The Roku doesn’t have a power button, and there’s no obvious way to restart it in the user interface. Annoying, right? It’s a problem when things crash, yes, but also because things like updates and adding private channels are largely triggered by rebooting the system. Isn’t there any way to force the thing to restart, without unplugging the power and plugging it back in?

As it turns out, yes, though in the menu it’s a little bit buried. From the home menu, head to Settings > System > System Restart.

We wish this was a little easier to find, but it’s there if you need it.

This is not helpful, however, when your Roku has crashed. Happily there’s a combination of buttons you can press to force a software reboot, and it usually works even when the system is frozen. You need to, in order:

  • Press the Home button five times.
  • Press the Up arrow one time.
  • Press the Rewind button two times.
  • Press the Fast Forward button two times.

Press the buttons in that order and you’ll see the side menu of your Roku scroll a little bit. Eventually your Roku will briefly turn off, and after a few seconds you’ll see the Roku boot animation:

Your Roku is now restarting. It will boot up as usual, and you can start using it after your remote manages to pair itself again. Any private channels you’ve installed from the web should install during the boot sequence.

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Justin Pot has been writing about technology for over a decade, with work appearing in Digital Trends, The Next Web, Lifehacker, MakeUseOf, and the Zapier Blog. He also runs the Hillsboro Signal, a volunteer-driven local news outlet he founded.
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