How to Add and Activate Kanopy on Roku

Kanopy on Roku

Pocket Guide

  • The Kanopy app is available on the Roku Channel Store.
  • Install Kanopy: Turn ON Roku → Click Streaming Channels → Tap Search Channels → Type Kanopy → Click the app → Tap Add Channel.
  • You can also watch Kanopy videos on Roku by mirroring your smartphone screen.

Kanopy is a streaming service that offers more than 30000 documentaries, Indie films, and more. The channel was created for students and educators. It features content like reference materials, films, and documentaries. You can access the contents only if you are a member of a partner university, college, or public library. The contents are organized under various genres like drama, comedy, documentary, horror, etc. The Kanopy app is available on the official Roku Channel Store. So you can easily install the app on Roku. Before that, you must create a Kanopy account.

How to Create a Kanopy Account

There are two ways to Sign up for Kanopy. Both methods are discussed below.

1.1 Connecting Library

1). Go to the Kanopy Sign Up webpage. (

2). Then choose the Find Your Library option.

Create Kanopy account

3). Type your library name or select it from the list. You can search for a library using a city name or Zip Code.

4). And then add your Library card details with your login credentials. Then, select Continue.

5). Provide all the mandatory information to create your account.

6). Finally, you will receive a verification email. Tap the verification link to verify your account.

1.2 Connecting University

1). Go to the Kanopy website.

2). Click the Find your university option.

3). Choose your University or college name from the drop-down or search for the same.

4). And then, you will be redirected to your university or college login and follow the on-screen prompts.

5). Then, provide all the mandatory information to create your account.

6). Finally, you will receive a verification email. Click on the verification link and verify your account.

How to Install Kanopy on Roku

After creating your own Kanopy account, you can download the Kanopy channel on your Roku device.

1). Select the Home button on your Roku remote.

2). From the home screen, navigate to the option Streaming Channels.

Click Streaming Channels on Roku

3). Tap Search Channels and type Kanopy in the provided search field.

Type Kanopy

4). Choose the Kanopy app from the search results.

5). On the app info page, click on the Add Channel.

Select Add Channel to install Kanopy on Roku

6). The channel will be downloaded and installed on your Roku device.

How to Activate and Watch Kanopy on Roku

After downloading the app, you need to sign in to your account in order to access the contents. That is, you have to link your Kanopy account to your Roku device.

1). Launch the Kanopy app on your Roku. You can find the app on the home screen.

2). Choose any videos and press play. You will get the Activation screen.

3). On your PC or mobile, go to ( And then sign in to your account.

4). On the left, you will find an Activation code. Enter the code on the given field.

Link Your Device to Kanopy

5). Then, click the Submit button.

6). On successful linking, a message will appear on TV stating. Press OK to watch films. Now you can able to watch films and access all the Kanopy content on your Roku.

How to Screen Mirror Kanopy on Roku

Before mirroring your smartphone screen, make sure to enable the option Screen Mirroring and AirPlay on your Roku-connected TV.

1). On your smartphone, install the Kanopy app from the Play Store or App Store.

2). Launch the app after installation and log in to your account.

3). Once signed in, play your favorite video title and navigate to the Control Center (iOS) or Notification Panel (Android) of your smartphone.

4). Hit the Cast icon (Android) or Screen Mirroring icon (iOS) and tap the name of your Roku TV.

Click Cast
Tap Screen mirroring

5) Within seconds, the smartphone screen will be mirrored on your Roku-connected TV.

6) Enjoy streaming the Kanopy video on a big screen.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I download Kanopy on Roku?

You can easily download the Kanopy app from the Roku Channel Store on your Roku TV.

2. Is Kanopy free on Roku?

No. You need to be a member of a library to access the Kanopy content on Roku.

3. Does Kanopy offer TV shows?

Yes. Kanopy offers plenty of TV shows.

4. How to fix Kanopy not working on Roku?

If you cannot access the Kanopy channel, update the app to the latest version. Then, try restarting or updating your Roku device.