Roku Can’t Run Channel? Try These 13 Fixes

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Roku Can't Run Channel

From YouTube to Netflix, and even Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Sling, you can download and use all of your favorite streaming apps on your Roku TV.

However, when you try to access YouTube TV or any other app you want to watch, you may be told that your Roku TV cannot run the channel. You may get a message saying something like, “YouTube TV could not run because there is not enough space. Please remove one or more of your installed channels and try again. To remove a channel, focus the channel and press * on your remote.”

This can be incredibly frustrating because you want to be able to watch YouTube TV or another app, but you also do not want to delete any of the apps you currently have as you use them.

Thankfully, there are many other ways you can overcome this message and get back to watching your apps. Whether it be due to a bug or because you genuinely do not have enough space to watch YouTube TV, there are many different solutions you can quickly try to get back to watching all of your favorite apps.

Why Does Roku Say Can’t Run Channel

1. Bug with App 

Fix – Go to the home screen, then press these buttons in rapid succession:
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By pressing some of the buttons on your Roku TV remote, you can clear the cache of all the apps on your home page. Doing this will hopefully eliminate all your issues with your Roku TV.

This is an excellent hack to keep in mind with any bugs you may encounter on your Roku TV.

You can follow these easy steps.

1. First, go to the Roku home page.

2. Next, press the home button five times.

3. Press the up arrow once

4. Now, press rewind twice.

5. Then, press forward twice.

6. Doing this will cause your Roku TV to clear the cache automatically.

7. Now, open back up the app that was causing your issues.

After following these steps, you should hopefully be able to use any app causing issues with your Roku TV and get back to watching your content on all the apps you have.

Fix 2 – Clear App Cache

You can also try clearing the app’s cache to see if this solves your issues with it not working on your Roku TV. This will clear your Roku TV and the app of any unneeded data or information stored on Youtube. Apps will automatically save data, even if it is useless to you and the app, so clearing the cache does not damage the app or your Roku TV.

1. To clear an app’s cache, go to the Roku home page.

2. Next, press the home button five times,

3. Now, press rewind twice.

4. Then, press forward twice.

5. Doing this will cause your Roku TV to clear the cache automatically.

6. Now, open back up the app that was causing your issues.

After following these steps, you should hopefully be able to use any app causing issues with your Roku TV and get back to watching your content on all the apps you have.

Fix 3 – Update the App

Another reason you might be unable to use the Youtube on your Roku TV, or any other app, is because the app is outdated and needs an update.

Like the other apps you use on your phone or other devices, Apps will periodically release updates that enhance the app user’s experience and eliminate some bugs and glitches happening to multiple accounts.

By updating your Youtube app or other apps, the creators may have fixed the issue that is causing you to be logged out constantly. Updating your Youtube app or other apps will depend on what type of Roku TV you are using.

Suppose you are watching Youtube or other apps on a newer Roku TV, which is happening to you. In that case, when you open up your Youtube app or other apps, you will most likely be met with a message telling you that you need to update Youtube or other apps before you can use it on your Roku TV.

Your Roku TV will then have a button you can press on this page that will bring you right to the update that you need. However, if your Roku TV does not automatically do this for you, go to the app store on your Roku TV and check for any required updates.

So, if you are using the Youtube app, go to the app store on your Roku TV and see if it needs an update. Updating Youtube or any other app should help you enjoy the app’s contents on your Roku TV.

However, if you are using the website on your Roku TV, you will not need to update Youtube or any other sites as websites do not require updates.

Fix 4 – Remove and Reinstall the App

You can also delete the Youtube app or other apps, restart your Roku TV, and then reinstall said Youtube app or other apps to see if this solves your issues. To do that, follow these quick steps.

1. Start by holding down on the Youtube or other app causing your issues with the button on your remote.

2. Now, you will see an option to delete the Youtube app or other apps. Select that.

3. Next, turn your Roku TV off for a minute.

4. Power your Roku TV back on after this minute has passed.

5. Search for the Youtube app or other apps that you deleted and reinstall.

6. Log back into the Youtube app or other apps and start using it.

By doing this, you will hopefully now be able to use the Youtube app or other apps that were causing all of your issues and should make your Roku TV allow you to enjoy the vast content Youtube offers.

