Since several of our units are connected to each other, it is always nice to know that different products from different companies cooperate. A Chromecast is not expensive, but it's better to be able to use your TV directly with Google Assistant.
Roku has long encountered Google services like YouTube and Play Movies, but a recent update took one step further: you can now use your Roku with voice commands for Google Assistant. This feature is currently limited to the United States, and Netflix support is not available.
Make sure your Roku software is up to date
Your Roku must run Roku OS 8.1 or later to use Google Assistant. Start by starting your Roku smart TV, streaming stick or streaming box. Select " Settings" on the left.
Then select " System" and then " System Update ."
. ] Select " Check now ."
Your Roku will say "All software is up to date" if you have the latest software version.
Otherwise, it starts downloading and installing the latest software. When it's ready, you're ready to link your Roku with Google Assistant!
How to use Google Assistant with your Roku
Now that your Roku is the latest software, you can set it up on the Google homepage. Start by downloading and installing the Google homepage on your Android smartphone or your iPhone .
Select " Add to the homepage of the Google homepage.
Select" Configure device . "
Press" Has anything been set up? "
Scroll down and select Roku ."
] Log in to your Roku account on the web page that opens, and then press Log in . " Choose" Accept and continue . "
Select Roku you want to link to Google Assistant . Even if you have multiple Roku units in your account, you can only have a Google Assistant link. Once you've made your selection, press" Continue to the Google app . "
You will jump back to the Google homepage where you can review the device you just added. Select Ready ."
Now that your Roku device and Google Assistant are linked, you can start commanding it with your other phone or smart speaker. You can say, " Hello Google, start Hulu on my Roku" to start watching your favorite shows and say " Hello Google, listen to Pandora on my Roku " to look at your favorite music.