In this guide, we will take you through the installation instructions for Zoom on Roku.
In 2020, Zoom became one of the most downloaded mobile apps with over 477 million downloads worldwide. Almost everybody and their dog uses Zoom for virtual video meetings nowadays, as well as schools, universities, banks, government agencies, event organizers, TV shows and sports broadcasters, etc.
One of Zoom’s key features is its vast compatibility and user-friendliness. It works excellent on phones and computers, and you can stay in touch with your family, friends, and colleagues from thousands of miles away. But, the main drawback of Zoom is its unavailability on smart TV platforms, including Roku and Android TV.
Suppose you are attending a birthday party or a fitness class over a Zoom conference room with other participants. In that case, you would like to share the video feed with your family members or have your hands free. Thus, it’s convenient to have Zoom on your living room TV.
Although Zoom doesn’t officially support Roku devices, there are a few ways you can get video meetings done on your Roku player or TV. This guide has a detailed rundown of viable workarounds to getting Zoom on Roku.
How to Get Zoom on Roku From Android
If you have been using your Roku device for a while now, you probably know about the screen mirroring feature it offers. For those who don’t know, almost every Roku device running Roku OS 7.7 or later supports Miracast. The wireless streaming protocol lets you mirror a supported device’s screen to a receiver, which is Roku in this case.
Most Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop also happens to have Miracast support. So, you can take advantage of the feature to mirror the Zoom app to your Roku device and attend video meetings on a bigger screen. Here’s what the process looks like:
- First, make sure both your Roku and Android phone/tablet are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Next, open the app drawer or notification shade on your Android device and go to Settings.
- If there’s a search bar in the Settings, use it to search for the Cast or Mirroring. Otherwise, go to your Connected devices or Display settings to find the option.
- In the Cast menu, enable the feature if necessary. When your Roku shows up in the list of nearby devices, tap it.
- Accept the screen mirroring request on your Roku device and wait for a few seconds.
- Return to the home screen once your Android device’s screen shows up on the TV, then launch the Zoom.
- Now you can host or join a Zoom video call from the app and see the video feed on your TV. We recommend holding the phone or tablet in landscape mode.
Note that the screen mirroring option might have a different name depending on the Android phone or tablet you have. For instance, it’s called Smart View on Samsung devices, while other devices running a nearly stock version of Android calls it Cast.
Make sure your Android device stays unlocked during screen mirroring. Also, place it next to your TV or use a stand so that you don’t have to awkwardly hold your phone or tablet while looking at the big screen. You won’t need to worry about audio since your TV will output it alongside the mirrored video.
Screen mirroring on Roku devices is enabled by default. However, if your Android phone or tablet can’t find it on the network, chances are it’s misconfigured on your Roku player or TV. Follow the troubleshooting steps below to get Miracast working again:
- Go to Settings from the Roku Home screen.
- Scroll down and select the System option, followed by Screen mirroring on the next screen.
- Set the screen mirroring mode to either Prompt or Always Allow.
- While it isn’t necessary, reboot your Roku for the changes to take effect.
The next time you try to mirror your Android device’s screen to your Roku, it should appear in the scanned list.
How to Mirror Zoom iOS App to Roku
One of the simplest ways to getting Zoom on Roku is to use the AirPlay feature on your iPhone or iPad. It’s a similar, if not better, proprietary alternative to Miracast and Chromecast, allowing Apple device users to screen mirror and share media wirelessly to compatible displays and receivers.
However, you can mirror the Zoom app from your iPhone or iPad to the big screen only if you have an AirPlay 2-compatible Roku player or TV. At the time of writing, AirPlay works on select Roku Premiere, Streaming Stick+, and Ultra models, as well as newer Roku TVs, Smart Soundbars, and the latest Roku Streambar. It must also run Roku OS 9.4 or a newer software version.
Fortunately, AirPlay works on a vast range of iPhone and iPad models running iOS 11.4 or later. If you meet the requirements, follow these steps to mirror the Zoom iPhone/iPad app to your Roku:
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to the same network as your Roku player or TV.
- Next, open the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad by swiping down from the screen’s top-right side.
If you have an iPhone SE, iPhone 8, or an older model, you must swipe up from the bottom to open Control Center.
- Select Screen Mirroring in the following group of quick controls.
- Now choose your Roku device under the “Speakers & TVs” row in the devices list.
- A four-digit AirPlay code should appear on your TV. Enter it in the pop-up box and tap OK.
- When your iPhone or iPad screen is mirrored, close Control Center and open the Zoom app from the Home screen.
