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Why is Roku Airplay not working?

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Roku is one of the most popular streaming devices around at the moment that can transform any regular display with an HDMI input into a smart TV allowing users to stream whatever content they want without any hassles. 

However, as well-made a product as Roku is, it isn’t immune to random bugs and glitches from time to time. In this article, we’re talking about why your Roku Airplay isn’t working and what you can do to fix the error.


What causes Roku Airplay to not work?

There are several reasons why your Roku Airplay might not work as expected. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Internet connectivity issues.
  • Issues with the iOS device.
  • Issues with Roku.

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How to fix this?

Here are six fixes you can try out.

Restart your Roku

Restarting your Roku and your TV (or display) is also a good idea and, more often than not, will fix any such random issues that you might face. 


Check your internet connection

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It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your internet connection. 4k content is heavy on the bandwidth to stream, and if you don’t have enough of it, you can run into this error at times. At least 25mbps upload and download speeds are recommended. 


Check the WiFi network

Keep in mind that your source device and the Roku need to be on the same WiFi network for the casting to work. This works regardless of whether you’re mirroring your screen or casting a streaming app to your Roku TV. 


Check if your device supports Airplay

While most modern devices support casting, it’s always a good idea to cross-check before trying to cast on Roku or any other streaming device. A lot of older iOS devices can’t cast even if they are on the same network as Roku. 

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Check for Software Update

Resetting network settings and connecting to your WiFi again can also help get the bug fixed. 

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Step 1: On your Roku remote, press the Home button.

Step 2: Select Settings.

Step 3: Inside settings, select System.

Step 4: Choose System restart, followed by Network connection reset. 

Wait for your Roku to finish rebooting, then connect it to your WiFi again. This should solve your problem. 


Factory reset your Roku

If all fails, you can factory reset your Roku. This should take care of just about any error you’re facing. 

Step 1: Press the Home button on your Roku remote, and go to Settings.

Step 2: Inside the Settings, select System.

Step 3: Select the Advanced system settings and select the Factory reset option.

Also read: Why do my AirPods keep pausing? Quick Fix

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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