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How to watch Apple TV Plus on Roku
It might seem counterintuitive at first, but you can watch Apple TV Plus using plenty of devices that aren’t made by Apple. As much as the company would like you to own an iPhone or an Apple TV 4K, it needs subscribers wherever it can get them, which means you can watch via Roku and Android, too.. Here’s how to watch Apple TV Plus on Roku, including costs and compatible devices.
Apple TV Plus is available on Roku through the Channel Store and should work with any Roku device made in the past few years. It costs $6.99 per month after a seven-day trial, or you can get three months free when you buy an Apple device. It's also included with any Apple One subscription.
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Is Apple TV Plus available on my Roku?
Almost certainly, including Roku TVs from manufacturers like RCA and TCL. While we can’t cover the full range of compatible TVs, here are the Roku add-on devices Apple supports, broken down by model type and number:
- Express 3900X, 3930X, 3940X
- Express Plus 3910X, 3931X, 3941X
- Premiere 3920X, 4620X
- Premiere Plus 3921X, 4630X
Streaming Stick (including 4K models)
- Streaming Stick 3600X, 3800X, 3820X
- Streaming Stick Plus 3810X, 3811X, 3821X
- Ultra 4640X, 4660X, 4661X, 4670X, 4800X
- Ultra LT 4662X
- Smart Soundbar 9100X, 9101X, 9102X
- Roku HD 3932X
- Roku 2 4210X, 4205X
- Roku 3 4200X, 4230X
How to get Apple TV Plus on Roku
The Apple TV app can be found and added to your Roku device by searching the Channel Store. That means selecting the Streaming Channels option on your Roku device’s homescreen, or visiting Roku’s website.
It’s worth a reminder at this point that technically speaking, the app isn’t just for Apple TV Plus — any media you’ve bought or rented from Apple will appear there too, as will any third-party video services you’ve subscribed to through your Apple account. But since that content is typically available elsewhere on Roku, Plus is the main attraction.
However you use the app, you’ll need an Apple ID. If you’re not prompted when you open the app for the first time, go to Settings > Accounts > Sign In, then select Create an Apple ID if you don’t have one, or else Sign In On Mobile Device or Sign In On This TV. Mobile sign-in involves scanning a QR code or manually entering a code at activate.apple.com.
One option to begin watching Apple TV Plus is locating a subscription button when scrolling through the Watch Now tab. The easiest way to sign up, though, is through the Apple TV Plus website, since you’ll be able to enter data a lot faster with a mouse, keyboard, and/or touchscreen.
How much is Apple TV Plus on Roku?
The cost on Roku is the same as other platforms. In the US, that translates to $6.99 per month once you’ve completed a seven-day free trial. If you’ve bought an Apple device like an iPhone or iPad within the last 90 days, you can extend that trial to three months. Either way, remember to cancel over 24 hours before the end of a trial or subscription if you don’t want to be billed.
Apple TV Plus is also available through Apple One, an umbrella subscription that includes Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and extra storage in iCloud. For individuals, Apple One starts at $16.95 per month. There’s also a $22.95 Family tier that allows sharing with five other people, and raises iCloud storage from 50GB to 200GB. A $32.95 Premier plan is based on the Family option, but adds Apple Fitness Plus, Apple News Plus, and 2TB of iCloud space.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, but apart from Apple’s AirPlay, the only option is Google- or Windows-based screen mirroring from a web browser. That’s because the only Android client for TV Plus is hosted on Android TV (and by extension, Google TV), so there’s no mobile Android app to cast from.
On your Roku device, make sure you go to Settings > System > Screen mirroring and switch the mirroring mode to Prompt or Always allow. If you choose the former, you’ll have to authorize with your remote every time you want to mirror something. If you’re using a Roku TV or soundbar, you should also ensure that Fast TV Start is enabled by going to Settings > System > Power.
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