How to Cast Oculus Quest 2 to Roku TV

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How to Cast Oculus Quest 2 to Roku TV

For TVs, users love the big screen and the ability to share the VR experience with friends and family. Thankfully, Oculus Quest 2 supports casting to many TV brands.

However, Roku does not have built-in Chromecast, nor does it support a Chromecast device as at the time of writing this article.

Why Does Roku TV Not Support Casting Quest 2?

Roku TV has been around for a long time but has always been built around streaming services. As far as streaming goes, there are few comparable to Roku.

Roku smart TV, Roku streaming devices, and some other smart TV brands are all built around Roku’s streaming technology to deliver hundreds of apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO, with no need for subscription.

All you need is to create a Roku account while setting up your Roku TV, and this account will be used to manage your apps across all your Roku devices.

Because of its focus on streaming, Roku is yet to diversify into support for other features like virtual reality gaming and direct casting from other devices.

In order to cast Oculus Quest 2 to a TV, the TV has to have either built-in casting feature or support for an external casting device like Chromecast.

Because Roku TV has neither a built-in casting feature nor support for Chromecast device, the only way you can cast your Quest 2 on Roku TV is by casting Quest 2 to your phone and then mirroring your phone screen on Roku TV.

Casting Vs Screen Mirroring

Before explaining how to cast Quest 2 to phone and mirror to Roku TV, it is important to explain the difference between casting and mirroring as many users find it difficult to differentiate the two concepts.

Casting means that you are receiving online content using wireless connection, from a digital device to a TV or monitor. Mirroring means sending what’s on the screen of the digital device to the TV or monitor or projector.

When you are casting, you are casting a particular digital content using WIFI. When you are mirroring, you are relaying everything on the screen of the source device to the TV or projector.

If an app on your phone were to support casting – as Oculus app does – casting it to your TV would only cast the content from Oculus to your TV. All you do is use your headset or phone to set up the cast, then allow Quest 2 to take over rendering and playing games on the TV.

Also, you would no longer see the content on your phone or headset. It is all cast onto your TV. And closing the app on your phone usually stops the casting.

But if you were mirroring your phone to your TV, every action you perform on your phone, including reading text messages or opening a video or switching between apps, would be displayed on the TV. And you would see the content on both your phone and your TV.

Roku TV allows you to mirror the content of your phone screen on the TV, but it does not support taking over the rendering of the content to receive content directly from Oculus Quest 2.

Now that you understand the difference, let’s find out how you can easily enjoy your Oculus Quest 2 on your Roku TV using screen mirroring.

How to Cast Oculus Quest 2 to Roku TV

Screen Mirroring on Android

In order to cast Oculus Quest 2 onto your Android phone, you need to ensure that all of the conditions below are in place:

  • Your Quest 2 headset is turned on and connected to WIFI
  • Your Android phone is connected to the same WIFI as your Quest 2 headset
  • Your Roku TV is turned on and connected to the same WIFI as your phone and headset
  • Your Android phone has location services turned on
  • You are not using a Google android phone
  • Your phone hotspot is not turned on

Ensure that Screen Mirroring is turn on in Roku TV. To do this:

1. Go to Settings on your Roku TV

2. Select System

3. Select Screen Mirroring

4. Select Prompt or Always Allow under the Screen Mirroring Mode section. We suggest that you select Prompt to restrict unauthorized mirroring.

Cast From Headset to Android Phone, then Mirror Phone

You can cast directly from your Quest 2 headset to your phone, and then mirror your Android phone to your Roku TV screen. To do this:

1. Turn on your Oculus Quest 2

2. Strap on your headset

3. Press the Oculus button to open the universal menu

4. Select Share

5. Select Cast

6. From the list of devices, select your Android phone

7. Select Start to start casting

Then mirror to your Roku TV

1. Open the Settings app on your phone

2. Select Smart View or Cast (depending on your phone model)

3. Select your Roku TV

4. On your Roku TV, you should receive a casting permission request. Select to Always Allow

Once this is done, you can see your Quest 2 rendered on your Roku TV when you play.

