Roku streaming players are low-power devices that are designed to remain on and always connected to the internet. There is no “power button” to press on or off. This easy-to-use design prevents confusion by enabling instant access to your player any time you turn on your TV or switch from another source (e.g., cable box, Blu-ray player, gaming console).
It also allows your Roku player to download new OS software and channel updates automatically without interrupting your use of the player. Your streaming player only uses your internet connection when streaming, or during the occasional automatic software update. When not in use, your Roku streaming player does not use any material bandwidth of your internet connection.
USB-powered Roku streaming players
The Roku® Streaming Stick® and Roku Express/Express+ can be powered through the USB port on your television. This means they will automatically power-off when you turn off the television, but it also means that they have to boot-up every time you turn on the television.
Note: The USB port on some TV’s may be unable to power a Roku streaming player.
Roku 4 is an exception
Because the Roku 4 is the only Roku streaming player with a fan, there is a feature that allows you to turn it off. To do this, select the Home button on your Roku remote and then go to Settings > System > Power and choose Auto power off. This will automatically power down the Roku streaming player after 30 minutes of inactivity. You can also power off the player manually by choosing Power off.
Options for powering off Roku streaming players
Although Roku streaming players use very little power when not in use, you may still want the ability to power-off manually. To do this without having to remove the power cable, consider connecting to a power strip with a power button, or a smart strip that automatically turns off power when not in use.
- Note: Your Roku player will have to boot-up every time you turn on the power strip.