Upgrade Your Streaming Game: How to Cast to Roku TV from Android

Streaming content on the phone is undoubtedly convenient, but there’s something special about watching it on a big screen. Luckily, with the casting feature, you can project content from your phone or tablet to a nearby TV. In this article, we’ll guide you on how to cast to Roku TV from Android device using a very simple method. The good thing is this method isn’t limited to Roku TVs but also works on any TV with built-in Roku.

So, let’s get started without any delay.

Casting Vs. Screen Mirroring

Roku TV uses the “Screen Mirroring” feature instead of “Casting”. Although both terms are used interchangeably, there are some key differences. When casting, you can only watch content available from a mobile app that specifically supports casting. At the same time, screen mirroring allows you to view content from any app installed on your mobile device.

With casting, you only see a playback of the selected content, while screen mirroring shows the entire screen of your mobile device, including buttons and menus. While casting allows you to use your mobile device or your Roku remote for control, screen mirroring requires all actions to be controlled on your mobile device. Casting is supported on most mobile devices, but screen mirroring is limited to compatible Android and Windows devices.

Additionally, once playback begins, casting allows you to use your mobile device for other things or power it off completely, while screen mirroring requires your mobile device to remain powered on for the duration of playback.

Preparing for Casting

A. Checking for Roku TV compatibility

Most recent generations of Roku TVs and Streaming Players running on Roku OS 7.7 or later support screen mirroring. However, there are some notable exceptions. To check your Roku model, go to Settings > System > About. 

  • Roku Express – 3960, 3900 and 3930, all support screen mirroring. 3700 being an old variant, does not support this feature. 
  • Roku Express+ – 3931 and 3910 both support screen mirroring, but 3910 has this feature on the HDMI output. On the other hand, 3710 does not support this feature at all. 

Check the official Roku comparison page for a complete list of devices that support screen mirroring. 

B. Updating Roku TV And Android Device Software

In some cases, if you’re using an older version of Roku OS, you may not be able to access screen mirroring. Here’s how to check and update your Roku software. 

  1. Go to Settings by pressing the Home button on your remote and then looking up the Settings feature. 
  2. Now, select System
  3. Go to System Update
  4. Tap on Check Now
  5. Your device will automatically download and install if a new software version is available. Once the process is complete, it will reboot to complete the update. 

C. Installing the Roku Mobile App On The Android Device

Next, you must install the official Roku App on your Android device (mobile or tablet). It’s available from the official Google App Store. Go to the official app store, search for “The Roku App (Official), and download and install it like any other app. 

III. Connecting Roku TV and Android Device

A. Enabling Screen Mirroring On Roku TV

Follow the steps below to enable screen mirroring on your Roku TV: 

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select System
  3. Scroll down, locate and tap on Screen Mirroring
  4. Select the Screen Mirroring Mode
  5. When prompted with two options, select Always Allow to enable the screen mirroring feature on your Roku TV.

B. Enabling Screen Casting On The Android Device

Screen casting feature is available on all Android devices running Android 8.0 or later. You need to update your device if you’re running an older device on an older OS version. 

There are two ways to access casting on Android. You can access it directly via the dropdown panel on your main screen or by going to Settings > Display > Cast (or Cast Screen or Screen Mirroring) and then turning ON the option. 

C. Connecting The Android Device To Roku TV Using Wi-Fi Direct

Follow the steps below to connect Roku TV and Android for screen mirroring: 

  1. First, ensure your Roku TV and Android device are on the same Wi-Fi network 
  2. Make sure the Casting option is enabled on both devices
  3. Launch the Roku app on your Android device
  4. Sign into your Roku Account
  5. Tap on Devices in the lower right-hand corner
  6. Wait a few moments as the app searches for all the available Roku devices.
  7. When your Roku TV becomes visible, tap on it and wait for the two to connect. That’s all! 

