How To Control Your Roku from Google Chrome with Remoku

Watching your Roku while working on a laptop in the living room is a common occurrence. So why not make it easy to control the set top box from your browser.

One of the nice things about the Roku is there is no shortage of virtual remotes you can use with it. There’s one available for virtually every mobile platform, and here’s a look at a cool one you can use from Google Chrome called Remoku. This is perfect for when you’re using your laptop while catching up on Breaking Bad.

Roku Remote Chrome Extension

After installing the Remoku extension in Chrome, click the “R” icon in the upper left corner. That brings up a virtual remote, and the first thing you’ll need to do is click Settings so you can find the Roku on your network.

Note: While this is handy is you need to control Roku from your laptop, you also might want to control Roku from your Phone.


Now here, you can either scan for your Roku or enter in the IP manually. If you scan for the Roku, the process is slow and tedious, so add it manually.

Scan to Find Roku

To find your Roku device’s IP go to Settings > About, and you’ll find the IP address listed under your account.

Roku IP

Just enter the address from your screen into the Manual Add field, then click the “+” button. You have the option to give it a name – in case you have multiple Roku boxes in your home.

Name Roku to Control

After that, click the Remote button and use the on-screen virtual remote to scroll through channels, apps and manage playback – just like you would with the physical remote or a Roku Remote App on your smartphone.

Control Roku

Another cool feature that all of these virtual remotes offer is an easy-to-use keyboard. This makes logging into services and searches much easier than pointing the remote at the TV and hunting and pecking your way through the onscreen keyboard. For instance, here, I navigated to Search and typed in “house of cards” quickly on my physical keyboard – much easier!


Using the Extension

The navigation is fluid, and I personally find it easier than using a remote app on an Android or iOS device since I’m using the mouse for precise button clicks. If you want to get really geeky with it, you can use the Goodies section and use Macros that consist of one or more commands. This allows you to do multiple button presses and loop channels, and more. That part is fairly geeky and uses a lot of code, so you might want to stick to the basic functionality of it.

It’s a perfect extension for times when you’re sitting on the couch, using your laptop to get work done, and are too lazy to walk across the room to grab the actual remote or your phone.



  1. K

    July 30, 2015 at 2:58 am

    This looks like it would be great, if I could only get it to work. I installed it on both Chrome and Firefox, but it doesn’t find my Roku. I entered it manually, but it still doesn’t work. Not sure if I’m doing something wrong, or if it just doesn’t work. I’ve tried everything I could think of but no luck.

  2. Kramer

    September 15, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    This one is better than one mentioned here , configures automatically !

    • Dari Yuhostful

      June 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm

      I have used remoku and this, but both don’t have ON or OFF button. Am I missing something?

  3. Jaye Carlton

    March 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Would I be able to control my mother’s roku from my laptop at home. At 83, she is unable to navigate and she is just unable to type the characters in the search field. She loves movies and documentaries and whenever I visit her, I have a lot of YouTube videos to show her. So, when I’m an hour away at home, is it possible to log in from my Google account (or hers) and manipulate the selections on her TV? Thanks for the info

  4. Terry

    January 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I would love to remotely admin my wife’s roku 3 in the nursing home from my laptop at home. Let me know how this works out.

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