Introducing the official Roku iPhone app

We are excited to announce the official Roku iPhone app for the iPhone and other iOS devices. Android users, stay tuned!

Inspired by user feedback, our new iPhone app transforms your iOS device into the most powerful Roku remote ever! Launch channels, manage your line up, and browse through the Channel Store with ease, all with the swipe of a finger.

Here are more awesome features that make the Roku iPhone app a must-have:

  • Launch or rate any channel with a tap of your finger
  • Simple touch-and-swipe-based remote, including buttons not available on some Roku player remotes
  • Easily browse hundreds of channels in the Roku Channel Store
  • Quickly add and remove channels to/from your Roku player
  • Control and switch between multiple Roku players
  • Works with all generation Roku players
  • Did we mention how cool it is to control your Roku from your phone?

Finally, if you have a Roku 2 or Roku LT player, you must have Roku software version 4.2. To check which version you are running, go to Settings > Software update on your player. Original Roku players received the necessary update as part of Roku software version 3.1.

Click here to learn more about the features of the Roku iPhone app. To learn how to install and begin using the the app, click here.

Let us know what you think by writing me at feedback@roku.com or leave a comment here.

Happy Streaming!

About Tom Markworth

Director of Product Management, Roku
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  • Anonymous

    How about an Android app? Especially since Android has twice the marketshare iPhone does.

    • Nas Banov

      Oh yeah?! So how come – speaking of Roku remotes – that the leading app in AppStore in 6 months sold as many copies as the leading paid app on Android Market did in 2 years?

      Or if you say “that is because you get the things for free (or free-with-ad-spam) on Android”, then why is it that same *paid* app gets as many new installs per month as the leading *free* remote for Roku on Android?

      Food for thought, methinks :)

      • Dougbrown12

        I had an Android and now have an I-Phone, I wish had my Android back.

        • jailbob

          That’s fine, your iPhone doesn’t like you either…

  • http://twitter.com/dave13077 David Tabone

    Thanks for the update. Any word if Slingplayer will ever be added to Roku? They have launched on Boxee Box and the Revue.

  • Covarr

    This is a very good app, but it’d be nice if it used the assigned player names on the account. I don’t want to try and remember which device has which serial number.

    • Anonymous

      Great suggestion.

  • Homero

    Can’t wait for an Android app!

  • Brandon Rivet
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    • Anonymous

      Nice ! Thanks, I love it..

  • Benjamin Eavey

    Nice! I do wish it pulled in the names of my four Rokus from the My Account page, or at least gave me a way to rename them within the app. It’s nice that it knows the model of the box (although it’s wrong on one of mine), but automatically using the names I assigned would’ve been a nice touch.

    • Anonymous

      Great suggestion.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, I have more than one Roku, so having the ability to nickname them in the app would be so nice so I don’t have to figure out which one I am controlling. Without this, I cannot use the app. Otherwise, I like the app idea and hope it gets updated.

  • Anonymous

    Waiting on a WindowsPhone App before I buy a Roku for the other room.

    I have been spoiled by the Xbox Companion App.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment. Like any fast growing company, we don’t have the ability to do everything we want. But we’ll keep an eye out for Windows Mobile requests.

      • http://twitter.com/hughgroot Hugh Groot

        I’ll second the Windows Phone app request. Just got the Roku and love it … shouldn’t have waited so long. I’m sure I’ll get more Rokus (Rokii?) and an app for my Windows phone would round out the functionality quite well.

        • Localyf

          Hi Hugh,

          Please check ROKUbox, which is a Windows Phone app to control your ROKU. You can find it in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Please let us know if you have any questions: rokubox-support@localyf.com

          Thank you,
          Localyf Team

    • Localyf

      Hi,

      Please check ROKUbox, which is a Windows Phone app to control your ROKU. You can find it in the Windows Phone Marketplace. You can control your ROKU device completely, change channels on the fly and also enter text using the phone’s keyboard. Please let us know if you have any questions: rokubox-support@localyf.com

      Thank you,
      Localyf Team

  • http://twitter.com/flexcope Aaron Liu

    // I just can’t wait playing “Words With Friends” on Roku.
    (Where is the flight attendant when you need one? Damn it!)

