How to Use an Internet Browser on Roku Devices

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Roku is one of the most popular streaming devices around. These handy little devices let you stream online content from one source to another. As great as Roku is, it does leave us asking one simple question; is there an internet browser on Roku? Wouldn’t it be great to watch any online video or surf the web through an internet browser on Roku TV? 

How to Use an Internet Browser on Roku 

The good news is that it’s easier than you might think to learn how to get an internet browser on Roku. This is because there is an internet browser on Roku. Although, even if there wasn’t a Roku web browser, it’s still possible anyway. 

Option 1: Use a Web Browser From the Roku Store 

There are two Roku web browsers to choose from in the Roku Channel Store; POPRISM and Web Browser X: 

  1. POPRISM 

POPRISM isn’t the greatest browser in the world. In fact, it’s mostly text-based and can only read the text. You can’t browse images or videos through the browser It doesn’t even have a CSS or GUI and can’t run flash or javascript. Although, it is capable of doing Google searches and it’s fine for people who can handle a text-based browser. However, it’s pretty useless for most things people want to use the internet for. It’s certainly the inferior choice when it comes to getting an internet browser on Roku. 

The browser is at least easy to navigate. You control the browser through your remote, such as by using the up and down keys to scroll up and down a site. The back button sends you back to the previous web page and the return button works as a “Home” button. 

  1. Web Browser X 

Web Browser X is definitely the superior choice when it comes to getting an internet browser on Roku. Keep in mind that, while this is the superior Roku web browser, it’s still inferior as an overall web browser. It’s not as good as something you’d get on your computer or phone. It has an old-fashioned interface that looks straight out of the 80s – and it costs money – but it can play videos at least. 

While Web Browser X does work better than POPRISM, it still struggles to process large files. It’s still not as good as a smartphone or desktop browser like Firefox or Chrome. 

Option 2: Screencast an Internet Browser on Roku

As you can see, while the answer to the question “is there an internet browser on Roku” is yes, those browsers aren’t very good. The good news is that you can still access an internet browser on Roku TV by casting a browser window from your phone or computer. This lets you access almost any content you want. Here’s how to do it; 

  1. Open the Settings on your Roku 
  2. Choose System and then About to ensure you are running version 7.7 or higher
  3. Open the Action Cente on your computer and click Connect 
  4. Wait for Windows to find the Roku and click on it to establish a connection 
  5. Cast your screen/browser as you would anything else 

Final Thoughts 

Roku is one of the original streaming platforms that paved the way for other methods to stream content from one device to another. While you can use an internet browser on Roku, you’d have better luck casting one from your computer or phone. 

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