Chromecast Screen Mirroring

Some of the most popular devices out there today can get in on this great new Chromecast feature — we'll show you how

Now that Google has finally flipped the switch to enable full-on screen mirroring of your Android device to the Chromecast, everyone is eager to get up and running to project their phone or tablet to the big screen. Whether or not you'll be able to cast its screen to Chromecast and how you accomplish it can be a bit different depending on your device, but we're here to clear things up.

For Nexus and Google Play edition devices running Android KitKat and later, the ability to do screen mirroring to Chromecast is baked right into the operating system and an update to Google Play Services 5.0. For devices running a modified version of of Android, you'll need to be using the updated Chromecast app. In either case, Chromecast screen mirroring is currently in "beta" state and restricted to a small number of popular devices.

If you do happen to have a supported device, you'll be happy to know that the process of getting your Android screen mirrored to your Chromecast is extremely simple. Read along for the details.

How to do it on a stock Android device

Native Chromecast Screen Mirroring

If you're using a device with stock Android KitKat or Android L, meaning a Nexus or Google Play edition device at this point, you're just a few taps away from casting your screen to the Chromecast.

The first step is to make sure your Chromecast is turned on, connected to your TV and on the same Wifi network as your device. Next, in either KitKat or Android L, head to your device settings, then display settings and tap on the "Cast screen" entry. You'll then see an list of all available Chromecast devices on your network — tap the one you want your screen mirrored to, and your Android's screen will soon appear on the correct TV. You'll see a persistent notification available showing what Chromecast device your Android is currently connected to, which you can tap to enter the display settings or expand to disconnect directly from the notification.

Once everything is set up, you'll also have the option of connecting and disconnecting your phone and Chromecast through the "Cast screen" button in the quick settings area of your notification pane.

At the time of writing, the devices supported for native screen mirroring are as follows:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play edition)
  • HTC One M7 (Google Play edition)

How to do it with the Chromecast app

Chromecast App Screen Mirroring

If you have one of the other supported devices (at least during this "beta" release) that isn't a Nexus or Google Play edition, you'll have to install the latest version of the Chromecast app to get mirroring. With that installed, you'll be all good to go.

Make sure your Android and Chromecast are again connected to the same Wifi network, and open the Chromecast app. Slide in the drawer from the left edge, select "Cast Screen" and then tap the "Cast Screen" button on the next screen. A dialogue box will pop up letting you choose which Chromecast device to connect to — tap the one you want and your screen will soon be displayed on the appropriate TV. Again you'll find the persistent notification on your device that lets you disconnect with one tap or enter the Chromecast app for further use.

At the time of writing, the devices supported for Chromecast app-enabled screen mirroring are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • HTC One M7
  • LG G3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pro 2

Happy casting!

Whether you're using the native screen mirroring through the display settings of a stock Android device or the Chromecast app method on another device, you'll see the same features. Your TV will now perfectly reflect what's on your Android's screen, including auto rotation, animations and audio that would normally come through the device's speakers. Whether its for a game that's better enjoyed on the big screen, showing off a few pictures from your last trip or playing some music in a pinch, Chromecast screen mirroring is a great new feature.

 

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How to mirror your Android screen with Chromecast

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You can also use the cast screen toggle in the notification pane, with a two finger swipe down or a press of the tile icon in the top right

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"Once everything is set up, you'll also have the option of connecting and disconnecting your phone and Chromecast through the "Cast screen" button in the quick settings area of your notification pane."

It's works fine on my nexus 7 (2013) A little latency at times. Tried some Gabe's and they worked for a little bit. Internet is slow today anyways. But now I can use my tab app with my TV. It's working perfect :)

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Audio not working for me I'm afraid. Using Nexus 5. Tried a few apps, including Google Music, but no luck. Any suggestions?

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Same, casting from under the Display option on my Nexus 7. Video is cast to the chromecast but no audio comes from the tablet or tv.

I used the Chromecast Android app, an option in it is to connect to a device, tap the menu button, then tap reboot Chromecast.

This fixed the audio on mine too.

Or, you know, just unplug the micro USB power connection from the Chromecast device itself for a minute or so.

One of my favorite parts of this is that even while doing screen mirroring, your security is protected. What I mean is that if your screen goes off and you press the power button and get to your lock screen which requires a pin, you'll only see it on the device. On the Chromecast mirroring, it'll be a generic clock with a picture of a lock.

What device are you using? Maybe that's a feature that's exclusive to Nexus devices? I haven't tested it with others.

There's little latency on my home network i have a dual band ac Asus rout er and it works on our 2 chrome casts

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

Okay the M7 Sense and GPE editions have screen casting but not the M8? Wtf Google.

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Its working just fine on my nexus 5. Sound and all. Try turning up the volume on your phone. Rotation is a Lil choppy at times

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Probably what anyone who payed 75 bucks or more for a miracast adapter thinks right now I presume that includes you?

