Apple devices come with Airplay, which lets you stream content from your device onto any compatible device. Monitors, smart TVs, and more supporting this feature can turn their smartphone experience to a whole different level. One of the smart TV options is the Roku TV, which provides simple ways to access and stream video and audio content on a TV. But besides just streaming content online, you can stream content from your iPhone with a single tap.
But recently, some Apple device users have pointed out that they cannot use Airplay and Roku TV together. Roku is not showing up as a device on Airplay for these users. If you are one of these users, this article will help you. Here, we have mentioned all the possible solutions you can try to resolve this problem. So without any further ado, let’s get into it.
How to Fix Roku Not Showing Up on Airplay?
Mirroring is the first step you need to perform to set up Airplay between your Apple device and Roku TV. When you are about to mirror, select the right device for it. Once you initiate or attempt the Airplay, you will be prompted for the Airplay code displayed on the TV. Once you enter the correct code on your Apple device, the mirroring process will be complete.
But this won’t mean anything if you can’t detect your Roku TV on your Airplay device. This happens when your Roku TV and Apple device are not connected to the same Network. For Airplay to work, you need both connected to the same Network. If any of the two devices are connected to another network, the Roku TV won’t show up on Airplay, which won’t work. So go to your Roku TV’s Settings menu, head into Network and look into the About section. There you will see the Network to which your Roku TV is connected.
Go to your Apple device’s settings menu for the connection section. There, you must ensure that your Roku TV and Apple device are connected to the same Network.
Roku Devices that Support AirPlay:
Another important thing to note here is that for your Airplay to work on your Apple device and Roku TV, you must have a Roku TV that supports Airplay. The Roku TV must also have the latest OS to ensure a seamless connection.
Supported device list:
|Roku TV||Axxxx, Cxxxx, CxxGB, 7xxxx||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Streambar||9102||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Streambar Pro||9101R2||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Smart Soundbar||9101||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Smart Soundbar||9100||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Streaming Stick+||3810, 3811||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Streaming Stick 4K||3820||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Streaming Stick 4K+||3821||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Express 4K||3940||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Express 4K+||3941||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Premiere||3920, 4620||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Premiere+||3921, 4630||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Ultra||4600, 4640, 4660, 4661, 4670, 4800, 4802||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku Ultra LT||4662, 4801||Roku OS 9.4 or higher|
|Roku TV||Dxxxx, 8xxxx||Roku OS 10.0 or higher|
|Roku Streaming Stick||3600, 3800, 3801||Roku OS 10.0 or higher|
|Roku Express||3900, 3930, 3932, 3960||Roku OS 10.0 or higher|
|Roku Express+||3910, 3931||Roku OS 10.0 or higher|
|Roku HD||3932||Roku OS 10.0 or higher|
|Roku 2||4205, 4210||Roku OS 10.0 or higher|
|Roku 3||4200, 4201, 4230||Roku OS 10.0 or higher|
Airplay supports the streaming of audio, video, photos, device displays and other metadata between devices seamlessly. It was initially launched as iTunes in 2004, supporting only music playback. But now, any form of media is possible, and we know it as Airplay.
Recently even Airplay 2 came into the picture with support for third-party software, making the most of Apple’s ecosystem.
If you have one of the supported Roku devices, as mentioned above, you should not have any issues using Airplay with it. However, if you are struggling with it, try the solutions below. Surely one of them will work out for you.
Restart Both Devices:
Both the Apple device and the Roku TV could use a restart at times. Any electronic device develops inconsistencies when not turned off entirely for a long time. To fix this, every device needs a restart. If there is a possibility that the Airplay feature is not working with your Roku TV due to this reason, you should try the restart option right away and check whether that solves your problem.
To restart your Apple device, press and hold the power button, and you will see the power menu. Then drag the slider to turn off your device. If you are using one of the latest iPhones, you must press and hold the power and Volume – buttons for a while. And if it is a Mac, you just need to go to the power menu and choose Restart.
Now when it comes to your TV, it is comparatively simple. You just need to hit the Power button on your remote once, wait a while and then press the Power button again. That will restart the TV for you.
If restarting both devices does not work for you, try the next solution.
Ensure Both Devices Are Linked to the Same Network:
As mentioned above, your Apple device and Roku TV need to be connected to the same Network to ensure the Airplay connection is successful. To ensure they are connected to the same Network, follow the following steps.
On your Roku device, navigate to Settings > Network > About. Check the name of the Network the Roku TV is connected to.
On your Apple device, go to Settings > WiFi. You will also see the name of the Network your Apple device is connected to.
If you are certain both are connected to the same Network but are still not working with Airplay, try the next solution.
Restart your router:
Resetting the router can fix most issues with your Network. When there is any inconsistency with a network, you will face issues with it. But a simple reset will fix all of it.
To reset your router, follow the steps mentioned below.
- Disconnect the router from the power source.
- Keep it like that for a couple of minutes.
- Plug the cable back into the power socket and wait till everything loads up well again.
- Then connect to the WiFi again on your TV.
Move on to the next solution if the problem persists.
Update your Roku TV:
Airplay needs a Roku device running on software version 9.4+ to function correctly. So check your device for any pending updates, and if you see one, install it on your Roku device immediately.
- Select the Settings option present in the left-side toolbar of the home screen.
- Scroll down and select System.
- Then select System Update.
- Now select the Check Now button.
- If an update is available, it will show the option Update Now. If you do it, select it and let the process complete.
- After the update is complete, the Roku device will restart.
Now try connecting to Airplay again. If you still encounter issues, try the next solution.
Enable AirPlay on Roku
Airplay is a setting that must be enabled on Roku for it to work. To do that, follow the steps mentioned below.
- Go to the Settings menu on your TV.
- Select Apple Airplay and Homekit.
- Ensure that it is turned on.
Now try connecting to Airplay again. If you still encounter issues, try the next solution.
Reset the Network Settings:
If you encounter this issue due to some network inconsistency, a network reset should fix it. But a network reset clears everything from your Network, including older WiFi connections, Bluetooth settings, and paired devices. If you are okay with this, move on with this solution.
- Open up Settings on your Apple device.
- Choose General.
- Navigate to Transfer or Reset > Reset.
- Select Reset Network Settings.
- Provide the confirmation and wait till it’s done.
To reset your Roku TV’s network settings, follow the steps mentioned here.
- Press the home button on your Roku remote.
- Select Settings.
- Go to Advanced System settings.
- Select Network Connection reset.
- Select Reset connection.
Connect both devices to the same WiFi network and try setting up the Airplay again. If it still does not work, try the next solution.
Factory Reset Roku:
If none of the above solutions worked, you could try Factory resetting your Roku TV. This will clear out everything that is saved on your Roku TV. But this will also clear out any possible inconsistencies with the software. To fix the Airplay issue, you should also try this.
- Press the home button on your Roku TV.
- Navigate to System > Advanced system settings > Factory reset.
- Select Factory, reset everything, and then wait till the process completes. This might take a while, depending on the data stored on your Roku TV.
If none of the solutions mentioned above worked for you, you should consider contacting the customer support of Roku and Apple. Once you inform them about your issue with Airplay, they should be able to provide you with a solution.
So these are all the solutions to fix Roku not showing up on Airplay. If you have any questions or queries about this guide, comment below, and we will reply. Don’t forget to let us know which fix did the trick for you. Also, check out our other articles on iPhone tips and tricks, Android tips and tricks, PC tips and tricks, and much more for more helpful information.