Roku streaming devices are meant for streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, and similar platforms. But social platforms like Facebook and Instagram are not available for Roku. We could say that Facebook is one of the most preferred social media platforms. It is all that you need to connect with friends, family, and new people. Besides chatting, Facebook brings you news and events around the world. If you want to use Facebook on Roku, you need to change some settings. Below we have mentioned the instructions to be followed, which will guide you in using Facebook on Roku.
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Using Streaming Devices
Although Roku Channel Store doesn’t feature the Facebook app, you can still access the Facebook Watch app on streaming devices like Apple TV, Firestick, Xbox One, etc. With this, you can stream Facebook videos on your TV.
So, you can connect any of them to your Roku TV to take advantage of using Facebook. However, there are a few limitations. i.e., you cannot access others’ profiles, groups, pages, your newsfeed, etc.
Besides the streaming devices, select models from a few smart TV brands like Samsung Smart TVs come with the Facebook Watch app built-in.
How to Watch Facebook on Roku
Via Screen Mirroring
(1) Connect your smartphone and Roku TV to the same WiFi network.
(2) Select the ‘Settings’ option on the Roku home screen.
(3) Choose the Screen Mirroring option from the Settings menu
(4) Select the Always allow option to allow devices to mirror content.
(5) After that, select the Screen mirroring devices option.
(6) Your Roku device will search for nearby devices. When your smartphone is detected, choose it.
(7) Now, open the Facebook app on your smartphone, and it will be mirrored to the Roku screen.
With this method, you can see all your Facebook newsfeeds, live videos, photos, and other things on Facebook.
How to Get Facebook on Roku:
If you find any difficulty screen mirroring Facebook to Roku, then there are a few other alternative ways discussed below.
Connect Your Computer To The TV
To avail of the full desktop version of Facebook on TV, you need to connect your Laptop or Computer to the TV.
Again, that is possible by mirroring your computer screen on a Roku device to view it on the bigger screen.
But How To Do That?
Several devices in the market can do the job for you. Two of the most popular devices for screencasting are Apple TV and Google Chromecast; Google Chromecast works for both Mac and PC, whereas Apple TV is only for Mac users.
If you don’t wish to use any extra devices, you can connect your PC to the TV using the HDMI cable and use a Facebook watch on the bigger screen.
Connect Your iPhone or iPad
iPhone or iPad users can also access the Facebook app on TV and enjoy the experience on a bigger screen.
The process is quite simple and doesn’t need you to put in much effort. You can connect your iPhone or iPad to the TV in two ways – using an HDMI cable and Lightning to a Digital AV adapter or through Apple TV.
Below are the exact steps you should follow to get your iPad or iPhone connected to the TV.
With an HDMI cable and Lightning to Digital AV adapter
If you want to connect your iPad or iPhone directly to your TV, you’ll need an adapter cable that matches your Monitor/ TV’s input style. Mostly, you can use an HDMI cable only.
You can connect your computer or laptop to your Roku TV and access the desktop version of Facebook on your TV. i.e., you can screencast/mirror your PC screen to Roku using Google Chromecast or Apple TV, your Roku TV.
Use Another Streaming Device or Other Ways to Get Facebook on Your TV
If you don’t want to screencast or mirror your mobile, you can use Facebook on the TV by using a different streaming service or device.
Though Roku doesn’t have any Facebook app, many other streaming services let you download and access Facebook on your TV. In fact, several streaming services let you watch Facebook on TV for absolutely no cost!
You can use Facebook on TV through streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Apple TV, and many more. These devices have the Facebook Watch app through which you can stream videos from Facebook onto your TV.
Apart from these, you can also access Facebook on Smart TVs. They, too, have the Facebook Watch app. For this, you only need to sign in through the browser. And you’ll be able to use Facebook as you would normally do.
Although you’ll have to keep in mind that you can not browse your newsfeed, other’s profiles, groups, photos, or pages through the Facebook watch app, that’s because this app can only stream videos from Facebook.
Using iOS Device
If you have an HDMI cable and Lightning to Digital AV adapter handy, you can connect your iPhone or iPad to Roku TV. With this, you shall access Facebook on Roku TV. In addition to this, you can even connect your Apple TV to Roku and mirror your iPhone/iPad wirelessly.
These were all of the possible ways to access Facebook on your Roku TV. You can rely on any of these methods to stream or access Facebook on your Roku.
As the buyer’s guide editor for WantedTech Kris writes previews, reviews and assorted commerce content. Her work has also appeared on Yahoo, Anime Insider, Anime News Network and The Escapist, as well as a lengthy stint writing and editing things for The Pokémon Company. She still plays the games and seriously can’t believe there are almost 900 Pokémon now.