If you are searching for a way to get Firefox on Roku, consider checking out our solution in this guide. Depending on the device you use, we have a workaround for you to browse the web with Firefox on Roku player or TV.
Roku devices use relatively low-end hardware, but Roku OS is what makes up for a snappy user experience. However, the software does have its limitations and disadvantages compared to other popular smart TV operating systems.
The streaming apps or “channels” on Roku are mostly web-based, which is why Roku devices get away with such low storage capacities. Furthermore, Roku OS strangely never had a built-in web browser app, which you can find preloaded on Android TV and Fire TV devices.
At one point, Mozilla did release a Firefox roku channel that allowed Roku users to cast web MP4 videos from the Firefox Android browser to the big screen. But it obviously wasn’t a proper solution to browsing the web on a Roku device. Plus, the Firefox channel is no longer listed on the Channel Store. In this guide, we will talk about how to get firefox on Roku. Let’s get started!
Can you Natively Get Firefox on Roku?
No, Mozilla Firefox is only available only on major operating systems that power phones, tablets, and computers. The deprecated Firefox Roku channel didn’t even offer web browsing functionality, and it’s now entirely gone from the Roku Channel Store.
Even though Roku devices don’t support browser applications, there’s a somewhat unconventional workaround, but it works nonetheless. You can mirror your computer or mobile device’s screen to your Roku player or TV, and launch the Firefox browser, then browse the internet and enjoy web videos that you can’t access via Roku channels.
How to Cast Firefox Android/iOS Browser to Roku
Miracast is a wireless streaming protocol that allows users to mirror the source device’s screen to a display with a compatible receiver. Thankfully, most of the Roku devices running Roku OS 7.7 or later support the Miracast feature.
With the Roku OS 9.4 update, select Roku devices and TVs now have AirPlay 2 support, allowing iPhone and iPad users to project their device’s screen to Roku wirelessly. It wasn’t possible before the update since Apple devices never supported Miracast.
The below instructions will guide you through the process of mirroring the Firefox Android/iOS browser to Roku streaming devices. First, make sure you meet the following prerequisites.
- Make sure you have the latest Firefox build installed on your Android, iPhone, or iPad device.
- If you have an Android smartphone or tablet, get it from the Google Play Store.
- iPhone and iPad users should be able to download Firefox from the App Store.
- In order for Miracast or AirPlay to work, connect your Android or Apple device to the same Wi-Fi access point or local network as your Roku player or TV.
- Roku users with an Android device will need to set the screen mirroring mode to Prompt or Always Allow. You can do it from the Home screen > Settings > System > Screen mirroring.
- If you use an iPhone/iPad, head over to Settings > Apple AirPlay and HomeKit > AirPlay and HomeKit Settings menu from the Roku Home screen, and then turn on AirPlay.
Steps to Mirroring Firefox Browser to Roku
Provided that your Roku device supports screen mirroring and it’s enabled from the settings, simply follow the steps below to mirror the Firefox Android browser to your big screen.
- Start with opening the Settings menu on your Android phone or tablet.
- If you see a search bar above the Settings menu, tap it and search for the “Mirroring” or “Cast.” Otherwise, go through the settings sections one by one to find the option.
- When you are in the Cast or Screen Mirroring settings menu, enable the option and let your device search for your Roku player or TV on the same network.
- Select your Roku model in the results, and then authorize the screen mirroring request on your Roku device if prompted.
Once you see your Android device’s screen on the TV, proceed to launch the Firefox browser from the app drawer and start browsing! Make sure to hold your device in landscape mode so that the mirrored feed fits your TV screen.
It’s worth noting that screen mirroring on Android is available ever since Android 5.0 Lollipop made its debut in 2014. However, if you can’t seem to find the option in Settings, run a quick search on the web whether your Android phone or tablet supports the feature or not.
Steps to Mirroring Firefox iOS/iPadOS Browser to Roku
Screen mirroring via AirPlay is much simpler on iPhone and iPad devices. Assuming you have an AirPlay 2-compatible Roku player or TV, perform the below steps to mirror the Firefox browser from your iPhone or iPad to Roku.
- First, swipe down the top-right corner of your iPhone or iPad screen to open the Control Center.
(Users with an iPhone SE, iPhone 8, or earlier model need to swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen.)
- Next, tap the Screen Mirroring option on the Control Center screen.
- Select your Roku model in the following list. If it doesn’t show up, make sure AirPlay is enabled on your Roku.
- Now confirm the AirPlay passcode prompted on your Roku and tap OK.
- Once you see the projection of your iPhone or iPad screen on the TV, open the Firefox app from the Home screen and begin browsing the web.
You can use the Firefox app on iPhone and iPad in landscape orientation. Just make sure that the Portrait Orientation Lock button is off in the Control Center.
When you are done browsing, you can return to the Screen Mirroring menu in Control Center and tap Stop Mirroring.
Below is a list of Roku devices that currently support AirPlay 2. If you don’t have one of the following devices, the above workaround is of no use.
- Roku Premiere: 4630, 4620, 3920
- Roku Streaming Stick+: 3811, 3810
- Roku Ultra: 4670, 4800, 4661, 4662, 4660, 4640
- Roku TV: Axxxx, Cxxxx, 7xxxx*
- Roku Smart Soundbar: 9100, 9101
- Roku Streambar: 9102
*xxxx is a placeholder for the model numbers.
Additionally, your AirPlay 2-compatible device must be running Roku OS 9.4 or later. Go to Settings > System > System update menu to check for the latest update manually.
How to Cast Firefox Windows/Mac Browser on Roku
If you want the full-fledged Firefox experience on Roku, consider mirroring the Windows or Mac version of the browser to your Roku player or TV. Check out one of the following tutorials below that corresponds to your desktop or laptop OS.
- Ensure your Windows 10 desktop/laptop is connected to the same network as your Roku device.
- Open the Action Center menu by clicking or tapping the speech balloon icon on the right side of the taskbar.
- Now expand the action tiles in the Action Center menu, then click or tap Connect.
- If screen mirroring is enabled on your Roku, you should see it under “wireless display and audio devices.” Select it to continue.
- At last, accept the screen mirroring request on your Roku device.
- Once your Windows 10 desktop feed is duplicated on your TV, double-click or tap the Firefox shortcut to launch the browser.
You can now browse the web and stream videos from the Firefox web browser to your Roku device. You can stop mirroring your desktop or laptop screen by returning to the Action Center menu and clicking Disconnect.
- First, click the Control Center logo on your Mac desktop screen’s top menu bar, then select Screen Mirroring.
- If AirPlay is enabled on your compatible Roku player or TV, select it from the following drop-down menu.
- Type in the AirPlay passcode prompted on the Roku interface to proceed.
- Once you can see your Mac desktop screen on the TV, open a Firefox window from the Dock or the Finder app.
Like iPhone and iPad, screen mirroring on a Mac computer won’t work unless you have an AirPlay 2-compatible Roku device.
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The Mozilla Firefox web browser is unsupported on Roku players and TVs due to Roku OS’s limitations. However, you can rely on the above workarounds to get Firefox on Roku using your mobile device or computer. If you plan to stream web videos from the browser to your Roku device, audio should also work out of the box.
Alternatively, you can purchase an Amazon Fire TV streaming device. It’s compatible with a special version of the Firefox browser named “Firefox for Fire TV.” Plus, the device comes with Amazon’s Silk Browser built-in.
If you happen to run into problems with Miracast or AirPlay, we recommend plugging in your mobile device or computer directly into your TV with an HDMI cable to get Firefox on the big screen.