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FORBAGR
Level 7

Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

We have 3 TCL Roku TVs and every time I open the Roku App, it automatically turns on the last connected TV. I'll turn off the TV in the living room, go to the bedroom and open the Roku App and it turns the living room TV back on automatically because it was last connected, instead of allowing me to select which TV to turn on when I open the App. Is there a setting to stop this from happening? (Samsung Note9)

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makaiguy
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

First thing I'd try, on each of your Rokus, is to turn off "1-touch play" via Settings > System > Control other devices.
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FORBAGR
Level 7

Re: Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

Thank you for your response. That setting is not on. @makaiguy 

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ftballguy45
Level 7

Re: Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

This happens to me as well. Every time I open the Roku app on my phone it automatically powers on the last tv I connected to. This is very annoying, it turns on TVs in other rooms, bothering or waking people up, so I have to switch to that tv to power it off. Plus the app actually gives no definitive status of whether a Tv is on or off. You're just guessing. This is silly because I personally know that through the API available on the Roku TVs you can check the power status (as long as fast Start is enabled). I know because I've written code to integrate Alexa with my Roku TVs to control their power state. So why can't Roku handle this gracefully? Please fix this, it makes the app almost unusable.

My environment:

4 TCL Roku TVs

Fast Start is enabled (for smart home integration)

Samsung Note Android Phone

NerfHerder
Level 7

Re: Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

This is maddening.  Did anyone find a fix yet?

Bibbles_Do
Level 7

Re: Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

I'm having the same issue I have no idea why I can't simply choose which device I'd like to activate when I open my roku remote control app on android

Google pixel phone

Multiple Tcl roku tv's

Roku mobile app

Smart soundbar and wireless subwoofer

AKenduro
Level 7

Re: Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

Any updates on this?  Seems like such a big flaw in the app that really ruins the user experience.

Anonymous
Not applicable

Re: Stop automatically turning on last connected TV in App

I have four Roku TVs myself and this is as maddening as others have said (I'm on this page due to yet another search for a solution, so that should say something).   This is a great example of great design that's actually terrible.  Sure, connecting to the last used device "makes sense," until it doesn't, and then it's SO MUCH WORSE than just having the user pick which device to connect to.  I design software.  If there's only one option you default to it.  If there's more than one option, you give a list of choices.  It's not rocket science.  

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