Roku Device Features, Settings & Updates

Help configuring Roku device settings, using Roku OS features such as screen mirroring, adjusting display type and audio settings, using Guest Mode, and assistance with software updates.
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Daniel69
Level 7

Screen Mirroring on android

I did all the instructions correctly but screen Mirroring just doesn't work. I made sure screen Mirroring option is on "Always allow." But when I get to my Android phone, Roku 3 doesn't show up when I click cast. I'm using a Moto g6, so I'm not sure if that has to do with it.

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andyross
Level 16

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

Not all Android phones will cast to non-Chromecast devices, especially if, like Moto phones, have stock or near-stock Android. I have a G5+, and it also will not see any cast device (Roku or even myBD player.)

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Daniel69
Level 7

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

Is there a way to do even with a Moto g phone? Or is it just out of the question?
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andyross
Level 16

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

Not that I know of. The closest thing to casting is a Firefox Roku app that works with Firefox for Android. And even then, it is very limited, with only play/pause control the last time I tried it.

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Xiphoidfugu
Level 7

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

Try downloading an app like miracast. My phone ( P30 lite) doesn't even have a screen mirroring option but works fine with miracast.
Donna2
Level 7

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

I have a moto e5 plus and after messing with it, found that its default Cast function works only with Chromecast devices. But you can download mirroring apps that will talk to Roku and other devices. My problem is that I can only get it to mirror videos that i have stored on my phone. I thought the whole idea of mirroring was to have it cast whatever is on my phone's display?

sparks999999999
Level 7

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

Think of it this way..... CAST = cast a stored video or photos using an app on the phone like a media player to cast or throw the playback to an app on the TV that can take over the playback. Such as youtube. You can turn your phone off after it's casted (thrown) to the cast device (miracast tv or chromecast) because the device receiving the cast is now doing the work. ........ MIRROR = mirroring/copying your phones screen to the TV screen. This is useful to show things on your phone that your TV can't cast receive. Like a browser or Google map. also you can't turn off your phone and it sucks your battery fast. This is like using your TV as a monitor only. Like hooking a monitor to your notebook computer the monitor is not doing any of the work , the phone/notebook is doing all the work ...... It's 2 distinctively different techniques with their own names. 

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Chromecaster
Level 8

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

Yeah it doesn't work and it's more than likely on purpose. They, as in Google and others, DO NOT want you to be able to do this. Why not make this possible instead of blocking it for your users? There is a large percentage of people that WILL NOT pay for services like Youtube tv etc. 

DocRoot
Level 10

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

However, you can still display media (photos, movies, music) from your MotoG (and other Google-like Android) phone to your Roku device using the "Play on Roku" feature in the Roku Mobile App (also works on iOS).

See the following Roku Support article for more detail on this:

https://support.roku.com/en-gb/article/208755108

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Cooshie
Level 8

Re: Screen Mirroring on android

How do you add an ALLOWED DEVICE?   

My MOTO phone will not shake hands with the ROKU TV.  This is absurd.  I just want to either mirror or cast, I don't care which, but I can't do ANYTHING.  

 

Very disappointed with both brands, frankly.