Cast Using Oculus Mobile App and Mirror on Android Phone

You could also cast from your Oculus mobile app. Please note that this does not mean that you are casting directly to your Roku TV. You would still be casting from your headset to your phone, and then mirroring from your phone to your Roku TV. To do this:

1. Open the Oculus app on your phone

2. Select the Cast icon (headset and WIFI signal together). It is at the top right of your screen

3. Under Cast From, select your Quest 2 headset.

4. Ensure that the status of the headset is Connected

5. Under Cast To, select This Phone

6. Select Start at the bottom of your screen

7. Put on your headset and accept the permission to start casting to your phone

Then mirror to your Roku TV

1. Open the Settings app on your phone

2. Select Smart View or Cast (depending on your phone model)

3. Select your Roku TV

4. On your Roku TV, you should receive a casting permission request. Select to Always Allow

Now, your Quest 2 is rendered on your Roku TV screen.

Mirror Using SmartThings on Android

Although you can use the built-in mirroring feature on Android phone, we recommend that you download and use the SmartThings app instead. This makes for a better mirroring experience for Oculus Quest 2. The conditions for mirroring listed earlier still apply for SmartThings.

To mirror using SmartThings:

First cast Quest 2 to your Android phone using the steps outline earlier, then mirror your phone from SmartThings using the steps below:

1. Ensure that your Roku TV and your phone are up to date

2. Download the SmartThings app to your phone

3. Open the SmartThings app on your smartphone

4. Click the Devices tab

5. Select Add Device

6. Sign in to your Samsung account or create one if prompted

7. After signing in, you should be redirected to the app

8. It should list the devices available

9. Select your Roku TV

10. Tap the 3 dots at the top right of your screen

11. Select Mirror Screen

12. Select Start Now

Screen Mirroring on iPhone AirPlay

If you are using an iPhone, the process to cast your Quest 2 to your iPhone and then mirror your phone to Roku TV is similar to that of Android. You can either use the built-in casting feature on iPhone or use SmartThings.

First, you need to cast your Quest 2 to your phone either from your headset or from the Oculus mobile app. The process is the same as with Android.

Then mirror your iPhone screen to Roku TV using these steps:

1. Swipe down from the top-right of your iPhone’s screen to bring up the Control Center or Quick Settings

2. Select Screen Mirroring

3. Select your Roku TV

4. If a pairing code is sent to your Roku TV, please enter the same code on your iPhone

You can also use SmartThings app on iPhone to mirror your screen to Roku TV using the same steps as in Android OS.

Screen Mirroring to Roku TV Not Working

1. WIFI Connection is Issues

Screen mirroring merely needs the mirroring devices to be connected on the same network to discover each other and stay connected. Casting from your Quest 2 to your phone, on the other hand, does need excellent WIFI connection.

This is necessary not only for you to access the games and store, but for Quest 2 to be cast to your phone real-time without lag or glitching.

Therefore, if you are having internet-related issues with mirroring, it could be that:

  • At least one of your headset, phone, or Roku TV is not connected to the WIFI or same WIFI
  • They are all connected but the WIFI connection is not strong enough for casting

To troubleshoot issues with casting your Quest 2 to your phone and mirroring your phone to your TV, you have to first confirm that all 3 devices are connected to the same WIFI network.

To confirm WIFI connection on Quest 2 headset:

1. Press the Oculus button on your right controller

2. Hover over the clock on the left of the screen and select Quick Settings

3. Select WIFI

4. Ensure that WIFI is turned on and connected to your WIFI network

To confirm WIFI connection on your Android phone:

1. Swipe down from the top of the screen

2. Long-press on the WIFI icon from Quick Settings

3. On the window that opens, confirm that your phone is connected to the correct WIFI

To confirm WIFI connection on iPhone:

1. Select the Settings app

2. Select WIFI and confirm the connection.

Once these are in order, then proceed to troubleshooting the WIFI connection using the steps below:

Cause – Glitch in Router

It could be that your router has run into a glitch such as from the software, stored electric charge (especially for routers with battery), or from overheating. The issue could also be with the radio signal transmitters or receivers on the router.

