How do I stream from Android to Xbox 360?

With the rise in popularity of mobile video streaming, many users want to stream content from their Android devices to larger screens like TVs. One way to do this is by streaming from an Android device to an Xbox 360 game console via screen mirroring. Screen mirroring allows you to display the entire screen of your Android device on a larger display like your TV that’s connected to the Xbox 360. This lets you stream videos, shows, movies, gameplay, and more from your Android phone or tablet to your TV for a bigger and better viewing experience.

According to data from Statista, almost 70 percent of the digital video content audience in the United States watched videos on their smartphones as of March 2023 (Source). Additionally, smartphones were used by 37 percent of the global audience to watch video on demand content in 2022 (Source). This demonstrates the demand for streaming content from mobile devices like Android phones and tablets. This guide will walk through the steps to stream content from your Android device to an Xbox 360 via screen mirroring.


To stream content from your Android device to your Xbox 360, there are a few requirements you’ll need to meet on both devices:

For your Android device:

  • It must be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or newer. Older versions do not support screen mirroring (source: Cast to TV+ Chromecast Roku TV App Stats).
  • It should have a relatively modern processor for smooth streaming. A device from the last 2-3 years is recommended.
  • You’ll need to have the Xbox app installed. This can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.

For your Xbox 360:

  • It must be connected to the same WiFi network as your Android device in order to receive the streamed content.
  • You’ll need to have the Xbox SmartGlass app installed. This can also be downloaded for free from the Xbox Store.
  • For the best streaming experience, connect your Xbox 360 via ethernet if possible.

Set Up Xbox 360

To begin streaming content from your Android device to your Xbox 360, first ensure that your Xbox 360 is connected to the same WiFi network as your Android device. Go to Settings > Network Settings on your Xbox 360 and select the correct WiFi network. If your Xbox 360 is not wifi-enabled, you can purchase the Xbox 360 Wireless Network Adapter to add WiFi capability.

Next, you’ll want to download the necessary streaming apps on your Xbox 360. The two main apps to enable streaming from Android are Xbox SmartGlass and Skifta. Xbox SmartGlass allows you to use your Android as a second screen and controller, while Skifta is optimized for media streaming. You can find and download both apps for free from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Enable Screen Mirroring on Android

To enable screen mirroring from your Android device to your Xbox 360, you first need to turn on the wireless display setting on your Android device. According to ZDNet, you can swipe down from the top of your Android screen and tap the Cast or Screen Cast button in the Quick Settings menu. This will enable the wireless display connection.

Once wireless display is enabled, you can connect to your Xbox 360 to mirror your Android screen. As Airdroid explains, go into the settings on both your Android device and Xbox 360 to find the screen mirroring options. Your Android may have a “Cast” or “Mirror” setting to connect to the Xbox.

When you select your Xbox 360 from the list of available devices, your Android screen should start mirroring to your TV connected to the Xbox 360. You may need to accept the connection on the Xbox as well.

Stream with Apps

There are a few popular apps that allow you to stream content from your Android device to your Xbox 360.


The Netflix app for Android allows you to stream Netflix content to your Xbox 360. To do this:

  1. Open the Netflix app on your Android device.
  2. Select a TV show or movie to watch.
  3. Tap the cast icon in the top right corner.
  4. Select your Xbox 360 from the list of available devices.

The selected Netflix content will now start streaming on your Xbox 360.


The YouTube app also supports streaming videos from your Android device to the Xbox 360. Just:

  1. Open the YouTube app on your Android device.
  2. Find a video you want to watch.
  3. Tap the cast icon.
  4. Choose your Xbox 360.

The YouTube video will begin playing on your Xbox 360.


If you have a Chromecast device connected to your Xbox 360, you can cast content from many different apps. Simply tap the cast icon within a supported app and select your Chromecast device to begin streaming.

Mirror Full Screen

One easy way to mirror your Android screen to your Xbox 360 is to set your display mode to duplicate so that your phone screen is displayed identically on your TV screen. To do this:

1. On your Android device, pull down the notification shade at the top of the screen. Tap on the casting icon and select your Xbox 360 from the list of available devices. Confirm that you want to initiate casting.

