Roku announced a while back that its products will feature Airplay and Homekit with its new update.
But even before this announcement, you could mirror your screen onto your Roku TV through third-party apps, but it is not the most reliable way.
This comprehensive guide will enlighten you on how to mirror your iPad to Roku.
The easiest way to mirror iPad to Roku TV is by connecting through Airplay. Make sure your iPad and Roku TV devices are connected to the same WiFi network. Other ways to mirror iPad to Roku TV are by using third-party apps or a lightning AV digital adapter.
Here are the different ways through which you can screen mirror iPad to Roku.
1. Using Airplay
Before you can connect your iPad to your Roku TV, you need to ensure that the Fast TV option is enabled on your Roku TV.
With Fast TV turned ON, you can maintain your network connectivity even when your TV is turned off or powered down.
Seamless network connectivity is required for Airplay and Homekit features to work properly on your Roku TV.
Here's how to do so:
Enable Fast TV on Roku TV
To turn off Fast TV follow these steps:
1. On your Home tab navigate and select Settings.
2. Click on the System tile.
3. Select the Power option.
4. Next, click on the Fast TV start option.
5. Then Enable Fast TV start.
When you have enabled Fast TV, you have to note that the power settings will also change to allow more power consumption.
Set Up Screen Mirroring on Roku TV
Now here are the steps to set up screen mirroring on your Roku TV:
1. Open the Settings tab.
2. Click on the System option.
3. Select the Screen Mirroring option.
4. Then select Screen Mirroring mode.
5. Select your preferred mode from the provided options.
6. Allow Always lets any device connect to your Roku TV without any permission.
7. If you select Prompt, a pop-up appears if a device wants to connect with your Roku express
If you want to use a browser on your Roku, you can do that by simply mirroring the screen via airplay onto the Roku TV
How to Setup Airplay on Roku TV
With that taken care of, now follow these steps to connect your iPad to your Roku TV via Airplay:
1. In the Settings tab, click on Apple Airplay and Homekit.
2. Make sure that Airplay is ON.
3. Now open the Control Center on your Apple iPad.
4. Tap on the screen mirroring tile and select your Roku device.
5. Enter the code that appears on the TV onto the pop-up box on your iPad.
6. If you had selected the Prompt option on your Screen Mirroring mode, a box would pop up on your screen to Accept the connection.
7. Select your preferred option.
Now you can see your iPad screen on your Roku TV. Try playing some music or videos stored on your iPad.
In case the Roku device in hand is the Roku Express Airplay and you are facing issues, it is best to keep the device as close to the router as possible.
2. Using Third-Party Apps
Even though they are not as reliable, you can mirror your iPad to your Roku TV through third-party apps from the App store.
Selecting the right app can be an arduous task. There are a lot of options for you to consider.
Among the several options available, the Roku app was the most recommended way to share your screen before Airplay came into action.
With the Roku app, you could only cast the photos, videos, and music stored on your device.
Apps like Video and TV cast for Roku, TV cast and screen mirroring app, and other Miracast-based apps can also be used.
Each app has its own way of connecting with your Roku TV. Follow the instructions as shown on your screen to establish a proper connection.
Note: Most third-party apps will provide only a limited set of features. If you want to ensure proper connection and unrestricted access, you will have to buy the premium version.
3. Using a Lightning AV Digital Adapter
This step is an unconventional one as it is primarily aimed at non-Smart TVs which don’t support the wireless mirroring options.
This option is a tad bit more expensive than the others mentioned in this guide.
You will need a Lightning AV adapter (preferably from Apple) and an HDMI cable to make it work.
With these accessories, you can connect any of your Apple products to your desired display with an HDMI slot.
Follow these steps to mirror your screen:
- Connect the Lightning connection end to your iPad.
- Then connect the HDMI cable to the adapter and the preferred HDMI slot on your Roku TV.
- Switch the input to the connected HDMI source on your TV.
- Insert the charger cable into the charging port of the adapter.
- Now you can play games, watch videos and photos on your TV.
These are ways through which you can mirror your iPad to your Roku TV.
Common Problems While Mirroring iPad to Roku TV
Now if you are able to mirror your iPad to your Roku TV without any issues, kudos to you.
But that's not always the case. Not everyone can establish a proper connection between their iPad and Roku TV.
There are a number of problems you can encounter while in the process of connecting.
From audio and video sync errors to outright disability to connect, here are some of the common issues you may have encountered:
The most common problem associated with wireless connectivity is with establishing a proper connection, especially evident in TCL Roku TVs.
Connectivity issues can arise due to a number of causes.
The most common troubleshooting steps are as follows:
- Make sure you maintain close proximity between the devices. If your iPad is not within an adequate distance from your Roku TV, you may experience a hindrance in connection.
- Check for updates. If your devices are not updated to the most current versions, there is a strong possibility of connection breakdown.
To check for updates on your Roku TV go to Settings> System> System update> Check now. Click on Download/Install to install the latest update, if any.
Your Roku TV must be version 9.4 or higher, and the iOS version 12.3 or higher.
- Check for Compatibility. Airplay is only available in models Axxx, Cxxx, CxxGB, and 7xxx(x is the model number) of Roku TVs. Any other model of Roku TV cannot support Airplay.
To check compatibility, go to Settings> System> About.
- Restart your connection. A quick refresh of your router or modem can sometimes solve your connectivity issues. Simply unplug your router and plug it back in after a couple of minutes.
Stuck on the Loading Page
Were you able to connect to your Roku TV without any loading issues, but now you are stuck on the permission screen without the pop-up?
The reason may be because of some bugs that may have come from a recent update or could be that the Roku TV is simply slow in general.
If you have selected the Prompt mode of Screen Mirroring Mode, you might have encountered this bug.
A simple remedy is to change the preferences you have made before.
Go to your Screen Mirroring Mode setting by following the steps I mentioned above and change it to the Always Allow option.
This will make your iPad connect to your device to your Roku TV without accepting any prompt.
Unable to Stream with Roku App
With its relatively simple connection setup and ease of use, many users rely on the Roku app to mirror their iPad to their Roku TV.
But the problem with the Roku app is that you can only share the photos, videos, and music that are stored on your device.
Any other type of sharing cannot be done through the Roku app.
So if you want to stream your favorite movies and shows through the Roku app, you just can't do so.
Using another app from the app store can solve your problems even though they too have their own inherent problems.
Audio Video Sync Issues
This is a very common problem among third-party mirroring app users, with audio issues especially evident in TCL Roku TVs.
While you are able to see the video you are sharing, the audio may not be synced with the video.
This Is because of lackluster optimizations of the applications.
Proper optimization is essential to enable seamless mirroring and proper sync.
Opting for premium versions of the app in question has its own merits, better optimizations being one of them.
Whether streaming movies, playing your favorite movies, or sharing your last vacation photos with your family, mirroring to a larger display is always paramount.
With the addition of Airplay to the Roku ecosystem, mirroring has never been easier.
With a vast variety of options available in the app store, you can be sure to never be left stranded in your search for the right streaming app.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do you need WiFi to screen mirror on Roku?
Roku needs WiFi for screen mirroring if you are connecting it to your iPad. While doing so, make. sure that both devices are connected to the same network. Using a lightning AV adapter to mirror iPad to Roku does not require WiFi.
What is the best screen mirroring app for Roku?
The best screen mirroring apps for Roku available on the app store include Screen Mirroring for Roku, Screen Mirroring - TV Cast, Mirror for Roku - Screen Mirroring, Video and TV cast for Roku, and Apple airplay.
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