  • Kimberly Herbert

    I immediately went to the app store to get the app. I was so disappointed. You need to look at the DVPRemote app – it is a 1000x better.
    1. It looks good on the Ipad instead of pixilating Really you make an Iphone app and not an Ipad app.
    2.It works in landscape mode
    3. I don’t like the swiping in the new app. I would rather tap the arrows
    4. I don’t have to scroll through the list of channels on the DVPRemote as much as I do on the official one
    5. Neither of the apps will let you use the Ipad keyboard to type in the Hulu channel..

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kimberly,

      Thanks for the feedback. Things to consider.

      Yes, this is really an iPhone app, not an iPad app.

      DVPRemote is a paid app. The developer seems to have done some great work on that app and to have been very responsive to customer requests. I hope he, and other Roku/mobile developers, continue to innovate on Roku and make apps that are worth purchasing.

      Best,
      Tom

      • Nas Banov

        Speaking for those other Roku/mobile developers, Tom – I hope that you will be more responsive in the future to inquiries about minor changes like fixing Hulu+ (keyboard and FF/Rew network remoting), giving access to send accelerometer/gaming commands, allow positioning at exact movie in Netflix queue, return firmware version etc!

        And another hope, that you will in good faith give to the 3rd party developers access to the new features introduced by Roku just for the sake of this remote app by Roku.

        ‘Cause you know, it is those 3rd parties that you have to rely for creating the ecosystem needed for massive success of the Roku video player.

        • Anonymous

          Nas, Can you write me at feedback@roku.com with a full list of your developer requests so I can pass them on to our SDK and developer relations teams? Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.barbrow Robert Barbrow

    Its free…….so ill give you that. But i have more than one roku so how do i switch between them? also why do i need to log into my roku account to use the remote? also the forgot your password page says it doesnt work with safari but it does work.

    • Anonymous

      Hi Robert,

      Thanks for the feedback.

      You can add another Roku player and switch to it in Settings, which is accessed via the wheel icon on the Home and Remote tabs.

      We decided to have you log in so you access to the Channel Store. Also, if you have an unsecured network, no one else can control your Roku player.

      Tom

      • http://www.facebook.com/robert.barbrow Robert Barbrow

        Tom, First of thanks for making something. I know as a programmer that its not easy to pull something out of a sea of chaos just to have people hate all over it for the 1 or 2 features it doesn’t do (particularly in version 1.0). I’m glad to see that your taking time to respond to the suggestions.

        with that said

        1) I see that there is a “find a roku device” but it didn’t seem to work on my lan untill i rebooted the phone then it picked it up right away (just throwing that out there )

        2) as others have said being able to give the device a friendly name would be…….well……… friendly

        3) I can see if you want to add channels and what not to your roku but your “no one else can control your roku player” statement is somewhat invalidated by the fact that I could (and have) downloaded one of the many other roku remotes and just do whatever I want.

        the reason i bring it up is i have 2x old iPhone 3g’s that have the “dvpremote” app loaded on them that i let my two children use to control the 3 rokus i have in the house (yes I am a fan) but i wouldn’t want to let them use this because i cant stop them from adding or removing things (basically you have full admin access with this)

        thanks for making this

      • Anonymous

        Figured out how to switch between my roku players, but unfortunately they have no name, just a serial number. Since I don’t memorize my serial numbers, I don’t know which one is which. Can you allow us to put in nicknames or some friendly name that we can use to know which one is which?

  • REIGNiNSLAYER

    Don’t leave the Android hanging out to dry.

  • REIGNiNSLAYER

    Don’t leave the Android hanging out to dry.

  • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

    +1 for an Android app. I take the absence of any mention of Android in the blog piece means that there are currently no plans to release an app for that platform. As someone who follows tech pretty closely, I am little baffled by myopic, single-platform app development.I would be interested to hear if there is some research that shows that the majority of Roku owners use iPhones. Otherwise, it just seems like a convenient move to only release an iPhone app.

    I know the iPhone is popular, but so are Android devices. Windows Phone 7 is coming up as well. You would think at this point, companies providing services, such as Roku, would simultaneously develop and/or release apps for iPhones, Android and WP7 devices.

    Look…I’m not hyperventilating about this. It’s not the end of the world. I’ll continue to enjoy my Roku boxes (with the included the remotes). I’m just sayin’

    • Anonymous

      Hi matthewdlyons,

      The 2nd sentence of the post reads: “Android users, stay tuned.” Our founder is an Android user so I expect we’ll have to come through at some point!

      The reality has more to do with the timing in which we were able to add the requisite, world-class engineering talent for the respective OSes.

