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Use AirPlay on Roku to Mirror Your iPhone or iPad's Screen on Your TV

By Brian
Published 11/17/2020
 | Updated 11/17/2020

With the November 2020 software update, Roku has added Airplay to select models. This lets you view your iPhone or iPad's screen on your Roku-connected TV screen, opening up a whole new world of content viewing possibilities. It's a real game-changer and in my mind, it makes the Apple TV box kind of pointless.

With AirPlay screen mirroring, you can view a website on your TV, for example. You can view an iOS app on your TV, even when there is no Roku app for it. You can watch HBO Max on your Roku, even though there's no HBO Max Roku app. I use it to view my workout videos.

Which Rokus Can Do AirPlay?

Before we proceed any further, here are the Roku models that can do AirPlay mirroring:

  • Roku Ultra
  • Roku Streambar
  • Roku Smart Soundbar
  • Roku Streaming Stick+
  • Roku Premiere
  • Roku TV (select models only)

If you're not sure if your model can do it, update your Roku's software to the latest version, then go to Settings. Check to see if you have "Apple AirPlay and Homekit", and see if you can turn it on.

How to Use AirPlay

Once you've turned on AirPlay on your Roku, it should just "work" once you've activated it on your iOS device.

On your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to reveal the Control Center and tap on "Screen Mirroring".

Apple Control Center showing Screen Mirroring (AirPlay)
Apple Control Center showing Screen Mirroring (AirPlay)

Your Roku device should appear. Tap on it and voila! You should see your iPhone's screen on your TV!

Screen Mirroring (AirPlay) screen on Control Panel
Screen Mirroring (AirPlay) screen on Control Panel

On your iPad, swipe down from the upper right corner and follow the same steps as above.

A few caveats. One time when I did this it took a while (like 30 seconds) for the Roku to show up. Be patient.

Also, when you first start out, the reaction time might be really laggy. It might take seven or eight seconds for a change on your iOS screen to register on the Roku. This should improve and the latency should be under a second after a minute or so.

Conclusion

I love AirPlay and I've packed away my Apple TV, since AirPlay was the only reason I was keeping it around. Now, my Roku Ultra is the only box connected to my TV! - Brian

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