Streaming media content to your Roku device is easy, you can do it from a PC, a Mac or an Android smartphone, but what about an iPhone or an iPad? Well, you can use the official Roku app to cast photos and videos but real-time screen mirroring is not possible natively. Thankfully, there are third-party apps which let you cast iPhone screen to Roku along with few other perks. Let’s check them out.
Before we begin
First things first, we need to enable Screen Mirroring mode on the Roku device. This will ensure the content you push from the apps shown below is accepted by Roku. To turn on screen mirroring on Roku, make sure both, the Roku device and your iPhone is connected to the same WiFi network.
Next, go to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring > Prompt or Always Allow.
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How to Mirror iPhone to Roku
1. Mirror for Roku – for screen-mirroring from iPhone/iPad
Chances are you want to do more than just send videos and photos to your Roku from an iPhone and Mirror for Roku might be a suitable option for that. It can Livestream anything that is on the iPhone/iPad screen to the Roku TV.
Install the Mirror for Roku from the App Store and open it on your iPhone. Discover the Roku device to the app by tapping the “Choose” button. Tap your Roku to connect your app with it.
The app will prompt you to install a channel on the Roku device which will allow the app to screen mirror the iPhone screen to the TV. Tap “Install” on your iPhone and then proceed to install the channel on the Roku TV.
After that, you’ll see the record button in the middle of the screen. Tap the button to start the broadcast. Due to Apple’s and Roku’s restrictions, the app works around and records your iPhone screen and broadcasts it to Roku.
Now, just tap the “Start Broadcast” button to start the Livestream of your iPhone screen to the Roku TV. You can open any app and it would show up on the big screen, you can use it to stream video games, apps that don’t natively support Roku, etc.
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Even though you can stream any app to the TV, it still shows up in the vertical format and there is no way to optimize that. However, the next app lets stream content optimized for TVs such as videos from sources other than YouTube and Netflix.
2. Video and TV cast| Roku Player – for casting videos from the web
This next app lets you cast videos from websites like Tumblr, Instagram, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. The videos are played full screen on the TV by the app. Install the Video and TV Cast app on your iPhone/iPad from the App Store. Once the app is installed, open it and tap the cast button on the top right. It will show a list of all the available Roku devices on the network. Tap your Roku device to connect the app.
You can share local media, mirror screen, and cast videos from the web to your Roku TV. Tap “Web Browser” and enter the link of the video you want to play on Roku. You can also search for the video with its built-in web browser and navigate through the webpages.
When you reach the video page, the app will automatically detect the video and give you a link on the bottom. Tapping the button would push the video to Roku. You can either select a video size based on your preference or tap ‘adaptive quality’ to choose automatically.
This app is free on the App Store and would fulfill all the streaming related needs. There are, however, ads in the app which you can remove and unlock all the features for $5.99.
3. Screen Mirroring- TV Cast – for casting web videos
Screen Mirroring- TV Cast is similar to the previous app and I’ve added it in just in case any of the apps go dud in the future. You can also check out Mirror for Roku- AirBeamTV which costs $4.99 and doesn’t have a free version.