If you have a TCL Roku TV or Roku player, you may accidentally turn on the audio guide. Also, in some situations, it turns on by default as soon as you plug in your device.
While some enjoy this feature, most users prefer to disable it until they need it again. But how do you turn off the guide? Simply, either by using the dedicated remote buttons or through the “Settings” menu. Let’s jump right in.
Disable audio assistant with remote control buttons
All Roku players and TCL Roku Smart TVs have a designated shortcut that enables or disables audio narration. You may have accidentally turned it on while using your remote. If it did, you don’t have to worry as you can easily turn it off.
To make your Roku stop talking, you need to quickly press the “*” button (star/options button) on your remote four times. Your Roku may need some time to respond to this command, so don’t worry if you keep listening to the narration for a few more seconds.
However, audio narration can be helpful on occasion. If you liked it, you can always enable it again using the same method. Wait a few seconds and try browsing your Roku; I should start talking again.
Turn off the audio assistant from the settings menu
If your Roku doesn’t respond to the remote shortcut button, you can always take the longer route. There is a way to disable the audio assistant from the Roku settings menu, but it requires a few more steps.
This is what you need to do:
- Tap the “Home” button on your Roku remote to access the home screen.
- Select “Settings” from the list on the left of the screen.
- Go to the “Accessibility” menu from the next screen.
- Go to the “Audio Guide” in the section with the same name. It should appear on the right.
- Select “Off” to disable the option.
The audio guide will stop until you decide to turn it on again. You can use both the remote button option and repeat the same steps and activate it from the Settings menu.
How to disable remote button shortcuts
You may get tired of accidentally turning the audio guide on and off via the buttons on the remote. On top of that, if you have a child, you may unknowingly enable it while playing with the remote. So it might be better to disable the shortcut option altogether.
To do this, you need to navigate back to the “Accessibility” menu. Do the following:
- Go to your Roku’s “Home” screen by pressing the “Home” button on your remote.
- Navigate to “Settings” on the left.
- Go to “Accessibility”.
- Navigate to “Shortcut”.
- Select “Disabled”.
When you disable the shortcut, you can try turning on audio assistant by quickly pressing the Star button on your remote four times. If all went well, your Roku should not respond.
If you want to enable the shortcut option again for some reason, you can always follow the same steps and select “Enabled” in the wizard section.
Are there other audio options?
You can customize your audio assistant with two other options: speech rate and volume. Just go to the “Accessibility” menu (following steps 1-3 in the previous section) and you will find them in the “Audio Guide” section.
In the “Voice speed” menu, you can choose between four different conversation options: slow, normal, fast and very fast. This will determine the speaking rate of your audio assistant. Those who want or require it may prefer a slower narration.
The “Volume” menu sets the volume of the guide. You can choose three different volume levels: low, medium and high. Since the volume is set to your TV’s standard volume, you should set it accordingly.
So if you don’t need a high volume, you should keep it at a reasonable level. For example, if both your TV and the guide have high volumes, accidentally turning on narration can cause you to jump out of your chair.
The benefits of the audio guide
Although some may not require the audio guide, others find it essential. With the right settings, you can make your navigation through the Roku menus much easier and more enjoyable. For example, after you read a certain actionable menu item, pressing the button on the remote will activate it.
So even if you decide to turn off the audio guide, it’s useful to know how to turn it back on. You may need it at some point in the future.
Do you find Roku’s audio guide feature helpful or annoying? Would you keep it on? Why? Drop a comment in the comment section below and let us know.