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Roku Express loaded without link code

When I was in the process of setting up my Roku Express today, it began to update channels and continued to set up my account without requiring a link code. Is everything secure with my account as a result?

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Level 7

Re: Roku Express loaded without link code

Same thing happened to me

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Community Streaming Expert

Re: Roku Express loaded without link code

Yes, once you've linked the Roku to your user account, it will sync all channels your account has on any other Roku devices. But it won't have your user account info for channels that require authentication. So you'll still have to log into Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, etc. I believe Prime Video might be the only channel that has its credentials tied to your Roku account. 


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Re: Roku Express loaded without link code


Thanks for letting us know about the issue that you are experiencing.

When setting up a new device, you should be prompted with a link code screen to activate your Roku device after you have downloaded the latest software and set the display type.

For more details regarding a typical set up flow for your Express you can visit our Support page here: How do I set up my Roku® Express?

We would recommend factory resetting your device to reset all settings and return your Roku device to a state ready for initial setup. For more information regarding how to perform a factory reset on your Roku device, you can visit our Support page here: How do I factory reset my Roku® streaming device?


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