      Best,
      Tom

      • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

        Thank Tom. I honestly don’t recall seeing that sentence, but I’ll stand corrected on the mention of Android. Though my admission is offered in earnest, I must admit that I’m still a touch incredulous that a version for Android could not have been developed and released simultaneously. (Perhaps because I’ve seen plenty of sites and services promise an Android app, but never deliver.) If I were the founder and Android user, I’d insist on it. Nevertheless, I’ll stay tuned.

    • Localyf

      Hi matthewdlyons,

      Please check ROKUbox, which is a Windows Phone app to control your ROKU. You can find it in the Windows Phone Marketplace. You can control your ROKU device completely, change channels on the fly and also enter text using the phone’s keyboard. Please let us know if you have any questions: rokubox-support@localyf.com

      Thank you,
      Localyf Team

      • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

        Thanks. That would be helpful if I had a Windows Phone.

      • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

        Thanks. That would be helpful if I had a Windows Phone.

  • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

    +1 for an Android app. I take the absence of any mention of Android in the blog piece means that there are currently no plans to release an app for that platform. As someone who follows tech pretty closely, I am little baffled by myopic, single-platform app development.I would be interested to hear if there is some research that shows that the majority of Roku owners use iPhones. Otherwise, it just seems like a convenient move to only release an iPhone app.

    I know the iPhone is popular, but so are Android devices. Windows Phone 7 is coming up as well. You would think at this point, companies providing services, such as Roku, would simultaneously develop and/or release apps for iPhones, Android and WP7 devices.

    Look…I’m not hyperventilating about this. It’s not the end of the world. I’ll continue to enjoy my Roku boxes (with the included the remotes). I’m just sayin’

  • http://twitter.com/LaCorbiere11 Lionel LaCorbiere

    Been using it for a little while now and I must say that I like it. There was and still is a very good app in the appstore that controls the Roku and I am waiting to see which one I like before possibly deleting it. I might might keep both because if my dedicated Angry Birds controller dies then I’ll have two ways to control my device. Great product!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.barbrow Robert Barbrow

    Hey i’m not sure if it applies to Roku or Pandora but I noticed this just popped up. I have a Roku 1 and when ever i’m in Pandora and move anything the “button” sound overrides the Pandora music

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=870335136 Joshua E. Roudebush

    Android support would be nice.

  • ACT12345

    Love the iphone app – one more feature request… My roku is connected to my stereo and I stream pandora music in the back yard and garage. I with my iphone remote allowed me to thumb up or thumb down a song when I’m not in front of the TV.

  • daylorb

    I want to use the new Roku as a streaming device for a whole-home system. Problem is I have no monitor to hook it up to. I was hoping I would be able to choose a Pandora station right in the iPhone app – is that possible?

    It looks like the app only allows for control of the device if plugged into TV… which means it is still more or less a line-of-sight device. If I can’t see the TV I don’t know what I am controlling.

    Perhaps I am missing something and there is a way to do what I am looking to do?

  • Aleksander Burno

    Hi

    I can not open above app. I get “your recuest can not be completed”. I have iph 3gs.

  • Anonymous

    My Roku 2 XS is arriving tomorrow Sat 11 Feb. How come Roku iPhone is not available in UK?

  • e thyss

    Android please! Maybe not twice but certainly a very very very MAJOR contender!

  • Tnrookster

    I downloaded this app for my iPhone. The keyboard function does not work when I want to do a search.

  • http://www.christiaanconover.com/ Christiaan Conover

    Android. That is all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevepageuk Steve Page

    The app is not available in the UK, maybe you can flick the switch to make that happen?

  • David

    Wish it streamed my iPhone music and pictures. Can that functionality be added to this app?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000027046188 Max McCoy

    ROKU App works great for one box, got another one and searched, the ROKU app displays 2 serial numbers that are identical and fails to control the new box, what gives?

  • Noreply

    Why can’t Pandora stations be displayed??

  • Mr. Hill

    Not only is Roku half the price of appleTV, but the app is available for Android as well!

  • Masterchief

    how about and ios app for roku games?

  • iPhone user in SF

    Is the iPhone app still available? It doesn’t come up in a search at the App Store.

  • Gary

    Will this work with Roku XR? I don’t have my remote with me. Can I still use the IOS app?

  • chad

    Tom, Can I plug in my headset and listen to the audio from my TV on the Roku iPhone app like I can on the physical remote?

  • Glynis

    Where do find the friendly name my iphone asking for on the app please?