Apple’s AirPlay is a handy feature to stream content from an iOS device to a TV, but it isn’t always available. For example, you can’t use AirPlay to mirror content from your iPhone to, say, a Roku TV, streaming stick, or set-top box.
Luckily, Roku has long had a feature that allows users to do just that. It’s available on the free Roku app — and all you need is an iOS device with the app installed and a Roku TV streaming device. Here’s how to set the feature up and use it.
Get Your Roku Device Ready
Make sure both your iPhone and your Roku TV device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Similarly, you’ll want to ensure that your Roku software is up-to-date.
Go to Settings > System > System update to do so.
If it’s all up-to-date, go back to System settings.
Select Screen mirroring and make sure that it’s enabled.
Stream Content from iOS to Roku
Download the Roku app from the App Store. If you already have it, then launch the Roku app on your iOS device.
You may need to create a Roku account if you don’t already have one. Otherwise, sign in.
By default, the Roku app will display all of your connected devices.
Tap on the specific Roku TV that you’d like to stream content to. If you have multiple Roku devices, be sure to select the correct one.
Once the Roku app is connected, tap on Play on Roku. It’ll be in the toolbar at the bottom of the app.
Next, you’ll want to select the specific type of content you’d like to mirror — Music, Photos or Video.
Once you select a category, just pick the type of media you’d like to mirror. If you’re mirroring Photos, you’ll be brought to the camera roll, for example.
At this point, you should see the content on your Roku device. Keep in mind that it may take a few seconds for the content to appear, particularly if it’s a video.
You may run into some issues when using Play on Roku, but most of them are easily resolved.
Sometimes, there can be a lag between the audio and video on your mirrored content. If you run into this problem, try restarting the Roku app.
Also, keep in mind that your display needs to be on for the mirroring to work. If the display turns off, just wake your phone back up. You can also set display auto-lock times by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock.