Roku devices give users the ability to stream content from hundreds of apps. Still, a handful of third-party apps aren’t compatible and don’t appear automatically on the Roku Channels page. While Roku previously allowed users to sideload apps on their devices, this is no longer an option in 2021, meaning you can’t technically sideload apps onto Roku boxes, streaming sticks, or Roku TVs. As such, the best way to stream third-party content is to cast or screen mirror from your phone to a Roku device. Here’s what you need to do to cast or screen mirror to a Roku device.
Casting on Roku
The most straightforward workaround for streaming third-party content onto your Roku device is to use screencasting. This method works for users using both compatible iOS or Android devices. Here are the steps you need to follow.
- Make sure your mobile device or tablet and Roku device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Install the third-party app you want to stream from on your Roku device.
- Add it to the Roku Home Page of your Roku TV.
- Install the same app on your smartphone or tablet and launch it.
- Open the app on your smartphone.
- Click on the Casting icon.
- Select Roku TV from the list of devices visible in the notification bar.
It’s important to note that users with iOS devices will only cast content to a Roku device that supports Airplay 2. These include the Roku Ultra, Roku Streambar, Roku Smart Soundbar/Roku Streambar Pro, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Premiere, and select models of Roku TV.
Screen mirroring on Roku
Another method for streaming third-party content is by mirroring the screen of your Android smartphone to a Roku device. Here’s what you need to do to reproduce content from your phone.