How to update your Roku TV or streaming device

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Want to force an update on your Roku TV or streaming stick? Your device regularly checks for updates in the background, but sometimes a manual update may be needed, such as when streaming issues arise. Here’s how to do it.

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Force an update on Roku Smart TV or Streaming Stick

Make sure that your device is connected to the Internet, whether it’s over Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Next, open your device’s home screen by pressing the house-shaped button on your Roku remote. In the navigation menu on the left, go to Settings> System> System update.

"System update" in the Roku system settings menu.

Here you will see your current installed version and other technical information. Select “Check Now” to start a manual check for available updates.

If an update is available, you will see a prompt asking if you want to install the update now or later. If you’re ready, go ahead and select “Update Now”.

Select Update Now to download and install an update on your Roku device.

Your update will begin. Depending on your internet connection, this may take some time. Once completed, your device will restart, and restarting may also take a while, as the update needs time to fully install.

An update for the Roku device.

If you are still having issues with your Roku device even after updating, it might be time to upgrade. Check out our recommendations for Roku TVs.

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