A lot of Windows 10 users are reporting that they are unable to connect to Roku for screen mirroring regardless of the method that they try to. While some affected users are reporting that the connection eventually fails with the error “Couldn’t Connect“, others are saying that the status is stuck to ‘Connecting’ with no progress regardless of how long they wait. A small portion of affected users reported that even though the screen mirroring connection is being displayed as successful, the feature is not working at all.
What is causing the Screen Mirroring to Roku to stop working on Windows 10?
We investigated this particular issue by looking at various user reports and the repair strategies that are commonly being used to fix this particular problem on Windows 10. As it turns out, there are several potential culprits that might create this problem:
- Outdated Miracast driver – In most cases, this particular error will occur because your computer is trying to use a screen mirroring technology that is not supported by your driver version. If this scenario is applicable, you should be able to resolve the issue either by updating the Miracast driver to the latest using WU or by updating directly from Device Manager.
- Roku device is stuck in a limbo state – The other possible scenario is that the Roku device is stuck in a limbo state and is being viewed by as pending by your operating system. In this case, you should be able to resolve the issue by disconnecting the Roku device and re-adding it again.
If you’re currently struggling with the same issue when trying to establish a screen mirroring issue to Roku, this article will provide you with several troubleshooting guides that should help you solve the problem. Down below, you’ll find a collection of methods that other users in a similar situation have successfully used to get to the bottom of this issue.
Each of the potential solutions featured below is confirmed to be effective by at least one affected user. For the best results, we advise you to follow the potential fixes in the presented order since they are arranged based on difficulty and efficiency.
Method 1: Updating Windows build to the latest
A screen-mirroring connection to Roku requires a working Miracast driver. Fortunately, these drivers are supplied and maintained by the WU (Windows Update) component on all recent Windows versions (Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10).
If your Windows version is not updated to the latest version, it’s very likely that you’re encountering the issue due to driver issues. Several affected users have managed to resolve the issue by installing every available Windows update (including optional updates).
Here’s a quick guide on updating Windows to the latest built available:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type ‘ms-settings:windowsupdate‘ and press Enter to open up the Windows Update tab of the Settings tab.
- Once you’re inside the Windows Update tab, click on Check for updates and wait to see if any updates are pending. If they are, follow the on-screen prompts to install each one until you bring your Windows version up to date.
Note: If you’re prompted to restart before every pending update is installed do so, but make sure to return to this same screen once the next startup sequence is complete to complete the installation of the rest of the updates.
- Once every update has been installed, restart our computer once again and see if the issue has been resolved at the next system startup.
If the Roku Screen Mirroring issue is still occurring, move down to the next method below.
Method 2: Removing Roku from the list of Connected Devices
As it turns out, this particular issue can also occur due in situations where the Roku driver is stuck into a limbo state. This ends up triggering your OS that the device is in the process of being connected, but the procedure never completes.
As reported by a couple of affected users, this problem might occur after the Roku connection is unexpectedly interrupted. If this scenario is applicable to your current situation, here’s a quick guide on removing an re-adding the wireless display adapter used by Roku:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “ms-settings:connecteddevices” inside the text box and press Enter to open up the Connected Devices tab of the Settings application.
- Once you’re inside the Bluetooth & other devices screen, scroll down to Other Devices and identify your Roku device. Once you see it, click on it and choose Remove device from the context menu.
- Once the Roku device has been removed, scroll back up to the top of the screen and click on Add Bluetooth or other devices.
- From the Add a device screen, click on Wireless display or dock, then wait until the Roku device is discovered. Then, follow the rest of the on-screen prompts to complete the connection.
- Restart your computer and see if the Roku screen sharing connection is successful once the next startup sequence is complete.
Method 3: Updating the wireless network driver
As confirmed by several different users, this particular issue can also occur if you’re working with a severely outdated wireless network adapter driver. Miracast needs the correct framework in order to function properly – One surefire way of ensuring that Micracast has the infrastructure to bridge the connection is to update your network driver to the latest.
Here’s a quick guide on how to do this directly from Device Manager:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box. Then, type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open up Device Manager. If prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), click Yes to grant admin access.
- Once you’re inside Device Manager, expand the drop-down menu associated with Network Adapters, then right-click on your Wireless network adapter and choose Properties from the context menu.
- Once you’re inside the properties screen, select the Driver tab and click on Update driver.
- From the next screen, click on Search Automatically for updated driver software. Wait until the scan is complete, then follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest version available.
- Restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved once the next startup sequence is complete.