How to Mirror Your iPhone on Roku
So, you’re the proud new owner of a Roku TV. Now you want to stream something on the screen from your iPhone. Well, like most things with Apple, if a device is outside of the Apple ecosystem, you’re going to run into complications. This goes for Roku devices as well.
If you want to stream your iPhone screen on a Roku device, you’re probably going to need some guidance. Here’s how to successfully mirror your iPhone on Roku.
Before You Start
First of all, Roku can absolutely mirror phone and tablet screens. It has been built with this capability. To do any sort of mirroring, however, all the involved devices have to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
You should also make yourself aware that there might be some performance issues, depending on your Roku TV. However, your Roku should be perfectly capable of smoothly mirroring your iPhone’s screen.
Downloading the App
There isn’t any default way to mirror an iPhone’s screen on any non-Apple device. Some non-Apple devices simply don’t have an app that will allow such mirroring, and there’s no known solution for this. However, there is a dedicated app for iPhones that will allow you to mirror your screen on the Roku device.
To get started, got o the App Store and search for “iStreamer”. A Mirror for Roku app should appear on the list of results. This is the app that you’ll want to download. Proceed by downloading this app like you would any other.
Connecting the App to the Roku TV
Once downloaded and installed, run the app on your iPhone by tapping its icon on the desktop. A window should open, offering a list of available Roku devices that your phone can connect to. Again, make sure that both your Roku TV and your iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
Now, once your Roku TV appears on the list, tap its entry to connect your phone to it. You can also use your Roku TV’s IP on your phone to connect to the app.
Now, navigate to and tap the screen mirror button inside the app. If the button doesn’t appear, don’t worry, this is common with phones that are below iOS 11. Just go to your phone’s desktop, then to Control Center, followed by Customize Controls. Now, tap next to Screen Recording. This will add the Screen Recording function to the list of available commands in the Control Center menu.
Starting the Broadcast
Now, go back to the app and find and tap the Start Broadcast option. This will work in the Live and in the Standard mode. In the Advanced mode, you can use the Control Center on your iPhone and then select Screen Mirroring to mirror the phone screen on the Roku TV device.
Don’t worry if the process takes a little while. Again, Roku isn’t part of the Apple ecosystem, and the screen mirroring function won’t work as well as on the Apple TV. The mirroring process should start a couple of seconds after you’ve performed everything as instructed above.
Casting Videos from the Web
The screen mirroring function is pretty neat and very useful in some instances. However, screen mirroring isn’t the easiest and the most straightforward way to cast videos from your iPhone onto the Roku TV device. Video casting is a much better option because it doesn’t waste your phone’s battery and it’s often much quicker and more efficient.
Unfortunately, the fact that Roku isn’t in Apple’s ecosystem doesn’t make things any easier. On the other hand, there is a solution for this. And it comes from the same developer – iStreamer. The app is easy to download from the App Store. Just search for “iStreamer”, and find the Streamer for Roku app on the list. Download and install this app.
The app allows you to cast online videos to your Roku, as well as photos and videos from your camera roll. It also allows you to cast music on your Roku TV.
Here’s how to set everything up. After downloading the app and letting it install, open the Streamer for Roku by tapping its icon on your iPhone’s desktop. Connect to your Roku TV device by tapping your TV’s entry on the list. Make sure that both your phone and your TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, tap Cast Browser.
Now, a browser will open. Go to any website you want to play a video from. Now, play a selected video. Finally, tap the blue play button at the bottom of the screen and select any available media link. If you select Tap to Cast, any video will immediately be played on your Roku TV, after a single tap.
Cast Using the Roku App
Although the Roku iOS app won’t allow you to mirror your iPhone screen onto the Roku device, it does provide a casting capability. However, the setup is a bit more tedious. First of all, you’re going to need to use your Roku device to get things started. Go to the Settings menu on your Roku, followed by System. Now, select Screen mirroring and then select Screen Mirroring Mode. Now, select Prompt or Always allow.
After installing the Roku app on your iPhone, open it from the phone’s desktop. Navigate to the Media icon and select the category that you want to cast to your Roku TV.
Although the app itself isn’t too complicated to use, it doesn’t allow you to play videos from the internet, which is a serious downside.
Mirroring iPhone on Roku
As you can see, you can mirror, as well as cast videos, photos, and music from your iPhone onto your Roku TV device. Unfortunately, the official Roku app for iOS only allows you to cast your phone videos/photos/music. If you want to mirror your phone on the Roku TV or cast online videos, make sure that you’ve downloaded the appropriate tools from iStreamer.
Have you managed to mirror the iPhone screen on Roku? Did you successfully cast what you wanted to? Feel free to hit the comments section below and ask any questions or add any tips that you may have.