Introducing the Roku App for Android

The Roku app is now available on the Android Market! Use the app to explore, rate channels, and much more – all with the tap of a finger.

What else does it do? Glad you asked:

  • Instantly replay your favorite movie moments.
  • Quickly add and remove channels.
  • Control and switch between multiple Roku players.
  • Launch rocket ships and make perfect toast. Every time. (Just kidding).
  • Features a handy keyboard for text entry.

The Roku app will run on any Android device with Android version 2.1 or later installed. Did we mention that it’s FREE?

As you may remember, we launched the Roku iOS app last December, and we’ll keep working hard to improve the Roku mobile experience. We hope you enjoy Roku’s latest mobile effort!

Do you have feedback about the Roku mobile experience? Let us know at feedback@roku.com.

About Tom Markworth

Director of Product Management, Roku
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  • Anonymous

    Have a link to the app’s marketplace page? Searching “Roku” gives a lot of 3rd party apps.

  • Anonymous

    when will the ios app be available in the UK itunes store?

  • https://profiles.google.com/rhoads.eric/about?hl=en S. Eric Rhoads (WordTipping)

    Why is the only link in the post to the iTunes store? It would be really helpful if you provided the link to the Android Market. Especially because when you search for it, all the top listings are 3rd party apps.

  • https://profiles.google.com/rhoads.eric/about?hl=en S. Eric Rhoads (WordTipping)

    Why is the only link in the post to the iTunes store? It would be really helpful if you provided the link to the Android Market. Especially because when you search for it, all the top listings are 3rd party apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586559991 John Clopton

    Any plans to provide a link to the app in the market? Searching for “roku” gets you everything except this app. First thing that comes up is “Rfi – wifi remote for Roku DVP.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.i.mayle Brian Mayle

    can’t find it on the Android Market :( need a link

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.i.mayle Brian Mayle

    can’t find it on the Android Market :( need a link

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  • T. Wolf

    This doesn’t appear to work unless the network connection setting of the Roku is Wi-Fi, and I need it to be hardwired or video will stutter. Will it work with wired?

    • Eric Coffman

      I thought it has to be on the same network. So, if you wire it to your router and your phone connects to the same router, it should be fine. Just guessing here.

      • T. Wolf

        Thanks for reply. It is on same network (wired/wireless). Followed all the instructions from the app including rebooting phone, router, etc. Still not working. Might be a firewall issue but I’ll give up for now. Good luck everyone.

  • Bob Gilbert

    Wow. Just tried the new app for Android. It’s great! Works better than the remote that came with it.

  • Eric Coffman

    Since I can’t seem to make this work with my 1st Gen Roku player, I contacted Roku’s support. And, they told me that there is no such app. LOL. I think Roku has an internal communication & training issue.

  • Martinclimber

    Need it to work without having my phone on a wifi, my roku HAS to be hardwired. Any thoughts Roku? Am I outa luck?

    • Nas Banov

      Roku player can be wired or wireless but the Android has to be WiFi connected to the very same network where the player is. This is so that the remote can “see” the player.

  • Nas Banov

    HANGS UP on logon and eventually crashes on LG Optimus (android 2.2). This problem happens reliably, report is being sent to android market. Who is the guy who came with the idea to FORCE users to login to online account for the remote? He is a dimwit, please pass this to him! The bad ratings you got for forcing this on people in iPhone app not enough? Well check what happened to Logitech Harmony Link and Shopsavvy recently

  • http://www.facebook.com/msadick Michael Sadick

    I tried getting this app to work with my Roku 2 XS, but it just won’t work no matter what I try. I have an app called Roku Wifi Remote that generally finds my Roku 2 just fine, and the few times it doesn’t, I can manually enter the IP address. Unfortunately, I can’t even try that with the official app. Reset my Roku 2, turned Wifi on and off, updated my router firmware even!

  • http://goo.gl/00REU lallys

    thank you !good!like!

  • http://goo.gl/cifhk josns

    i like!good!thank!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendalisa Brenda Lowe Hatch

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Works GREAT!

  • Rodrigo Pinto

    why has the app been released to the US market only? Any plans to make it available in Brazil as well?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Miller/682877083 David Miller

    Now if you can get it to play divx , that would be awesome.

  • Jen

    Can I actually watch full length video through the app?

  • Bhinkle

    I am just wondering..with all this stuff for advanced users, would this have had an effect on MY Roku? It worked just fine for a long time, this past 2 weeks I cant get Roku to work, says it CAN’T FIND THE CONNECTION.
    Then a bunch of instructions i dont understand. Nothing different has happened here…we are wireless, (tho I dont understand what that means either because we have wires connecting things ).

