With Apple and Roku shaking hands in bringing Airplay and HomeKit integration to Roku products, the accessibility factor has become a mere afterthought for users.
But with "No Response" status bars popping up after a recent update, things have taken a rather nasty turn for Roku.
And when my TCL Roku TV put up a rather unusual resistance to pair HomeKit with my phone a few days back, I knew something was amiss with the device.
If HomeKit is not responding on Roku, reboot your Roku and update both the Roku and HomeKit. You could also try removing and re-adding Roku on your Apple device. Check and enable a couple of setting options on Roku such as Fast TV start and Screen mirroring. Factory resetting your Roku could also help.
I have mentioned a couple of other fixes that you can try if Homekit is not responding on your Roku.
Reboot/Refresh Your Roku
As a start to the troubleshooting process for the HomeKit issue on your Roku TV, try refreshing the device.
One of the prime reasons for HomeKit issues on Roku is latent bugs and errors. And what better way to get rid of such inconsistencies than with a reboot?
Even if it's not the ultimate fix to clear off such temporal errors on your Roku, a system refresh will wipe out about 70% of them at the minimum.
Now, you can reboot your Roku TV with a couple of different methods. Let's start with the power cycle test.
A power cycle test also grants your device a bit more efficiency. An extra step involved in clearing off piled-up static charges from the system bears witness to this advantage.
Start the process by unplugging all the cables and wires connected to your Roku device (including the power cable).
Leave the device idle for a few seconds.
Then, press and hold the power button (if there's one) for a few seconds. Doing so will take care of the charge depletion part. Repeat this step a couple of times.
Once done, plug back in the cables and power ON the TV. Check for the issue now.
You could also restart your Roku device through the UI commands.
Follow these steps on the Roku device to restart it:
1. From the Home screen, scroll and open the Settings tab.
2. Click and open the System menu.
3. Open the System Restart option and select Restart.
The process may take a few seconds to complete.
Apart from the usual restart methods mentioned above, there's one other nifty way to restart your TV without moving n inch from your couch.
Press these buttons on your remote in quick succession to do so:
Home x5> Up> Rewind x2> Fast-forward x2.
Update Roku and HomeKit
Updating your device may very well have gotten you in all this trouble. And it may very well be your way out of it as well.
The most plausible reason for HomeKit to become unresponsive on Roku devices is an errant firmware update.
The problem may not be the update per se but the many temporal errors and bugs that came bundled with the update.
And one potent fix for such an uncanny issue is to, yet again, check and update your Roku.
Once the issues start to become explicit, users will surely take their grief to online forums and Roku customer services, effectively coming to the notice of Roku and Apple Devs.
The Devs, after countless hours spent analyzing and running the simulations, do come out with a fix in due time.
Also, regularly updating your device strengthens the system against the many bugs and errors waiting to penetrate your system.
Now, with an issue like this in your hands, you will have to check and update both the Roku and the Home app on your Apple device.
To update the Home app on your iOS device, follow these steps:
1. Open the App Store on your device.
2. Click on the Account icon towards the top right of the app.
3. Scroll down to see if the Home app has an update available.
You could also search for the app on the App Store and then check for the update on the app page.
To update the firmware version of your Roku TV, follow these steps on the device:
1. From the home screen, scroll and pen the Settings menu.
2. Click on the System option and select Software Update.
3. Tap on the Check Now option to run a check for updates.
With Roku devices, you don't have to worry about manually updating each and every app or channel.
They all get automatically updated along with the firmware updates.
Check Roku TV Settings
Improper configuration of device settings can also cause issues with HoemKit on Roku. A wrong move on your behalf, and you might have yourself an unresponsive HomeKit in your hands.
Fortunately, the tweaks required for HomeKit to function properly are few.
Failure to ensure optimal settings will lead to all sorts of issues on your Roku.
Now, let's get started with the first, and probably the most important setting of them all - Fast TV start.
Turn ON FAST TV START
You don't have to worry about this setting on your normal standalone Roku device since they keep streaming even while the TV is turned OFF.
This setting is exclusively associated with Roku TVs and Streambars.
Usually, your Roku TV would take a few seconds to start from its sleep, and it falls right back to slumber with a few minutes of inactivity.
This may become a hindrance for HomeKit services since the TV only connects to the internet and stays connected while turned ON.
And so, to counteract this very impediment, Roku has provided the option of Fast TV Start.
With Fast TV start, you won't have to worry about the TV transitioning through all its branding animation and taking its sweet time to turn ON or OFF. Also, Roku stays connected to the network and operational for the most part.
