Do you want to Get VLC on Roku? This guide has everything you need to know.
VLC has always been the best media player across all supported platforms. It’s not only free but also open-source, and the project has given birth to several other decent media players. VideoLAN, the developer of VLC Media Player, has pushed dozens of significant feature updates throughout the years to improve the experience.
One of the best things about VLC is its ability to playback almost all types of video and audio files, as it supports a vast library of codecs. Its media decoder can scale on a wide variety of hardware, making it possible to port the software on other operating systems.
The list of compatible devices includes Windows, macOS, Linux, Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Chrome OS, Tizen, Xbox One, etc.
Since many of you use a Roku device for content consumption, you may want to play your personal collection of ripped movies and other content on it via VLC Media Player. You can follow this guide as it has detailed instructions on how you can get VLC for Roku.
Can I Get VLC on Roku?
Although VLC Media Player is available for a vast catalog of devices, it doesn’t natively support Roku devices due to the limitations of the Roku OS. It neither is listed on the Roku Channel Store nor can be sideloaded through any workaround.
Fortunately, Roku does offer Miracast functionality, meaning that you can mirror your Android or Windows screen to your Roku and playback video files. Since Miracast also carries audio, it should work out of the box without issues.
You can check out the step-by-step instructions below to get the VLC for Android app or VLC Media Player on Windows mirrored on your Roku.
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Cast VLC for Android to Roku
The VLC for Android app is officially available on the Play Store. If you don’t have it installed already, simply go through the following steps:
- First, go to the Play Store from your app drawer.
- Tap the search bar above and type in “VLC” in the empty field.
- After that, select VLC for Android from the search results, then click the Install button on the following download page.
Once you install VLC for Android, you are basically ready to mirror VLC on your Roku device. However, you will have to make sure that the screen mirroring settings are correctly configured on your Roku first. Here’s how to check it:
- Scroll down to the Settings menu on your Roku home screen.
- Now click the System option and select Screen mirroring from the menu.
- Ensure that the screen mirroring mode is set to Prompt. However, you can change it to Always allow if you want to.
Now that everything’s set up correctly, here’s how you can mirror VLC for Android on your Roku device:
- Go to the Settings menu on your Android device.
- From the search bar above the Settings menu, search for the “Cast” or “Mirror”
- Once you find the screen mirroring option on your Android device, enable it. The option might be labeled as “Enable Wireless Display” in most cases.
- Assuming that your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, select your Roku device from the list of target devices nearby.
After you select it, your Android device will begin establishing a wireless connection to your Roku. In a few seconds, you should see your Android screen mirrored to your TV over your Roku device. You can then open up the VLC for Android app and playback your preferred content.
As long as your Android device runs 5.0 Lollipop or later version, it likely supports screen mirroring. However, the feature is rebranded among the vast list of Android device manufacturers, and the steps above apply to only a few variants of Android ROMs. In case you didn’t the screen mirroring option on your device, then search for these names in the Settings menu:
- Smart View
- AllShare Cast
- Screen Casting
- Display mirroring
In some cases, you can control the video and audio quality, as well as adjust the aspect ratio of the mirrored screen from your Android device. We recommend you to max out the stream quality for the best quality possible.
Mirror VLC Media Player for Windows on Roku
If you have a Windows PC or laptop, you can mirror its screen on your Roku device as well and playback media files from the VLC Media Player. Make sure to download and install the latest version of VLC on your Windows computer first, which you can do it from https://bit.ly/2EjkqlK.
Once you do it, simply follow the steps below to mirror your Windows desktop on Roku:
- First, look for the action center (chat bubble) icon on the right side of the taskbar and click it.
- Now Expand the action tiles and click the Connect Your PC or laptop will start searching for compatible devices nearby. Make sure that your Roku device and computer are on the same local network.
- Choose your Roku device from the list. Soon, your desktop will be mirrored to your television.
You can now launch the VLC app on your desktop and playback your media files.
Alternative Way to Cast VLC to Roku
If your end goal is to playback movies and TV shows from your offline content library on Roku via VLC Media Player, then follow the instructions below.
- On your PC or laptop, start playing back the media file on VLC you want to cast on your Roku device.
- Now click the Playback tab above the player window, then select Renderer from the options.
- Select your Roku device from the scan results. In case your device doesn’t show up, ensure that your computer and Roku are connected to your home network.
That’s it! The video file should now playback on your TV with the Roku device connected. You can play and pause the video, plus control the playback from the VLC app on your Windows PC or laptop.
Common problems that you might face are frame drops, stuttering, and no audio playback (in rare instances). In case you encounter any of the following issues, you have no choice but to follow the screen mirroring workaround above.
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VLC Media Player is undoubtedly the best media player across all the compatible devices, and we have shown you workarounds to get VLC on Roku devices.
Note that most current-gen Roku players (and TVs with Roku built-in) come with screen mirroring support, except the Roku Express (3700) and Roku Express+ (3710) models. In case you own any of these models, then you won’t be able to get VLC for Android or Windows mirrored on your TV.