How to Mirror an iPad to a Roku Device
One of the biggest perks of owning an iPad is connecting it to your Roku media player. You can sit back and relax as you watch videos and pictures on the big screen from your iPad. Or improve your work presentations by quickly connecting your mobile device to Roku, confidently bringing attention to important content.
While it’s not possible to mirror the entire display to Roku, you can still mirror images, video, and music files saved on the tablet. This means that you won’t see video games and apps like Twitch. However, connecting the two devices offers a unique way to experience your content.
Keep on reading to learn how to mirror your iPad to Roku so that you make the most of your media files.
Mirroring different types of content is a pretty straightforward process once you’ve made a few adjustments and prepared your Roku device.
You’ll first have to download the Roku Remote Control app onto your tablet. You can find it in the Apple Store and install it.
Since this app isn’t fully compatible with iPad devices, you’ll have to adjust the settings so that it can run full-screen. To enlarge the display, press the arrow icon in the lower part of the screen.
Next, you’ll need to ensure that your Roku player settings will allow you to mirror your iPad. Here’s how to do it:
- Use the Roku Remote Control and choose “Settings” in the toolbar at the left part of your Roku screen.
- Next, find the “System” tab and click “Screen Mirroring. “
- When you enter Screen Mirroring mode, you’ll have two options. You can select either “Prompt” or “Always allow.” If you go with “Prompt,” your Roku will always ask for permission when you try to mirror a tablet.
Once you’ve enabled screen mirroring on the Roku media player, you can move on to mirror your iPad.
Your tablet and Roku need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, so check their connection settings to make sure that’s the case.
- Launch the Roku Remote Control app on your tablet.
- Select the “Media” section at the bottom of your screen to enable images, videos, and music transfers from your tablet to your Roku player.
- If you’ve selected “Prompt” in the Screen Mirroring mode, the app will now ask you to connect to your Roku device.
- Pick the type of content you want to transfer to your Roku. Go through your pictures, music, and videos until you find the content you want.
Once you click an image or a video, your Roku will show it on the TV screen. When you enter an image folder, click the “Play” icon, and all the pictures stored there will appear in a slideshow. Swipe with your finger or use the control buttons underneath the images to go back and forth through the slideshow.
Using the Roku app is the most popular way to mirror your iPad, but there is another excellent option to do this. AirPlay also allows you to use the Roku streaming service to mirror an iOS device.
To check whether AirPlay will work well with Roku, you’ll need to find out the software version and device model.
Here’s how to determine this:
- Go to your home screen and select “Settings.”
- Choose “System.”
- Click “About.” The device information will then appear onscreen.
Your Roku device should be operating on Roku OS 9.4 and higher or Roku OS 10.0 or higher to work with AirPlay. You can find a list of compatible devices here.
What to Adjust Before Connecting AirPlay to Your Roku Device
If you’re using a Roku Streambar or Roku TV, they’ll get disconnected from your Wi-Fi network once you turn them off. To prevent this, you’ll need to enable a feature to maintain a stable connection. Activating this feature will strengthen the wireless connection and allow you to link AirPlay to your device.
Here are the steps to enable it:
- Click the “Home” button on your Roku remote control.
- Next, scroll through the options and press “Settings.”
- Choose “System,” then pick “Power.”
- Select “Fast TV start” on your TV or go with “Fast start” on the Streambar.
These settings should now allow you to send pictures, videos, and music from your tablet to the Roku device using AirPlay.
Once you’ve checked that your tablet and Roku device are using the same Wi-Fi connection, you can mirror your iPad and stream content on the big screen using AirPlay.
- Find the image, audio, or video file you want to send to your Roku device on your tablet.
- If you want to transfer a
- picture or video, go to video apps and select the “AirPlay video” icon.
Go to music and other audio apps when you wish to share songs, recordings, or podcasts. Then, choose “AirPlay audio.”
- The AirPlay menu will open. Scroll through it and choose your Roku device.
Note that you might have to click the “Share” button before the AirPlay icon appears in some cases.
When your content starts streaming on the Roku screen, you can use your tablet or your Roku remote control to pause, reverse or play the media. Press the “Home” icon on the Roku remote to end the mirroring session.
There are three common reasons AirPlay won’t register your Roku device when you’re trying to stream content from your iPad:
- Your tablet or Roku device might not be compatible with AirPlay.
Ensure that both devices support AirPlay before you attempt to mirror your iPad screen.
- Your Roku device and tablet are connected to different Wi-Fi networks.
You can only use AirPlay to stream content on Roku once both devices are using the same wireless connection.
- You’ve powered down AirPlay on your Roku device.
The following steps will allow you to turn on AirPlay:
- On your Roku device, open “Settings.”
- Select “Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.”
- Press “On” to activate AirPlay.
The last option we’ll mention is enhancing your visual experience with a third-party mirroring app. The Screen Mirroring App is an excellent choice, and it allows you to send movies, videos, pictures, and documents you’ve stored to your Roku device.
Here’s how to use it:
- Download the app on your tablet and launch it.
- Ensure the iPad and Roku devices are on the same wireless network.
- Find and select the file you want to send to your Roku TV.
- Click the “Screen Cast” icon in the top right corner.
- Select the Roku device to mirror the content of your tablet.
Mirroring your iPad to a Roku device doesn’t have to be complicated. You deserve to discover the full potential of your devices. When you have complete control over your tablet content, you can seriously upgrade your viewing experience and stop squinting at the small screen in your hands. Now you can enjoy your favorite content from the comfort of your living room as it plays on the TV screen.
What type of files do you usually mirror to Roku? Photo, video, or audio files? Sound off in the comments below.