How to Use Your iPhone as a Remote Control for the Roku

If you’ve lost the remote control for your Roku, then you have probably looked into replacing it or purchasing a new Roku. But one option that you might also be considering is using your iPhone as a remote control for the Roku instead. Since you often have your iPhone near you anyway, it only makes sense to take advantage of that and use the iPhone to control other devices, too. In fact, that is the primary way that you would control a Google Chromecast. So if you want to use your iPhone as a remote control for your Roku, follow the steps below.

Using Your iPhone to Control Your Roku

Note that this method requires your Roku and your iPhone to both be on the same wireless network. You can read this article to learn how to connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network. Once both of them are connected, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Touch the App Store icon on the iPhone.

launch the iphone app store

Step 2: Touch the Search option at the bottom of the screen.

select the search option

Step 3: Type “roku” into the search field at the top of the screen, then select the “roku remote” search result.

search for the roku option

Step 4: Touch the Free button to the right of the Roku app, touch Install, then enter your Apple ID password.

install the roku app

Step 5: Touch the Open button to launch the app.

touch the open button

Step 6: Type your Roku account email address and password into their respective fields, then touch Next at the top-right of the screen.

enter the email address and password for your roku account

Step 7: Select the Roku device that you want to control with the remote control app.

select the roku that you want to control

Step 8: Touch the Remote option at the bottom of the screen, then use the buttons on the screen to control the Roku.

how to use the iphone as a roku remote control

Once you have the iPhone set up to control the Roku, you can also use it to display your iPhone pictures on your TV.

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