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