We’re so used to staring at the small screens of our cellphones, tablets, or computers, that we sometimes seem to forget about the existence of TV’s. Still, there are occasions when nothing can replace the pleasure of viewing something on a large TV screen. It’s in those cases that people look for ways to connect their computer monitors to their TV’s and Mac users are no exception. Many people need help when trying to connect their Apple machines to bigger TV screens. We’ve put together a list of the different ways you can link your Macbook to Roku both wirelessly or using a cable.
If you’re looking to connect Macbook to Roku TV or another TV without using Apple TV, you’ll need to have a mirroring app compatible with your TV set. Take a look below to learn about our recommended app - JustStream. It will prepare your Roku for Mac compatibility, as well as your LG, Sony, or Panasonic TV.
Select which files you want to mirror.
Choose the TV that you’d like to mirror your Mac screen to.
Click on the Start button. To stop, click on the Stop button.
AirPlay is a handy Apple functionality, which lets you to cast media, such as videos, photos, and other media files. It’s a common screen sharing method and allows you to mirror your Apple devices to various Roku models, including Mac to Roku or Macbook Pro to Roku mirroring.
Since not all Roku devices have support for AirPlay, take a look at the list below to make sure your Roku device is compatible:
Of course, you'll also need an Apple device that supports AirPlay, which is any iPhone, iPad, or iTouch running iOS 12.3 or later, or any Mac computer running MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 or later.
According to Apple, it’s best to use the following simple steps in order to connect Macbook to Roku:
Attach one end of your video cable to your computer’s Thunderbolt port, HDMI port, or DVI port. Then, connect the other cable terminal to the TV’s video input port.
Click on the Apple logo on your Mac and select System Preferences. Then click on Displays - you should have the Default for display option selected. To include sound, click on the Apple logo and then System Preferences. Click on Sound and select the correct TV screen for sound output. Please note that older versions of Mac and TVs would need you to use the headset port on your Mac to add sound.
Note: If your computer has a Mini DisplayPort, you can pick a cable that carries both video and audio.
When it comes to connecting Mac to Roku via cable through a specific video port on your Macbook, things can get a little tricky. The specific ports found in MacBooks include Mini DisplayPorts, Thunderbolt 2, Thunderbolt 3, USB, micro DVI, and HDMI ports. If you wish to connect to TV HDMI from your Mac, make sure your cable is compatible to provide a good Roku Mac integration. In most cases that would mean you need to have the correct cable adapters for the job.