Knowing how to set up Roku TV without Internet allows you to watch offline.
When you’re done reading this post, you’ll be able to manage your favorite movies or series without connecting to a network.
Either your screen mirror your phone or pre-download content. You can watch videos without the Internet.
You can also store content to your external or play from your DVD or Blu-ray players. Additionally, you can use a TV antenna to get local broadcasts.
To set up Roku TV without internet, first, make sure your remote has batteries, and your TV is on. Follow the first Guided Setup screen and pick your language and country. Select Home Use, then proceed without Internet. Now, you can choose to connect to other devices or an antenna.
Before we move on to the actual setup process, let us discuss using your Roku without Internet or WiFi.
Rokus can work without a network connection. However, the devices’ capabilities may be limited.
Fortunately, there are many ways to use your Roku without Internet or WiFi. You can use external media like a USB stick or hard drive.
1. Screen Mirroring Your Phone
Without the Internet, your devices remain in the local network, which means you can use screen mirroring.
Cast content on your phone to your TV or stream content that is not copyrighted.
2. Content From External Storage
With no source of online entertainment, you can rely on the movies on your external hard disk or USB stick.
3. DVD Or Blu-Ray Players
Play your favorite shows and movies on your Roku through DVD and Blu-Ray players. If you have a soundbar, connect it as well.
4. Downloaded Content
Download online media and access them offline. Without using the Internet or subscribing to a premium plan, you can watch your downloaded content through Roku TV.
5. TV Antenna
If you use the Live TV input or a set-top box from a cable TV provider, you don’t need the Internet to watch the local broadcast and non-scrambled cable channels on your Roku.
These are some of the ways you can use your Roku without Internet or WiFi. Now that you know them let us set up your Roku TV.
Without access to the Internet, you can use your Roku TV to access content via USB or SD card and cast from your mobile device.
You can also download videos online and watch them offline. All you need to do is follow the steps below.
Before you set up your Roku TV, prepare your Roku TV remote. The remote usually comes with a pair of matched batteries of the proper size.
Preparing your remote ahead of time will make things a lot easier as you set up your Roku.
We highly recommend that you don’t skip this step.
- Open the back cover of your remote control.
- Insert the batteries.
- Make sure they are properly aligned.
- Reattach the back cover.
You are now ready to use the remote to control your Roku TV. We can now proceed to set up your device without the Internet.
Note: You also need to download the free mobile app, so you can search for movies and shows across streaming services and broadcast TV in your area.
Now that you’re done preparing your Roku TV remote, it’s time to turn on your TV. The standby indicator light below the TV screen should be ON.
It indicates that the TV has power. You want to make sure that your TV is on before you do anything to avoid any confusion if your Roku displays a blank screen.
Here’s how to turn on your Roku TV:
- Press the power button on your Roku TV remote.
- You will see the standby indicator light go OFF.
- Wait for a moment until you see the TV’s startup screen.
- Follow the instructions on the first Guided Setup screen.
Tip: If you want to use the text-to-speech reader, quickly press the asterisk button four times.
Note: The screen reader is only available in English.
Now that your Roku TV is on, you can start setting it up. Follow the guide below to complete the setup process.
It will ask you to set up your Roku TV with the internet.
However, you can quickly bypass this especially if it also detects that it’s not connected wirelessly or via an ethernet cable.
- Choose a language.
- Select a country.
- Select home use.
- Tap Not connected to the internet, then choose Proceed anyway.
- Select I’ll set it up later.
Note: It is the channel publisher’s responsibility to translate their channel. However, some channels may not support your chosen language.
If you are done setting up your Roku TV, start connecting your devices.
If you have not already done so, connect your cable box, game console, Blu-ray or DVD player, and VCR. If you are using your Roku TV with a soundbar, connect that as well.
Here’s how to connect other devices to your Roku TV:
- Turn on all of your connected devices.
- Select Everything is plugged in and turned on.
- Follow the simple prompts to complete this step for each input.
- Press the OK button on your Roku TV remote.
- Press the OK button again to confirm.
Note: Repeat these steps for each device until your reach the All Done screen. After this, your TV will play a little welcome video.
Connecting an antenna is not part of Guided Setup. It only applies if you are using the Live TV input.
If you have a set-top box from a cable TV provider or satellite TV, you’ll likely connect it to one of your TV’s HDMI inputs.
Here’s how to connect an antenna:
- Select the Live TV tile on the Home screen.
- The TV will prompt you to scan for channels.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to complete this step.
- Now, you can watch your local broadcast or non-scrambled cable channels.
Note: You can personalize your Roku TV by changing the theme or screen saver. You can also use the Roku Channel Store to add games, apps, and streaming channels.
If you have prepared your Roku TV remote and followed every step in the setup process, you’re now ready to watch your favorite shows.
However, if you encounter issues, we recommend you contact the Roku TV customer support. They can assist you with device problems and Roku setup.
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Now you know how to use your Roku TV, even without Internet or WiFi.
Whether you opt to use connected devices or connect an antenna, this article on how to set up Roku TV without Internet can help you prepare for and complete the process.
Then, you can start watching your favorite shows through your mobile device and DVD or Blu-ray player.
If you have issues with your Roku device and setup, reach out to Roku Tv customer support for additional assistance.
Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.