Fix 5 – Update TV

Your Roku TV may be working on an outdated system that is also causing your problems with accessing any apps. Like your phone and other devices, your Roku TV also requires a system update frequently.

Thankfully, you can take some easy steps to get your Roku TV updated and, hopefully, allow you to enjoy any apps you want.

1. First, you will need a USB drive. Now, go to the Roku TV website and download the update onto your USB drive.

2. Next, plug your USB drive into the USB port on your Roku TV.

3. This update will automatically download onto your Roku TV and hopefully allow you to use your TV.

However, if there was no software update available, this is not why your Roku TV is not letting you run any of your apps. You will need to identify and solve a different problem causing your issues.

Fix 6 – Use YouTube App Instead of YouTube YouTube

Another option if the YouTube website is not working on your Roku TV is to use the YouTube app. Through the app, you can access YouTube in the same way you did on the website.

There is no difference between the app and the website. The app will hopefully work for you when the website does not. To download the YouTube app, follow these steps.

1. Go to the home page of your Roku TV.

2. On the left side menu, go to Search.

3. In the search box, look for YouTube. YouTube TV may also appear, but you want the app that is called YouTube only. YouTube TV is a streaming service that requires a subscription and is essentially cable.

4. Once you find the YouTube app, click on download. You will have to enter your Roku TV pin to download the app.

5. As soon as YouTube is downloaded, open the app up. You can do this from your home page, or you can do it from the search screen.

6. Now that you are in the YouTube app, you can either log into your account, create one, or use the app without an account. If you want to see all of the creators you subscribe to, you should log into your account to easily access them. Otherwise, you can search for them in the app.

The app will hopefully allow you to access YouTube on your Roku TV when you cannot use the website. Again, the app works the same as the website, so you are not missing out on anything.

2. There’s Not Enough Storage

Fix – Delete Channels

You may be using too much storage on your Roku TV, which is another reason the Youtube app and other apps will not work correctly for you. If this is the case for you, you have probably gotten some notices while using your Roku TV that your storage is limited. Follow these steps to clear up space.

1. To clear up space, you can delete any apps you have downloaded onto your Roku TV that you can no longer use.

2. You must hold down on the app you want to delete with the * button on your Roku remote.

3. Then you will see an option to delete it.

Doing this will clear up storage on your Roku TV, hopefully allowing you to start using the Youtube app again. You will stop receiving notices of a lack of storage once you have deleted enough apps.

There are a lot of pre-downloaded apps that come with the Roku TV. These would be some good options for you to delete as you may not even realize they were on your Roku TV, to begin with.

Fix 2 – Clear Roku Cache

You can also try clearing the Roku TV cache to see if this solves your issues with apps not working on your Roku TV. This will clear your Roku TV and all apps of unneeded data or information stored on them.

Apps will automatically save data, even if it is useless to you and the app, so clearing the cache does not do any damage to your apps or your Roku TV.

1. To clear your Roku TVs cache, go to the Roku home page.

2. Next, press the home button five times,

3. Now, press rewind twice.

4. Then, press forward twice.

5. Doing this will cause your Roku TV to clear the cache automatically.

6. Now, open back up the app that was causing your issues.

After following these steps, you should hopefully be able to use the apps that were causing your Roku TV and get back to watching the unlimited streaming services you can watch from the comforts of your home.

Fix 3 – Add an SD Card


Adding an SD card to your Roku TV is another way you can add storage so you can enjoy all of your apps. To start, you will need to buy an SD card. If you want to shop in person, head on over to any store similar to Walmart, Best Buy, or even Target.

Once you get there, go to the technology department and locate a new SD card. If you are struggling to find an SD card, ask the nearest worker to help you, and they will give you various SD cards that work with the Roku television.

You can also find one on Amazon, eBay, or any other online store and get it shipped to your house.

These types of SD cards range from $2 to $20, so you should be able to find one that fits your budget. Once you have an SD card to put into your Roku TV, follow these steps.

1. The SD card will be inserted into the back of your Roku TV, so access the back panels of your TV first.

2. Now, you will see a slot for a microSD card. If you cannot find this slot, check your Roku TV manual. If you do not have your manual, you can search it online. Make sure you search for your specific Roku TV because the microSD card slot will change from TV to TV.

