The good thing about streaming an on-demand video content is the flexibility to pause, or rewind whenever we wanted. And this cannot happen without the help of a remote controller, which often comes with the service. But with Roku, you will be provided with not just a physical remote, but also a virtual one.
The Roku's official remote control app is something that you should have, if you have subscribed to any of the Roku's plan for streaming. Install the app and connect it to the same network that your streaming device is connected to, and see the magic it can do after logging into your Roku account.
The Roku remote control app have the same interface as its physical counterpart, but is more easy to handle. Configure it with your device by logging in, be it a Roku Player or a Roku TV, and use it as a virtual remote controller. You can browse through a range of movies and TV shows from The Roku Channel, and from other apps.
The Roku remote has the bottom section filled with quick access to recent channels, or apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus etc. Just tap on them to open on the connected TV and stream. And if you don't like the once being preset, you can edit the quick access channels.
One of the best things about using Roku remote app is the ability to listen audio privately! Yes, plug-in your headphones and have the content audio streamed through it, so you don't disturb others. And, other perks of using Roku remote app is the support for voice commands and keyboard search.
Use the voice command feature to navigate and search for content. For example, call onto Roku remote as "Launch Prime Video" or "Search for comedies" to launch apps or search for desired content. Further, you can tune functions like "Switch to HDMI 1" or "Set a sleep timer for 60 minutes."
Also, you can use keyboard to find the content easily, which is much better and easier than finding with regular physical remote. Finally, you can cast videos, photos, and music to your TV too, through the Roku remote control app.