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Roku Not Showing Up On TV? 9 Quick & Easy Solutions

Roku Not Showing Up On TV? 9 Quick & Easy Solutions

Streaming your favorite shows and movies on your Roku player is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day, but it can be annoying when the device is not showing up on your TV.

If Roku is not showing up on your TV there could be an issue with your HDMI cable, or the HDMI-CEC setting is disabled on the television. To stream Roku on your TV, check and replace the HDMI cable and make sure HDMI-CEC is enabled. 

In this article, we’ll take you through an easy-to-follow guide to explore why your Roku is not showing up on your TV and will cover everything you need to know to watch Roku channels on the bigger display. 

Why Is My Roku Not Connecting To My TV?

Resetting Roku streaming device

There are several reasons why your Roku device is not showing up on TV and leaving you feeling stuck:

  • Faulty HDMI cable
  • Corrupted or bulky Roku cache data
  • Wrong TV input source
  • HDMI-CEC is disabled on the TV
  • Overheated Roku device
  • Roku device is not receiving enough power
  • Minor technical glitches on the Roku device or TV

How Do I Fix My Roku Not Showing Up On My TV?

Enabling HDMI-CEC on TV

Now that we know why your Roku is not showing up on your TV, let’s explore some effective solutions to resolve this issue in no time.

Restart the TV

Restarting your TV can resolve any communication issues causing the Roku device not to show up on it.

  • Press the “Power” button on the remote supplied with your TV to turn it off. 
  • Unplug the power cable of the TV from the primary power source.
  • Wait for 30-45 seconds and plug your TV back into the power source. 
  • Press the “Power” button to turn on your TV and see if the Roku is showing up.

Use the Right Input Source

Selecting HDMI input source on TV

Typically, TVs have multiple video inputs, such as HDMI, USB, VGA, or AV, on the back or side for connecting devices such as gaming consoles and streaming devices. 

However, if you’ve selected the wrong input, your Roku will not show up on the TV. To rule this out, do the following steps to choose the right source that corresponds to the port to which the device is connected:

  • Insert the Roku player into HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 port on the TV. 
  • Press the “Input” button on the remote supplied with your TV.
  • Select “HDMI 1” or “HDMI 2” input (Depending on the port in use), and press “Enter.”

Note: The exact steps to choose the input source on your TV might differ based on its make and model.

Check the HDMI Cable

A faulty or damaged HDMI cable can result in connection failure between your TV and Roku device. Therefore, inspect the cable for any visible damage, such as bent or frayed connectors. 

If the cable appears in good condition, try connecting it to a different HDMI port on the TV. Otherwise, replace it with a new HDMI 2.0 cable.

Note: Ensure the HDMI cable is inserted correctly and firmly into the TV or Roku device. 

Check for Roku Overheating Issue

Overheating can affect the performance of your Roku device and prevent it from communicating with your TV. Therefore, ensure that your Roku device is not placed in a confined area, on top of other appliances that produce heat, or in direct sunlight.

If your Roku player is overheated, unplug it and let it cool down for at least 10 minutes. Afterward, try connecting the device to your TV and see if the problem is resolved. 

Enable HDMI-CEC on The TV

It is possible that your Roku device is unable to wake up your TV through the HDMI connection. To counteract this, enable the HDMI-CEC settings on your TV and see if this resolves the issue.

Samsung:

  • Press “Home” on your Samsung TV remote.
  • Select “Settings.”
  • Go to “System.”
  • Choose “Expert Settings.”
  • Select “Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC).”
  • Choose “On.”

Sony:

  • Press the “Home” button on the remote supplied with your Sony TV.
  • Go to “Settings.” 
  • Press “OK.”
  • Choose “Watching TV.”
  • Select “External inputs.”
  • Choose “HDMI CEC Settings.”
  • Select “CEC.”

LG:

  • Press “Settings” on your LG remote.
  • Choose “All Settings.”
  • Select “General.”
  • Choose “SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC).”
  • Set SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC) to “On.”

INFO: If your HDMI connection does not support bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP), you can also get the Roku error 020.

Check the Power Adapter

Since the Roku player is powered through a USB, it is possible that the device is not receiving enough power, due to which it won’t show up on the TV. 

This happens when you power your Roku via a power bank or an older AC or USB power adapter that does not meet the current USB standards.

To fix this, try using a different power adapter or plug your Roku device directly into the main power supply.

Clear the Roku Cache Data

Clearing the Roku cache data will remove any corrupted files that are causing the connectivity issues and preventing the streaming device from showing up on your TV:

  • Press “Home” on the remote supplied with your Roku player.
  • Again, press “Home” 5 times.
  • Press the “Up” button.
  • Press “Rewind” 2 times.
  • Afterward, press the “Fast-Forward” button 2 times, and your Roku will restart automatically. 

Clearing the cache data can also troubleshoot the HBO Max app not working on Roku.

Update the TV

Updating TV firmware

An outdated TV firmware can also cause Roku not to show up on your TV. To update the TV and install new software patches that address the bugs and connectivity issues, do these steps:

  • Press “Home” on your TV remote.
  • Select “Settings.”
  • Go to “Support.”
  • Choose “Software Update.”
  • Select “Update Now.”

Note: Make sure your TV is connected to a stable internet connection while updating the firmware.

Reset the Roku Device

If none of the above solution work, reset your Roku device to factory settings and remove any technical glitches:

  • Plug your Roku device into the mains.
  • Press the “Reset” button for 10-15 seconds using a paper clip or pen.
  • The lights on your Roku device will start blinking, indicating a factory reset.

Resetting the streaming device can also help resolve the Roku blinking white light issue.

Conclusion

Roku is a streaming device that lets you unleash the full potential of your TV and provides endless entertainment. However, sometimes the device won’t connect to the TV, leaving you frustrated.

Therefore, we’ve explained the potential reasons for Roku not showing up on TV and discussed some tried and tested solutions that have helped many users revive their streaming experience and enjoy all the channels on the Roku player.

Author

  • Tauqeer Ahmed

    Tauqeer Ahmed is a technology expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He has a degree in Computer Science and specializes in network security and software troubleshooting. You can find out more about him at https://helpfixthat.com/tauqeer-ahmed/