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Remote Gear for Roku - Quick Start

  • Install the Remote Gear watch app in your smartwatch using Samsung Gear app
  • The watch app only works with Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch and newer models
  • Install Remote Gear for Roku app in your phone
  • Connect your phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Roku device
  • The phone app will detect the Roku devices in your network
  • Select the Roku device you want to control in the devices menu
  • Use the remote to control it from your phone app
  • Open the remote app in your smartwatch and control your Roku from your wrist!
  • To make sure the watch app works when the phone is off, please turn off battery optimization for "Samsung Accessory Service" and "Remote Gear for Roku" apps under Android Settings > Battery Optimization.

Remote Gear for Roku - Help & FAQs

What is Remote Gear for Roku?

What is the difference between the free version and the Timeless Edition?

How do I connect with Roku devices?

How do I switch from controlling one Roku device to another?

I get "Watch not found" or "Connection error! Check phone app." messages. What should I do?

What is the "Mobile Hotspot" option for?

Do I always need a Wi-Fi network to use Remote Gear for Roku?

How do I contact support?


What is Remote Gear for Roku?

Remote Gear for Roku lets you control your Roku from your smartwatch! It connects your Roku and smartwatch through your mobile device. It consists of two apps - the phone app and the smartwatch app. In the phone app you can select which Roku device you want to control. You can control your Roku from both apps. You don't need a smartwatch to use the phone app.

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What is the difference between the free version and the Timeless Edition?

In the free version the phone app contains ads and the smartwatch app has a 5 minute trial. After the trial period in the watch app you can close the app and start a new 5 minute trial! There is no trial period or time limit in the phone app.

In the Timeless Edition there are no ads in the phone app and no trial period in the smartwatch app. Enjoy the apps without limits! You can upgrade to the Timeless Edition from the phone app's menu.

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How do I connect with Roku devices?

Once you install the app in your phone and smartwatch, make sure the phone and Roku are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The phone app will automatically detect Roku devices in your network. If it is not able to find them, use the 'refresh' option in the Roku devices menu to scan for devices.

Once it finds your Roku devices, you can give a friendly name to each device in the Roku devices menu.

If you're having trouble then you may add the Roku device manually using the option in the Roku devices menu. Enter the Roku's IP address from the Settings menu in your Roku device and give it a friendly name.

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How do I switch from controlling one Roku device to another?

You can switch from one Roku device to another from devices menu in the phone app. This feature to switch Rokus is not available in the smartwatch app.

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I get "Watch not found" or "Connection error! Check phone app." messages. What should I do?

Please make sure you have the latest version of Remote Gear apps from Samsung Gear and Google Play stores in your watch and phone respecitvely. Also, make sure the phone and watch are "Connected" in the Samsung Gear app using Bluetooth.

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What is the "Mobile Hotspot" option for?

If you don't have a working Wi-Fi/Internet connection and if you want to connect your Roku to a mobile hotspot then you can enable this option to control it within the hotspot. If you are using Roku in a Wi-Fi network then don't enable this setting. Follow these steps to control a Roku device within a mobile hotspot:
  • Enable "Mobile Hotspot" option in the Settings menu.
  • Turn on your mobile hotspot and connect your Roku device to it.
  • In the Roku devices menu, manually add your Roku's IP address (192.168.x.y) and give it a friendly name.
  • Refreshing devices might not work in a mobile hotspot, so you might have to add it manually.
  • Select the Roku device you want to control in the devices menu
  • Use the remote to control it from your phone app
  • Open the remote app in your smartwatch and control your Roku from your wrist!

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Do I always need a Wi-Fi network to use Remote Gear for Roku?

No, if you don't have a Wi-Fi network, you could use Remote Gear for Roku in a mobile hotspot to control your Roku. Follow the steps listed here.

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How do I contact support?

Please send an email to appestry@gmail.com with your questions and feedback. All emails will be responded typically within 24 hours.

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