Roku: Search Option is Missing

Roku users may have a problem where the “Search” option is missing from the Home screen. You can often fix this problem with these steps.


Most of the time, this problem is cleared up with a simple restart.

  • Go to “Settings” > “System” > “Power” > “Restart“.

Once the Roku completes the restart, check to see if the search option has returned.


Check to see if there is an update to the Roku software.

  • Go to “Settings” > “System” > “System Update“, then restart the system once it has completed the update process.

Disable VPN

If you’re using a VPN service, try to disable it or connect it to a different server in a different location.

Clear Cache

Press the following buttons on the remote while in range of the Roku to clear the cache and restart.

🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠 + ▲ + ⏪️⏪️ + ⏩️⏩️

  • Home 5 times
  • Up 1 time
  • Rewind 2 times
  • Fast Forward 2 times

If done correctly, the screen will go black for a few minutes, then your Roku will restart. Be patient as it may take several minutes for the restart to complete.

Create a New Roku Account

You may be using a Roku account that was configured in a region where your hardware is not supported.

Create a new Roku account in a different region, then factory reset your Roku by going to Settings > System > Advanced System Settings > Factory Reset. From there you can setup the Roku with the new account.

Hopefully, the troubleshooting steps above has helped you solve the problem where the Search option disappeared on the Roku menu. If it hasn’t drop me a note in the comments. I’d like to hear about your experience.

6 thoughts on “Roku: Search Option is Missing”

  1. Hello
    I did all those three steps you explained clearly,, but unfortunately
    I don’t have search options on my Roku stick !!!

  2. Roku TV – “streaming channels” option is missing from Home Menu. Logged in to my Roku account on Tried in vain to get to some kind of tech help person. The direct contact process resulted only in the endless wheel circling – e.g., no connection to actual tech support. Reviewed the videos – nothing like this appeared. Tried the Roku Community (the question was never previously answered so I posted the question about this menu option MISSING from Home Menu on RokuTv. No one responded. Searched online, the above article closest to nature of menu issues, did a system restart which didn’t cure the problem. Would love to hear a way to deal with this. (And why doesn’t Roku have tech support? Their vids just do not cover everything!)


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