Controlling your smart product with your Apple device has become a breeze with the introduction of Homekit.
From light bulbs to smart window blinds, the list of supported devices is diverse and vast.
Roku products have become one of those devices to support Homekit and Airplay.
With an update that came out in 2020, most devices in the Roku ecosystem got Homekit support.
From being able to turn ON and OFF your Roku to setting Scenes to integrate your Roku with other Homekit supported devices, there are a few controls that you can perform using Homekit on your Roku.
Here are a few tips on how you can get started with Homekit on your Roku.
Check for Roku Homekit Compatibility
The first step is to check whether your Roku supports Homekit.
For Homekit to properly work on your Roku TV, it should belong to the following model numbers: Axxxx, Cxxxx, CxxGB, 7xxxx(the x is the model number).
For the Roku Streambar, it has to belong to model number 9102.
In the case of Roku Premiere, these model numbers support Homekit- 4630, 4620, 3920.
Roku Streaming Stick+ with model numbers 3811 and 3810 are compatible.
To check whether your Roku TV belongs to these model numbers, follow these steps:
1. From the Home tab, navigate and click on Settings.
2. Select the System tile.
3. Click on About.
Now that compatibility has been checked, you can move on to connecting Roku with Homekit.
Enable Fast TV
Normally, your Roku TV or Roku Streambar, in its factory setting is designed to work on a power-conserving mode.
This can be a problem if you want to ensure smooth operation with Homekit.
If left unsupervised for a particular period of time, Roku automatically powers down to save energy.
This in turn limits your network connectivity.
So when you try to use a particular function, like turning it ON once it powers down, you may not be able to complete your request.
This can be resolved by turning ON Fast TV on your device.
Fast TV makes it possible to respond to commands and controls even when the device is in powered down mode.
It changes the power settings of your Roku so as to make it responsive for Homekit commands.
Here is how you can turn ON the Fast TV.
1. Navigate and select Settings from the Home tab.
2. Click on System.
3. Select the Power option.
4. Click on Fast TV start(Fast start in the case of Streambar).
5. Enable Fast TV start or Fast Start.
6. Now you can connect and use your Roku TV with Homekit without any interruption.
Connecting Roku to Homekit-Steps
The absolute first thing to note before you do anything is to ensure that both your Apple device and the Roku are connected to the same network.
Now let's ensure that your Roku is on the proper settings to set up Homekit.
Follow these steps for turning on Homekit on your Roku:
1. In the Home screen tab, open the Settings tile.
2. Click on the System tab.
3. Now select the Screen Mirroring option.
4. Then select Screen Mirroring mode.
5. From the available options select your preferred mode.
6. If you selected Allow Always, your device can connect to your Roku without any permission.
7. If you select Prompt, you will have to accept a popup every time a device tries to connect to your Roku.
Now that you have enabled the right settings on your Roku for Homekit, let's enable Homekit on your Roku.
Here are the steps on how to enable Homekit on your Roku:
- Open the Settings menu.
2. Select Apple AirPlay and HomeKit tile.
3. Click on HomeKit, followed by Set up.
4. In doing so,an 8 digit code with a qr code appears.
5. Open the Home app on your Apple device.
6. Tap on the “+” on the top right corner and then Add Accessory.
7. Use the camera on your iPhone or iPad to scan the 8 digit code you see on your TV screen.
8. When your Roku TV name appears, tap it. If asked to Add Accessory to Network, tap Allow.
9. Personalize your Roku by naming it and try to assign it to a room to help you identify it better.
10. Tap Next, then Done.
Now your Roku TV is ready for Homekit operations.
Controls You Can Use with Homekit
Assuming you were able to set up Homekit on your Roku, let's now discuss how you can use it.
There are a few controls that you can use on your Roku with the homekit implementation.
Here are the different commands and controls supported on your Roku as of now.
1. Power Controls.
Pretty straightforward command to turn ON and OFF your Roku without your remote.
Simply select the Roku device from the Home app and select the Power icon to turn ON or OFF your device.
Alternatively, you can perform this function through the remote on your control center also.
