Can I power my Roku® streaming player on or off?

Background

Roku streaming players are low-power devices that are designed to remain on and connected to the internet at all times. This allows the Roku streaming player to download new OS software and channel updates automatically without interrupting your use of the player.

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.

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 home on the 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.
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