Sharing Videos with Your Roku

Sharing Videos with Your Roku

Hey there! Today, I want to show you how easy it is to send a video from your device to your Roku. So, grab your popcorn and let’s dive right in!

First things first, to send a video to your Roku, you need to make sure both your device and your Roku are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This is really important, as it allows them to talk to each other seamlessly.

Alright, now that we have that covered, let’s move on to the next step. Open up the Roku app on your device. Don’t worry if you don’t have it yet, just head over to your app store and download it. It’s completely free!

Once you have the Roku app installed, launch it and sign in with your Roku account. If you don’t have one yet, no worries! You can quickly create an account within the app. It just takes a few moments, and you’ll be all set.

Got your Roku app ready and signed in? Great! Now, look for the “Media” or “Video” option in the app. It might be in a slightly different place depending on the version you have, but it should be easy to find. Just give it a tap and let’s move on.

In the “Media” or “Video” section, you’ll see an option called “Send video to your Roku.” Exciting, right? Tap on it and get ready to send some video goodness to your TV.

What happens next may vary slightly depending on your device, but the process is pretty straightforward. Look for the video you want to send from your device’s library. Once you’ve found it, tap on it and then select your Roku from the list of available devices. It’s like magic!

Sit back and relax for a moment while your device and Roku work their magic. They’ll do some behind-the-scenes stuff to make sure your video ends up on the big screen. Pretty cool, huh?

And there you have it! You’ve successfully sent a video to your Roku. Now, just kick back, grab that popcorn, and enjoy the show on your TV. It’s as easy as pie!

The present era has brought us highly advanced technology that is constantly improving. The best devices are very easy to use and intuitive. Roku is one of those devices, and this includes all of its different versions.

You can do many things with Roku, including sending videos to it. What does this mean? You can both send a video to a Roku device and show your device’s screen on it. It can be done on a tablet or a phone, and it’s quite simple to do. Keep reading to find out how.

How to Show Your Screen on Roku

Sending a video from one device to another can be done in many ways. Phones and tablets can send videos using Bluetooth, and some people might remember sharing via infrared. However, today we are not talking about those methods.

We’re talking about showing your device’s screen on a Roku device, meaning the TV that your Roku is connected to. There is often confusion around this topic, so let’s clarify things. Showing your screen is different from casting.

Both concepts will be explained in more detail, but for now, let’s focus on showing your screen. Follow these steps to show your tablet or phone screen on a Roku device:

  1. First, make sure that your device (phone or tablet) is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Roku device. It’s best to use your home network and keep things simple. Make sure your Roku is properly connected and working before you continue.
  2. Next, you need to download the official Roku app, which you can get for free from the Play Store or the App Store. Install the app on your device or update it to the latest version using the provided links.
  3. Open the video you want to play on your device and look for the Cast icon. Select it and tap on “Play on Roku.” The video will then be shown on your TV screen connected to Roku.

This is the simplest way to send a video to your Roku. However, there are other methods as well.

Another Way to Show Your Screen on Roku

This method involves actually showing your screen, which means that whatever you do on your device will be shown on your Roku (TV screen). Unfortunately, this feature is not available on iOS devices; it only works on Android and Windows devices.

How to Show Your Screen on Android

Most Android devices can show their screens on Roku. This feature doesn’t work on older Android devices (4.1 and older), but it should work on most newer devices. Phone manufacturers complicate things by giving various names to this feature.

It can be called Cast, Screen Casting, Smart View, HTC Connect, Smart Share, Wireless Display, Quick Connect, Display Mirroring, and so on. Here’s how to show your Android screen on a Roku device:

  1. On the Home screen of your phone, go to Settings or pull down the Quick menu from the top of your screen. Look for Cast, Wireless Display, or any other name that resembles this feature.
  2. Your device will search for nearby available devices, and it should find your Roku. Tap on it.
  3. When you see the “Connected” status below Roku, you’ve succeeded. Soon, your phone screen should be displayed on your TV. You can do whatever you want, view photos, play videos, and they will be shown on the big screen.

How to Show Your Screen on Windows 10

In addition to Android devices, you can also show your screen on Windows 10 and Windows 8 devices. If you’re still using Windows 8, look up the official Roku support page for Windows 8, as we’re about to explain the process for Windows 10. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Action Center on your Windows 10 device. On a computer, this is located in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  2. Then click on Connect.
  3. After a brief search, all available wireless display devices will appear.
  4. Click on the Roku device and follow the further instructions on your screen.

Screen Showing Options on Roku

Every time you request to show your screen from a different device, Roku will ask you on your TV screen. The available options include Accept, Always accept, Ignore, and Always ignore. This is cool, but you can actually access the showing settings on your Roku for more options.

  1. Press the Home button on your remote.
  2. Select Settings, followed by System.
  3. Then choose Screen showing.

Here, you’ll find two tabs. One is Screen showing mode, which offers the following options: Prompt, Always allow, and Never allow screen showing.

The other tab is Screen showing devices, and this is where you can see the list of allowed or blocked devices. You can choose to Always accept or Always ignore a device for showing.

Watch Videos on the Big Screen

That’s all you need to know about showing other devices’ screens on Roku. There is also a different method called casting, which can be used to cast different channels and apps to Roku, but that topic deserves its own article.

Screen showing can be used not only for watching videos on your Roku but also for viewing pictures or performing any other actions on your other device. How do you send your videos to Roku? Which method do you prefer? Leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below.

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