    Just wondering if all this new stuff has affected connections out here, have you changed something?
    RokuXD here.

    • KEB

      I know this is an old post, but if you have the wires in place, reset your Internet connection and select a wired connection. The wireless craps-out on older Roku boxes. I’ve read about it enough that it sounds like hardware problem someplace in the box that shorts the wireless & it can’t be fixed (for a reasonable cost). I just ran the wires where I want to use it and it works great.

  • Cjpiano

    Downloaded app just fine, however, cannot sign into my Roku acct as asked. I successfully signed in to the Roku acct on my desktop, so I know the Password, etc are correct. Any ideas about what is wrong? Thanks.

  • Stroudm

    Disappointed. The app does not work with my Droid X running Android 2.3.4 and first-gen Roku box. Both devices are assigned DHCP address from my wireless router without fail and both work perfectly fine independent of one another wirelessly. Yet, the app has no clue the Roku box is there at all (and yes my Roku box and Android devices are running the latest available software updates).

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  • Mikeypm13

    How about a Kindle Fire version pleasE

  • Kendb

    Does not work with my Samsung Galaxy S2 running 2.3.4

    • Anonymous

      Works fine with the Galaxy S2 running 2.3.6 (T-Mo).

  • http://twitter.com/RokuPlayer Roku, Inc.

    For those having trouble with the app, please email us the details at therevolution@roku.com and we’ll help! Thanks for your patience.

  • http://www.bristolite.com/ daylighting

    Very cool! I love the feel of it and they are lucky to have you to help!

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

    As someone who openly grumbled about the lack of a timely release of an Android app (when compared to the release of the iPhone app), I have to give props to Roku for following through with a promise to create an app for the platform.

    I’ve had not problem connecting to the Roku boxes in my house. I really appreciate being able to use the keyboard to perform searches, instead of the hunt-and-press method with the remote. One gripe, and I know this has been voiced before, is that I don’t particularly care for the dedicated channels at the bottom of the remote screen. Two reasons — 1) my finger(s) occasionally glance against the channel button; and 2) I’d like the ability to chose what channels are docked in that space.

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

    As someone who openly grumbled about the lack of a timely release of an Android app (when compared to the release of the iPhone app), I have to give props to Roku for following through with a promise to create an app for the platform.

    I’ve had not problem connecting to the Roku boxes in my house. I really appreciate being able to use the keyboard to perform searches, instead of the hunt-and-press method with the remote. One gripe, and I know this has been voiced before, is that I don’t particularly care for the dedicated channels at the bottom of the remote screen. Two reasons — 1) my finger(s) occasionally glance against the channel button; and 2) I’d like the ability to chose what channels are docked in that space.

  • Marcel

    Roku customer service SUCKS……….I don’t mean the everyday people who answer the phones…….some of them we couldn’t understand…………However, it seems to me that Roku will do anything to “NOT ACCEPT A RETURN or A DEFECTIVE PRODUCT…………Those everyday people are trained that way….it’s not their fault..We’ve been screwed over several times and today yet one more time……..Roku wanted to make sure that I received a roku player to replace the defective one EVEN TOUGH I SAID DO NOT SEND IT TO ME……….so now I have to return what they send that I did not want…………..if they don’t get it back, they said they would charge me for it……RMC IN RaleighNC……..DISCUSTED….ALSO WHEN THEY HIRE SOMEONE IN INDIA OR THE PHILLIPINES, make sure they can communicate readily in English……………this is not a good company…………

  • Nikki

    Does it work with the Kindle Fire?

  • TMan

    I have the Roku 2 XS and my Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich won’t find my player with the Roku App, I’ve tried everything that I can think of…any suggestions would be great, Thanks

  • guest

    Needs to be listed on Amazon Market as well

  • John

    I Just downloaded and installed the Roku app and am wondering why there seem to be so many comments about problems. I found the app easily in Marketplace, downloaded and opened it and just went to settings to identify my player and IP address. It came right up and works fine. Great app. Thanks!

  • Jenni4270

    I have this app for my Nook but having a hard time getting my phone to connect. Can anyone tell me why?

  • Burgundycask

    Hello roku just one comment I feel the roku iOS navigation works backwards I understand the you are coping the fisical roku remote with left, right, up and down buttons we have to press on those buttons, the iphone or ipad don’t have buttons and on your remote IOS app. you decided to have it swipe left or right. When for example I’m swiping with my finger left and I’m looking at the TV the movie bar selection is moving right. you have to make it feel like the I’m touching the TV screen objects and moving the selection bar to the left. Is the way every thing else works with IOS we touch the screen and moves the objects swiping right will move the object on screen right. but yet the roku ios movie selection on the tv moves to the opposite direction it takes a little get use to but after using it for a few months continues to bother me. Im makin a suggestion may be I’m the only one but I think is backwards?

