Roku has been one of the dominant streaming services because of its clean and user-friendly experience. Not just that, Roku even provides some subtle user-friendly features which make the experience far more convenient. For example, one of the features that Roku has released is the Private Listening on Roku. This is one of the features that rival even the likes of Apple’s airplay in some ways. By that comparison, some of you might have already understood what kind of feature it is. For the rest, it is a feature that lets you play the audio of the content you are watching on the TV.

This is a great feature if you are not living alone and don’t watch to disturb people near you. Also, it is an obvious fact that not everyone possesses top-of-the-line Soundbars. By just toggling into Private Listening, you can play any content on the stereo sound of your earphones. Now all you Roku users might say if it is such a nice feature, how do we use it. Fret not; we know the answer to that too. In this article, we are going to help you Roku users how to use Private listening.

Private listening Roku

How to use Roku’s Private Listening

The following are the methods that you can try out to enjoy private listening from your streaming device.

Using Roku Voice Remote

Now, as we have been told, the Roku Private listening can be done via two methods. Those are either by Your Roku voice remote or by your Roku mobile app. In this section, we are going to try using The private listening feature using your Roku voice remote.

Using Roku voice remote

Now using Private listening via this method is quite simple compared to the mobile app. By following the steps mentioned below, you will be able to use this feature.

[1] The first step is to locate the built-in headphone jack on the side of the remote.

Plug in the earphone to the earphone jack

[2] Next, plug in headphones or earphones of your choice firmly. If done properly, you will see a headphone icon appear on your TV. This icon is proof that Private listening is now active.

[3] Now try streaming a show or movie or any content of your liking, and the private listening will do its magic.

[4] If you want to disable this feature, all you have to do is remove the headphone or earphone plug, and the logo from the TV will disappear hence showing that the feature is automatically turned off.

Using Private listening with Roku Mobile App

If you don’t have a Roku remote with a headphone jack, we have a solution for that too. You can simply use the Roku mobile app available on both Android and iOS Smartphones.

Using Private listening on Roku with the help of the Mobile app

[1] The first step is to download the app from the respective app stores. Once done with that bootup, both your Roku TV and the Roku mobile app.

[2] Tap on the Devices tab from the lower right corner. Your Roku device will appear once you have paired it to the same Wi-Fi network as Android or iOS Smartphone.

Tap on Devices

[3] Next, tap on the Remote tab below your Roku device. Next, tap on the Headphone icon from the lower right corner.

Tap on Remote

[4] You will now see a headphone-like symbol on your TV. This means that Private listening has been successfully connected. And now, you can enjoy your content using Private listening.

Using Private listening on Mobile App

With that, we have shown you how private listening works on your streaming device. However, we do have some extra updates that we wanted to tell you at the end. With the latest Roku Update OS 8.1, the feature has gotten a lot more stable and has a few interface enhancements.


1. How to use Roku private listening on Bluetooth headphones?

Connect your Bluetooth headphone to your Android or iOS Smartphone. Then, tap on the Headphone icon on the Roku mobile app to use private listening with Bluetooth headphones.

2. How to solve Roku private listening, which keeps stuttering?

If you’re using the Roku mobile app, turn it off and on private listening. Close and reopen the Roku mobile app and try again if restarting the private listening session like this does not work.

3. How to fix if the Private Listening on Roku is not working?

You need to follow the basic troubleshooting methods to fix the Roku private listening not working issue.