Android apps to keep you in sync with your Roku TV

Jul 29, 2011

I love my Roku box. Aside from local news, I think I use it for everything I watch. There are a couple of apps I use frequently that come in handy when dealing with Roku channels, even when I’m away from home. If you’ve got a Roku for your TV, check these out! And if you use other Android apps to keep up with your Roku channels, tell me in the comments – what do you use?

Remote for Roku

Your Roku box came with one remote, didn’t it? And what happens when the dog eats that remote, you run out of batteries, or just plain lose it? You download this app, that’s what. Use your smartphone as a substitute for the original remote. This was WELL worth the $1.49.



Queue Manager

This handy app lets you manage your Netflix queue on the go. When you’re ready to watch on your Roku, your Instant list is all up-to-date!



I’m a fan of the Amazon channel on Roku, and I love taking advantage of the free movies for Prime members. But one quirk of this channel is that some paid movies ONLY show up to buy, not to rent. Go on the Amazon app, find the movie, and you can click to rent from the app. Then it shows up on your Amazon channel. Wish they’d fix that on Roku, but till then, the app is a must.


Pandora® Radio

Roku has a channel that turns your TV into your favorite Pandora station. Whatever you have in your account on or on your Pandora Android app will sync with your Roku channel. It’s a lot easier to set up a channel on the Android than on the Roku screen.



roConnect – Roku Remote

Amazing. This app lets you watch movies on your Android, and then you can push those to your Roku roConnect channel – it even lets you pick up where you left off watching on the phone! It’s not the easiest thing in the world to set up, but it’s pretty sweet.

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