Screen mirroring and casting are easy methods to display your computer or mobile’s screen on the other device (in this case, Roku TV). Screen mirroring may have its issues like a lagging screen, but it’s still a popular option for quickly mirroring your PC or mobile to Roku. Follow below to know how Screen Mirror from Windows 10 to Roku.
Is Screen Mirroring and Screen Casting the Same Thing?
Both screen mirroring and screen casting has the same purpose – to display the content/media of your PC or mobile to the TV or any other device. But they are a bit different.
With screen mirroring, you practically mirror the whole screen of one device to another. Whatever you see on the mirroring device will be seen on the other device. If you’re screen mirroring a PC to Roku, every action on the PC will be visible on the Roku TV.
In screencasting, you share an app’s content or some media from one device to another. Only that media is mirrored. Whatever you do on the casting device isn’t visible on the other device. If you cast your PC to Roku TV, only the casted content will be seen on Roku, and other activities you’re doing on your computer won’t be seen on Roku TV.
How To Screen Mirror from Windows 10 to Roku?
- Check If Your Windows Computer Supports Miracast
- Set Up Roku TV for Screen Mirroring
- Begin Mirroring from Your Windows PC
- Get Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (Alternative Option)
- Use an HDMI Cable (Alternative Option)
1. Check If Your Windows Computer Supports Miracast
Miracast is a screen mirroring standard used by most devices. Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and other devices use Miracast for screen mirroring.
Most versions of Windows 10 and 11 support Miracast, so they are ready for mirroring. But you should first check if your Windows has Miracast or if you need to install some drivers before beginning the mirroring process, or if you have to get an HDMI cable for screen mirroring.
To check if your Windows has Miracast:
- Right-click on the desktop and choose ‘Display settings.’
- When Display settings open, scroll down and find the section ‘Multiple Displays’.
- If you can see ‘Connect to a wireless display’ under ‘Multiple Displays’, you have Miracast. If you can’t see the option, then your Windows doesn’t support it.
If you’re skeptical about the above method, perform these steps to confirm the availability of Miracast on your Windows computer:
- Open the Start menu, type ‘
dxdiag‘, and open the app. You can also open it from the Run dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R.
- When the DirectX Diagnostic Tool opens, click the ‘Save All Information.’
- Save the file to any folder or your desktop.
- Open the text file and look for ‘Miracast’.
- If it has ‘Available’ next to it, your Windows has Miracast. But if you read ‘Not Available’, then you don’t have Miracast.
You should update your display drivers and perform Windows updates and optional updates to try and get Miracast.
1.1 Update Display Drivers
- Open the Start menu, type ‘device manager,’ and select the first app.
- On Device Manager, click ‘Display adapters.’ It’ll show your graphics adapter.
- Right-click your graphics adapter and select ‘Update driver’.
- On the next screen, choose ‘Search automatically for drivers’.
- It’ll update your display drivers.
- Restart your computer.
1.2 Perform Windows Update
- Click Start, type ‘windows updater,’ and select the app.
- Press the ‘Check for updates’ button.
- It’ll search for updates and install them. This will take some time.
1.3 Install Optional Updates on Windows
Sometimes, optional updates include display driver updates. If you can’t connect to a Miracast-supported device, update everything in the Optional Updates section. Use these steps:
- Open the Start menu, type ‘windows updater’, and open the app.
- Click ‘Check for updates.’
- It’ll install updates.
- Restart your computer.
- Open Windows Updater again and check for updates. Let it install updates.
- Restart your computer.
- Now, go to Windows Updater again and click ‘View Optional Updates’.
- Select ‘Driver Updates’.
- Checkmark all the updates or only checkmark graphics driver updates.
- Click ‘Download and install.’
- Restart your computer.
2. Set Up Roku TV for Screen Mirroring
You need to activate the screen mirroring option from the settings of your Roku TV so it can connect to your Windows computer. For smooth screen mirroring, make sure that your Roku OS is updated.
- To update your Roku OS version, press the Home button on the remote.
- Go to ‘Settings.’
- Select ‘System.’
- Pick ‘System Update.’
- Choose ‘Check Now.’
After the update, follow these steps to ready Roku for mirroring:
- Press the Home button on your Roku remote controller.
