You Can Now Stream Video From Android to Roku
Do you know that you can share your video on Android handset to wide screen TV with Roku? If you are just looking for a way to share videos stored on your smartphone to your TV, Roku will help you a lot. The Roku 3 , Roku Streaming Stick , and the brand new Roku 2 (2015 model) support screen mirroring. With this feature, Android phone users can easily mirror the content that’s on their Android smartphone to their TV.
Now, if you have many videos on Android handset and want to mirror them to TV via Roku, here’s what you need to know to set it up:
Enable Screen Mirroring on Roku
The process is easy to operate. First, click Settings in the left navigation bar then follow Screen Mirroring.
Set Mirroring Screen On Android
Note: Make sure your Android device is running version 4.4.2 or later. You can check this by going to Settings and clicking About. Check if your Android phone is the Roku screen mirroring compatible list below:
Your device must also be connected to the same network as your Roku. You can check the network your Roku is connected to in the network section of the settings menu.
To begin mirroring on a stock Android device, go to Settings, click Display, followed by Cast Screen. Then tap the Menubutton in the top right corner of the screen and check the Enable Wireless Display box. Your Roku should now appear in the Cast Screen section.
Once you see your Roku box or stick appear on the screen, simply tap on it to connect. Now whatever you see on your mobile device is exactly what will be displayed on your TV.
The method is slightly different on devices from Samsung, HTC, LG and other Android manufacturers. For example, on the Galaxy S5 you will find the Screen Mirroring option under the Connect and Share section of the settings menu. On other Android devices you should find a screen mirroring option in the Settings menu or Display subsetting, as long as the device is running Android 4.4.2 or higher.
Roku Supported File Formats
The following media file formats are supported:
- Video — H.264/AVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV), on Roku 4 only: H.265/HEVC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); VP9 (.MKV)
- Audio – AAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV); MP3(.MP3, .MKV); WMA (.ASF, .WMA, .MKV), FLAC (.FLAC, .MKV), PCM (.WAV, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV), AC3/EAC3 (.MKV,.MP4. .MOV, .AC3), DTS (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV), ALAC (.MKV, .MP4, .MOV, .M4A)
- Image — JPG, PNG, GIF (non-animated)
Only supported file types are shown in the Roku Media Player channel. The channel hides unsupported file types.
Multichannel AAC is not supported on all Roku models. Roku TV’s and Roku 4 set-top-boxes do support multichannel decode to PCM stereo.
On Roku set-top-boxes Dolby Digital audio (AC3, EAC3) is only supported via pass through.
DTS is only supported via pass through on both Roku set-top-boxes and Roku TV’s. You must connect your Roku player via HDMI or S/PDIF to a TV or receiver capable of decoding Dolby Digital or DTS in order to hear videos with audio tracks in those formats.
Some media server software may convert files into Roku compatible formats.
DRM-protected content is not supported.
Supported Video Audio Formats for Android
The table below describes the media format support built into the Android platform. Note that any given mobile device may provide support for additional formats or file types not listed in the table.
Tips: for more information about audio and image formats compatible with Android, please see the following:
• Supported Audio formats: MP3, 3GP, MP4, M4A, AAC, WAV, TS, FLAC, OGG, MID, XMF, MXMF, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, IMY.
• Supported Image formats: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WEBP.
From the supported video list of Roku and Android devices, we know that there is difference. So when you plan to mirror videos on Android phone to TV via Roku, you need to ensure that the format is supported by both. When the format is compatible with the other one, you can transcode the video to compatible one with video converter.
Here, we strongly recommend Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to help you re-encode any unsupported video to Roku, Android and TV supported formats. It can convert H.265, 3GP, MP4, WMV, MKV, VOB, TS, Tivo,etc to Roku 4/3/2, Roku Streaming Stick, Android phones, HD TV all supported H.264 MP4. It outputs H.264, H.264, MPEG, DivX, XviD, etc codec and MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, 3GP, M3U8, H,265, etc format. And it allows you to adjust video codec from AC3, DTS to AAC, MP3 for Roku playing and choose audio channel to stereo, mono, 5.1 channels and 7.1 channels.
It has many other video conversion function and simple video editing features. If you are interested, just read its review.
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Three Steps to Convert unsupported video to Roku/Android devices/TV
Step 1: Load source video
Click “File” on the interface to load any format source video to the app. You even can add Blu-ray/DVD to rip for Roku playing. After several minutes, all videos will be loaded and listed on the left.
Step 2: Choose output format
Choose output format from “Format” drop-down list. There are many choices in “Common Video” and “HD Video”. And this app offers optimized preset for Android phones and TV. These preset is encoded with H.264 codec and the most compatible A/V parameters. So when you choose the preset, it will be played on all Android devices, TVs and Roku. Or you can simple choose “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)”format as the target format.
Tip: Click “Settings” to open a new window. Here, you can reset audio codec to compatible with Roku and TV playback.
Step 3: Start to conversion
Press on “Convert” button at bottom right corner to start to convert any unsupported video to Roku and Android devices.
After the conversion, just put the converted video to your Android devices, then you can use Roku to mirror the video to TV from your Android phone.