How to clear cache on Roku

To clear the cache on your Roku device you can restart it , use your remote, and focus on a specific application in order to solve operational issues.

Your devices store data in the cache over time and clearing the cache after a while can help the device run and perform better.

Your Roku device may also build up data in its cache’s memory over time, which could cause operational issues in the device and for specific applications. Clearing the cache of your Roku device can solve these issues.

Why does clearing the cache work?

When you use a certain device regularly, the cache builds up a large storage of information over time.

This built-up storage could make your device run slower and may even influence the way it operates on certain websites and applications if your cache has an old version of this code stored.

This is why clearing outdated, stored information can improve the way that your device operates, since it will have more free memory and may also increase your loading time and overall performance.

How to clear cache on Roku

In the same way, your Roku device may have a full cache that has been building up over a period of time as you have used it. Clearing the cache on this Roku device can improve its speed and efficiency.

The cache on your Roku device stores data from applications and websites, just like any other device does, to decrease the loading time of these applications and websites in the future.

Over time cache memory builds up and overwhelms your Roku device, which may cause operational issues.

Fortunately, clearing the cache can solve many of the operational issues on your Roku device and it is not a  difficult or complicated process. There are only a few simple steps to follow on your Roku device or remote to clear the cache for the device.

There is also a way to clear the cache of a specific application if you suspect that it is just one application that is not streaming correctly on your Roku device.

Finally, it is important to ensure that you have the latest version of the Roku software installed on your device before attempting to clear the cache. If you have outdated software, clearing the cache will not resolve your operational issues.

Why you should clear the cache on your Roku device

Clearing your Roku device’s cache can solve many issues, such as extended periods of buffering, your Roku device only playing audio but displaying no visuals with this audio, having visuals but no audio, specific applications lagging or closing by themselves, and even a delay in the audio from your speakers.

In this case, restarting your Roku device by going to the settings menu and selecting the “System” option can clear the cache for your device.

This will open the menu with the “System restart” option. Your device will automatically restart, and the cache will be cleared.

Clearing the cache using your Roku remote

To clear the cache with your remote, you need to ensure that your Roku device is plugged into the HDMI input port of your television and that your remote is paired with this device. Then, you need to turn on the Roku device and follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Press the “Home” button on your Roku remote to take you to the Roku Home screen
  • Step 2: Select the “Home” option again once you are on the home screen
  • Step 3: You now need to press a pattern of buttons on your Roku remote to clear the cache.
  • Step 4: Press the “Home” button 5 times in a row
  • Step 5: Press the up arrow button once
  • Step 6: Press the “Rewind” button two times in a row
  • Step 7: Press the “Fast Forward” button two times in a row

The process for your Roku device to clear its cache and restart from here will take 15 to 30 seconds, but it will happen automatically.

Clearing the cache for a specific application

If there is a specific application or channel that is causing operational issues, you can clear the cache for only this application by:

  • Step 1: Pressing the “Home” button on your Roku remote
  • Step 2: Selecting the corresponding application from your list of applications
  • Step 3: Pressing the “*” button on the remote once you have selected the application
  • Step 4: Click the “Remove channel” option
  • Step 5: Switch off your Roku device for at least 30 seconds