How To Stream YouTube and More to Roku from an Android or iOS Device

Sometimes you want to watch video on demand from a mobile device, here’s how to stream YouTube and other online videos to the Roku from an Android or iOS device.

The Roku box offers hundreds of online channels in its store and hidden channels too. But an obvious channel missing is – YouTube. I showed you how to watch YouTube on your Roku with Video Buzz. And here’s how to stream YouTube and other online videos to the Roku from an Android or iOS device.

Set Up Twonky for Android, iOS, and Roku

First, install the free app called Twonky Beam for your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet:

Then log in to your Roku account to the Add Channel page and type: mytwonky and click Yes, Add Channel.

My Twonky

Then go to your Roku and update the Channels, and you should see the Twonky channel appear.

Twonky Channel

Launch the Twonky channel, and you’ll see it already has some online video content you can access and link to your Twonky account. But, you don’t need a Twonky account for this to work.

Tonky Playlists

On your smartphone or tablet, launch the Twonky app and navigate through the tutorial. Then, pick a channel – here I’m using YouTube. Then search for what you want to watch.

Twonky App MenuSearch YouTube Twonky

Tap to start playing the video, and a menu will come up asking you to select the device to “beam” the video too, in this case, Roku. You’ll see a beam logo across the video; just tap it to stream it over to your Roku to enjoy on your HDTV!

Note: You don’t need to launch the app for Twonky to stream content to the Roku; it just needs to be installed.

Select Device to BeamTwonky Beam

A couple of other features to note is it has a “Beam Queue” so you can line up videos to watch, and you need to tap to play different ones. Also, by default, the video stream is set to Medium, and you can set it to a higher quality in Settings. If you turn up the quality, I recommend hardwiring it to your router for more seamless playback.

Beam QueueSettings

Twonky has several products that allow you to manage your media and stream it throughout your home on different devices – including Xbox 360. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about the services as I continue to use them.

Hopefully, all manufacturers will decide on a single format for streaming video between all devices one of these days. Until then, we’ll keep you updated on various ways you can currently do it. Here are some other articles to help you get started streaming music and videos around your home.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Winston

    May 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

    thanks BB, for the twonky tip, I set it up on my ROKU box yesterday, it works out fine “it even update to new platform, as the old one no longer works “thank you

    I’m all ways great full to all you guys from the groovypost team, y’all do a fantastic job every day giving out tips’ and should not be taken for granted:)

    thanks all, and have wonderful holiday weekend


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