How to Use Google Play on Roku: Complete Guide in 2021

Although there’s an official Google Play Movies & TV Roku channel, you can’t get other apps, such as the Google Play Store, on Roku. Read on to find out different ways you can use Google Play on Roku.

Sandra Pattison
By Sandra Pattison (Editor)
— Last Updated: 2021-07-13T22:19:43+00:00

Roku has tons of streaming services and other content available on its channel store, such as Netflix, HBO Max and even some free Roku channels. However, there are some services that have been left out when it comes to dedicated Roku apps. Google Play is one of them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it through your Roku. In this article, we’ll show you how to use Google Play on Roku.

Key Takeaways:

  • You can’t install the Google Play Store on Roku.
  • The Google Play Movies & TV channel is the only official Google app available on Roku.
  • You can use the PhotoView Roku channel to view your Google photos on Roku.
  • If you want to use other Google Play services on Roku, your only option is to mirror your screen.
  • Yes, you can watch a Google Play Movie on your Roku TV. You can either install the Google Play Movies & TV Roku channel and link your Google account, or you can mirror your screen to Roku.

  • Free movies aren’t offered very often on Google Play. There isn’t a “free movies” section, but you can search “free” and it will return a few results — they’re not likely to be blockbusters, though.

  • Yes, you can install the Google Play Movies & TV channel on any Roku TV or Roku device model — including Roku Streaming Stick.

Getting Google Play on Roku

There are lots of Google services available, but they’re not all available on Roku. In fact, the only dedicated Google app for Roku is Google Play Movies & TV, which is available for all Roku models. You can use the third-party app PhotoView for Google photos, but for any other Google service, you’ll need to mirror your screen to Roku.

Can You Get Google Play Store on Roku?

Unfortunately, you can’t get Google Play Store on Roku. Roku has its own operating system, so there’s no framework to include Android-based apps. You can only install apps — or channels — that are made specifically for Roku. You can still mirror your screen, but the only benefit of that is having the content displayed on a larger TV screen.

How to Get Google Play Movies & TV on Roku

Roku has a dedicated Google Play Movies & TV channel, and it’s easy to add channels to Roku. Simply follow the steps below.

  1. Press the “Home” Button

    Press the “home” button on your Roku remote to ensure you’re on the home screen.

    roku lineup home
  2. Go to “Streaming Channels”

    Select “streaming channels” from the menu and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku streaming channels
  3. Go to “Search Channels”

    Select “search channels” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku search channels
  4. Search for “Google Play Movies & TV” and Select the Channel

    Type “Google Play Movies & TV” into the search box until you see it listed on the right-hand side. Then, select the channel and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku google play movies tv select
  5. Go to “Add Channel”

    Select “add channel” and press “OK” on the remote. You’ll then see a message that says the channel has been added — press “OK.”

    roku google play movies tv add channel
  6. Select “Go to Channel”

    Select “go to channel” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku google play movies tv go to channel
  7. Choose the Movies and TV Shows You Want

    You can now browse movies and television shows — single episodes or whole seasons — that are available on Google Play. Before you purchase anything, though, you need to link your Google account. Click on the movie or show you want to purchase and you’ll receive an on-screen code to use with your Google account.

    roku google play movies tv code
  8. Sign In to Your Google Account

    Sign in to your Google account and tap “allow” when prompted.

    roku google play movies tv sign in

How to Use Google Play Music on Roku

Unfortunately, Google Play Music no longer exists. Google announced back in late 2020 that it would be discontinued, with its services moving to YouTube music. 

google play music discontinued

There wasn’t a dedicated Google Play Music channel anyway, so you would have had to use screen mirroring to use it through any Roku devices.

How to Access Google Play Photos on Roku

There’s no dedicated Google Play Photos channel on Roku. However, there are two ways that you can view your Google Photos library on Roku: you can mirror your device to Roku, or use a third-party Roku app. Below we’ll show you how to access Google Play Photos using PhotoView on Roku.

  1. Press the “Home” Button

    Press the “home” button to make sure you’re on the home screen.

  2. Go to “Streaming Channels”

    Select “streaming channels” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku streaming channels
  3. Go to “Search Channels”

    Go to “search channels” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku search channels
  4. Search for “PhotoView” and Select the Channel

    Type “PhotoView” into the search box until you see it listed on the right-hand side. Select the channel and press “OK” on the remote.

  5. Go to “Add Channel”

    Select “add channel” and press “OK” on the remote. A message will pop up to say that the channel has been added — press “OK.”

    roku google play photos add channel
  6. Select “Go to Channel”

    Select “go to channel” and press “OK” on the remote.

    roku google play photos go to channel
  7. Go to the PhotoView Website and Enter Your Code

    Go to www.photoviewapp.com/link and enter the on-screen code. Then, click “link device.”

    roku google play photos link device
  8. Select Your Google Account and Sign In

    Select the Google account you want to link and sign in.

    roku google play photos sign in
  9. Click “Allow” When Prompted

    Click “allow” to allow PhotoView to access your Google Photos library.

    roku google play photos allow
  10. You’ll See a “Successful” Message on Both Devices

    A “successful” message will be displayed on both devices. Press “OK” on the Roku remote to continue.

    roku google play photos link successful
  11. Browse Your Google Photos Albums

    Select the “Google Photos Albums” icon (selected by default) and press “OK” on the remote to view your Google photos. Use the Roku remote to navigate through different albums.

    roku google play photos browse

Final Thoughts

There are a few ways you can use Google Play on Roku. You can install the official Google Play Movies & TV Roku channel to watch your favorite television shows and movies. To view your Google photos, you can use a third-party app called PhotoView. However, if you want to use any other Google services on Roku, the only option you have is to mirror your screen.

If you’ve found this article helpful, you might like some of our other Roku articles, including the Best VPN for Roku guide, how to cast to Roku guide and our Roku history article. Of course, if you’re looking for more basics, you can also figure out which Roku to buy and our Roku pricing guide.

What’s your experience using Google Play on Roku? Do you think there should be more native apps? Have you had any issues using Google Play on Roku? Let us know in the comment section. As always, thank you for reading.