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Roku Adds Screen Mirroring to Windows and Android Devices

Roku recently started rolling out the release of its screen mirroring features so you can share what’s on your screen from select Windows 8.1 and Android devices as well as Windows Phone. The feature is currently available to users in the US and UK only.

Note: This new feature is in beta and only applies to the Roku 3 Model 4200 and Roku Streaming Stick HDMI Version Model 3500.

Also, you need a compatible Android or Windows 8.1 device. You can find a full list of currently supported mobile devices here.

Roku Screen Mirroring

To get everything rolling, go to Settings > Screen Mirroring (beta) on your Roku and make sure it’s enabled. Of course, also make sure both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.

mirroring beta

If you don’t see it for some reason, go to Settings > System Update > Check Now. Your Roku should be updating itself periodically in the background, but if you’ve had it unplugged or not connected, you might have to manually update it to get the mirroring feature.

Update Roku Software

If you have a compatible Roku streaming stick or set-top box and a supported mobile device, then you need to download the Official Roku Mobile App. In this example I am using the Nokia Lumia 635 and once you have the Roku on, set your screen to project to it.

To do that, go to Settings > System > Project My Screen. Next it should find the Roku and to start mirroring your phone, just tap on its icon.

Project My Screen

Here are a couple of shots of it working on my home set up – the pictures aren’t the greatest, but proves it does work. I was able to mirror everything on my screen, but in the first example I am mirroring the Windows Phone, I haven’t had a chance to test Android or a Windows 8.1 device yet, but I am sure the results are similar.

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Projecting Screen

And here is an example of mirroring Xbox Music on the big screen – and yes. All audio comes through as well as the images.

Xbox Music

Give it a shot if you have compatible devices and let us know what your experience is like! Remember this is a beta, so you can expect some bugs and glitches. For example, each time my phone’s screen would timeout, I would need to reconnect. Kind of annoying, but still something to play with in the living room if you have the time. Enjoy!

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7 Responses to Roku Adds Screen Mirroring to Windows and Android Devices

  1. shockersh October 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I was in Bestbuy about 3 years ago and ALMOST bought a Roku…. I got an Apple TV instead.

    Do you have both Brian? Which do you prefer?

    I’m guessing Roku is using some sort of Miracast which is what Microsoft uses I think…?

    Did you see this —

    Microsoft is looking to get into the biz now also. It’s a “ME TO” device but if it works, I’m cool with it… You should do a write up on it (before I buy it). 😉

  2. Brian Burgess October 13, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    @Shockersh: Yes, I have both. In fact I have pretty much every set-top box there is, and of course the Chromecast.

    Roku uses Bluetooth for some things, like on the Roku 3 the remote has earbuds that you can plug into it, and it uses it for that.

    Screen mirroring is done via Miracast though. I have heard of the Microsoft display adapter, and Paul Thurrott wrote up a nice review of it:

    As far as Apple TV vs Roku, I choose Roku, although, if you have an Apple TV 2 you can do some interesting things with it if you jailbreak it which I wrote about:

    But good luck finding one, and on ebay they go for nearly $200 already jailbroken.

    Hope that helps.

    • Steve Krause October 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

      I’ve tried several different Miracast devices w/Windows 8.1. So far, so bad. Really hoping Microsoft nails it with its device.

  3. Brian Burgess October 14, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    True, that is definitely one thing I have heard about Miracast… it sux in comparison to DNLA or AirPlay or whatever…

  4. A/V Techie October 14, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Thank you for the great article and the additional information. I’m checking into these presentation options for our educators to use in classrooms. Now I have some more reading to do.

  5. Elaine October 14, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    My favorite example is the Avenged Sevenfold image! That is exactly what I would want to project from my phone!

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