How to Mirror Android to Roku
Showing your family vacation pictures can be tiring if you’re all gathered around a small screen. Watching YouTube videos or streaming your favorite Netflix show is also much more enjoyable on a big screen. Do you need a bunch of cables to connect your phone to your TV?
If you have a Roku, we’ve got good news. You don’t need cables at all. Android and Roku devices are compatible, and it’s possible to mirror your phone to Roku.
How to Enable Mirroring to Roku Devices
Roku’s mirroring feature allows you to send anything from your Android phone to your TV wirelessly. You can send music, photos, videos, web pages, and more. To get started, you need to enable this option on your smartphone or tablet and connect it to your Roku. In most cases, you don’t have to do anything to enable the mirroring feature on your Roku device, as it’ll work automatically.
Does Your Roku Support Screen Mirroring?
Before you establish the connection, make sure your Roku model supports mirroring. Most available Roku models do, but, for instance, the Roku Express 3700 or Roku Express+ 3710 don’t. If you don’t know the model number of your, you can check as follows:
- Open your Roku’s main menu.
- Navigate to Settings and select it.
- Choose System, and then About. You’ll see the model info there.
Does Your Android Support Screen Mirroring?
You also need to know if your Android OS supports mirroring, as not all versions do. Generally, it’s likely that it does if it’s 4.4.2 or later. You can find out by opening the Settings app on your phone. Scroll down to find System or About phone and tap to see the OS version if you’re not sure.
Don’t be confused if you can’t find the feature under Screen Mirroring. Some brands don’t use this exact wording. Look for some of these variations: screencasting, HTC connect, Smart View, Wireless Display, Quick Connect, and similar. Whatever the manufacturer chose, the option should be somewhere in settings under Display or Connectivity.
If you can’t find the feature, try googling your phone’s model and screen mirroring. You might find the answer on an official website or forum.
How to Start Screen Mirroring
Here are the steps to follow to enable screen mirroring on your Roku device:
- Ensure that your Roku is running correctly and that you’ve installed any necessary updates. Do the same for your Android device.
- This step depends on your smartphone or tablet. Look for the screen mirroring feature to enable it – it’s typically somewhere under Settings.
- Depending on the settings of your Roku, it may prompt you to accept the connection request. If you’ve set it to Always allow, you can skip this step. Choose to enable the connection this one time or always.
- That’s all you need to do. Everything you do on your Android device from this moment on will be displayed on your big screen.
Roku Screen Mirroring Settings
If you’d like to make adjustments to the screen mirroring configuration, follow the instructions below:
- Grab your Roku remote and press Home (the button with a small house icon).
- Choose Settings from the menu you see on the screen.
- Choose System and then Screen mirroring.
- Stay on the Screen mirroring mode, and you’ll see three options on the right: Prompt, Always allow and Never allow. If you choose Prompt, you will need to confirm a device each time it tries to mirror on your big screen. The second setting allows mirroring without notifying you every time and the third blocks any device from mirroring.
If you’re the only user of that particular Roku, it’s probably safe to set it to Always allow. If you don’t live alone, go for Prompt.
Isn’t Mirroring the Same as Casting?
We tend to use these two terms interchangeably. However, there are differences between screen mirroring and screencasting. We’ll explain briefly.
- While casting specific content from your phone, you can do other things without the content getting interrupted. That’s not something you can do with mirroring, as everything you do shows up on the device to which you’re mirroring.
- Casting is available on iOS devices, while screen mirroring is not.
- Certain apps allow you to cast from your mobile phone to your TV. With screen mirroring, you can use any app, and it will be displayed on the big screen.
- When casting, you can use your Roku remote to control what’s happening on the TV. As for mirroring, you can only use commands on your phone.
- When you cast a TV show, for instance, you only see the playback on your TV. But not when you’re mirroring, where the whole screen will be shown.
Sharing Has Never Been Easier
As you see, you only need a few minutes to set up the screen mirroring feature to your Roku device. For Android users, this has several advantages. Do you want to show your family vacation photos or your latest design? Done. Do you want to send content from an app unsupported by Roku? Also done.
What are you going to mirror to your Roku device and watch on the big screen? Let us know in the comments section below.