How to mirror your iPhone, iPad, Mac

  • You can use AirPlay to stream content to your Roku from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
  • You need an Apple device that supports AirPlay and a Roku model that supports it.
  • If Roku doesn’t work with AirPlay, try restarting your devices and checking your Wi-Fi connection.

AirPlay, a handy casting feature on Apple products, lets you stream media from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to many different Roku models. That means you can display videos, photos and other media on your TV.

You can AirPlay content to your Roku directly from apps and websites — like Hulu or HBO Max — on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Or you can mirror your entire screen to your Roku from the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad, or from the menu bar on your Mac.

Here’s how to do it all.

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content through Airplay. (The next section covers screen mirroring via Airplay.)

Roku models that support AirPlay

Not all Roku models support the AirPlay feature. For reference, here are the ones that do:

The following devices must be running Roku OS 9.4 or later:

  • Roku TV models Axxxx, Cxxxx, CxxGB, and 7xxxx (where x equals each model number)
  • Roku Streambar Model 9102
  • Roku Streambar Pro Model 9101R2
  • Roku Smart Soundbar Models 9100 and 9101
  • Roku Streaming Stick+ Models 3810 and 3811
  • Roku Streaming Stick 4K Model 3820
  • Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ Model 3821
  • Roku Express 4K Model 3940
  • Roku Express 4K+ Model 3941
  • Roku Premiere Models 3920 and 4620
  • Roku Premiere+ Models 3921 and 4630
  • Roku Ultra Models 4600, 4640, 4660, 4661, 4670 and 4800
  • Roku Ultra LT Models 4662 and 4801

The following devices must be running Roku OS 10.0 or later:

  • Roku TV model Dxxxx and 8xxxx (where x equals any model number)
  • Roku Streaming Stick Models 3600, 3800, and 3801
  • Roku Express Models 3900, 3930, and 3801
  • Roku Express+ Models 3910 and 3931
  • Roku HD Model 3932
  • Roku 2 models 4205 and 4210
  • Roku 3 Models 4200, 4201 and 4230

For this to work, you also need an Apple device that supports AirPlay, i.e. any iPhone, iPad, or iTouch with iOS 12.3 or later, or a Mac computer with MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later.

AirPlay from an iPhone or iPad to Roku

On your iPhone or iPad, find the song, video, photo, podcast, or other media you want to stream to your TV.

The next step changes depending on the app you’re trying to stream from. Here are some of the most common examples:

From Spotify

1. Tap Devicesin the lower left corner of the screen.

Screenshot showing the devices option on Spotify.

Tap Devices.

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2. In the listen to menu, tap AirPlay or Bluetooth

Screenshot showing the option to access AirPlay on Spotify.

Tap AirPlay or Bluetooth.

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3. Tap the name of your Roku TV.

Screenshot highlighting options that appear when you try to use AirPlay through the Spotify app.

Select the name of your TV.

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From the Apple Music app

1. Tap the AirPlay button at the bottom center of the screen (the icon looks like three concentric circles with a triangle underneath).

Screenshot showing the AirPlay button in the Apple Music app.

Tap the AirPlay button.

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2. Tap the name of your device.

From the Photos app

1. Press To share button, which is located in the lower-left corner.

2. Scroll down the Share menu until you see AirPlayand tap it.

Screenshot showing the AirPlay button in the Photos app.

Tap AirPlay.

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3. Tap the name of your TV in the popup.

From Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and other mobile streaming apps

1. In the mobile app, start playing the video you want to watch.

2. Tap the AirPlay icon at the top of the video screen (the icon looks like a square with a triangle underneath).

Screenshot showing the AirPlay icon in the Hulu app on an iPhone.

Tap the AirPlay icon.

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3. In the popup, select your Roku device from the list of compatible AirPlay devices.

Mirror from an iPhone or iPad to Roku. screen

You can also mirror your iPhone to a Roku device through the Roku app. This can be accessed through the Control Center on your device.

1. Open the Control Center on your device. On the most recent devices, the Control Center can be accessed from: swipe down from the top right corner from your home screen or lock screen. On older devices (those without a home button), go to the Control Center by: swipe up from the bottom from the home screen or lock screen.

2. Tap Mirror screen in the control center.

Screenshot showing the screen mirroring option in an iPhone's Control Center.

Tap the Mirror screen option.

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3. In the popup, select the name of your Roku device.

An AirPlay passcode may appear on your Roku screen. If so, enter the code in the popup on your iPhone or iPad.

4. Your entire iPhone or iPad screen should then begin to mirror onto your Roku.

How to AirPlay or Screen Mirroring from Mac to Roku

As in the previous section, you can also mirror your Mac to a Roku device.

1. Make sure the AirPlay option is enabled on your Mac computer.

2. If you don’t see the AirPlay icon (a square with a triangle popping out) in the menu bar at the top of your screen, open System Preferences and select Displays

3. At the bottom of the Displays page, check the box next to Show mirror options in the menu bar when available

Screenshot showing the option to allow mirroring on a Mac.

Make sure the box next to Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available is checked.

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4. Once the AirPlay option is enabled and you are within range of your Roku TV, you can click the AirPlay button in the menu bar at the top of your screen and select your Roku device from the list.

5. An AirPlay passcode may appear on your Roku screen. If so, enter the code in the popup on your Mac.

6. Your entire Mac screen should then begin to mirror onto your Roku.

Why doesn’t AirPlay on Roku work?

There are several reasons why AirPlay may not work for you. For example, your device may be outdated, your internet connection is too slow, or your devices may not be connected to the same Wi-Fi signal.

Here are a few tips to help you solve the problem:

  • Try restarting or resetting your Roku device.
  • Make sure both devices are using the same internet source.
  • Double-check that you’ve set up AirPlay correctly on your devices.
  • Restart your router and/or modem.

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