The Roku 3 has been updated this year, and if you get one, the thought of downloading all the channels again seems annoying, luckily, you don’t have to.
Update: This article was originally written when I had the Roku 3 which was released in 2015. Your mileage will vary with new and modern versions of the streaming device. For the latest and greatest new Roku devices, check out the official Roku device page.
Recently I got the new revamped 2015 Roku 3 and wanted to make sure the process of moving from one to the other would be easy. I wanted to make sure that all of my channels were brought over with the new box. Well, it turns out that it’s actually quite simple.
During the setup process of my new Roku 3, I needed to activate it. To do that, head to roku.com/link and then enter the code shown on your TV screen.
After that, you just need to sign in to your current account.
Now your new Roku will start updating the channels that are already included with your account.
While you will have the same channels included on your new Roku box, the tedious process of signing in to each of your paid subscriptions still needs to be done.
Or, if you have a Windows 8 PC, you can download the Roku app and run it from your laptop, which makes typing in all your credentials that much easier, in my opinion, since you’re using a physical keyboard.
If you’re thinking about getting a new Roku, rest assured that you don’t need to worry about redownloading all of your favorite channels again as long as you set it up with your existing Roku account.