How to Restart Roku TV [Solved]

How to restart Roku TV

How to Restart Roku TV [Solved]

Restarting your Roku TV can be the only way to rectify sluggish performance and return to slick streaming. If you’re experiencing issues with your Roku, it may be time to hit restart. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the exact steps you need to take in order to restart your Roku and get back up and running quickly and easily.

Roku TV can be unreliable

Roku TV isn’t without its problems and users often take to online forums to explain how frustrated they get with the service. The most common issues with Roku TV are:

  • Roku freezing and unable to move select an app
  • Slow performance
  • Poor playback quality
  • Difficulty connecting to Wi-Fi networks
  • Too frequent software updates

Other issues include problems with streaming content, buffering issues, compatibility issues between the device and your television, or power supply problems.

Clearly not all of these are Roku’s problem. For example if your internet connection is not strong or fast enough then you will likely suffer a loss of quality in playback or spend more time buffering than you would like.

Pro Tip: Locate your TV closer to your router at home and you will likely see an improvement.

How to Restart Roku TV

With all that said, often the best solution to get up and running again is to simply restart your Roku TV.

Yes, it is the tried and true ‘turn it off and on again’ but this process with Roku will reconnect it to the internet and reset the app selector in your Roku homescreen. In short, the restart process will start from a blank canvas and allow the startup scripts to run (hopefully) as expected.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to restart Roku TV:

Restarting your Roku device is a good idea if you’re experiencing problems like sluggish performance or sluggish video playback. Here’s how to restart your Roku:

  1. On the home screen of your Roku TV, press the Home button and then select Settings > System > System Restart.
  2. When prompted, confirm that you want to restart your Roku by pressing OK or selecting “restart” from the on-screen menu.
  3. Your Roku TV will go through its initial start up process before returning you to the home screen, at which point it should have been reset and ready for use.
Roku restart screen

What to do if Roku TV restart doesn't work

If restarting your Roku TV doesn’t work, there are several other troubleshooting steps that you can take.

  • First, check to make sure that your TV is properly connected to the power source, as well as your router or modem.
  • You should also check the settings on your TV and make sure that the HDMI port and input option that you’re using is compatible with the device.
  • If you have an Ethernet connection, try connecting the device directly to your router instead of using Wi-Fi.
  • If all else fails, contact Roku customer support for additional help

All being well, your Roku TV problems have now been solved (no-one really wants to be contacting Roku TV support as a last resort).

In our experience the restart is an effective way to solve the majority of Roku issues/sluggish performance. Don’t forget that some issues may not be Roku’s and another device, an app on Roku or your internet connection could be the source of problem.


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