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In this post, I am pleased to share the five best universal remote apps for Roku streaming devices you can get right now.
The five best universal remote apps you can get for Roku are:
- #1 – Robyte Remote App for Roku (iOS and Android)
- #2 – SURE App (iOS and Android)
- #3 – TVMote Roku App (Apple only)
- #4 – Official Roku TV Remote App (iOS and Android)
- #5 – Rokie Remote Apps for Roku (Apple only)
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Roku is one of the leading TV streaming devices. While Roku streamers often come with remote control, sometimes you want a little bit more functionality than that little gadget provides.
Sometimes you may have just lost your Roku remote. Thankfully, there are plenty of universal remote apps that you can pair up with your Roku.
A universal remote app can be downloaded to your cellphone or tablet. Once you have it paired up with your Roku, you will be able to control your Roku just like you had a physical remote in your hand.
Wait. No. Scratch that.
Sometimes these universal remote apps come loaded with so many features that they actually perform better than a hard Roku remote control.
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And if you decide that you don’t want to deal with an app but rather replace a lost Roku remote control, I’ll include a link to the official Roku remote over at Amazon in the box below.
#1 – Robyte Universal Remote App
Robyte has fast become one of the leading universal remote apps for Roku.
If you pick up the free version of Robyte, then you will have access to a basic Roku remote control. This includes the ability to play, pause, and forward/rewind the content that you are watching.
If you upgrade to the premium version of Robyte, then you have one of the best universal remote apps. You can easily switch between channels. You can control the volume on your Roku. You can use text/voice search, and you can even add widgets to your home screen (if you use Android), so you don’t have to boot up the app every single time.
No matter whether you get to the free or premium version of Robyte, you can still hook it up to multiple devices. Oh, and you know what the best part is? It takes barely any set-up. As long as your Roku is on the same Wi-Fi network as the app, then it will automatically find and pair it up!
Free for basic universal remote functions. You have to pay for premium features such as widgets, search, channel switching, and volume controls.
Robyte is available for both Android and iOS devices. It is not available for Kindle Fire devices.
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#2 – SURE App
SURE is an app that manages to pack a ton of features into a small package. However, I must admit that not every single one of these features will be useful to those with a Roku. This is because SURE is a complete smart home app (control lights, speakers, etc.) with Amazon’s Alexa built into it.
SURE has basic functionality with your Roku. This means the ability to switch between channels, play/pause, etc. Don’t expect anything too complicated. In fact, about as complicated as it gets is the ability to stream media content to your Roku.
So, why did I include this app on this list? Well, it is all down to the inclusion of Amazon Alexa. It means that you can completely control your Roku with your voice. It is just a cool little feature, and it really helps to make SURE to the next level.
The app is free, but it is ad-supported.
SURE is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Search for SURE – Smart Home and TV Universal Remote on your phone’s app store.
#3 – TVMote Roku App
TVMote is an Apple-only Roku app. So, if you are looking for an Android app, then this one isn’t for you. Although, I do want to point out that it was on the Google Play store at one point, but it has now been removed. I suppose that since TVMote comes from iOS developers, they figured they could make a better app by just focusing on one device.
TVMote offers a variety of features. This includes the ability to play/pause/skip and switch channels. It even has keyboard support with most Roku devices.
Setting up TVMote is a breeze too. it will automatically discover any compatible devices on your network. You can then complete the set-up with no more than a couple of taps of this screen.
I especially love the fact that it is compatible across a variety of iOS devices. This includes the ability to control your Roku from your Apple Watch. Talk about convenience!
The bulk of the app is free. It is ad-supported. If you upgrade to premium, then you can ditch those ads. You will also unlock additional features such as multiple device support.
TVMote is only available for Apple devices that run iOS. This includes Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.
You can download TVMote from the Apple Store.
#4 – Official Roku TV Remote App
I suppose I had to include it. This is the official app for Roku.
Now, the Roku TV app is lacking in a few of the features that you may find in the other universal remote apps for your Roku (e.g., widgets, and the ability to customize the layout). However, because it has been built especially for Roku, it is probably one of the easiest apps to get running.
These are some of the best features to be found in the official Roku TV remote app:
- Voice and keyboard controls.
- Easily switch between channels.
- Cast various media files to your Roku.
- Easily add new channels to your Roku.
- Private listening. Just plug in the headphones and your Roku will play through headphones instead. Perfect for when everybody is in bed.
Works with both Android and iOS devices.
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#5 – Rokie Remote Apps for Roku
I want to wrap up with another app that is only available for iOS devices. Yes, I know I have included 2 iOS-only apps. However, I feel that Android users are going to be well-catered for by the other three apps.
I have included Rokie on this list because I absolutely love the large touchpad that you have in the app. It makes navigating on your Roku an absolute breeze. The fact that there is absolutely no lag (assuming your Wi-Fi network is working properly) helps to ensure that you don’t get frustrated while using the touchpad controls.
You have plenty of features loaded into the Rokie app. Some of which are expected by now (e.g. the ability to switch between channels). However, there are some features the other apps don’t have. One of my favorites is the ability to directly stream from YouTube to your Roku.
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Free, with premium purchases in the app.
Works with iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
You can download Rokie from the App store
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Best Universal Remote Apps for Roku: Wrapping It Up
So, there you have it. After a ton of research, I really think I have managed to come up with the absolute best list of universal remote apps for Roku. Do you agree with my list?
If you do download any of these apps and love them (or hate them), then please leave me a comment below. I would love to get your feedback. After all, my experience with an app may be different from yours.
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Tim Brennan is a technology blogger and hosts the @TecTimmy YouTube channel. He writes about smart homes at oneSmartcrib, home theaters at UniversalRemoteReviews, and AI in writing at Writeinteractive. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Journalism, he has written about technology for 30 years. Tim lives on the ocean in Nahant, Massachusetts.
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