Can I AirPlay to Roku without WiFi?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

It is possible to AirPlay to Roku without Wi-Fi. Roku devices do not have built-in support for AirPlay, which is a feature exclusive to Apple devices. However, there are alternative methods you can use to connect your iPhone to Roku TV and mirror your screen without relying on a Wi-Fi connection.

One way to achieve this is by using an HDMI cable. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to connect your iPhone to Roku TV without Wi-Fi:

1. Check your Roku TV: Make sure your Roku TV has an available HDMI port. Most Roku TVs have multiple HDMI ports, so you can choose the one that is convenient for you.

2. Get an HDMI cable: Purchase an HDMI cable that is compatible with your iPhone and Roku TV. There are different types of HDMI cables available, such as HDMI to Lightning for newer iPhones or HDMI to HDMI for older iPhone models. Choose the one that suits your needs.

3. Connect the HDMI cable: Plug one end of the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on your Roku TV and the other end into the appropriate adapter for your iPhone. If you’re using a Lightning to HDMI cable, connect the Lightning end to your iPhone. If you’re using an HDMI to HDMI cable, you may need an additional HDMI adapter for your iPhone.

4. Select the HDMI input: Use your Roku TV remote to select the HDMI input that corresponds to the port you connected your iPhone to. This will display your iPhone’s screen on your Roku TV.

5. Set up AirPlay mirroring: On your iPhone, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open the Control Center. Tap on “Screen Mirroring” or “AirPlay Mirroring” (the wording may vary depending on your iPhone model).

6. Choose your Roku TV: In the list of available devices, you should see your Roku TV listed. Tap on it to connect and start mirroring your iPhone’s screen to your Roku TV.

Once connected, you can use your iPhone to stream videos, play games, or display any content on your Roku TV. It’s important to note that this method relies on a physical HDMI connection and does not require a Wi-Fi network.

It’s worth mentioning that there are also third-party apps available in the App Store that claim to offer AirPlay-like functionality for Roku devices, even without Wi-Fi. However, these apps may not provide the same seamless experience as native AirPlay, and their effectiveness may vary.

While Roku devices do not natively support AirPlay without Wi-Fi, you can still connect your iPhone to Roku TV using an HDMI cable and mirror your screen. This method allows you to enjoy your iPhone’s content on a larger screen without the need for a Wi-Fi connection.