If you haven’t used Mobdro yet, you definitely need to check it out. Mobdro searches the internet for free content and streams it directly to your phone! Mobdro is only available to download for your Android device. But how cool would it be if you could watch that free content on your Roku TV!
What is Mobdro?
Mobdro is a free media streaming service that is built for Android running devices. Mobdro lets you stream free media in exchange for ads played between. The app has a nice selection of content and even categorized it for you to help you choose better. Categories include News, TV Shows, Movies, and more.
Mobdro also has a ‘Download’ option, which is essentially a screen recorder. The app lets you choose how long you would like to record the screen with the video playing (weird or revolutionary?). Mobdro also has some cool features like Sleep Timer (turns off the device automatically when not in use), Live sports, and more.
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Can you install Mobdro on Roku?
Unfortunately, Mobdro is built only to run on Android devices running Android 4.4+. Even though Android and Roku both run Linux based systems, the Android system is differently modified, meaning that you cannot run APK files on your Roku device.
Luckily though, Roku lets your cast your phone screen to your TV and watch content right from your phone! We will be using the ‘Screen Mirroring’ function built into your Roku device to watch Mobdro content on your TV.
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How to watch Mobdro on Roku using native Screen Mirroring
Most Android devices running Android 4.2 and above have Screen Mirroring inbuilt. Depending on the phone, it may be called something else. For example, Samsung devices have an option called ‘Smart View’ which lets you connect your device to another Miracast enabled device and mirror your screen. Similarly, LG and Huawei also provide their own Smart View-like streaming option, making it super easy to mirror the phone screen to a smart TV and streaming devices like Roku.
Follow the guide below to learn how to watch Mobdro content on your Roku device.
What do you need
Before you start off, here is what you need to watch Mobdro content on a Roku device using your native Screen Mirroring.
- Android device (Android 4.2+) (An easy option for Samsung devices covered below)
- Mobdro APK (Download Link)
- Roku device
The first thing you want to do is download the Mobdro APK on your android phone and install the application. You will need to allow installation from third-party apps if you get prompted.
Next, you want to make sure that both, your Android device and your Roku TV are on the same wireless network.
Enable Screen Mirroring on your Roku device
As mentioned above, Roku has Miracast (Screen Mirroring) built-in. But you need to enable it before you can connect other devices to your TV.
To enable the function, press the ‘Home’ button on your remote and go to ‘Settings’. Now go to System > Screen Mirroring > Screen Mirroring Mode.
Select ‘Prompt’ in the next screen to always receive a prompt when an unknown device tries to mirror their screen onto your TV.
Streaming from your Android device
This is the final step. On your Android device, go to the screen mirroring option and select ‘Cast’. If you have a Samsung device the option is right in the Notification center. Swipe down from the Notification panel to access your quick apps. Now tap on Smart View to turn it on. You can also search for Smart View in the Settings app.
For Huawei devices, it’s called Wireless Projection, and can be found under Settings > More connections > Easy Projection. For other devices, look for the ‘Cast’ option under Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences > Cast.
Your phone will search for other compatible devices on the same wireless network. Select your Roku device from the list.
You will not see a prompt on your TV letting you know that a device wants to mirror their screen. Hit ‘Accept’. You should now see your phone screen mirrored on your Roku TV.
Now all you have to do is launch the Mobdro app on your phone and start streaming. Both, your video and audio will be mirrored to your Roku TV!
How to watch Mobdro on Roku using an app for screen mirroring
If it just so happens that your phone does not have an inbuilt screen mirroring app (like Pixel phones), there’s no need to worry. We got you covered. You can use an app to mirror your phone’s screen to a Roku device, thus streaming the content from Mobdro to your Roku device.
What do you need
Before you start off, here is what you need to watch Mobdro on a Roku device using a third-party Screen Mirroring app.
- All Screen Android app (Download link)
- Android Device (Android 4.2+)
- Mobdro APK (Download Link)
- Roku device
First, you need to download and install the APK file of the Mobdro app on your Android device. Next, you want to make sure that both, your Android device and your Roku TV are on the same wireless network.
Now you need to enable screen mirroring on your Roku device. To do so follow the guide above to go to Settings > System > Screen Mirroring > Prompt.
On your Android device, open the All Screen app. It will automatically search for devices on the same Wi-Fi. Select your Roku device from the list to connect your phone to your TV.
On your TV you should now see an option to ‘Add channel’. Select this option to pair your phone and your TV. You only need to do this the first time you connect your phone to your Roku device.
Now tap the home button on your Android phone to minimize the All Screen app. Launch the Mobdro app on your Android device and choose the movie or show that you would like to watch on your TV. As soon as the content buffers, you should be able to see it on your Roku TV.
Well, there you have it. You can now stream your favorite content on your Roku device. If you have any queries, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below.