In cases like these, all you need to do is perform a power cycle on the router to get it working again, and continue your mirroring and casting.

Fix – Power Cycle Router

To perform a power cycle on your router, please follow the steps below:

1. Unplug the router from power supply

2. Wait two minutes

3. Plug the router back in and wait until the Connected light shows

Then try to restart your casting and mirroring to see if the issue has been resolved.

2. Router Distance from Devices

If your router is far from the devices, the initial mirroring connection may not work properly. And even if it does, the casting may not work as well.

Your Quest 2 headset, your Roku TV and your phone all have to be within good distance to your WIFI for a strong connection, and for seamless mirroring and casting from Oculus Quest 2 to your Roku TV.

This is important even if you are playing a downloaded game because casting Quest 2 requires WIFI to work.

Fix – Reduce distance

30ft is the standard distance between connected devices and the router for strong connection, and excellent mirroring and casting experience.

If, for some reason, the distance between your router and the devices (the TV especially) cannot be reduced, then you could purchase a wired WIFI Network Extender to ensure strong connection around your location.

3. Too Many Devices Connected to Router

Having too many devices connected to the router will also impact WIFI strength and performance. Even though most routers can support having several phones connected, your Quest 2 headset and your Roku TV count as heavy devices because they require much more WIFI signals to work.

And, having other heavy devices connected at the same time will impact WIFI connection because all the devices would have to share the limited signals that your router transmits.

Fix – Disconnect Devices

Oculus Quest 2 and Roku TV alone require very-strong WIFI signals and internet connectivity. Casting increases this demand exponentially.

Therefore, you need to disconnect some other devices from your router if they do not need to be connected at the time. Having too many devices connected could even hinder the initial screen mirroring setup.

4. Interference from Electronic Devices

Another factor that could hinder the mirroring and casting setup between Oculus Quest 2 and Roku TV, is having interference from nearby devices that use radio frequency.

Although these devices are not connected to the router, the signals they give off could interfere with the router signals, and make you unable to cast and mirror on your Roku TV.

Such devices include Bluetooth devices, cordless phones, garage door openers, microwave ovens, and baby monitors.

Fix – Reduce or Eliminate Interference

The farther away these interfering devices are from your router, the better for your casting and mirroring setup. Also, ensure that the signals from your router are not blocked by walls, metal or any other structure between the router and your setup devices.

5. Problem With ISP

If after ensuring that all of the above are in order and you are still unable to complete the casting and mirroring setup, then it is possible that your ISP is having issues providing internet to your location.

You could use your phone or PC to try and stream a video from the internet as a check. If there is noticeable buffering, then contact your ISP.

Fix – Contact ISP

If your ISP is having technical issues, they are usually aware of it, or can detect the problem when you report to them. However, you may sometimes be asked to run a speed test and provide the results.

Simply go to speedtest.net. Your ISP server will be detected and tested for connectivity. You can then provide the figures to your ISP when you contact them.

6. Your Oculus Quest 2 Isn’t Turned On

In order to cast Quest 2 onto your phone and then mirror your phone to Roku TV, your Quest 2 headset has to be turned on no matter what method you are using.

The Quest 2 headset is the device that is responsible for rendering the virtual reality games and apps. So, even if you’re not playing on the headset, it needs to be on for the casting and mirroring to be successful.

Also, contrary to what many users think, the Oculus app on your phone is not a substitute for the Quest 2 headset. It is merely a companion. It is mostly used to:

1. Purchase, download, install, and manage apps and games remotely on your Headset

2. Get notification from Oculus

3. Personalize settings on your headset

4. And, of course, to cast your headset to your phone.

Therefore, your phone is not a Quest 2 playing device on its own, and casting and mirroring will not work if the headset is not turned on.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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