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Roku remote battery draining in 2 weeks

I have a Roku streambar and thought it was just me. I only use it every now and then but when I go to use it the remote no longer works. I change the batteries and the remote starts working again. The Roku is on sleep mode so it’s not because the remoter is being used all the time Roku Streambar 

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Re: Roku remote battery draining in 2 weeks

We're grateful to have you here on the Roku Community, @JohnnieT73.

Thank you for sharing your concern about the draining issues. I'd be happy to provide further information.

Roku remotes are designed to last, but a few things will drain a remote a bit faster.
  • Heavy usage of private listening on the remote itself--using the mobile app will save your batteries!
  • Congested Wi-Fi network around the device- the reason for this is that most remotes will use RF to connect to your Roku player, and constant reconnection will require more battery.
  • Or viewing lots of short-form content, like YouTube, where a streamer could go through a few hundred button presses in an hour.

Battery life will vary based on usage. For everyday use, the remote batteries may last two months or longer.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Best regards,

Carly Y.
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Re: Roku remote battery draining in 2 weeks

I’m not convinced. I hardly ever use the stream at and it asleep for long periods of time. Then I go to use it and remote doesn’t work because the batteries have died. I find it strange that a remote control without using passive listening would only last 2 months… my experience is that the remote is constantly trying to connect to the stream at even if it is asleep and therefore draining the battery

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