2. Your Android device will prompt you to change the display mode to duplicate. Accept this change. Your phone screen should now be mirrored directly on your TV through the Xbox 360.

This enables a full screen mirroring where anything displayed on your Android phone will now also show up on the TV screen. You’ll get the exact copy of your Android screen beamed to your TV in real time. This is useful for displaying photos/videos, gaming, presentations, and more. Just make sure your Xbox 360 and Android phone are on the same Wi-Fi network for this native casting to work properly.



If you experience issues with streaming from your Android device to your Xbox 360, there are some troubleshooting steps you can try:

For connection issues, check that your Xbox 360, Android device, and router are all connected to the same WiFi network. Restart your devices and router if needed. You can also try clearing the cache and data for the streaming app on your Android device by going to Settings > Apps. Additionally, make sure that screen mirroring is enabled on your Android device and that media streaming is allowed in your router firewall settings.

For video playback issues, check that your Xbox 360 is up to date with the latest system updates from Microsoft. Lower the streaming resolution in the app settings to see if that improves performance. You can also adjust your router QoS settings to prioritize your Xbox for more bandwidth. Try closing other apps running in the background on your Android device. As a last resort, you may need to move your Android device closer to the router for a stronger WiFi signal.

For additional troubleshooting tips, refer to Microsoft’s remote play troubleshooting guide.


There are a few limitations to be aware of when streaming from an Android device to an Xbox 360 console:

Not all apps on Android support streaming to the Xbox. Some video apps like Netflix and Hulu may block the video feed due to DRM restrictions. Screen mirroring apps can get around this by capturing the screen, but there may be lag.

Streaming over Wi-Fi can introduce latency and lag, especially for fast-paced games. This is because the video feed needs to be encoded on your phone, sent over the network, and decoded on the Xbox – introducing delays. Using a strong 5GHz Wi-Fi connection close to the router can help minimize lag.

According to user reports[1], the Xbox Store is not accessible while streaming from Android. This appears to be a limitation of the streaming functionality still being in preview.

Overall quality and latency can vary depending on your Wi-Fi strength. For the best experience, use a direct 5GHz connection if possible. There may still be some lag inherent to streaming.

Alternative Options

While the Xbox 360 offers streaming capabilities, there are other devices designed specifically for streaming that may provide a better overall experience. Two popular alternatives worth considering are the Chromecast and using built-in smart TV apps.

The Chromecast is an affordable and convenient way to stream content to your TV. You simply plug the small device into your TV’s HDMI port and connect it to WiFi. Then you can cast or “mirror” content from your Android phone or tablet to the TV screen. Chromecast supports all the major streaming apps and provides smooth, high-quality streaming.

Many smart TVs also have built-in apps for popular streaming services. Streaming through your TV’s native apps can provide a smoother experience compared to streaming through a console, since the apps are optimized specifically for that TV. The apps are conveniently available right on your TV’s home screen or menu. One downside is that smart TV platforms can vary in their selection of apps.

For the most seamless and full-featured streaming experience, many users prefer dedicated devices like the Chromecast over using a video game console. However, the Xbox 360 can still get the job done for basic streaming needs.


Android to Xbox 360 game streaming offers a convenient way to enjoy mobile gameplay on the big screen. The key steps covered in this guide were:

  • Enabling screen mirroring in your Android device’s settings
  • Connecting your Android device and Xbox 360 to the same WiFi network
  • Launching the Xbox SmartGlass app to detect and connect to your Xbox 360
  • Starting screen mirroring from your Android quick settings to cast your display to the Xbox

With just a few quick steps, you can wirelessly mirror your Android screen to an Xbox 360. This opens up options for gaming, videos, browsing and more. While handy, screen mirroring does have some limitations like lower frame rates. But overall, it’s a useful way to bridge the gap between your mobile device and TV. With the right set up and expectations, streaming from Android to Xbox can be an enjoyable experience.

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