  • kenned

    Hmm. Not available for installing in the UK. Come on Tom … we’ve paid good money for the Roku device, why are we being treated like 2nd class citizens?

    • Dysan21

      Agree, this US only region restriction is unnecessary, I have paid for my Roku box and they happily took my money. so why am I been restricted from having access to this app

  • Kevinpfromnm

    I’d like to see the remote give the option to play the audio from the roku through the phone (to be able to listen with headphones when I don’t want to disturb others).

  • Tedhaber

    Does not find my Roku player on either my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Samsung Galaxy S phone. Went through all of the troubleshooting steps.

  • Imaspacewoman

    P>O> Verizon Wireless 4G and make available app. to decrease stream speed from 4G to 1.5G. I’d pay for that app! 4G consumes 2 1/2 times the data rate of 3G network when streaming Netflix to your phone!

  • Goldenalexx

    Can you set a nickname for each of you Romulus boxes? I have four in the house and it would be nice to let the family know which box they want to control without looking for the serial number.

  • Goldenalexx

    Should be Roku not Romulus. Stupid predictive text.

  • http://twitter.com/MarioPascoL Mario Pasco L.

    This is on Amazon´s appstore and works perfectly on the Kindle Fire!

    http://www.amazon.com/Roku-Inc/dp/B007K8RFJ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=mobile-apps&ie=UTF8&qid=1335191486&sr=1-1

  • Me

    The bottom row (channels) on the remote interface is not configurable for what channels you can click. I think this should be a configurable item as you cannot scroll through all your channels there. All you can do is click the channel that the app permits you to… Netflix, Crackle and Pandora.

  • Jono

    Works great controlling my Roku 2 XS with my LG Optimus V running Android 2.3

  • Justh22

    Traveling with my Roku – forgot the remote. Can’t see any way to access the settings on my box to connect to the new network so no Apps are actually usable. Any way to do this?

  • Daniel

    Will it be available in Canada?

  • Pastorbauer

    Is it possible to stream from my Asus Tablet to my TV through my Roku box? There’s more content for play through the computer than straight from the Roku.

  • neil.L

    This works great, except for the keyboard. It pops up, but does nothing. I am using Android gingerbread, any ideas?

  • Rodrigo Pinto

    I’ve received countless updates since my comment 3 months ago, but all this discussion is useless, since Roku doesn’t bother to reply to messages their users leave here. :(

  • Shubhangi

    this roko app for android is really exciting to use, explore, rate and much more.

  • Julia Smith

    what about I touch wifi?

  • Don_morris

    How about the Ipad and Iphone???

  • Don_morris

    How about the Ipad and Iphone???

  • brydges

    Not found in Apple market

  • Marc Devriendt

    Hi,

    I live in Belgium and received my brand new Roku XS device bought from Amazon yesterday.
    Unfortunately, when I tried to install the Android App, I got a message telling me it could not be installed in my country. Why is this? Is there something I can do about this? Even Euronews channels are not available and I live in Europe..
    I bought this instead of an Apple TV to make it work with my Asus Transformer Prime which runs in ICS but I’m starting to regret my choice..

    • jan

      De oplossing is simpel: een Amerikaanse Apple of Android-account aanmaken en zo de app downloaden en installeren, zo omzeil je de country-blockage die in het algemeen geldt voor alles van Roku buiten USA.

  • GerydV

    Please don’t forget about the BlackBerry users.

  • http://www.brentwgraham.com @BrentwGraham

    This would be AWESOME if you found a way to add the remote display info. I have a projector and I like to keep it off while listening to Pandora. Would be great to see song info via this remote on my phone without having to turn everything on. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.russell.735 Ryan Russell

    Needs landscape

  • lucidcryotank

    Hey – why don’t you modify the app so you can use the actual Roku remote to control an android device? Kinda like the Wii Remote app, except using all of the Roku remote control buttons to navigate your android – desktop, cursor, text entry, softkey mapping, all video player controls, etc.?

  • steve

    Anyone get this to work with a NTV250 Roku? Devices aren’t seeing reach other here.

  • Tim

    Cannot find any of my Roku devices. Carefully went through troubleshooting steps. Nothing. Deleted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005471882304 Sumit Kumar

    Thanks Tom for nice android app.

  • http://www.appsnewswatch.com/ Ragu SP

    is the application available for my apple tv?

  • Ricardo Alouidor

    I would love to have the official app come to Windows Phone and Windows 8.