- Choose ‘Settings’.
- Go to ‘System.’
- Select ‘Screen Mirroring’ from the settings menu.
- Choose ‘Prompt’ if you want to get an on-screen prompt on the TV whenever a device tries to connect, or select ‘Always allow’ to allow any device that tries to connect to your Roku TV. If you choose ‘Never allow,’ it will deny connection to every device.
3. Begin Mirroring from Your Windows PC
After setting up Roku TV, you only need to search for wireless displays, select your Roku TV and connect to it.
- Click the Action Center at the bottom right corner of your Windows.
- Select ‘Connect’.
- It’ll search for wireless displays. Find your Roku TV and connect to it.
- Your Roku TV would get a prompt notification if you selected ‘Prompt’ from your Roku TV settings. Allow it to begin mirroring your Windows 10 or 11 PC to Roku.
4. Get Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (Alternative Option)
Users who don’t have Miracast-enabled Roku can use Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. It’s a small device that connects to your Roku and makes it Miracast-enabled.
- Insert the USB end of the adapter to the USB port and the HDMI end to the HDMI port on your TV.
- On Windows, go to Settings > Devices.
- In the ‘Bluetooth and other devices’ section, select ‘Add Bluetooth or other device.’
- Choose ‘Wireless display or dock.’
- You’ll find the Roku TV here. Connect to it.
5. Use an HDMI Cable (Alternative Option)
If your Windows computer doesn’t support Miracast, you have a better option for mirroring your computer to Roku – using an HDMI cable. Wires make your space messy, but they offer a more reliable connection than wireless.
- Get an HDMI cable.
- Insert one end of the cable on your computer and the other end on TV.
- Begin screen mirroring without lags.
How To Cast Windows 10 or 11 to Roku TV?
As mentioned earlier, casting lets you mirror only one application to your Roku. This way, you can freely use your computer while casting something on Roku TV. Every application on Windows won’t have the cast option. So, you can cast only some apps on Roku. We’ll cast Google Chrome to Roku TV.
- Make sure that your computer and Roku TV are connected to the same network.
- Prepare your Roku TV for casting by pressing the Home button on the Roku remote and going to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring > Prompt or Always allow.
- Open Google Chrome on your Windows laptop and open the tab you want to cast.
- Select the three dots at the top right corner and choose ‘Cast’ from the list.
- Choose your Roku TV and connect to it.
- Select the current tab.
- If you get a prompt on Roku, confirm it.
- Cast anything on Google Chrome to Roku TV while doing anything else on your Windows computer.
Steps To Screen Mirror from Android to Roku
- Find Out If Your Android Phone has the Screen Mirroring Option
- Set Up Roku
- Begin the Mirroring Process from Your Android Device
1. Find Out If Your Android Phone has the Screen Mirroring Option
Most Android phones have the screen mirroring feature and they support Miracast so mirroring an Android phone to Roku TV is easy.
Still, to check if you have the option, use these steps:
- Open Settings on Android.
- Go to Connected devices.
- Find the option named ‘Cast’, ‘Screen Mirror’, ‘Screen Cast’, or something similar. It’s different on different Android mobile devices.
- If you have the option, you can mirror your Android to Roku.
2. Set Up Roku
- Connect your Roku and smartphone to the same network.
- To enable Roku screen mirroring, press the Home button from the remote.
- Go to ‘Settings’.
- Choose ‘System’.
- Select ‘Screen Mirroring’.
- Pick ‘Prompt’ or ‘Always allow’.
3. Begin the Mirroring Process from Your Android Device
- On your Android phone, go to Settings > Connected devices > Cast (or any other name like Screen Mirror).
- Tap the three dots at the top right corner of the screen and tick the box ‘Enable wireless display’. Or you may get the option ‘Screencast’ with a toggle for turning on and off.
- Your mobile will search for wireless displays. Select Roku TV from the list.
- Confirm if you get a prompt on your Roku TV.
- Mirror anything from Android to Roku.
How To Cast from Android to Roku?
With Cast, you can mirror a specific application to Roku. This doesn’t mirror everything on your Android screen to the Roku TV screen. Only the selected app. We’ll cast the YouTube app from Android to Roku.
