How to Connect your Roku Device to Google Home

Integrating Roku with Google Home might seem impossible to many but the truth of the matter is that connecting the two is quite easy than you can imagine. Roku is a streaming player capable of providing top content channels on your TV. They may include Roku TV, Roku Express, Roku Ultra, Streaming Stick, and Roku Premiere among others. Therefore, you can make your Google Home assistant control your Roku device.

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You can imagine how incredible it is to control your Roku device using your voice command. Isn’t it interesting? So, to enjoy such kind of privileges, you will have to connect your device to Google Home. Be sure to follow the procedure carefully to achieve a successful connection.

Requirements for connecting Roku to Google Home

As you are bracing yourself to connect your Roku device to Google Home, you first need to ensure that you have all the necessary requirements in place. This will allow you to smoothly and easily connect the two together without any hindrance.

Therefore, you must ensure you have a Roku Account and your Roku device should be updated to the latest software version. To work with Google Assistant, your device must be running Roku OS 8.1 or later versions. To check or update the software version of your device, you will have to follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on your Roku TV, streaming stick or any other Roku device.
  2. Click on settings on the top left side of the screen.
Selecting settings
Selecting settings
  1. Select system and the Software Update.
Tapping on System Update
Tapping on System Update
  1. Click on Check now.
Clicking on Check Now
Clicking on Check Now
  1. Your device will display to you that “All software is up to date” if you are already on the latest version or it can go ahead and download the updates if you are not updated.
Software update notification
Software update notification

Furthermore, you will need to have the Google Home app in your Android device or iOS device. This can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the App Store. To achieve so, follow the steps below:

For Android users:

  1. Go to the Google Play Store on your phone.
  2. Search for the Google Home app in the search bar.
  3. Click on Install.
Installing the Google Home app from the Google Play Store
Installing the Google Home app from the Google Play Store

For iOS users:

  1. Go to the App Store on your phone.
  2. Search for the Google Home app in the search bar.
  3. Next, click on Get.
Installing the Google Home app from the App Store
Installing the Google Home app from the App Store

Also, you need to ensure that you have a stable internet connection and both devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network. Once all of the above are all available, you will be now in a good position to connect the two devices together.

Connecting Roku to Google Home Assistant

Now that you have everything in place, you can now begin to connect your device to Google Home. Be sure to follow the systematic procedure outlined below in order to achieve a fruitful connection:

  1. Launch the Google Home app on your phone.
  2. Click on Add located at the top section of the screen.
Adding a device
Adding a device
  1. Next, tap on “Set Up Device.”
Setting up a device
Setting up a device
  1. Select the option for “Works with Google.”
Selecting the works with Google Option
Selecting the works with Google Option
  1. Scroll down and select the Roku option.

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  1. Next, sign in to your account with the right credentials. After signing in, click on “Accept and Continue.”
Clicking on Agree and Continue
Clicking on Agree and Continue
  1. Select the device you would like to link to the Google Home Assistant and then click on “Continue to the Google app.”
Selecting the Continue to the Google app option
Selecting the Continue to the Google app option

Note: You can only link a single Roku device to your account at a time.

  1. Click on Done.
Finalizing on the setup process
Finalizing on the setup process

After completing the steps given above, you can now easily control your Roku devices like Roku streaming sticks, streaming box or Roku Ultra among others using the Google Home Assistant.

You can now start issuing your voice commands and confirm whether everything works as it should. The voice command should always start with “Hey Google” or “OK Google” followed by the command you want to issue. For instance, if you want to watch one of your favorite shows, you can say “Hey Google, launch Hulu on my Roku.” It will respond by displaying to you the shows to watch.

Kevin Arrows
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