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Why does my Roku keep restarting?

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With better internet connections and more streaming platforms coming up all the time, there’s more choice than ever now for users to consume content in a variety of different ways. Streaming devices such as Roku make that possible with just about any display. 

In this article, we’re talking about why is your Roku restarting automatically, what’s causing it and what you can do to fix the problem. 


What’s causing your Roku to restart?

There are a number of issues why your Roku might keep restarting on its own. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Overheating issues.
  • Faulty connections.
  • Hardware failure.
  • Outdated software version. 

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How to fix this?

Here are six fixes you can try out. 

Check your internet connection

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your internet connection. 4K content is heavy on the bandwidth to stream, and if you don’t have enough of it, you can run into this error at times. At least 25mbps upload and download speeds are recommended. 


Try out another cable

First up, rule out the possibility of a faulty or broken HDMI cable by swapping it with another one. Make sure you’re plugging into an HDMI 2.0 input that supports HDCP 2.2. 

Another thing you can do is to make sure your cable is less than six feet in length. If you’re using an HDMI switch, try plugging in the Roku player directly into your TV. 


Use a different HDMI input

Most TVs and monitors support multiple HDMI inputs. Try using another input if the one you were plugged in wasn’t working. There’s a chance that something might be wrong with the HDMI input itself might be busted.

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Check for Software Update

Resetting network settings and connecting to your WiFi again can also help get the bug fixed. 

Step 1: On your Roku remote, press the Home button.

Step 2: Select Settings.

Step 3: Inside settings, select System.

Step 4: Choose System restart, followed by Network connection reset. 

Wait for your Roku to finish rebooting, then try using it again for some time to ensure the bug is gone. 


Let your Roku cool down

As mentioned before, overheating can also cause your Roku to restart on its own. In such cases, it’s best to let the device cool down for a bit before using it again. Continued usage when the device is heat can lead to permanent hardware damage.


Factory reset your Roku

If all fails, you can factory reset your Roku. This should take care of just about any error you’re facing. 

Step 1: Press the Home button on your Roku remote, and go to Settings.

Step 2: Inside Settings, select System.

Step 3: Select the Advanced system settings and select the Factory reset option.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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