How to Add Channels to Roku

Like our smartphones have an App Store to install new apps on devices, the Roku streaming player or Roku TV has a Roku Channel Store to add new channels.

In this article, you will learn different ways by which you can add channels to Roku.

While Roku devices come with some channels or pre-installed apps, you may need to add new apps. There are different ways by which you can manage the channel or app list, from the Roku device, the Roku mobile app, or the Roku website. Read on to check out the steps to do so.

What are Roku Channels?

Channels on Roku are apps for TV channels and streaming services.

There are several free as well as paid channels available on Roku, which include news channels, local channels, sports channels, and streaming services like YouTube, Apple TV Plus, ESPN, Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO Max, and much more.

You can add both the free and paid channels or apps to your Roku account and then complete the service purchases. Moreover, there are private or hidden channels not displayed in the Roku Channel Store, which you can also add by channel number.

Add Channels via Your Roku TV

Step 1: On the Roku remote control, press the Home button.

How to Add Channels to Roku

Step 2: From the home screen, navigate to Streaming Channels and tap OK to open the Roku Channel Store.

How to Add Channels to Roku

Step 3: Find the channel you wish to add. If you have the Search Channels option, navigate to it and type the channel name you want to look for on the Roku Channel Store.

How to Add Channels to Roku

Step 4: Once you find the channel, tap OK to see the information on the channel.

How to Add Channels to Roku

Step 5: Finally, tap Add Channel and confirm it.

Done. You will then see a confirmation that Roku added the channel.

Find the Added Channel

After adding the channel, by default, you will find the new channel at the bottom of the channel list on the home page. Here’s how you can find it:

Step 1: On the remote control, press the Home button.

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Step 2: Go to the bottom using the down arrow key to find the newly added channel.

How to Add Channels to Roku

Step 3: If you want to watch it, click on the channel.

You can easily access the added channels using a voice command if you have a Roku voice remote control. To do so, press and hold the microphone button on the remote and say “Launch XYZ Channel,” where XYZ refers to the channel you wish to access.

Add Channels via Roku Mobile App

In addition to the above method, you can also use the Roku mobile app to add channels to your Roku device. For the unaware, there is a free Roku app available for both Android and iOS devices that allows users to access their accounts and channels and do other things, like using it as a remote control. For now, here’s how you can add channels:

How to Add Channels to Roku

Step 1: Open the app and tap on the profile icon at the top-right corner.

Step 2: Under the Account section, click on Sign In and log in to your account.

Step 3: Once signed in, go back to the home page.

Step 4: From the bottom menu, tap on Devices.

Step 5: Select Channels, then tap on Channel Store.

Step 6: Now, find a channel you want to add.

Step 7: After finding one, tap on it to see more information about the channel.

Step 8: On the app page, click on Add.

Step 9: After adding it, tap on Launch to open it directly on your Roku TV.

Add Channels to Roku from the Roku Website

You can also add channels or apps to your Roku TV or device from the Roku website. Here’s how you can do it:

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Step 1: First of all, visit the Roku Channel Store website.

Step 2: Log in to your Roku account using your credentials.

Step 3: Go to a channel you wish to add either from the Featured section or search for the channel.

Step 4: Click on the “+ add channel” button. If there is no direct button in the Featured section, tap on Details, then select + add channel.

Add Private Channels to Roku With a Code

As mentioned earlier, you can install private or uncertified channels using an access code provided by the developer. These channels are not displayed on the Roku Channel Store. Here’s how you can add third-party uncertified channels to Roku.

Step 1: Visit on a device and log in to your account.

Step 2: Tap on Manage Account and select Add Channel with a code.

Step 3: Type the channel access code provided to you by the developer of the channel.

Step 4: Next, tap Add Channel, and a warning prompt will appear. Tap OK.

Step 5: Navigate to Settings > System > System Update and tap Check Now to make the hidden channels appear.

So, this is all about how you can add channels to Roku. I hope the article helps you add an app or channel to your Roku TV or device.

Please share any additional inquiries related to the article in the comments section. Also, please share this information with your friends and family to let them be aware of how they add channels to their Roku devices.

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Harsh Saxena

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