If you’re like most people, your Android smartphone or tablet is your go-to entertainment device. But when you want to watch something on your big screen, your phone just doesn’t cut it. That’s where Roku comes in.
If you want to mirror your Android device to your Roku player, there are a few different methods available. Android’s built-in screen mirroring function can be used to mirror your Android to a Roku TV, while third-party apps can also be used to do the same.
Mirroring your Android device allows you to extend the mobile experience from your Android phone and tablet devices to your television. It’s a great way to keep up with work, watch shows, and play games from your phone on your TV.
In this article, we’ll take a look at a few different methods to mirror Android to Roku and help you decide which one is best for you!
Method #1: Mirror Android to Roku Using Android Screen Mirroring
The first and easiest way to do this is to use the built-in screen mirroring features on your Android device.
There are options for mirroring without the use of third-party apps on Android 4 and higher devices, but they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Before we get started, make sure that both devices are connected to the same WiFi network. You can then do this:
- Go to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring on your Roku Player.
- Make sure it is set to “Prompt” or “Always Allow” depending on your preference.
- On your Android, swipe down from the top and find the Screen Mirroring option. Samsung calls it “Smart View”, while other brands use different names.
- Tap on this feature and let it search for nearby devices.
- Select “Roku” from the list of available devices.
- Then on your Roku, select “Allow” or “Always Allow” according to your preference.
There you have it! You can now watch your favorite movies or TV shows on the big screen with your Android device mirrored on your Roku.
Method #2: Mirror Android to Roku Using Third-Party Apps
A few third-party options are also available if you want to mirror Android to Roku other than using the native Android screen mirroring feature.
Here’s what you have to do:
- Download & Install your preferred app from Google Play.
- Launch the app and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Let the app search for nearby devices.
- Select your Roku Player from the list of devices.
- Follow the on-screen instructions, if any.
- Wait while the devices connect.
Apps like these are free but you’ll see ads occasionally, which can be annoying, and for that, you’ll need to buy the premium, but they’re worth it if you want to watch your device’s content on the big screen.
Method #3: Mirror Android to Roku Using the Official Roku App
Another way to do this is to use the official Roku app, but the Roku app doesn’t offer a screen mirroring feature — it just casts media files from Android to your Roku TV.
What you have to do is as follows:
- Download & Install the Roku App on your Android device.
- Launch the app and wait for it to search nearby devices.
- Select your Roku device from the list of devices.
- Play the video or image that you want to see on the big screen.
You can only cast media files from your Android device to the big screen of your Roku player this way using the official Roku app.
We’ve outlined every method that exists. Once everything is set up, mirroring should just take a couple of minutes, and you’ll be able to watch all of your favorite shows on the big screen!
Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll need to make sure that both your Android device and TV are connected to the same WiFi network. Otherwise, you won’t be able to connect properly.
Android’s built-in screen mirroring feature is best for mirroring to Roku as using third-party apps requires premium subscriptions, and the official Roku app has limited features.
Screen mirroring is supported by almost all Android phones running Android 4 or later; it’s just that different phone brands call it by different names.
Roku’s official app is available on Google Play as well as the App Store and can be used as a remote control.