You can now make video calls and join meetings via the Zoom app and view the participant feed on your TV. Again, place your iPhone or iPad next or under your television in landscape orientation for the best remote conference experience.
Once you end the video conference session, all you have to do is return to the Screen Mirroring menu from Control Center and tap Stop Mirroring.
Note that the iPhone or iPad screen must stay unlocked during the screen mirroring session, so connecting it to a power source in the meantime is a good idea if your Apple device has a weak battery backup.
Provided that you have an Apple device and a Roku player or TV that supports AirPlay 2, the above process should work flawlessly. Just in case it doesn’t, we advise you to perform the following steps:
- Visit the Settings menu from your Roku Home screen.
- Now scroll to the bottom and select Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.
- From the Apple AirPlay and HomeKit Settings, turn on the AirPlay.
If you can’t find the Apple AirPlay and HomeKit menu in Roku settings, chances are your device is running a pre-Roku OS 9.4 version. Go to Settings > System > System update to get the latest software update on your Roku player or TV.
How to Mirror Zoom on Roku from Computer
If you attend Zoom meetings via your PC or laptop, you can cast its screen to your Roku as well. Whether you are on Windows or macOS, check out the instructions that correspond to your setup.
Mirror Zoom Meeting to Roku from Windows 10
Assuming you have screen mirroring enabled on Roku and both your devices are on the same network, you can follow the instructions to mirror Zoom to Roku from your Windows 10 PC.
- First, click the Action Center icon situated on the taskbar’s far-right corner.
- Expand the action tiles group and select Connect among the other options in the Action Center.
- Choose your Roku streaming player or TV in the following menu.
- Allow the screen mirroring request from your Roku’s side and wait for a few seconds.
- Once you can see the Windows desktop on your TV screen, launch either the Zoom app or the web client from your preferred browser.
Miracast heavily relies on a stable Wi-Fi connection, so make sure both your Roku and Windows PC get a strong wireless reception. Else, the video or audio quality will degrade significantly.
In case your Roku device doesn’t appear in the Windows 10 Connect menu, check out the Miracast troubleshooting steps in this guide’s previous section.
Cast Zoom Meetings on Roku from MacOS
If you happen to use a Mac computer, you will need an AirPlay-compatible Roku device to mirror the Zoom video feed to the big screen. The process looks like this:
- First, ensure that your Mac is running macOS Catalina or a newer version.
- Connect it to your home network, which should be the same as your Roku device. Ignore if already done.
- Now click the Control Center icon in the menu bar, then select Screen Mirroring in the drop-down box.
- Assuming your Roku device has AirPlay and it’s enabled, select it from the list.
- Enter the AirPlay Code once it’s prompted on the Roku interface.
- When you see your Mac desktop duplicated on your TV, open the Zoom app or visit its web version from Safari (or any other supported browser) to start making/joining video calls.
If the image doesn’t seem to fit your TV screen during mirroring, click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar and select your preferred option under “Match Desktop Size To.”
In case your Roku doesn’t appear in the macOS AirPlay menu, perform the same AirPlay troubleshooting steps we have shown for iPhone and iPad above.
No matter which desktop or laptop you have, Miracast and AirPlay will only mirror your PC’s screen to your Roku device. Zoom will keep using your computer’s built-in or external webcam and microphone, so make sure you have it positioned in such a way that you still can look and talk in the direction of the webcam. If you have a laptop, place it right next to your TV or on a shorter table.
Other ways to Get Zoom on Roku
Miracast or AirPlay may not work out for everyone, but there still are a handful of ways you can get Zoom on Roku. Here are our other solutions besides what we told you earlier:
- If you have a Roku TV, you can use an HDMI cable to connect your desktop or laptop to it. Since it’s a wired connection, you won’t have to deal with connectivity problems and audio/video latency. The same goes for any other TVs with HDMI ports.
- iPhone and iPad users can invest in a Lightning Digital AV adapter or a USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter to mirror their device’s screen to the Roku TV over a wired connection. Again, it also works out for non-smart TVs.
- If you have a Roku Streambar and your end goal is to make Zoom calls sound better, you can connect your mobile device or computer to it via Bluetooth as well.
Zoom fatigue is a real issue nowadays, but you can make it a bit easier on yourself by mirroring Zoom video meetings to Roku instead. It results in natural interaction with other remote participants, and you get more space to share with your family members.
You can follow the suggested workarounds in this guide until Zoom makes its official debut on Roku and other smart TV platforms. Considering Roku devices don’t support external webcams or microphones yet, it’s going to take a while.