Harmony experience with Roku

It's compatible with Harmony IR remotes*
* Roku Streaming Stick does not work with IR based remotes

It's compatible with Harmony hub‑based products

Roku Premiere/Premiere+/Ultra Roku Express/Express+ Roku 4 Roku 3 Roku 2 Roku 1 Roku Streaming Stick* Roku TV

Harmony and Roku

Power on your TV, automatically set the correct inputs, and begin navigating your Roku all with a single Harmony remote. You can also create unique Activities that launch directly into Netflix, Amazon, Pandora or VUDU.

If you have a Harmony hub‑based product then you can easily enter text or use voice search from the Harmony mobile app to make password entry or movie searches a lot quicker. You can also see your favorite Roku channels and launch them with one tap on your touchscreen remote or when using the Harmony mobile app.

And if you have a Harmony hub‑based product, then you can create a Good Morning Activity that automatically turns on a Roku News station each morning at 7AM, or even when there's motion in your kitchen.


Setup

Set up your Roku
Set up and configure your Roku, install any desired apps such as Netflix or Amazon.
Connect Harmony and Roku
Once connected, you'll be able to set up and use Activities which include your Roku.

Add Roku to your Harmony setup

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony mobile app select devices
  1. Select the ADD DEVICE button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE and enter manufacturer Roku followed by your Roku model number.
    (such as Roku 2, Roku 3, or Roku 4)
  3. Once added, Harmony will prompt you to create an Activity. Select Yes.
  4. Continue through the series of questions to build your Watch Roku Activity.
  5. Once you have selected your devices and inputs, Harmony will also prompt you to select a starting favorite channel.
  6. Once created, Harmony will be able to control your Roku.
  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.

Harmony IR based remotes

  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

Harmony hub‑based products

  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.

Once you've added your Roku, we recommend 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.
Please be aware

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



Having trouble waking your Roku 4 or Roku TV?

You may need to make some additional changes with these devices to ensure Harmony can best control your television.

Show me

Waking Roku 4

Disable the auto power off feature:

Roku 4 has a power management feature that will turn off your Roku after 30 minutes of no interaction. Harmony does not support waking up your Roku. We recommend Harmony always be used to power on and off your devices and therefore this power management feature should be disabled.

  • From the Roku home screen, navigate to Settings > System > Power.
  • Disable Auto power off by un-checking the After 30 minutes of no interation checkbox.

Disable the CEC detection:

Some devices allow each other to communicate over an HDMI cable to control power or inputs of other devices. As Harmony works best when it's used to change power and input settings, we recommend you disable this setting.

  • From the Roku home screen, navigate to Settings > System > Control other devices.
  • Disable both the 1-touch play and the System standby checkboxes.


Waking Roku TV

Disable the auto power off feature:

Roku TV has a power management feature that will turn off your television after 15 minutes of no signal, or after 4 hours of no interaction. Harmony does not support waking up your Roku. We recommend Harmony always be used to power on and off your devices and therefore, this power management feature should be disabled.

  • From the Roku home screen, navigate to Settings > System > Power.
  • Disable both the No signal and the No interaction checkboxes.

Disable the CEC detection:

Some devices allow each other to communicate over an HDMI cable to control power or inputs of other devices. As Harmony works best when it's used to change power and input settings, we recommend you disable this setting.

  • From the Roku home screen, navigate to Settings > System > Control other devices (CEC).
  • Disable the System standby checkbox.


Control

Harmony Hub control

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

Harmony IR based remotes

All Harmony remotes may navigate and control Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4, and Roku TV.


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.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

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

The Hulu app has an on screen keyboard you navigate using direction keys and does not accept keyboard text entry.

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 Skip Forward and Skip Backwards commands.

The YouTube app has an on screen keyboard you navigate using direction keys and does not accept keyboard text entry.

Amazon

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Amazon app.

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

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app.

Plex

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Plex app.

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

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app.

Sling TV

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Sling TV app.

Media Keys will operate differently depending on what the TV network allows.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony mobile app.

Other Channels

The behavior of other channels may vary depending on its design.

Some channels may require the use of the Roku original remote. These are typically games that make use of motion control. A message, "Roku Enhanced Remote not detected" will appear on your television screen when launching an app that requires the Roku remote.



Looking for the * button?

This may be listed as "Options" or "Options*" on your remote or mobile screen. If you don't see this button, you may customize your remote screen or if you prefer, the Harmony mobile app screen.

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 mobile 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.

Show me

The Harmony mobile app prompts you to create an Activity after adding a new device, such as your Roku. If you didn't create an Activity, or would like to edit it, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Tap MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > ACTIVITIES.
creating a Smart TV Activity
  1. Harmony will ask you if you'd like to select a Roku channel when this Activity first launches.

How Harmony integrates with Roku

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

Harmony Hub connects with Roku through your home's Wi‑Fi network allowing you to navigate and control using either your Harmomy remote or the Harmony mobile app. Please ensure Roku is connected to the same Wi‑Fi network as your Harmony hub.

Harmony remotes without 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 without a Harmony Hub.

We love feedback

Great!
Want to tell us more?

Was this page helpful?

Yes

Thank you

Explaining what you're looking for helps us improve our site. This is not a support form.
Visit our contact us page if you'd like to contact a support specialist.

Share

Thank you for being a Harmony customer

Thank you

We appreciate your help

We're constantly improving our database. The more information you provide, the more likely we will be able to fix the issue.

This is not a support form. Visit our contact us page if you'd like to contact a support specialist.

Share

Our Activity troubleshooter can fix most problems

We recommend visiting our Harmony Activity troubleshooter to help narrow down the specific problem and find instructions on how to correct it. Device not turning on? Switching to the wrong input? We can help.

Or, you may want to visit our community forums. Harmony product managers actively participate and provide help.


Thank you for being a Harmony customer