Screensavers are those images that get displayed whenever the device stays inactive for a specified time. They were originally designed to prevent phosphor burn-in on the older TV models. However, smart TV users now consider screensavers as the customization option to make the device interface look more appealing. Roku is one of the versatile media players to support the screensaver option. There are several screensavers that come pre-installed on the Roku device. Roku keeps updating the default screensavers with a new one from time-to-time. For more details about screensavers on Roku, read the section below.

There are two ways in which you can change the Roku screensaver. You can either use the device itself or your smartphone to do the task. In this article, we discussed both ways in detail.

Procedure to Change Screensaver on Roku

(1). On your Roku remote, press the Home button.

Roku Screensaver

(2). Select Settings either by scrolling up or down using navigation keys.

(3). Choose the Screensaver option and let the screensaver menu open up, and choose Browse Screensaver.

(4). Highlight the screensaver that you want to see on your Roku device and select the Preview option to see how it looks.

(5). You can also select Custom Settings to make changes to the screensaver you have highlighted.

(6). Then, press the OK button on the remote.

Note: Check if you see a checkmark next to the screensaver you have selected.

(7). If you want to change the screensaver automatically with one another, then select Wait Time.

(8). Choose the time for Roku to wait before starting the screensaver. The options available are 1 min, 5 mins, 10 mins, 30 mins, and Disable screensaver.

(9). If you choose Disable screensaver, no screensaver will appear on your TV. The device will display the home screen alone.

Procedure to Set Custome Photo as Screensaver on Roku: Using Smartphone

If you want to use custom images or your photo as a Roku screensaver, you have to use your smartphone.

(1). Open the Roku app on your handheld and select the Media section or install the Roku app from the Play Store or App Store. Make sure that the Roku app is paired with your device.

Choose Media

(2). Select Screensaver and click on Get Started button.

Select Get Started

(3). Click on the Give Access button if you get a prompt asking you to access media on the device.

Roku Screensaver

(4). Choose the photo that you want to set as a screensaver and press the Next button.

  • Additionally, you could add more photos to see them as Roku screensaver. You get a preview when you add a new photo on your TV. Roku notifies you when you no longer add photos.

(5). Select Style and Wait Time for the screensaver to show on Roku. Click on the Set Screensaver button.

Select Style and Time- Roku screensaver

With this, you will see the custom Roku screensaver photos on the TV.

Procedure to Turn Off Roku Screensaver

If in case you don’t want your Roku screen to display the screensaver, then you shall turn it off with the steps given below.

(1). On your Roku media player, select the Settings option from the left pane.

(2). Choose the Screensaver option to the right.

(3). Click on Change wait time.

Choose Change Wait Time- Roku screensaver

(4). Select Disable Screensaver option.

Select Disable Screensaver - Roku screensaver

Default Roku Screensaver: Easter Eggs and References

Roku Screensaver

With the recent update, City Stroll: Movie Magic is available as the default screensaver on Roku. It may look like an ordinary screensaver; however, it isn’t. The screensaver is composed of purple and black colors. With the City Stroll: Movie Magic, you could find 30+ hidden references to popular TV shows and movies. Some of the easter eggs and movie references in the default screensaver includes,

  • The Empire State Building (King Kong)
  • The Emerald City (The Wizard of Oz)
  • The Black Pearl and the Kraken (The Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • The Stark Building (Iron Man)
  • The TARDIS (Doctor Who)
  • Spider-Man
  • The Death Star (Star Wars)
  • Titanic Ship
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Daily Planet (Superman)
  • Bench and box of chocolates (Forrest Gump)
  • Pillar Clock Building and Hoverboard (Back to the Future)

Apart from movie references, there is also some real-world location in the screensaver.

  • One World Trade CenterĀ in NYC
  • The Hollywood Sign
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • The London Eye

Popular Roku Screensaver

Roku Channel Store itself features screensavers, and you can make use of them on your TV screen. The most popular screensavers include,

Aquarium Screensaver

Aquarium Screensaver

With Aquarium Screensaver on Roku, you get the option to see the living oil painting of the aquarium. It displays a colorful coral reef and a variety of tropical fish. You could get to know the time and weather on this screensaver. The Aquarium screensaver shows bright colored corals, sponges, etc. With custom settings, you could purchase additional themes and content.

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Roku users can make the TV screen more appealing with Easter Eggs screensavers. When your device gets into lock mode, you will find colorful widgets with Easter backgrounds. Most of the images are HD quality, and you will find Easter theme wallpapers by the most creative artists from around the world.

In addition to Easter Eggs, the following are some Easter-themed Roku screensavers available on Roku Channel Store.

  • Easter Eggs & Bunnies, Easter Egg Screensaver, Easter Eggs HD Collection, & Easter Bunnies and Eggs.

Roku Screensaver Not Working: Fixes

If your screensaver stopped working suddenly, you could try out the following fixes.

  • Try changing it with one another screensaver.
  • If that doesn’t resolve, reboot your Roku from Settings. Once it turns on, you could use the screensaver to check if that is working.
  • If nothing worked, you could contact the customer support of Roku to seek help.

That was all the information this section holds regarding the screensaver in Roku. Share your favorite screensaver in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Roku screensaver use data?

Yes, but only a small amount of data is used on the Roku screensaver.

Does Roku TV have a screensaver?

Like the Roku device, you can also get different screensavers on Roku TV.