How to use screen mirroring with your mobile device

Background

Screen mirroring allows you to replicate (or “mirror”) the screen of your compatible Android or Windows® device wirelessly onto your TV screen, letting you share (or “cast”) web pages, videos, photos, music, and more via your Roku® streaming player or Roku TV.

  • Notes:

    • To use screen mirroring, both your Roku® streaming device and your mobile device must be connected to the same wireless network.
    • Screen mirroring is not supported on iOS® or Apple devices, or on Google devices (such as a Google Nexus or Pixel) running OS 6.0 or later. These devices can display videos, photos, and music using Play On Roku with the Roku mobile app. The Roku mobile app is a free application for iOS and Android devices.
    • Screen mirroring is not supported on all Roku devices. You can use the Roku device comparison chart to determine which products support screen mirroring for Android and Windows devices.

Do I need to enable screen mirroring on my Roku device?

You may need to enable screen mirroring if your device is running Roku OS 7.6 or an older software version. To check the software version of your Roku device, go to Settings > System > About

  • Roku OS 7.7 – If your Roku device is running Roku OS 7.7 and supports screen mirroring, the feature is enabled automatically and there is no action required to enable it. Current generation Roku streaming players and Roku TV models are expected to be upgraded to Roku OS 7.7 by the end of August.

  • Roku OS 7.6 – If your Roku device is running Roku OS 7.6 and supports screen mirroring, screen mirroring is enabled by default, but the feature may need to be enabled using the steps below.
    1. Press the Home button home on your Roku remote.
    2. Select Settings and then select System.
    3. Select Screen mirroring.
    4. After you access the screen mirroring settings, select Enable screen mirroring.

How do I mirror or cast from my Android device?

If your Android device is running version 4.2 or later (and is not a Google device running OS 6.0 or later), it likely supports screen mirroring. However, many Android devices use a different term when describing this feature. To assist with setting up and enabling screen mirroring on your Android device, here are some common terms used for screen mirroring.

  • Smart View
  • Quick Connect
  • SmartShare
  • AllShare Cast
  • Wireless display
  • Display mirroring
  • HTC Connect
  • Screen casting
  • Cast

Once you identify the term used by the manufacturer of your Android device, the screen mirroring feature is generally enabled from within the settings menu; often on a cast, connection, network or display submenu. Refer to documentation for your device, or contact the manufacturer to learn more about mirroring or casting from your Android device.

How do I mirror or cast from my Windows device?

How you enable screen mirroring is dependent on the version of Windows running on your device.

  • Windows 8.1

    The following Microsoft article describes how to project to a wireless display (your Roku device).

    Windows 10

    1. Open the Action Center. Refer to this Microsoft article for help.
    2. Select Project.
    3. Select Connect to a wireless display.
    4. Select your Roku device and following the on-screen instructions.

If you are unable to “project to a wireless display” on your Windows device, contact Microsoft for further help.

How do I allow or block a screen mirroring request?

When a screen mirroring request is made on your Roku device running Roku OS 7.7, an on-screen prompt will appear across the bottom of your TV screen.

From the prompt, you can choose from one of the options for allowing or blocking the request.

  • Always accept – Always allow content from the mobile device to be cast to your Roku device without displaying the on-screen prompt for each future attempt. This action will add the mobile device to a list of ‘Allowed devices’.
  • Accept – Allow content from the mobile device to be cast on your Roku device for this one attempt.
  • Ignore – Block the current attempt and do not allow the mobile device to connect to your Roku device.
  • Always ignore – Always block an attempt from the mobile device, and do not display an on-screen prompt for future attempts. This action will add the mobile device to a list of ‘Blocked devices’.

Note: If your Roku device is running Roku OS 7.6 or an older software version, a prompt will not appear.

Can I adjust the screen mirroring settings?

If your Roku device is running Roku OS 7.7, you can control how incoming screen mirroring requests are handled by changing the screen mirroring mode. You can also remove a device that was added to list of ‘Allowed devices’ or ‘Blocked devices’.

  1. Press the Home button  home on your Roku remote
  2. Select Settings and then select System.
  3. Select Screen mirroring.



  4. After you open the screen mirroring settings, choose the setting to adjust.

    • Select one of the choices from Screen mirroring mode if you want to change how incoming screen mirroring requests are handled.



      • Prompt – Each time a screen mirroring request is made, your Roku device will display a prompt, except in the case where ‘Always accept’ is selected from the prompt for a specific device.

      • Always allow – A request from any mobile device to mirror or cast its screen will be accepted without a prompt appearing.

      • Never allow – Always blocks a screen mirroring request from any device without a prompt appearing. This is essentially a way to disable screen mirroring in OS 7.7.

    • Select Screen mirroring devices and find a device in the list of the ‘Allowed devices’ or ‘Blocked devices’ before choosing to remove the device. The lists will be empty if ‘Always accept’ or ‘Always ignore’ has never been selected from the screen mirroring prompt.

 

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