Is your Roku player talking to you? Here’s how to shush it

There’s an easy remedy for a suddenly chatty Roku player or TV.

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Has your Roku player or Roku TV started talking whenever you’re in a menu or on a settings screen? There’s a simple explanation for a suddenly chatty Roku, as well as an easy way to keep it quiet.

The reason for a talking Roku player is the Audio Guide, a Roku accessibility feature that reads on-screen text for visually impaired Roku users. Once enabled, the Audio Guide will speak aloud text and descriptions from the Roku user interface, including your various streaming apps.

The Audio Guide is a crucial feature for Roku users with vision issues, but if you turn it on by accident, it can get old fast.

So, how could you turn on the Audio Guide accidentally? As it turns out, it’s not that difficult.

roku remote options button Ben Patterson/IDG

Pressing the Options button on the Roku remote four times in a row will enable the Audio Guide, whether you meant to or not.

If you press the Option button, identified by an asterisk, on the Roku remote four times in a row, you’ll turn the Audio Guide on. An on-screen pop-up that reads “Audio Guide enabled” will appear if you activate the feature, but if you’re not paying attention, you might be surprised when your Roku starts talking to you.

Luckily, turning the Audio Guide back off is a snap. The easiest way is by simply repeating the Audio Guide command from the remote: in other words, just press the Options button four times in a row again.

A second way of disabling the Audio Guide is by digging into the Roku’s Accessibility menu.

roku audio guide setting Ben Patterson/IDG

You can disable the Audio Guide from the Roku’s Accessibility settings menu.

From the Home menu, scroll down to Settings, then select Accessibility > Audio Guide. Choose the “Off” setting, and get ready for some peace and quiet.

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