Roku is an excellent all-in-one streaming device that allows smooth playback of many channels and services. But this handy device can do much more. You can also use it to cast content from your other devices for a better viewing experience.
If you’re not sure how to stream something to the big screen with casting, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading to learn how to cast to a Roku from different devices.
Cast your screen to a Roku device
Casting to a Roku device is pretty easy, no matter what device you’re using. However, you should know certain ground rules before casting content.
- Casting will only display the chosen app. If you want to see the full screen of your device, you need to mirror your device instead.
- The device you want to cast must be connected to the same network as your Roku device.
- The app you want to cast must be installed on both the device you’re casting from and your Roku device.
- Not all apps can be cast to your Roku streaming player or TV. To check if Roku can support the app you want, look for a casting icon next to the content you have in mind. Keep in mind that some apps don’t show the cast icon until playback starts.
If your device and app ticks all the boxes, you’ll be happy to know that nothing is standing in your way. Let’s take a look at casting content to a Roku device.
Cast to a Roku device from an iOS device
After selecting the app and video you want to cast to Roku, there are only two steps left.
- Tap the app’s cast icon (a screen with a Wi-Fi signal at the bottom).
- Select your Roku device when prompted.
After tapping on your Roku device, you will see the message “Connecting to Roku…” on the screen. After the devices connect, the selected app will automatically launch on the screen and start playing the content.
From there, you can use your iOS device to control playback, although you can still play and pause the video with your Roku remote.
If you choose to use the Roku remote, you can use your iPhone or iPad for other tasks or other apps. Even shutting down your iOS device will not stop the casting.
Once you’re done watching your chosen content, you can disconnect the devices just as quickly.
- Tap the cast icon on your iOS device.
- Press the “Disconnect” button.
Cast to a Roku device from an Android device
By casting to a big screen from your mobile device, you can watch a nice Netflix movie or a YouTube video in more detail. While selecting the content may take some time, the casting will be done before you know it.
- Tap the casting icon (a screen with a Wi-Fi signal at the bottom) in the chosen app.
- Choose your Roku device from the pop-up window.
If you’re casting from YouTube, the cast icon should also be available on the home page. After your Android and Roku devices connect, playback will start automatically.
You can use your Android device and the Roku remote to control playback settings. Alternatively, you can use your Android device as a remote control, which then also allows you to use voice commands.
- Tap the casting icon again.
- Press the “Voice Search” button to search for other content by voice.
- Select the “Remote” icon to control the playback of the casting. Voice commands are also possible with this option.
When you’re done watching your movie or video, you can disconnect your Android device in two easy steps:
- Press the cast icon again.
- Tap the “Disconnect” button in the lower right corner.
Cast to a Roku device from a computer
If all the good display options are on your computer instead of a smartphone or tablet, don’t worry; you can still cast to a Roku device. The only thing to note is that the casting process is not as fast as using an Android or an iOS device.
Cast to a Roku device from Windows
Most playback apps are only available as web clients on a PC. So you need to mirror your computer screen to a Roku device in order to play the content you want. This process can only be performed on Windows 10 and 11. Here’s what you need to do:
- Tap the “Action Center” icon on the right side of your taskbar.
- Click the “Connect” icon.
- Tap your Roku device in the “Connect” sidebar.
- Allow the connection on your Roku device with your remote.
- Press “OK” to confirm.
After you complete the steps, you will be able to see your Windows screen on Roku TV. Now you can play any content you have in mind. When you’re done, just tap the Disconnect button in the Connect sidebar.
Cast to a Roku device from a Mac
You can cast any content from your Mac computer using the AirPlay service. This handy service is primarily designed to facilitate sharing between two Apple devices. However, you can also use it to cast to Roku, provided you have a compatible Roku device model. In addition, your operating system must be macOS 10.14.5 or later.
If both devices meet these requirements, here’s how to cast from a Mac to a Roku device:
- Open the video you want to cast.
- Press the “AirPlay” icon (a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom).
- Select your Roku device from the popup list.
If there is no AirPlay icon when you open the content you want, you need to go through one more step:
- Tap the “Share” icon (a square with an arrow pointing up).
- Select “AirPlay” from the “Share” menu.
The chosen content should be automatically cast to your Roku device.
Follow these steps to disable AirPlay and stop casting content from your Mac:
- Go to the “Control Center” icon in the top right corner.
- Tap the “Flip screen” icon.
- Select “Display Preferences” from the pop-up menu.
- Set the “AirPlay Display” option in the lower left corner to “Off”.
Casting to Roku is the perfect way to share videos and watch movies from your other devices in just a few clicks. Although there are some limitations, you can enjoy most of the content on the big screen. This feature can even come in handy when playing content already available on Roku TV. If you’re using a mobile device or a tablet, you’ll save time by eliminating the tedious typing with a remote.
Have you ever cast content to your Roku device? What device did you use to cast? Let us know in the comments below.