Fast TV start is a must for HomeKit and Airplay functionality on your Roku TVs.
To check and enable Fast TV start, follow these steps on your Roku device:
1. Open the Settings menu from the home tab.
2. Click and open the System option and select the Power option.
3. Tap open the Fast TV Start option.
4. Ensure to Enable Fast TV Start.
In the case of Roku stream bars, look for Fast Start instead of Fast TV start on the Power settings menu.
Check the Screen Mirroring Settings on Roku
HomeKit requires uninterrupted access to Roku to perform at its fullest. And this very demand needs to be fulfilled right from the onset of the procedure.
It all starts with the pairing process. But to pair your smart device with the TV, some settings require taking care of first.
While going through the pairing process, you may have noticed a popup message on your Roku TV while scanning and connecting it via your Apple device.
If you haven't noticed any such messages, the screen mirroring and sharing settings on your Roku may either be disabled or set to connect without prompting.
While the latter case may not host any issue, the former may lead to issues.
To check these settings on your Roku device, follow these instructions:
1. From the Settings tab, click and open the Systems menu.
2. Select the Screen Mirroring option.
3. Open Screen Mirroring Mode.
4. Toggle either Allow Always or Prompt mode.
This also come in handy with Airplay issues on Roku.
If you'd select the Allow Always option, you won't get a prompt informing you of the paring attempt, and enables the connection regardless.
With Prompt mode, you get a pop-up message informing you of the connection every time advice tries to connect with your Roku.
Remove and Re-add Roku on Your Apple Device
Let's take a break from all the tinkering on the Roku device and look at the other end of the spectrum.
Sometimes, the issue may not necessarily be with your Roku device itself. The Apple device that you pair your Roku with can also take some flak.
A simple connection refresh can fix issues with the host end of the deal.
To do so, remove the Roku device from your HomeKit retinue, and add it back once more.
Follow these steps on your iOS device to do so:
1. Open the Home app, and tap and hold the Roku accessory.
2. Once the popup menu appears, select the Settings option.
3. Scroll to the bottom and tap on the Remove option.
Confirm your selection and exit the menu. You can now re-add the device once more and check for the issue.
Factory Reset Roku
If you still experience an unresponsive HomeKit on your Roku device, as a last-ditch effort, try hard resetting it.
Factory Resetting your Roku will remove any and all residual files and other malignants that tend to remain even after power cycling the device.
Also, factory resetting your device will wipe out your personal preferences along with all your acquired channels and apps too.
The process may take some time to complete depending on the complexity and the amount of data accumulated on your system.
Here are the many steps to factory reset your Roku device:
1. Open the Systems menu from the Settings tab.
2. Tap open the Advanced System Settings menu.
3. Click on Factory Reset.
4. Enter the Special Code from the bottom right of the interface onto its appropriate tile.
5. Confirm the Reset by clicking OK.
Once the process completes, reconfigure your Roku and check for the issue.
You can also Factory reset your Roku TV through the Reset button on your TV itself.
Press and hold the dedicated Reset button next to the HDMI port for a few seconds until the TV turns OFF.
Some older models may have a pinhole reset button.
HomeKit enables users to control various aspects of their Roku device right from their smart devices, which otherwise did require the help of the dedicated remote.
But with recent developments and issues with the Roku updates, HomeKit has become inaccessible more than ever before.
Roku hasn't rolled out any updates to resolve this very issue yet, even after several months of reporting the issue.
Fortunately, the fixes mentioned in this article can alleviate the issue to a certain extent.
If you still experience the issue, better contact the customer service of Roku for further assistance.
Do keep in mind that even if Roku works on older TVs, Smart Home features like HomeKit may not be as efficient as with a modern Smart TV.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I connect my Roku to HomeKit?
To connect Roku with HomeKit, follow these steps:
1. Open the Settings menu on Roku and select Apple Airplay and HomeKit.
2. Tap on HomeKit and click on Set Up.
3. Once the QR code appears onscreen, open the Home app on your Apple device and tap on the "+" icon towards the top.
4. Select Add accessory and scan the QR code.
5. Next, tap Allow if asked to Add Accessory to Network.
Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the setup.
Does Roku work with Apple HomeKit?
Yes, all modern Roku devices, including streaming sticks, TVs, Ultra, Express, and soundbars support HomeKit and HomeKit 2.
Can you mirror Mac to Roku?
Yes, you can mirror a Mac device with Roku through Airplay. Go to Settings> Apple Airplay and HomeKit> Airplay> ON to facilitate the connection.