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Roku devices give users the ability to stream content from hundreds of apps, but there are a handful of third-party apps that are incompatible and don’t automatically show up on the Roku Channels page. While Roku previously allowed users to sideload apps on their devices, this will no longer be an option in 2021, which means you will not technically be able to sideload apps onto Roku boxes, streaming sticks, or Roku TVs. Hence, the best way to stream third-party content is by streaming or mirroring from your phone to a Roku device. Here’s what you need to do in order to stream or mirror a Roku device.

Casting on Roku

The easiest workaround for streaming third-party content to your Roku device is to use screencasting. This method works for users using both compatible iOS and Android devices. Here are the steps that you need to follow.

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet and the Roku device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Install that Third party app You want to stream on your Roku device.
  3. Add it Roku homepage Of your Roku TV.
  4. To install the same app on your smartphone or tablet and start it.
  5. to open the app on your smartphone.

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    Android Cast RokuSource: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

  6. Click on that to water Symbol.
  7. Choose Roku television from the list of devices shown in the notification bar.

It is important to note that users with iOS devices can only stream content to a Roku device that supports Airplay 2. These include Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, Roku Smart Soundbar / Roku Streambar Pro, Roku Streaming Stick +, Roku Premiere and, select models of Roku TV.

Screen mirroring on Roku

Another method of streaming third-party content is to mirror your Android smartphone’s screen to a Roku device. Here is what you need to do to start mirroring content from your phone.

  1. Navigate to your Roku TV home page.
  2. Choose the settings.

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    Roku mirrorSource: Keegan Prosser / Android Central

  3. Scroll down and select system.
  4. Choose Screen mirroring.

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    Roku mirrorSource: Keegan Prosser / Android Central

  5. Choose Screen mirroring mode.

After enabling the screen mirroring feature, you need to follow these steps on your mobile device.

  1. Go to the settings Section on your smartphone and tap Smart view.

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    Image by IosSource: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

  2. Choose your Roku device of the Smart view Menu.

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    Image by IosSource: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

  3. Once connected, you can choose to Change aspect ratio so that the streaming content fits better on your TV screen.

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    Image by IosSource: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

You can also use the screen mirroring feature with Roku if you have an iPhone. The steps are pretty similar:

  1. Open that control center on your iPhone.

    Ios Roku reflection

    Ios Roku reflectionSource: Keegan Prosser / Android Central

  2. Tap Screen mirroring.
  3. Choose your Roku device.
  4. Enter the code from your TV to your iPhone.

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    Source: Keegan Prosser / Android Central

  5. Choose OK to mirror your iPhone to your Roku device.

Stream now

Before deciding which method to use, it is important to understand the difference between casting and screen mirroring.

Streaming differs from screen mirroring in one important way: when you stream to another display, you are not mirroring your device’s screen. This allows you to transfer a video to another display and keep using your device without interrupting the video or viewing other content. In comparison, mirroring only allows you to project exactly what is on your mobile screen onto your TV.

Once you’ve decided on a method, you can easily stream or mirror content from your mobile device that isn’t currently available on Roku using the steps above.

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