How to Remove Channels from Roku?


A Roku streaming device is a great way to access and manage various streaming services. But sometimes you end up with channels that you don’t actually like to watch or that you no longer want to bother with. After all, tastes and interests change over time. Sometimes, you just want to clean up your home feed.

Removing a channel makes it so no one else can access the channel from your account, which may be exactly what you want to do. This brings us to the question: how to remove channels from Roku?

These ways will work regardless of which Roku device you own. Do make sure that your device is connected to the internet, otherwise, the Roku device will not be able to refresh properly. If for whatever reason, you want to remove channels while your Roku device is not hooked up to the internet, you can remove channels using the Roku Mobile App.

Ways to Remove Channels

There are multiple ways you can remove channels from your Roku device. Including:

  • From the Channel Lineup
  • From the Roku Channel Store
  • Using the Roku Mobile App

Removing Channels from the Channel Lineup

  • Press the Home Button on your remote
  • Highlight the channel you wish to remove
  • Press the Star button to open the Options Menu
  • Select Remove Channel
  • Confirm

Removing Channels from the Roku Channel Store

  • Press the Home Button
  • Select Streaming Channels, which opens the Channel Store
  • Locate the channel you wish to remove
  • Click OK on your remote
  • Select Remove Channel
  • Confirm

When using this method, a checkmark shows at the bottom of every channel tile, which indicates which ones are installed.

Removing Channels Using the Roku Mobile App

If you do not have the Roku Mobile App, you can download it from the Google Play Store or the App Store. It is a great way to manage your account from the comfort of your phone, as well as while you are on the go.

You can also use the app as a remote, search for what you may want to watch from your phone, stream from your phone, and cast to a TV that might not have a Roku device connected.

For the purposes of removing channels, however, here are the steps you will take:

  • Open the Roku Mobile App
  • From the Navigation bar, tap the Channels icon
  • In the Channels tab, select My Channels
  • Tap and hold the channel you wish to remove
  • Tap Remove
  • Confirm

Using the app means that you can remove channels from your Roku lineup no matter where you are!

Additionally, you can remove channels while your Roku device is not connected to the internet. When the device updates, the channels you removed will be gone.

However, if you are having any issues with your Roku TV, check our post on how to reset Roku Tv?

Channel Subscriptions

Some channels are created because you are subscribed to a service. You’ll want to check if the channel has a subscription and if that is billed to your Roku account. You can do this by accessing your account and selecting “Manage Your Subscriptions.”

If the channel you are trying to remove is listed, you must cancel the subscription first. Otherwise, you will not be able to remove the channel. Additionally, the channel may still be visible until the billing cycle ends.

In some cases, you may end up removing the channel, but still getting charged for the service because it is set up to auto-renew. This is why you must check and cancel the subscription first.

Deleting Private Channels

Private channels are channels that can only be added by codes. They are outside of the official Roku Channel Store but can be found via website channel directories.

If you no longer want to access these channels, you can remove them from either the Channel Lineup or on the Roku App.

From Channel Lineup

  • Press Home
  • Navigate to My Channels
  • Highlight the Private Channel you want to remove
  • Press the Star key for options
  • Select Remove Channel
  • Confirm

Using the Roku Mobile App

  • Navigate to the My Channels Tab
  • Tap and Hold to open Channel Options
  • Select Remove Channel
  • Confirm

Channels not Disappearing : what to do?

If the channel is tied to a subscription, it may still be visible until the end of the billing cycle, after which it will disappear.

Sometimes you will need to refresh and update your Roku to have your channel lineup change.

  • Go to Settings
  • Select System Update
  • Choose Check Now

Once the Roku has updated, the channels should be gone.

In the event that this doesn’t work, you may need to perform a Factory Reset on your Roku streaming device. This will let it start over and only show the most recent changes to your account.

  • Click the Home Icon on your remote
  • Click on Settings
  • Select System
  • Select Advanced System Settings
  • Select Factory Reset
  • Select Factory Reset Everything

The Roku streaming device will then walk you through the factory reset. Once it is done, click on your Home button and log back in.

How to Temporarily Hide Channels on Roku?

If you don’t want to completely remove the channel, but want to hide it from view, for the time being, you can hide it. You can do so like this:

  • Access the Settings menu
  • Select Home Screen
  • Select Hide option for the channel you wish to hide

Then, when you want to make the channel visible again, you follow the same instructions, but select Show.

As a caveat, however, sometimes you can only hide the News and Movie/TV store channels, especially with older Roku devices.

What to do if Removed a Channel by Accident?

If you accidentally remove a channel or decide you want the channel back, you can re-add the channel by going into your account, putting in your PIN, and adding the channel back.  

Conclusion

Hopefully, this was a good guide at showing you how to remove channels from Roku and troubleshoot scenarios in which the channels do not remove as desired.

Now that you know your options, you can better streamline your Roku streaming experience no matter where you are.

Related Questions

How much does a Roku streaming TV Cost? The Roku Streaming just costs $29.99. If you are a beginner and you don’t have a Roku TV, buy a Roku streaming player first. There are multiple channels that are free to watch, others require a subscription fee.

References

https://support.roku.com/article/232010488

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