Roku offers thousands of streaming and gaming apps, but sometimes it can still be difficult to find something that tickles your fancy. However, there are a couple of apps on your iPhone that you’d love to watch on the big screen.
You could connect your smartphone to your TV via an HDMI cable, but you prefer wireless connections.
Can you Airplay to a Roku from your iPhone? Yes, you can!
Roku streaming sticks and TVs support AirPlay, so you can wirelessly cast your iPhone or iPad’s apps in no time!
How can you AirPlay to a Roku from your iPhone? What should you do if you’re having trouble AirPlaying to your Roku?
Keep reading to find out!
How to AirPlay to a Roku From an iPhone?
Follow the steps below to AirPlay to a Roku from an iPhone.
This process applies to both Roku TVs and Roku streaming sticks.
Step 1: On your Roku’s Home page, go to the Settings.
Step 2: Navigate to the left and select Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.
Step 3: Once you’ve selected Apple AirPlay and HomeKit, you will see a message on-screen informing you that you’ll be redirected to the Apple AirPlaying and HomeKit settings, which is a separate menu.
If you aren’t automatically redirected within a few seconds, try re-selecting Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.
Step 4: In Apple AirPlay and HomeKit Setting, ensure that AirPlay is turned on. You can click the tab once to enable or disable this feature.
Here, you can also manage your device’s Subtitles and Captioning.
Step 5: Next, click on Require Code.
This function displays a code on your TV for you to enter into your phone and will prevent others from randomly connecting to your Roku TV or streaming stick.
Here, you can choose between three code options: First Time Only, Every Time, or Use Password Instead.
Step 6: Once you’ve finished setting up the AirPlay and HomeKit Settings, turn your attention to your iPhone. Then, open YouTube (or any other compatible streaming app).
Step 7: Find and tap the Cast icon, which is characterized by a rectangle and Wi-Fi symbol and is usually found in the bottom or top right corner.
Step 8: Your iPhone will display a list of available devices. Find and click on your Roku TV or Roku Player’s name to connect.
Just like that, you’re AirPlaying your iPhone’s apps on your Roku. We told you it was easy!
Follow our troubleshooting tips to resolve any connectivity issues your iPhone or Roku may have.
AirPlaying content from your iPhone should be easy, but sometimes glitches happen that can prevent your devices from pairing.
Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of our tried and true troubleshooting tips to get your streaming session back on track in no time.
Let’s get started.
Ensure Both Devices are Connected to the Same Network
Roku TV and Roku Streaming Stick
Step 1: Click the Home button on your Roku remote.
Step 2: Click on Settings.
Step 3: Go to Network.
Step 4: Head to Set up connection.
Step 5: Then, select Wireless.
Step 6: Click on your home’s Wi-Fi network and when prompted, correctly insert the password using the on-screen keyboard.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to check and change your Roku’s Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Go to your iPhone’s Settings app.
Step 2: Tap the Wi-Fi tab and check which Wi-Fi network your iPhone is connected to. Then, ensure it’s connected to the same network as your Roku.
Consider disabling your iPhone’s mobile hotspot to ensure it’s using Wi-Fi.
Step 3: If your Roku and iPhone are not connected to the same Wi-Fi network, connect your iPhone to the same network as your Roku and enter the correct password.
Restart the Network Devices
Step 1: Head over to your router and modem and check if they have power buttons. If they do, press them before unplugging both devices from power.
Step 2: Allow the router and modem to remain unplugged for at least 30 seconds.
Step 3: Then, connect the modem to power, pressing its power button if it has one. Wait for it to restart.
Step 4: Finally, plug your router back into a wall outlet and allow it to reboot. Its LED lights should illuminate blue or green. If they’re red or yellow, wait a few minutes for the router to finish rebooting.
Step 5: Check that your Roku and iPhone are connected to the Wi-Fi network before trying to pair them again.
Restart Your Roku
Step 1: Head to your Roku’s Home screen by clicking your remote’s Home button.
Step 2: Next, navigate to the bottom of the menu and click on Settings.
Step 3: Go to System.
Step 4: Some Roku models will have a Power option on this page. If you see this option, select it now to restart your Roku.
If this option isn’t available, proceed to the next step.
Step 5: Go to System.
Step 6: Head to Power.
Step 7: Next, select System Restart.
Step 8: Finally, click on Restart to restart your Roku.
Factory Reset Your Roku
There may be something wrong with your Roku’s network or AirPlay settings that is preventing it from pairing with your iPhone.
If you’ve tried all of the above solutions, but still cannot AirPlay to your Roku from an iPhone, consider factory resetting it.
This solution will delete all of your Roku’s data and custom settings, and should be your last resort before contacting Roku customer support.
There are two ways you can factory reset your Roku: via its settings or using the device’s RESET button.
Let’s learn how to do both!
Step 1: Press the remote’s Home button to go to your Roku’s Home page.
Step 2: Then, make your way to the Settings.
Step 3: Click on System.
Step 4: Go to Advanced System Settings.
Step 5: Select Factory Reset.
Step 6: Follow any additional on-screen instructions.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to factory reset your Roku through its settings.
Step 1: Head to your Roku device and find its RESET button. This button may also be a pinhole on certain Roku models.
Press the button for 10 seconds to factory reset your Roku.
If your Roku has a RESET pinhole, stick a thin, firm object into it and press down for 10 seconds. For this process, we recommend using a needle, safety pin, or another sturdy object that isn’t prone to breaking.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to factory reset your Roku using its RESET button.
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.