How to Use Roku Parental Controls

Use a PIN and block or hide channels from the kids

Roku provides access to thousands of streaming content channels, but not all content is suitable for all age groups. With Roku parental control methods, parents can restrict access to channels and content that isn't appropriate for children, and stop kids from adding unwanted channels or paid subscriptions. Here's how to access and set controls for your Roku device.

Roku devices can't access parental controls within third-party channels. To set up parental controls in channels like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more, go directly to these apps' settings.

Roku home page on a TV with the sky-blue Kite theme

How to Create a PIN for Roku Parental Controls

Roku streaming devices don't have any kind of universal parental controls, but by using a PIN, it's possible to restrict children from adding channels and purchasing apps, movies, and shows from the Roku Channel Store. Here's how:

  1. Log in to your Roku account through a smartphone or web browser.

    Roku Account Sign-in Page
  2. Under PIN preference, select Update.

    Under PIN preference, select Update.
  3. Choose your PIN preferences. For the highest level of access restriction, select Always require a PIN to make purchases and add items from the Channel Store.

    Choose your PIN preferences
  4. You'll be prompted to create a PIN. Enter and verify a 4-digit PIN.

    Enter and verify a 4-digit PIN.

    If you already have a PIN, you can change it here.

  5. Under Parental Controls for the Roku Channel, select Little kids, Young kids, or Teens to require a PIN for the described content. Select Save Changes.

    Under Parental Controls for the Roku Channel, select Little kids, Young kids, or Teens to require a PIN for the described content.

    This setting is specifically for content within The Roku Channel.

  6. Now, if your children want to purchase a movie or add a channel, they'll have to ask you for a PIN, and you can decide if the content is appropriate.

Remove Channels You Deem Inappropriate

It's easy to remove any channels you don't want your kids to access, or add kid-friendly channels.

A PIN isn't necessary to remove a channel, so anyone can remove channels from your lineup.

  1. Using the Roku remote or Roku Mobile app, select the installed app you want to remove on the Roku home page.

    Roku Home Page – YouTube Selected
  2. Press the Options button (*) on your Roku remote.

    Roku Options Button on Remote
  3. Select Remove Channel.

    Roku Remove Channel
  4. Select Remove to confirm the channel's removal.

    Roku Remove Channel – Confirm Prompt
  5. Repeat the above steps for other channels you want to remove. 

  6. If you set PIN preferences in your account, you'll need your PIN to add a deleted channel back in or add a new channel.

    Roku PIN Required to Add Channel

How to Hide the Movie Store and TV Store

In addition to removing channels, you can hide Roku's Movie Store and TV Store from the Roku home page, so it's not there to tempt the kids.

  1. From the Roku home page, select Settings > Home Screen

    Roku Home Page – Settings – Home Screen Settings
  2. On the Home Screen Settings page, select the arrow in the right corner to proceed.

    Roku Home Page – Home Screen Settings Page
  3. On the next page, select Movie Store and TV Store, then select Hide.

    TV and Movie Store Hide

    Come back to this page anytime and select Show to be able to see the Roku Movie Store and TV Store.

  4. Here's a look at the Roku Home screen before and after removing the Movie Store and TV Store.

    Roku Home Page Movie and TV Stores Showing and Not Showing

Roku Parental Controls on Roku TVs

If you have a Roku TV, in addition to the above controls, control content based on a TV or movie's rating.

  1. Go to the Roku home page.

    Roku – Select Homepage
  2. Select Settings.

    Roku Homepage – Select Settings
  3. Select Parental Controls.

    Roku TV - In Settings Select Parental Controls
  4. Enter (or create) your PIN.

    Roku TV – Select Parental Controls and Enter (or Create PIN)
  5. Upon PIN entry confirmation, you'll be taken to the TV tuner page. Select Enable Parental Controls

    Roku TV – TV Tuner Page – Select Enable Parental Controls
  6. Scroll down to the Movie ratings option you want to change. You'll see the rating categories. 

    Roku TV – Movie Ratings List
  7. Select the rating restrictions you want to activate. A lock icon will appear to the right of the rating description.

    Roku TV – Movie Ratings Blocked Example
  8. If you want to block unrated content, including movies, select Block all Unrated Programs.

    Roku TV – Block All Unrated Programs

    Once the above two steps are completed, the option to block programs or movies will be inaccessible unless you re-enter the Roku PIN. 

  9. If you desire, select Reset parental controls to remove any changes you've made.

    Roku TV – Parental Controls Reset

    This screen prompt is not available on other Roku devices.