2 best browsers for your Roku device

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • However, many are disappointed, because there is no Roku dedicated Internet browser.
  • There are a couple of ways to be able to surf the web on Roku, but they are somewhat indirect.
  • One involves casting a Windows device to Roku, for instance.
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Roku is a media player that works great with a wide range of streaming services. Even though Roku supports various services, the support for web browsers has always been limited on Roku.

Roku used to have a web browser called Web Broser X. However, it didn’t come included with the device, but as a separate app that the user had to pay for.

In the meantime, Roku has removed all browser apps for some time now, Since the device has been designed as a streaming tool, the need for an integrated browser has been ignored.

Even so, a lot of users would like to use Roku as a fully-featured streaming device and surf the web as well.

While there is one text-based browser that works on Roku, the use of regular browsers is limited to the situation when you cast one from Windows to your Roku device.

What are the best browsers to use on Roku?

Opera

As mentioned, Opera (or any other traditional browser) can be used on Roku only when you’re connecting the streaming device to your Windows laptop or PC and use the regular keyboard to search.

We’re recommending Opera because of the few resources it needs and for the fast response time to search queries.

The unlimited integrated VPN will allow you to stream any show you want, from anywhere in the world, while also protecting your online identity.

Besides, the video pop-out feature for YouTube is extremely handy when you want to watch a video while searching for other things on the Internet.

Opera

Opera

Use this blazing-fast, responsive and extremely lightweight browser to stream your favorite shows on Roku.

POPRISM Web Browser

POPRISM Web Browser is another browser that should still work on Roku. Unlike Opera, this is not a fully-featured browser and offers few features.

This browser didn’t have support for any web standards, and most websites would render just as text, which made the browser completely unusable.

Compared to modern browsers or even early web browsers, this one is seriously lacking in the feature department, and it’s not very popular because of it.

This being said, if you’re a Roku user, you probably won’t see native support for web browsers anytime soon.

Are you a Roku user and did you have the chance to a browser on your device? If so, share your experiences with us in the comments section below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • No, you can’t browse the Internet on Roku properly. But you can do that if you cast a Windows device to it.

    • No, Roku doesn’t have a built-in web browser and there’s no ability to install a web browser on it.

    • Chrome isn’t available on Roku, however, the Chromecast feature should work with Roku out of the box.

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