How to Effortlessly Cast iPhone Screen to Roku Devices

Casting your iPhone screen to a Roku device allows you to easily view photos, videos, apps, and more on your TV. With just a few simple steps, you can mirror your iPhone’s display onto a larger screen for everyone to enjoy.

What You’ll Need

To cast your iPhone screen to a Roku device, you’ll need:

  • An iPhone running iOS 12 or later
  • A Roku device that supports AirPlay, such as:
    • Roku Streaming Stick+
    • Roku Streaming Stick 4K
    • Roku Express 4K
    • Roku Premiere
    • Roku Ultra
  • Both devices connected to the same WiFi network

How to Mirror iPhone to Roku

Follow these steps to mirror your iPhone display to a compatible Roku device:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen (iPhone X or later) or swiping up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone 8 or earlier).
  2. Tap the Screen Mirroring icon (looks like two rectangles stacked). Screen Mirroring Icon
  3. Select your Roku device from the list.
  4. Enter the passcode displayed on your TV screen into your iPhone.
  5. Tap OK to begin mirroring. That’s it! Your iPhone screen will now display on your Roku device.

To stop mirroring, simply swipe down and tap Screen Mirroring > Stop Mirroring on your iPhone.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you can’t mirror your iPhone to your Roku device, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure your Roku device supports AirPlay. Check this list from Roku to see if your model is compatible.
  • Confirm your iPhone and Roku device are on the same WiFi network. They must be connected to the same router.
  • Restart both devices and try again. Sometimes a simple reboot can fix connection issues.
  • Update your iPhone to the latest iOS version via Settings > General > Software Update.
  • On your Roku device, go to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring and set Screen Mirroring Mode to Prompt or Always Allow.

If you still can’t get your iPhone to mirror to the Roku device, you may need to contact Roku Support for further troubleshooting assistance.

Mirroring iPhone to Roku Without AirPlay

If your Roku device doesn’t support AirPlay, you can still mirror your iPhone’s screen using a third-party app like Mirror for Roku.

Here’s how:

  1. Download the Mirror for Roku app on your iPhone.
  2. Make sure your iPhone and Roku device are on the same WiFi network.
  3. Open the app and select your Roku device.
  4. Tap Start Mirroring to begin casting your iPhone screen.

The Mirror for Roku app works similarly to AirPlay, allowing you to wirelessly mirror videos, photos, games, and more to a Roku device.

There is a free version of the app with limited features. You can unlock advanced functionality like audio mirroring and 1080p streaming with an in-app purchase.

Casting vs. Mirroring on Roku

It’s important to understand the difference between casting and mirroring when streaming from your iPhone to a Roku device:

  • Casting sends specific audio/video content like a YouTube video or Netflix show to your TV. Only certain apps support casting.
  • Mirroring displays your entire iPhone screen on the TV. You can mirror anything displayed on your iPhone.

AirPlay enables full mirroring capabilities, while the Roku mobile app uses casting for its supported apps like YouTube and Netflix.

Tips for Mirroring iPhone to Roku

Here are some additional tips when mirroring your iPhone to a Roku streaming device:

  • Use your iPhone to control playback on the TV using the lock screen media controls.
  • There will be a slight lag between your iPhone and the Roku display due to streaming latency. This makes gaming difficult but works great for video.
  • Connect both devices to a 5GHz WiFi network if possible, as it provides faster performance than a 2.4GHz network.
  • Close unused apps on your iPhone to devote more processing power to mirroring.
  • Make sure you have the latest software updates installed on both devices.

Enjoy Your Favorite Apps on the Big Screen

Casting your iPhone screen to Roku makes it easy to enjoy your favorite photos, videos, movies and apps on your TV. Whether you want to showcase vacation pics for family and friends or watch the latest YouTube or TikTok videos on a larger display, mirroring provides endless entertainment options.

With just a tap of the Screen Mirroring icon and a few quick steps, you can sit back and experience everything on your iPhone on the comfort of your living room. So grab some snacks and get ready to cast away!