(it may take a few moments, depending on the speed of your internet connection)

IV. Casting Content from Android to Roku TV

Here’s how to cast to Roku TV from Android: 

A. Using The Cast Button On Android Apps

Most streaming Android apps – like Netflix, Prime Video and Youtube – have a built-in cast feature. You can use it to mirror content directly without changing settings or installing other apps. Here’s how to do that: 

  1. Ensure your Android device and Roku TV are on the same Wi-FiWi-Fi network. 
  2. Open the streaming app. For this tutorial, we’re using the Netflix app. 
  3. Locate and select the cast icon. In most cases, it looks like a rectangle with rounded corners and three curved lines at the bottom. 
  4. When the app prompts for a device, select your Roku TV or device to start casting. Netflix will open on your Roku to the content you want to cast. You can then continue using your Android device to choose and adjust content on TV as you like. 

B. Casting Videos, Photos, And Music From The Android Gallery

To cast content from your Android gallery, follow the steps below: 

  1. Launch the Roku app on your Android device and sign in.
  2. Connect it to your Roku TV.
  3. Once they connect, tap on Media
  4. Select your preferred media like Music, Videos or Photos
  5. Select the file and start playing. Enjoy!

C. Casting Web Content From The Android Browser

If you want to cast any web content from a browser on your Android device, using a third-party cast app is best. There are several good apps available, like: 

  • AllCast
  • AirDroid
  • Cast to TV

Here’s how to proceed: 

  1. Download any of the above-mentioned apps on your Android device. For this tutorial, we’re using AirDroid. 
  2. Next, open the AirDroid Cast Web Browser (https://webcast.airdroid.com/) on your Roku TV. 
  3. Finally, scan the QR code on the above link with your Android device. You can also enter the cast code into the AirDroid app on your phone to start sharing your screen. Easy peasy! 


V. Advanced Casting Options On How To Cast To Roku TV From Android

A. Using Roku Remote Control App On Android

Sometimes you don’t get any prompt to mirror the screen from your Android device. In that case, you can enable screen mirroring on Roku using the Roku remote. Below are the steps to follow: 

  1. Press the home button on your Roku Remote. 
  2. Scroll down and go to Settings
  3. Again scroll down and choose System
  4. Select screen mirroring
  5. Opt for Screen mirroring devices
  6. Look under “Always allowed devices”. If your device isn’t there, you must first allow it by turning on the Prompt. 

How To Turn On The Prompt

  1. Tap the Home button on your Roku remote 
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to System and then Screen Mirroring
  4. Finally, go to Screen Mirroring Mode and select “Prompt”. 

B. Using External Devices For Casting

You can also use external devices for casting. For instance: 

  • Apple TV 4K connects with all iOS devices like Macbooks, iPhones and iPads, but not Android or Windows products. 
  • Miracast standard devices like Microsoft’s 4K Wireless Display Adapter work great with Android and Windows OS but not Apple products or Chromebooks. 
  • You can directly mirror Android screens with a Chromecast, but it relies on Chromecast apps only. 

 

VI. Troubleshooting On How To Cast To Roku TV From Android

A. Common Problems and Solutions

Bad performance

This issue is mostly caused by AP (Access Point) Isolation. Some internet routers have it enabled by default for security reasons. Refer to your router’s manual to learn how to disable this feature.  

Poor Video Quality

If you’re facing poor video streaming, it’s likely because your Android device is too far away. Ideally, your Roku TV and the Android device should be within 4 meters (or 15 feet) of each other. Also, these devices shouldn’t be 4 meters (or 15 feet) away from the router. 

Low Volume

Are you experiencing a low volume when you cast your screen, and you’ve tried changing the volume on your TV and Smartphone, but nothing seems to work? There is one other solution – the Google Home app. Here’s how to troubleshoot this issue: 

  1. Download and install the Google Home app
  2. Launch it. 
  3. Tap Media and adjust the volume. 

B. Tips For Improving Connection And Performance

  • Restart your Roku and Android device
  • Make sure your Android device has enough power to provide an optimal Casting experience. If the battery is too low, this feature may not work at all. 
  • Check to ensure both your Roku TV and Android device are connected to the same Wi-FiWi-Fi network. 
  • Your Roku TV and Android device should be as close to the router as possible. The closer they are, the better the signal quality, which translates to better video streaming quality. 


Final Thoughts

This concludes our write-up on how to cast to Roku TV from Android screens. We hope the tips and tricks presented here will assist you in easily projecting your mobile device’s content onto your TV, whether through screen mirroring or casting. By following these methods, you can elevate your streaming experience and enjoy your favorite content on the largest home entertainment screen available. Good luck!

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