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Iceman1913
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The Roku box won't seem to turn off

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So I've noticed when I shut down, the light is still on in the Roku box. I've tried turning it off by pressing the power button on the TV, but to no avail. When the TV itself is fully off though, pressing the power button actually turns the TV on. Any thoughts on how this could be fixed....?

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AvsGunnar
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Re: The Roku box won't seem to turn off

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@Iceman1913 

The Roku devices never really turn "off" (unless you disconnect it from power/pull the plug).

The Roku devices enter into a "sleep mode/low-power mode" after a bit of time after streaming is ended.   (screensaver usually kicks in and LED power light should turn off).

When you are finished streaming, make sure to press the Home button on remote. (this will return you to home screen and cease streaming/data usage).  Otherwise, the Roku device will continue to stream away in the background until maybe a screensaver or bandwidth saver setting kicks in if enabled in settings.

Pressing the Power button has no effect on the Roku device.  The Power button and the Volume buttons are "TV controls" only.

When you are powering down next time, try pressing the Home button (to return to Home Screen), and then press the Power Button (to turn off TV).  After a few minutes, the Roku device should fall asleep and you should notice the LED light go off.

When you go to use the Roku next time, press the Power button on the remote to turn on TV, and then press the Home button to "wake up" the Roku device. 

You can also try enabling HDMI CEC on both your TV and the Roku device. (Settings/System/Control other devices/1-touch play).  When enabled, pressing Home button should simulataneously turn on your TV, switch to the appropriate HDMI port, and wake your Roku device.  You will still need to use the Power button to turn off the TV after pressing Home to stop streaming when you are done.

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You may want to enable the Bandwidth Saver in the Roku Settings (Settings/Network/Bandwidth Saver).  This will automatically stop streaming after 4hrs if you inadvertently leave the Roku device on.

Note: some users have reported that some newer 480x Ultra devices LED lights never seem to turn off (or sometimes on) so suspect some bug in OS/firmware that is affecting some users' Ultra devices) if you are already following above methods.

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AvsGunnar
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Re: The Roku box won't seem to turn off

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@Iceman1913 

The Roku devices never really turn "off" (unless you disconnect it from power/pull the plug).

The Roku devices enter into a "sleep mode/low-power mode" after a bit of time after streaming is ended.   (screensaver usually kicks in and LED power light should turn off).

When you are finished streaming, make sure to press the Home button on remote. (this will return you to home screen and cease streaming/data usage).  Otherwise, the Roku device will continue to stream away in the background until maybe a screensaver or bandwidth saver setting kicks in if enabled in settings.

Pressing the Power button has no effect on the Roku device.  The Power button and the Volume buttons are "TV controls" only.

When you are powering down next time, try pressing the Home button (to return to Home Screen), and then press the Power Button (to turn off TV).  After a few minutes, the Roku device should fall asleep and you should notice the LED light go off.

When you go to use the Roku next time, press the Power button on the remote to turn on TV, and then press the Home button to "wake up" the Roku device. 

You can also try enabling HDMI CEC on both your TV and the Roku device. (Settings/System/Control other devices/1-touch play).  When enabled, pressing Home button should simulataneously turn on your TV, switch to the appropriate HDMI port, and wake your Roku device.  You will still need to use the Power button to turn off the TV after pressing Home to stop streaming when you are done.

----

You may want to enable the Bandwidth Saver in the Roku Settings (Settings/Network/Bandwidth Saver).  This will automatically stop streaming after 4hrs if you inadvertently leave the Roku device on.

Note: some users have reported that some newer 480x Ultra devices LED lights never seem to turn off (or sometimes on) so suspect some bug in OS/firmware that is affecting some users' Ultra devices) if you are already following above methods.

Roku Community Streaming Expert
Just another Roku user... I am not a Roku employee.
Insignia RokuTV, Ultra 4660, Premiere+ 3921, Express 4k+ 3941, Streambar 9102

Iceman1913
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Re: The Roku box won't seem to turn off

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Thank you, this is very helpful. I must have invoked a power-saver along the way, because when I pressed the Home button after it had been idle for a few hours, the light in the Roku box went off immediately. I guess I have some things to learn about this device!

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