How to Connect Google Home to Roku

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Google Home.

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If you own both a Google Home smart speaker and a Roku streaming device, you might have wondered, "Does Google Home work with Roku?" Good news: the answer is yes. You can control your TV with Google Home in just a few easy steps.

Google Home doesn't directly support Roku yet, but you can link them together using the Quick Remote app for Android. Here's how to set it up.

How to Connecting Google Home and Roku

You can use an Android app called Quick Remote to connect your Roku to Google Home and begin issuing basic voice commands to your Roku.

Quick Remote app for Google Home - Android only.
Quick Remote app for Google Home.
  1. If you don't already have the Quick Remote app on your Android device, download it from the Google Play store and install it.
  2. Double-check to make sure both your Android device and your Roku are on the same wireless network. If they're not, they won't be able to talk to each other.
  3. Open the Quick Remote app. An End-user License Agreement should appear, asking you to accept or decline it. Tap accept to proceed.
  4. From there, Quick Remote should automatically discover Roku devices on your wireless network. Tap the small Select a Roku text at the bottom to view the search results.
  5. You should see every Roku devices available on your wireless network. Select the one you wish to use.

Now that you've linked Quick Remote and your Roku together, it's time to integrate your Roku with Google Home.

  1. In the main screen for Quick Remote, tap Sign into Google Home.
  2. You should see a window displaying the Google accounts you have registered on your Android device. Select the Google account linked to your Google Home.
  3. After you've done that, you can begin using your Roku with Google Home.

How to Control Roku with Google Home

Now that you've connected your Google Home and Roku devices, it's time to start trying out voice commands to confirm everything works as it should.

  1. Say, "OK Google, let me talk to Quick Remote" to activate the Quick Remote interface with Google Assistant.
  2. You can begin issuing commands now. For example, try "Hey Google, Ask Quick Remote to Go Home" to access the Home screen, or "Hey Google, Ask Quick Remote to Start Netflix."
  3. Experiment with some simple commands from there to see how it works for you.
    1. Note: Quick Remote's integration with Google Home only supports basic commands at the moment, so if you're an experienced smart speaker user, you may find that a bit limiting.

Quick Remote comes with 50 free commands per month. If you want unlimited access, you'll need to upgrade to the Full Pass subscription.

Troubleshooting Roku and Google Home

As you probably know if you've used a smart speaker to control various devices in your home, glitches can unexpectedly pop up. Here's how to troubleshoot some of the most common problems.

If your voice commands are getting lost in translation:

  1. Launch the Quick Remote app, then tap the menu button in the upper right corner.
  2. Choose Channels.
  3. Every channel you have configured on your Roku, like Netflix or Amazon Video, will appear.
  4. If the Google Assistant is having a hard time hearing your voice command for a specific channel, you can open it and assign it up to five alternative names.

If the Quick Remote app on your Android is having trouble connecting with Roku:

  • Open your Android's Wi-Fi settings and make sure Wi-Fi is set to be always on, even during sleep. Otherwise, your Android may not receive commands from Google Home and send them to your Roku after it goes to sleep.
  • If you're still having difficulty keeping your Android connected with Roku, turn off battery optimization for the Quick Remote app in Android Settings > Battery Optimization.