- Make sure that your mobile and Roku are on the same network.
- Enable screen mirroring on Roku by going to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring > Prompt or Always allow.
- Open the YouTube app.
- Tap the cast icon at the top of the app.
- It’ll open a list of available devices. Select Roku TV.
- Confirm from your Roku to begin the casting.
How To Screen Mirror from Mac to Roku?
- Check If Your Roku TV Supports AirPlay
- Turn On AirPlay on Roku
- Enable AirPlay on Mac to Begin Mirroring
1. Check If Your Roku TV Supports AirPlay
Apple devices mirror or cast using AirPlay. Recent Roku devices can connect to iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers using AirPlay. However, check if your Roku supports it with these steps:
- Press the Home button from the remote.
- Go to Settings.
- If you can see ‘Apple AirPlay and HomeKit’ in the list of options your Roku supports AirPlay.
2. Turn On AirPlay on Roku
- Connect Roku and Mac to the same network.
- From the Roku remote, press the Home button.
- Navigate to Settings > Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.
- Turn on AirPlay.
3. Enable AirPlay on Mac to Begin Mirroring
- Click the Apple menu and choose ‘System Preferences’.
- Select ‘Displays’.
- On the next screen, find ‘Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available’ and checkmark its box.
- To connect to Roku, click the AirPlay icon on the menu bar (a screen with a triangle).
- Choose Roku.
- A passcode may appear on your Roku TV screen, enter it on your Mac.
- Screen mirroring will begin.
- To stop, click the AirPlay icon on the menu bar on Mac and choose ‘Turn AirPlay Off’.
Mirroring Your iPhone or iPad Screen to Roku
iPhones and iPads also use AirPlay for screen mirroring and casting. Use the below method to mirror your iPhone or iPad to Roku TV:
- Connect both Roku and your iOS device to the same network.
- Press the Home button from the Roku remote and go to Settings > Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.
- Turn on AirPlay.
- On your iPhone, go to the Control Center and tap ‘Screen Mirroring’ or the screen mirroring icon (two screens).
- It’ll search for AirPlay displays. Select your Roku device from the list.
- Get the code on your Roku TV screen and enter it on your iPhone.
- Begin mirroring.
- To stop, tap the mirroring icon from the Control Center and select ‘Stop Mirroring’.
Cast iPhone or iPad to Roku TV
The cast option is better if you want to stream or mirror something from your iPhone to Roku, but also want to continue your activity on your iPhone.
- Connect your iPhone and Roku device to the same network.
- Go to Roku Settings > Apple AirPlay and HomeKit > Turn on AirPlay.
- Open an app on iPhone that has the ‘Cast’ option.
- Tap ‘AirPlay’, the AirPlay icon (a screen with a triangle), or the cast icon (a screen with signals) depending on the app. On some apps, you may have to tap the ‘Share’ icon first before tapping the AirPlay icon.
- Choose Roku from the list of devices.
Screen mirroring and casting are quick and easy methods to see the media from your computer or mobile on a bigger screen. Use the above methods to mirror or cast from different devices to your Roku TV.
Why Is My Roku Not Connecting To My PC?
– Your Roku or PC doesn’t support Miracast.
– The network type isn’t selected as ‘Private’.
– Roku and/or PC aren’t updated.
– Roku is stuck in a limbo state (restart Roku).
How Do I Enable Screen Mirroring On My Roku?
To enable screen mirroring on Roku:
– Press the Home button on your remote.
– Navigate to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring.
– Select ‘Prompt’ if you want to allow each connection manually or choose ‘Always allow’ to allow any wireless display connection to your Roku.
How Do You Screencast Without Miracast?
You can use an HDMI cable to screencast or screen mirror without Miracast. With this, you can mirror your computer screen to any TV even if it’s not a smart TV.
How Do I Connect My PC To My TCL Roku TV?
To connect your PC to your TCL Roku TV:
– Press the Home button on your Roku remote and go to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring > Prompt or Always allow.
– On your Windows PC, go to the Action Center by clicking the notification area at the bottom right of the screen.
– Select your Roku TV from the list and connect.
– Allow the connection from Roku TV.