3. Once you can find the slot, insert your SD card into it.

4. Your Roku TV will now give you instructions on the screen on how to store apps and channels on it.

This is a great way to increase the storage space on your Roku TV if you do not have any apps, you can delete and if clearing the cache does not work. Now that you have the SD card inserted and saving storage, see if you can use your apps again.

3. Bug with TV 

Fix – Unplug the TV, Hold the Power Button Down, and Plug TV Back In

One way that is a pretty simple fix but tends to be overlooked is simply unplugging your Roku TV if Youtube or any other apps are not working on it. The easiest way is to walk over to the outlet your Roku TV is plugged into. Follow these steps.

1. Once you can locate the outlet your Roku TV is plugged into. Unplug the cord connected to your Roku TV from the outlet you have found.

2. Once this is done, give your Roku TV 60 seconds to be unplugged and not be on or working.

3. During this minute, hold down the power button.

4. After this minute has passed, plug the cord back into the outlet and see if your Roku TV will now work with your Youtube app.

5. If the outlet is challenging to get to, you can also unplug the cord from your Roku TV directly.

6. To ensure you are unplugging the suitable cable, follow the cord from your outlet to your Roku TV.

7. Once you have located the proper cord, unplug it from your Roku TV.

8. Again, give it a minute to be unplugged and fully turned off. During this time, hold down the power button. In both instances, the longer you leave the Roku TV unplugged, whether from the tv itself or the outlet, the better for your Roku TV.

9. After a minute, plug the cord back into your Roku TV. Turn your TV on and see if this gets Youtube to start working on your Roku TV or any other apps you were having issues with.

Fix 2 – Update TV

Your Roku TV may cause your issues with Youtube and other apps not working. If your Roku TV is now the cause, the only solution you will have is a replacement tv. Suppose these issues have risen shortly after you purchased either your Roku TV.

In that case, you can send your device to Roku for a replacement if you bought a warranty or insurance on your Roku TV and are still in the time frame of said warranty or insurance.

However, you will have to wait until Roku can send your a new TV, so you may be going a while without being able to enjoy your shows.

If you did not purchase either of these, you would sadly have to buy a replacement Roku TV so you can enjoy watching your shows without having your TV restart on you.

You can also buy one yourself to get your new Roku TV in a much faster way. If you want to shop in person, head on over to any store similar to Walmart, Best Buy, or even Target.

Once you get there, go to the technology department and locate a new Roku TV. If you are struggling to find a Roku TV, ask the nearest worker to help you, and they will give you various Roku TVs. You can also find one on Amazon, eBay, or any other online store and get it shipped to your house.

Roku TVs range from $200 to $800, so you should be able to find one that fits your budget if you do not want to wait for Roku to send you a new one if possible.

Fix 3 – Update Roku

Your Roku TV may be working on an outdated system that is also causing your problems with YouTube and other apps. Like your phone and other devices, your Roku TV also requires a system update frequently.

Thankfully, you can take some easy steps to get your Roku TV updated and, hopefully, for it to allow you to enjoy the apps you have downloaded.

1. First, you will need a USB drive. Now, go to the Roku TV website and download the update onto your USB drive.

2. Next, plug your USB drive into the USB port on your Roku TV.

3. This update will automatically download onto your Roku TV and hopefully allow you to use your TV.

However, if there was no software update available, this is not what your Roku TV is not letting you access any of your apps. Another issue is causing this fault, and you will need to figure out how to solve it to enjoy your apps again.

Fix 4 – Reset Roku

Another possible solution to getting Youtube and other apps to start working your Roku TV to turn on is to put it through a factory reset. This can quickly be done from the comforts of your living room or anywhere else you are trying to use your Roku TV. Follow these steps to reset your Roku TV.

1. All you have to do to reset is hold down the power button and the volume down button simultaneously for five seconds.

2. Once this is done, your Roku TV will undergo a factory reset.

3. It should automatically turn back on as soon as the reset is complete.

4. You may manually try to turn it on if nothing has happened a few moments after resetting your Roku TV. Once you can power back on your Roku TV, see if Youtube and your other apps will now work for you.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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