So you have a Roku device, and you want to take more advantage of it. One way you can do that is by jailbreaking it. If you want to do this then you are at the right place, here you will learn how to Jailbreak a Roku, and all the different methods you can use to do it.
What is Jailbreaking?
Before we go into more details about how we can do this process, we need to learn a bit more about what jailbreaking is. In simpler terms jailbreaking a process where you remove the restrictions that devices might have. These restrictions are put in place by the manufacturer. Jailbreaking is usually done, so you can install “unofficial” apps. These apps are not found on the respective app store of the device that you plan on doing the jailbreaking for.
Jailbreaking can be done in a large list of devices, from an Android device or other mobile devices to devices that are mostly used for streaming like Roku TV, Fire Stick, etc. And if you want to learn how to Jailbreak an Amazon Fire TV Stick you can check our guide over here.
As far as the possibility of jailbreaking a Roku TV, you actually can’t for now, but there are some workarounds to it. Since you can’t actually side-load apps to a Roku device, there are some methods that allow you to play third-party content on your Roku TV or your Roku Streaming Stick.
With that in mind we will show you some methods on how you can “jailbreak” your Roku TV, so keep an eye on which method is the best for you.
How to jailbreak a Roku
Here you will see some different methods on how you can jailbreak a Roku, and don’t worry these methods work on all kinds of Roku devices, like Roku TV, Roku Streaming Stick, etc.
For this first method, we will be using the Plex app, which is one put into many lists as one of the best apps, here you can see some of those lists, The Best Amazon Fire TV Stick Apps, and 10 Best IPTV Apps for Streaming Live TV. That goes to show you that Plex is a great application, and can be very useful for most people. Especially in this situation where we will be using it to “jailbreak” a Roku TV.
Before you start with this process you will need to set up your Plex app, which will make things easier later on. Once everything is ready on Plex, you will need to install the Plex app on your Roku TV, here is a link to the Roku TV Channel Store. Now let’s jump straight into the guide.
For the first step, you will need to press the Home button on your Roku TV remote. Once you do scroll over until you hover over the “Search” menu.
Search for “Plex” by typing it in the search bar.
Once it finishes searching choose the “Plex – Stream for Free” option and press “Add Channel.” This will add Plex to the list of channels you have on your Roku TV Stick.
Wait for Plex to be installed on your Roku TV Stick, then press Ok.
Now that the Plex app is installed you can choose to move to whatever place you want it to hold on your app list. This way you can move it up depending on how frequently you will use it.
Once you place Plex in the position you want it, you will need to open it. Then press the “Sign In” button. Now you will be asked to go into their website which in this case is “https://plex.tv/link” but before you open their website remember the activation code that it’s shown on your screen, it is really important and very crucial to the process.
Now it’s time to open up the website from a browser, which can be on your Android device or Android phone, PC, or any other device that has a browser. Once you are there you will be asked to provide the activation code which will link your Plex account to your Roku TV Stick. Remember this can be done directly and without having to log in to your Plex account if you did actually set up Plex before you started with this process.
Now that your account is linked you will need to go back to the Plex app on your Roku TV. There you will be asked to choose your preferred server. Once you select the server that you want, you can press “Continue.”
Then what’s next is customizing your preferences, which will make your Plex interface easier to navigate since you will select the things you are most interested in.
Now if you want to see the content that you have on your Plex server, you can go into Movies where you will see all the available video content.
Now you have performed a “jailbreak” on your Roku TV Stick. So you can start and watch content from your Plex server without having to install a third-party app. You can watch all the movies and your favorite content that you have without having to worry about anything.
Even though this is not a typical jailbreak, considering how jailbreaking a Roku TV is impossible for now, this is one of the methods that finds a workaround to it.
For this second method, we will be using screen mirroring. Similar to the previous method, this is not a proper “jailbreak” but it still offers a very good way of bypassing the restrictions you can find at times when using a Roku Stick.
Screen mirroring is supported by most devices out there, so this method makes things a lot easier. You can use almost any device you own as a Screen Mirroring Device, so unlike the Plex method, you will have a large source of devices to mirror content from.
The first step for this method starts with the Roku Stick. Once you are in the Roku Stick main menu, find settings and open them up.
Inside the settings you will need to find “System.”
There you will need to find “Screen Mirroring,” once you do you will see two screen mirroring options, Screen mirroring mode and Screen mirroring devices.
Select the “Screen mirroring mode” and choose prompt. This will allow you to see when a device is asking to mirror its screen on your Roku Stick.
Now for the next few steps, we will talk in general since this can be done from all sorts of different devices, like your mobile phone, or your PC.
First, you will need to go into the settings of the device you plan on using. Then depending on what device you use, the naming is going to be different. For example in a Windows PC, you will need to go “Devices” then select “Add Bluetooth or other devices.” Once you are there you will need to choose “Wireless display or dock.” Select the Roku Stick from the list of devices is what’s next for you to do. Then you will need to go back to the Roku Stick, where you will see a prompt that is notifying you about a device that is requiring permission to mirror its screen, press “Allow” so you can continue.
That was for a Windows device, while on a mobile phone, things are a bit different. Since there are so many kinds of smartphones, the place you find this in settings will be different. One thing that makes things easier is the naming. Usually, in smartphones this is named Cast or Casting, so you can search for it in your settings, and it will show up. Or in some other smartphones, you have an easily accessible casting icon on your drop-down menu. Once you find this, the process is quite similar to the one in Windows devices. The smartphone will ask you to turn on your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Then wait for it to scan for devices, once it is finished find your Roku Stick and select it. Then you will need to go back to the Roku Stick and allow your smartphone to mirror its screen. With this, you are able to cast your Android device screen to your Roku Media Streaming Device.
This method similar to the previous one isn’t a proper “jailbreak,” but with this one, you can mirror the screen of your PC or smartphone. On those devices, you can see whatever content or movies you want.
As we saw there isn’t a proper method to jailbreak your Roku TV, unlike with an Amazon Fire TV Stick. But there are some workarounds to how you can bypass the restrictions it has, so you can watch your favorite content and movies from any application that you want.
Both methods that were shown here today are pretty useful, but depending on what you’re looking for, one may be superior to the other. Especially the second method since you can just cast or mirror whatever application you have on your other devices. If you want to learn more about what other apps or websites you can use to watch content and to cast it on your Roku TV, we have some articles for you.