.

  1. Launch the Harmony app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Tap MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > ACTIVITIES.
creating a Smart TV Activity
  • To create a new Roku Activity, select ADD ACTIVITY. You may have multiple Activities that launch different channels.
  • To edit the starting channel for an existing Roku Activity, first select that Activity, then click STARTING CHANNEL.
  1. Harmony will ask you if you'd like to select a Roku channel when this Activity first launches.
  • Selection a specific channel will always start that app. You can choose a news app for a Good Morning Activity, or YouTube for an after work Relax Activity.

Setup

Adding Roku to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony Express app and tap Edit Setup.
  2. Next, tap + to perform a Wi‑Fi scan, and select your device.
    • If your device isn't found, ensure it's on the same Wi-Fi network as Harmony Express.
    • If you still have issues, reboot your device and router then try again.
  3. Tap Continue and follow the on-screen prompts.
Add Device to Harmony Express

Control

Voice

Harmony Express allows you to use your voice to launch apps with this device. During setup, for each app (Netflix, YouTube, etc.), you will be asked which device should be used to launch it. You can also use your voice to send commands such as turn on, turn off, and more. Tap What to say in the Harmony Express app to see sample commands for your device.

For more information on how to use your voice with Harmony Express, see: Voice commands on Harmony Express

Remote

Although Harmony has already mapped default commands to your remote buttons, you have the ability to assign custom commands to them. For more information, see: Customizing physical buttons on your remote

Supported apps

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work.

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. Hulu allows you to skip 10 seconds forward or back using the direction left and right arrows.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, FastForward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Direction Right and Left commands.

Browser

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Browser app.

Media Keys are not used within the Browser app.

Other apps

The behavior of other apps may vary depending on the app's design.

FAQs

How do I add a new Roku channel from my Roku device to my Harmony Remote?

You can reset your favorites after you have added the Roku channel on the Roku device.

  1. Tap MENU, then Edit/Reset > Reset Favorites
  2. Press Reset next to the Roku activity
  3. Press Continue on the RESET dialogue box

How do I remove a deleted Roku channel from the Harmony Roku Favorites list?

You can reset your favorites after you have deleted the Roku channel from the Roku device.

  1. Tap MENU, then Edit/Reset > Reset Favorites
  2. Press Reset next to the Roku activity
  3. Press Continue on the RESET dialogue box

FAQs

My devices keep going out of sync

If you own a Television that has Roku OS built into it, we recommend using your voice to change between inputs for watching live tv and transitioning to Roku OS app content. Using the Harmony Express remote to navigate between the inputs will cause the devices to be out of sync in when you try to control them.

My controls stop working correctly after searching for content

Your Harmony Express remote connects with your Alexa account, allowing you to control your Roku. If you’ve been using another Alexa-enabled device to control your Roku and have added the Roku Alexa skill, there may be voice commands that conflict with Harmony Express.

If you’ve previously added the Roku Alexa skill and are having issues with your setup; such as turning on/off devices, switching inputs, adjusting the volume, or other controls, you can fix any conflicts between the Roku skill and Harmony Express by holding down the OK button on your remote and saying “turn on Roku”.

When using this method, subsequent commands will come exclusively from Harmony Express and will not use the Roku Alexa skill. If this doesn't resolve your issue, we recommend reviewing Harmony Express voice commands to ensure commands are being used correctly.

Integration details

Hub‑based remotes

Harmony Express remotes

Harmony Infrared remotes

Harmony Hub connects with Roku through your home's network allowing you to navigate and control using either your Harmony remote or the Harmony app as your Harmony hub.

Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4, and Roku TV may be controlled using infrared (IR) signals that are sent directly from your Harmony remote. Roku Streaming Stick does not have IR capabilities and cannot be controlled with Harmony IR remotes.

Harmony uses your Wi-Fi network to launch apps (e.g., YouTube or Netflix). Some Roku devices send infrared (IR) signals for device control, such as adjusting the volume or changing the channel.

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