Not just Roku TV, but almost new and modern smart TVs are coming up with an up-to-date mode called “Eco Mode.” But what is the eco mode on Roku TV?
The eco mode has nothing to do with echo or sound, as it’s a mode or feature of new models of Roku TVs, which decreases the TV’s energy consumption.
But this is not as simple as it looks. Many people are irritated by this feature and want to turn it off but don’t know how.
It implies that you must read this article thoroughly to not just know the definition of eco mode but also many other things about it, including its advantages and drawbacks.
Brief Introduction to Eco Mode on Roku TV:
As mentioned earlier, the main reason for the development of this system (eco mode) was to reduce power consumption and eventually save electricity.
Eco mode mostly changes the settings of your TV’s picture quality and other stuff after your permission to save electricity.
But new versions of this technology are standalone settings. It means that eco mode is working itself to decrease power use by changing modes and settings (only) related to the picture.
If you have noticed from the very first day that your Roku TV’s image quality is not as good as it should be, the eco mode might be the culprit here. Because in new Roku TVs, this mode is turned on by default.
How Does Eco Mode Work on Roku TV?
The very first thing eco mode does with your TV’s image is decrease brightness and dim it to achieve its goal.
The best thing about this feature is that it first assesses the light in the room and then decreases the brightness and changes the setting accordingly.
It suggests that if the light in your room is up to the mark (like the daytime), the eco mode will not make things dim as it will ruin your experience.
Moreover, when your TV is on and not in use for at least four hours, the eco mode will turn it off automatically. Isn’t that amazing?
Should You Use Eco Mode on Roku TV?
Well, this will be your decision which you should make after reading this heading.
When first knowing about the eco mode, you will automatically admire it and want to use it as everyone wants to save energy and make things eco-friendly. Right?
But this is just one side of the coin. Almost every innovation and technology has benefits and disadvantages at the same time. You just have to decide which side is heavier and then choose one on the basis of your thinking.
Now, let’s talk about the pros and cons of eco mode on Roku TV:
The biggest advantage of this mode is actually the main reason behind its development which is saving power. It is one of the most eco-friendly TV modes or features you’ll ever see.
So, it’s not just good for our environment but our pockets as well as it saves electricity and saves us from huge bills as typical smart TVs of this age consume 171kWh/1000h to 242kWh/1000h of power.
But if you are used to watching TV without eco mode on, you will feel a great difference between picture quality and brightness of the image while using it for the first time.
We already have discussed that this mode first assesses the light of the room and then takes any action. But many people have complained that this feature is not as accurate as it sounds.
Moreover, we have also noticed that its awkwardly harsh functioning approach is quite irritating. For example, if you are watching a movie and eco mode is on, this feature might modify picture quality and other stuff suddenly, which ruins the experience.
People who are used to watching HDR screens (maybe 4k) notice that if they watch a movie at night with no light in the room, the eco mode automatically converts HDR to SDR.
Where to Find Eco Mode on Roku TV?
Eco mode typically makes changes with picture and image, but you will not find this mode in picture settings.
Although things change from model to model, in most cases, you can find eco mode in the general settings of your Roku TV.
On Roku TV, it will be named “eco mode” (almost every time). But your case might be different. So, find a setting or feature named “energy saver.”
As told you above, the eco mode can be anywhere depending on your Roku TV, but general settings should be your first place to find.
If not there, you should move toward system settings. Advanced options or settings are the last places where you can find eco mode on Roku TV.
Couldn’t find it in advanced settings?
Try finding it one more time; otherwise, your TV might not have this option. Nonetheless, in many Roku TVs, eco mode is hidden in advanced settings.
Other names of this mode are:
- Ambient Light Detection (ALD)
- Power Saving Mode
How to Turn Eco Mode On and Off on Roku TV?
After locating eco mode, you can turn it on and off easily. If you have a relatively new Roku TV, the eco mode might be on by default.
Want to turn it on or off?
To do both, you need to follow the same steps:
- Find eco mode on your Roku TV.
- After locating it, click on it.
- Enter your pin code (if it asks).
- Restart the TV so that changes may work.
Another way to do the same thing but with a TV remote is:
- Press and hold the volume down and the source button on your remote at once.
- Wait for a few seconds.
- Now, your TV will restart, and you can even factory reset the data to make changes work.
So yes, you now know what the eco mode on Roku TV is, Right?
You also know many other things about it. But if you are a person like me, you might be stuck on the question: should I use the eco mode on Roku TV?
It’s maybe because you don’t want to ruin the experience but also want eco-friendly entertainment. In this situation, you can try modifying picture settings yourself and trying different stuff, as most Roku TV has a feature to manually adjust stuff to reduce power consumption.