One of the first things I did as a new Roku user was to start adding channels to the Home screen, from Netflix and Disney+ to Apple TV+ and HBO Max.
But once I had all my channels installed, I hit a roadblock. How exactly do you rearrange all those channel tiles? Personally, I like having Netflix up top, along with such oft-used services such as Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, but they were all jumbled in the middle of the channel grid.
Meanwhile, there were some channels I wanted to nix, such as People TV and Roku’s Getting Started channel.
If you’re new to Roku, it’s easy to get stuck if you’re looking to move or delete channels on the Home screen, given that there’s no obvious way to start rearranging your tiles.
More experienced Roku users, however, will know the trick: the ever-useful “*” button, a.k.a. Options, which reveals contextual and related options when pressed. Once you’re familiar with the Options button, rearranging the channels on the Home screen is easy.
How to move a channel on the Roku home screen
Go to the Home tab on the main Roku screen, press the “>” button on the remote, then navigate to the channel tile that you’d like to move.
Nest, press the “*” button on the remote. When you do, a menu will pop up with a variety of options, allowing you to rate the channel, check for updates, submit feedback, and so on. The option you’re looking for is Move channel; go ahead and click it.
Now, you’ll see the channel tiles again, except this time the one you selected will be surrounded by arrows. Using the arrow keys on the remote, move the channel tile around until it’s in the ideal position, then press the OK button. All done!
How to delete a channel on the Roku home screen
Want to delete a channel tile? Before you do, you should check and see if you’re subscribed to it—and if so, whether you subscribed through your Roku account. To find out, visit my.roku.com and select Manage Your Subscriptions. If you did subscribe through Roku, you’ll need to cancel your subscription first.
Once you’ve finished checking your subscription (if you had one in the first place), deleting a channel on Roku is similar to moving a channel. Just navigate to the channel you want to nix, press the “*” (Options) button, then select Remove channel.
Ben has been writing about technology and consumer electronics for more than 20 years. A PCWorld contributor since 2014, Ben joined TechHive in 2019, where he covers smart speakers, soundbars, and other smart and home-theater devices. You can follow Ben on Twitter.