3 Reasons Why You Can’t Cast To Roku

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can’t cast to roku

Roku is a hugely popular video streaming device; not surprising as it gives users access to over a million options for streaming content. These days, many users like to utilise the casting feature.

This allows users to stream content on their mobile device but watch it on their TV screen for added comfort and an improved experience. As with all technology of this nature, it’s really easy once you know how to do it.

However, if you are not familiar with the technology then there can be issues with utilising the service. Usually, these can be easily resolved with a few simple steps.

Here we will give you a guide to the most common issues and how to fix them quickly and simply. You don’t need any specialist technological knowledge as all our solutions here are really simple to try.

Casting simply means you are using your mobile or tablet to mirror onto your television or other Roku device. This will allow you to enjoy streaming content in a more convenient way and get the full benefit of a larger screen. Casting usually utilises Google Chromecast.

Reasons Why You Can’t Cast To Roku

Firstly, you need to make sure that both your TV and the mobile decide you are using are both connected to the internet. When you are looking at a site with streaming content, such as You-Tube, you will see a small square icon along the top with a Wi-Fi sign.

Once you click on this icon your mobile device will give you the option to cast the content. Select this and the Roky TV should become a mirror image of your phone screen.

1. Network connection issues

Network connection issues

One of the most common faults affecting your ability to mirror onto your TV is a network issue. As already mentioned, both devices need to be connected to the internet.

However, for successful mirroring, you also need to ensure that both devices are connected to the same network. If the two devices are on different networks, your casting will fail.

2. No option to cast

No option to cast

Most modern mobile devices support casting. That being said, older phones or models that are not so technologically advanced sometimes do not. If you cannot see the casting option on your device, this is most likely going to be the reason why.

If you want to double check, it’s worth Googling to see if your specific device supports casting. That way, you will know exactly where you stand.

3. Mirror settings not enabled

If you are using the older operating system for Roku, mirroring isn’t automatically enabled. You will need to manually check for any updates that might be available. Once you are using the most up to date version, mirroring should be automatically enabled.

If none of this works, then you have probably exhausted all avenues that you can try on your own. Unfortunately, this will mean that your next step is to contact the support team at Roku and see if they can use their extensive knowledge to get to the root of your problem.

When you contact them, be sure to let them know all of the things you have already tried that haven’t worked. This should help them identify your problem and solve it for you even quicker.

8 thoughts on “3 Reasons Why You Can’t Cast To Roku”

  1. The Roku device and phone is connected to the same network. I have the casting icon on my phone. The Roku device is up to date it has options for automatic mirroring or prompt. But when I try to cast it does not show the Roku device in the casting option

    • Same here!… Its making me angry. My Roku is new and up to date as well as my phone. It’s just showing up as a option on my phone but everything else is..

  2. About a week ago everything was working right, no prob. Somehow i cant get Allcast to mirror anymore. I tried all kinds of things with the exception of factory restart. I have a feeling that isn’t going to be the answer either. And my phone doesn’t support casting,so that wont help.

  3. You have incorrect information here. I use a Roku TV and I cast from a GSM enabled Windows tablet. One of the best features of the Roku cast solution (unlike most others) is that the Roku receiver does not need an active internet connection. The tablet can cast to the Roku on it’s IP stack directly, and the streaming content is routed from the tablet’s GSM service (or wifi if connected). I have been doing this for a year in an RV, and that particular application is perfect for RV entertainment solutions since the tablet device has a $20 unlimited streaming plan on AT&T, Verizon, or t-mobile (unlike the high cost of a dedicated hot spot device). I will say, however, that I found your article because a software update on the Roku from five days ago appears to have broken my casting capability, and I am now looking for a fix.

  4. I can cast from my phone or an older tablet with android 6 but not from my Fusion 5 tablet with Android 9 to a TCK Roku Tv with CF105 Roku Software, It finds the TV but never connects or gives the prompt to connect. I did find a note on TCL support page regarding a bug that would not cast on newer operaTING SYSTEMs dated about six months ago,
    I have been in touch with TCL they say they are investigating.

  5. My phone is able to cast to my roku but sometimes it doesn’t show the device and sometimes it doesn’t and it’s on the same internet. Trying to find out why I can’t see every device on the list to cast on. Sometimes I like to line up several YouTube videos so I don’t have to find 1 after every video.

  6. Don’t know if my last comment will show but what I was saying is sometimes it shows all the devices i can connect to and sometimes it doesn’t and that’s my problem. Same internet and roku is fine. The only problems is the showing what you want to connect to. It will show a chromecast and say link with with TV link code and won’t show not 1 roku then other days it will.

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