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Roku TV Turning On By Itself: 4 Quick Solutions

A Roku TV turning on by itself may be surprising and annoying. The fix can be simple, or the cause can be more complicated, like an HDMI-CEC setting, or the Fast TV Start feature.

To fix your Roku TV turning on by itself, start by going to System Settings and disabling Fast Start, and considering if Screensaver or Sleep Timer settings are turning the TV on. After that, you can check the HDMI-CEC settings before considering a factory reset.

To start, we’ll cover some quick fixes for this issue before turning our attention toward the more complicated ones. Let’s get started!

Potential Fixes For A Roku TV Turning On By Itself

To streamline your troubleshooting, here’s a quick reference table of the most common fixes. Below, we’ll look at each of them in more detail:

Fix NameSteps to Perform
Adjust Fast Start, Sleep Timer, and ScreensaverIn System Settings, disable voice control in, turn off ‘Fast Start’, configure ‘Sleep Timer’, and adjust ‘Screensaver’ settings.
Adjust HDMI CEC SettingsIn System Settings, find ‘Control other devices (CEC)’ option, and disable features like ‘1-Touch Play’ or ‘System Standby’.
Check Network & Power CycleCheck Wi-Fi connection strength in Network settings, and power cycle both Roku TV and router, then reconnect and test Wi-Fi.
Reset/Update System SoftwarePerform a soft reset by unplugging TV for 5 minutes, check for updates in Settings > System > System update, and conduct a factory reset via Home > Settings > System > Advanced System Settings.
4 Quick Fixes For Roku TV Turning On By Itself

Checking Features Like Fast Start, Sleep Timer, and Screensaver

To prevent your Roku TV from turning on unexpectedly, it’s important to adjust certain settings. Follow these steps to check and modify features like Fast Start, Sleep Timer, and Screensaver:

  1. Inspect Your Remote Control:
    • Examine the power button on your remote to ensure it’s not stuck or malfunctioning. Clean or replace the button if necessary.
    • Replace the batteries in your remote to guarantee it functions properly.
  2. Adjust TV Settings:
    • Access the settings menu on your Roku TV.
    • Locate and disable any voice control features to prevent accidental activation.
    • Find the ‘Fast Start‘ setting and turn it off. This feature can cause the TV to turn on more quickly, but might also lead to unexpected power-ons.
    • Check the ‘Sleep Timer‘ setting. Ensure it’s configured correctly to avoid the TV turning on automatically at a preset time.
    • Modify the ‘Screensaver’ settings. Some screensaver settings can inadvertently trigger the TV to power on.

By carefully adjusting these settings, you can significantly reduce the chances of your Roku TV turning on by itself.

Checking HDMI CEC Settings

One possible cause to this issued could be the HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) feature, which allows devices connected via HDMI to control each other. Here’s a step-by-step guide to check and adjust these settings:

  1. Understand HDMI-CEC:
    • HDMI-CEC is a feature that lets HDMI-connected devices control each other. For example, turning on a connected game console can also turn on the TV. Check out our full guide on HDMI-CEC for more.
  2. Access Roku TV System Settings:
    • Use your Roku TV remote to navigate to the home screen. Select ‘Settings‘ from the menu, then ‘System Settings’.
  3. Adjust CEC Settings:
    • Within the ‘System Settings’ menu, look for ‘Control other devices (CEC)‘ or a similar option.
    • Examine the options under this setting. You may find options like ‘1-Touch Play’ or ‘System Standby’. These features can cause your TV to turn on with actions from connected devices.
  4. Disable Unnecessary CEC Features:
    • Consider disabling features that might inadvertently turn your TV on. For instance, ‘1-Touch Play’ often turns on the TV when a connected device is activated.
    • Be aware that disabling these features might limit some functionalities, like turning on the TV with a connected device’s remote, or the TV powering on when, for instance, a connected Xbox powers on.

Checking Network & Power Cycling

It’s possible for an unstable Internet connection to influence your Roku TV. Also, a simple power cycle can be helpful. To troubleshoot the issue of your Roku TV turning on by itself, start with these device and network steps.

Step 1: Checking Wi-Fi Connection

  • Go to the Settings menu on your Roku TV.
  • Navigate to the Network section and select Check Connection or a similar option.
  • Verify that the Wi-Fi connection is stable and has a strong signal strength. If the signal is weak or unstable, consider repositioning the router or using a Wi-Fi range extender.

Step 2: Power-Cycling Roku TV and Router

  • Unplug the power cables from both Roku TV and router and ensure they are completely disconnected from the power source.
  • Wait for at least 30 seconds to allow any residual power to disappear.
  • Plug the power cables back into both the Roku TV and router.
  • Wait for the devices to fully power up and establish a connection before testing the Wi-Fi connection again.

If your Roku device won’t connect after performing a reset, make sure to go through our Roku Not Connecting to WiFi After Reset Troubleshooting guide.

Pro-Tip: If your wireless router or other wireless emitting hardware is near the TV, try moving it a few feet away to prevent any wireless interference.

Resetting and Updating the System’s Software

If you’ve reached this point without any success, it might be worth considering a reset and update as a potential solution.

Soft reset:

  1. Unplug your TV from the power source.
  2. Leave it unplugged for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Plug the TV back in.

Software update:

  • Go to Settings > System > System update to check for any available updates.

Factory reset:

  1. Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  2. Navigate to Settings and select it.
  3. Choose System and then Advanced System Settings.
  4. Select Factory reset and follow the on-screen instructions. Remember to back up your data before resetting.

By following these steps, you can effectively troubleshoot and resolve the issue of your Roku TV turning on by itself. Remember to try different solutions incrementally until the problem is fixed.

Getting Further Help

When you’re facing issues with your Roku TV turning on by itself, it’s essential to get the right help to resolve the problem. If you have eliminated all of the sources listed above, follow these steps for effective assistance:

  1. Use the Roku App: The Roku App can help diagnose and solve common issues. Download the app on your phone to access its features and support options (iOS/Android).

  2. Contact Customer Support: if you cannot find a solution within the community or the app, reach out to Roku Customer Support. They are knowledgeable and will be able to guide you through resolving the issue.