Roku streaming devices offer many popular streaming services and support many experience-enhancing standards. They also have many features that make the watching experience easier and more convenient.
With Android TV devices, you can use a browser to access the internet freely and search for stuff, like any Android device. So can you do the same on a Roku device? Does Roku have a web browser?
Does Roku have a web browser?
Roku doesn’t have a native browser. The included browsers are not fully-fledged. But, there are ways that you can use a web browser on your Roku device. The method involves casting another device on your Roku TV
The Media Browser only lets viewers play media content like music, movies, and TV. While the Reddit Browser (paid) only lets viewers see posts from Reddit.
But, there is a workaround to use a web browser on your Roku TV. The method simply takes advantage of the casting ability of the Roku TV. You can cast your devices’ screen to Roku and use a browser from your device.
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Casting from a Windows 10 PC
Roku lets users cast their windows 10 devices’ screen to the TV that runs Roku with minimal resolution distortion.
Casting windows 10 PC’s screen to a Roku device
Before using the casting feature, check and update your Windows 10 firmware to the latest version. Here are the needed steps:
- Step 1: Turn on your Windows 10 device and Roku device
- Step 2: Head to the notification icon on the right of the bottom taskbar.
- Step 3: In the list of options, choose the “Project” option. The “Project” feature will show 4 options:
- PC screen only: The content is from your PC, the screen will be on your PC only.
- Duplicate: Your PC screen and Roku device screen will display the content from your PC.
- Extend: The Roku screen will combine with your PC screen and act as an additional screen
- Second screen only: Only your Roku device screen display the content on your PC
Choose the option you prefer. If you don’t want your PC screen to light up, choose the “Second screen only” option, if you want to use your PC and the browser on Roku TV at the same time, choose the “Extend” option.
- Step 4: Choose “Connect to a wireless display”. The available devices list will appear. Make sure that your Roku TV and PC are connected to the same network. The Bluetooth devices may also show up here.
- Step 5: Select your Roku device’s name from the list.
- Step 6: Now your PC screen is cast to your Roku TV. Just open a browser and open any website you want from your PC and drag it to your Roku TV.
Keep in mind that the audio will still come from your PC’s speaker, so you will need to connect speakers to your computer so that you can enjoy your browser content better.
Disconnecting the screen
Here are the steps to disconnect your Roku device from your PC:
- Step 1: Head to the PC monitor, you will see the connection status on the top of the screen.
- Step 2: Choose “Disconnect” to disconnect your Roku screen.
- Step 3: Now you can use your Roku TV normally, using the Roku remote or the Roku mobile app on your iOS or Android mobile device.
Speaking of Android…
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Casting Screen from an Android device
You can cast an Android device’s screen to your Roku TV thanks to Android screen mirroring. On Samsung Galaxy devices, such an option is called “Smart View” and is pre-installed.
Alternatively, you can find a screen mirroring apps on the Google Play Store and install it.
Here are the steps to use “Smart View” to cast your Android device screen to Roku TV:
- Step 1: On your Galaxy device, swipe down twice on the status bar to reveal the Quick Setting menu.
- Step 2: Tap the “Smart View” toggle. If you can’t find it. Tap the 3-dot icon on the top right of the menu, then tap “Button order”, then find “Smart view” on the top row toggles, and then drag it below.
- Step 3: Your Android device will scan for available devices and show up on the device list. Remember your Android device and Roku TV need to be connected to the same network.
- Step 4: Tap on your Roku device’s name, and then tap “Start now”
- Step 5: Now your android device’s screen is cast to your Roku TV. Remember to change your Android device orientation to landscape to fit the TV horizontal screen.
- While your Android screen is cast to your Roku TV, there will be a “Smart View” icon floating on your Android device. This icon allows you to change your device screen ratio to fit the TV screen, access Smart View setting, and Disconnect Smart View.
- Step 6: Now you can open a browser from your Android device and the content will also show on your Roku TV screen.
Just like when casting with Windows 10 PCs, audio will come from your Android device, so connect a speaker to your android device to enjoy content on your TV better.
Disconnect the screen
- Step 1: Swipe down twice on the status bar to reveal the quick settings menu again
- Step 2: Tap the “Smart View” icon
Alternatively, tap the Smart View floating icon, then choose the “Disconnect” option.
So, Does Roku have a web browser? No, Roku devices don’t have a native browser. So you will need to cast the screen from other devices and then use the browser from said devices, either from Windows 10 PCs or Android devices.