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Can the iOS app turn a Roku tv on?

Have an iPhone 15 Pro running iOS 17 connecting to a TCL 55” 6 series. On the same WiFi network and TCL/Roku settings match instructions

Roku app works well when the tv is on but if it’s been off for a while and the app has been closed it will not reconnect to the tv. The tv/device is saved in the app and when re-opened the app seems to attempt to connect and wake up the tv but it fails.

After a long chat with support I was told this is the way the app is supposed to work. You turn on the tv with the remote and then control it with the app 🫤🤔

This answer makes no sense to me. I would think the app could send a message over wifi to wake up the tv, correct?  

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