2. Volume Control.
Whether to mute or to vary the volume of your Roku device, you can use your Apple device to do so.
With the help of the Remote app on your Apple device, you can change the volume settings on your Roku.
3. Switching inputs.
When using your Roku TV, you can change your TV inputs with your Homekit.
Whether to change from your Roku channel to your gaming HDMI input, using Homekit is much easier when you don't have your remote handy.
Open your Home app and select your Roku TV tile and then scroll down to change to your desired input.
4. Basic Remote Controls Commands.
In addition to the ease of controlling your Roku with the onscreen controls, you can also use voice commands with Siri.
Simply open Siri and try saying some basic commands like “turn off Roku” or “change the input to HDMI 2”.
5. Setting up Scenes.
Did you know that you can integrate your Roku with other Homekit compatible devices to perform in a certain way once the Scene is activated?
Follow these steps to make a scene in the Home app.
1. In the Home app, tap on “+” on the top right corner, then select Add Scene.
2. Choose a suggested scene. If you want to name and create a personalized scene, select Custom scene. Give your scene a name.
3. Tap on Add Accessories to choose the accessories that you want to add, then tap Done once completed.
4. To adjust the settings for an accessory, press and hold it.
5. To preview the scene, tap Test This Scene.
6. Turn on Include in Favorites to access your scene in the Control Center.
7. Tap Done.
Note: With Roku Premiere and Streaming Stick+, you won't be able to control the volume and the inputs. In the case of the Roku Streambar, you cannot control the TV inputs.
Common Issues while Connecting Roku with Homekit
Even though using Homekit can be cumbersome and might need some getting used to, you may experience a few hiccups here and there.
Users have reported a number of issues that they encountered while using Homekit on Roku.
Let's take a look at some of these problems.
1. Connectivity issues.
One of the most common problems that users encounter is that they cannot establish a proper connection with the devices.
The cause of such an issue can be various.
Let's look at some troubleshooting you can do:
- Maintain close proximity while connecting. If your devices are not in close contact during the initial setup, you may not be able to connect them.
- Check for updates. If your devices are not updated to the latest version, you may have difficulty connecting them.
To check for updates on Roku, go to Settings>System>System update>Check now. Click on Download/Install to install the latest update,if any.
Your Roku must be version 9.4 or higher, and the iOS version 12.3 or higher.
- A quick network refresh. Restarting your router can clear the inconsistencies with the network speed. Simply unplug your router and plug it back in after a couple of minutes.
2. Faulty commands
Trouble with Homekit showing “no response” messages?
Well, you are not alone. A number of Roku users have pointed out this error message popping up.
You may also experience unresponsive commands like your Roku being off when it is showing the device is ON on your Home app.
Try these steps to get rid of this issue.
- Check whether your devices are updated to the most current version.
- Check whether the Fast TV option is enabled on your Roku TV.
- Check whether your Roku device other than Roku TV is connected to a HDMI-CEC port.
This is essential for the device to work properly.
A CEC(consumer electronics control) port allows commands to be shared between devices over the HDMI port, meaning you can control both the TV and the device with one remote.
Check whether your TV supports CEC by referring to the product manual.
You can also look it up on the internet.
- Reset, only if absolutely necessary. If you have decided to reset your Roku, you have to remember that it will reset all your preferences back to factory settings.
Due to clumped-up cache and wasted memory, your Roku may become slow and unresponsive.
A reset may be the solution to this issue. Here's how you can do it.
1. Open the Settings option.
2. Navigate to the System option.
3. Click on Advanced system settings.
4. Then select Factory reset.
5. Click on Factory reset everything to reset your device to factory settings.
6. Wait for the procedure to be completed.
7. You will have to pair your Apple device again to use Homekit.
From being able to change your Roku’s volume from a different room to setting a scene to your liking, Homekit on your Roku has proven to make life a little easier.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I AirPlay to Roku?
You can use Airplay on your Roku. Go to Settings>Airplay and Homekit>Enable Airplay. Now select the Roku from your Apple device and follow the prompts to connect the devices