Google Play Music is one of the major music and podcast streaming services from the tech giant. Since its launch in 2011, it saw relatively slower userbase growth compared to Spotify and Apple Music.
Although it didn’t do as well among global users, its daily active user count was quite close to big competitors like Spotify in the United States.
Well, that isn’t the case anymore ever since Google announced Play Music to be a discontinued platform. Due to the terrible subscription scheme and lack of essential features that music and podcast listeners wanted, the Play Music led to its own demise.
The service is soon to be merged with YouTube Music, a new music streaming service in development for quite some time now.
Those who still have a Play Music subscription can continue using it until the month of December. If you want to get the most out of Play Music before the service finally goes defunct, you would definitely use it across several devices in your house.
Chromecast and Android TV owners can enjoy Play Music services, but what about Roku users?
In this guide, we will discuss whether it’s possible to playback music on Roku from Google Play Music or not. For more information, be sure to check this guide out thoroughly.
Can you Use Google Play Music on Roku?
Although the ‘Google Play Movies and TV’ streaming service is officially compatible with Roku devices, the same can’t be said for Google Play Music. Considering Google’s platform exclusivity deals, it’s pretty evident that the company never intended to provide Play Music support for Roku devices.
There used to be a few private Roku channels that offered users access to their Play Music subscriptions on Roku devices. Unfortunately, the channels were taken down after a while due to the lack of development.
As of the present, there are no other viable solutions to get Google Play Music directly on Roku devices. However, you can still take advantage of Miracast to playback music on Roku from the Google Play Music Android app.
How to Play Music on Roku from Google Play Music?
Most current-gen Roku devices are bundled with Miracast or screen mirroring support. You can mirror your Android device’s screen on your Roku device, also carrying the audio in the process. Here are a few things you have to confirm first:
- Make sure to update to the latest version of the Play Music app. Many Android device manufacturers preload it as a system app, and it sometimes doesn’t show up in Play Store’s update list. You should manually check for updates from the My apps & games section of the Play Store.
- To confirm whether your Roku device is configured to accept screen mirroring requests or not, go to the Settings menu from the Roku Home screen first, then continue to the System After that, click the Screen mirroring option and set it to either Prompt or Always allow.
- Miracast uses a peer-to-peer connection for continuous transmission of stream data between the client and the host devices. For the best possible audio quality, make sure that your Android and Roku devices receive strong Wi-Fi signals in the same home network.
Mirror the Google Play Music Android App on Roku
If you meet the following requirements, then you are pretty much ready to mirror the Google Play Music Android app on your Roku device. Here’s how you can do it:
- First, go to Settings from the app drawer on your Android device.
- If your device is running Android 7.0 or a newer version of the OS, you should see a search bar above the Settings menu. Tap it and enter “Cast” or “Screen mirror” using the keyboard.
- Once you are on the screen mirroring or wireless display settings menu, toggle the feature ON and let your Android device scan for compatible devices on the same network.
- Tap your Roku model from the scan results. Your Android device will start establishing a connection to your Roku.
- In case you configured the Roku’s screen mirroring mode on Prompt, then use your Roku Remote to accept the connection request first.
Voila! You should soon see your Android device’s screen mirrored to your television. Now launch the Play Music app and enjoy playing back your favorite songs and podcast episodes on your Roku.
The screen mirroring or Miracast functionality is natively available on every Android smartphone and tablet with Android 5.0 or later. While it’s relatively straightforward to cast your Android device’s screen over the Miracast protocol, your mileage may vary depending on the device you use.
Android device manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, HTC, Oppo, and OnePlus ship their phones with heavily customized versions of Android, which is why the settings menu looks quite different across all of them.
If you are unable to find the screen mirroring option, make sure to search for SmartShare (LG), AllShare Cast (Samsung), Smart View (Samsung), and Display mirroring (additional OEMs) option in the settings menu.
Also, note that you can’t lock your device screen while playing back video or audio content on your Roku device over Miracast. Otherwise, the playback will stop immediately.
This guide has shown you an alternate workaround to use Google Play Music on Roku devices. Until Google finally pulls the plug on its beloved music streaming service, you can use screen mirroring and playback your favorite songs and podcasts on Roku to get the most out of your existing Play Music subscription.
Unless you are using the model 3700 of Roku Express or model 3710 of Roku Express+, you can use the screen mirroring feature to enjoy Google Play Music services while it lasts.