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

Meh, I bought a Netgear Miscast device for like $50 and I'm still glad I got it... Easier to set up when you don't have any Wi-Fi or your own network. It's in my travel bag, haven't really used it at home, if I wanted to mirror at home I'd pull out the Displayport cable but that'll probably go in the bag too now that Chromecast can mirror.

I had the Netgear Push2TV PTV3000 which I gave to my son in law a few weeks back. The chromecast is much better. It is way less laggy and connects very quickly. Chromecast will make Miracast obsolete. Way more useful now! Best $29.99 I have ever spent.

Just connected with my 2013 nexus 7, it isn't done at all. Colors are off, laggy and the screen doesn't fit correctly. It is cool but I can't wait to see the bugs worked out.

The colors and overscan aren't your phone's fault, much less Google's, that's down to your TV's settings. You'd be surprised how wildly inaccurate TV color calibration often is out of the box, and many many TVs have different calibration for each input type. Many also don't let your adjust for overscan which is a pain...

Can you clarify is it the Galaxy note 10 or 10.1 2014 edition
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Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 10

I'm trying to get it to work on my 10.1(2014) but no dice yet. Just downloaded chromecast fresh from the play store and it says it's uploaded today, but is only the 1.5.5 version. Anyone else had any luck?

how did you get the mirroring to work on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition? I have the latest firmware for the chromecast and the latest apps installed and kitkat. the option to mirror the screen is nowhere to be found

Mine works now too. it needed the latest chromecast update. 1.7.4 then when the app updated the cast to screen icon appeared just like on the pictures and woot there it is! I can play games from the tablet and it plays on my TV with negligible latency if any .

Se no option to cast screen in the chromecast app on my HTC M7. All stock with latest Sense 6. Cannot see any update for the chromecast app. Is it because I'm in Europe?

You'll need version 1.7 of the Chromecast app before this'll work. It rolls out in stages to folks, gonna have to be patient if you don't yet have the update.

You rock man! Totally got the app from gappsearly.com! Sideloaded and watching IMDB trailers from my tablet! Thanks man!

Thank you! Still waiting for the updated apk in Google Play, so this was a godsend. Can't wait to try it out when I get home. :)

So is there a limit on the display resolution while casting? What resolution will I get if I cast from my Nexus 5 to a 4k TV?

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Thanks, Andrew. Ultimately I plan to use casting to turn my Nexus 10 into a more usable laptop replacement. (My eyes are not what they used to be.)

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I already have an hdmi cable output that works the same on my HTC One M7. There is no latency issue. Although I'm still going to try this when I have the time.

Unlike other Chromecast apps you need to be on the same SSID, not just the same network. IE with my N7 2013 connected my 5Ghz network I can connect to my Chromecast with most apps but with this feature I need to be on the 2.4 Ghz network. To clarify, I'm connecting via Settings>Display>Cast Screen and not using the Chromecast app.

Interesting. I was able to use it on 5GHz on the Nexus 7 2013. I have the mode set to "N only" on my 5GHz frequency though...Maybe it has something to do with that.

This has started working for me now, which is fun. I am still on 1.5.5 and it wasn't working 2 hours ago but is now. Might be something on the server side which is rolling out too.

The is something a little Inception about casting a YouTube video from within a screen cast. :)

Just dowloaded chromecast 1.7 on my galaxy s4 from o2.ie and it's mirroring perfectly....

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Go to Android police forum to get the apk then you don't have to wait for the rollout

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

New cc 1.7.4 apk doesn't work on the HTC M8, but does work wonderful on my note 3 thou! If some is looking for the new .apk ...cough*Google xda chromecast* ...cough!

Reset my Chromecast and sound now working. Still not everything supported though. Sky TV app here in the UK brings up a message saying Miracast not supported and doesn't play the video. Probably the same for apps such as 4OD. Still, that's not Google's fault. Great experience otherwise.

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Also in the UK on a Nexus 5, I tried the following media apps with mixed results.
Flixster - no picture but sound
4od - message saying does not support viewing on a TV
Demand 5 - no picture but sound
itv Player - works fine with picture and sound
TVCatchup - works fine with picture and sound
BBC iPlayer Radio - Sound work's fine
UK Radio Player - Sound work's ok but drops out a fair bit

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Works good on my N7 2013 sound and all. Tried it playing Dead Trigger 2 and it lags a bit but sound and all work pretty well.

Holy heck this works very well. Even for the sound on videos that are stored on my device. Thank you Google!!! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

Right? After some shoddy implementations of Chromecast support for video, this is awesome! Maybe it has as much to do with the fact that videos on the device don't require bandwidth to pull from a server so there's plenty available for pushing to the Chromecast. Tho I watched World Cup and MLB highlights from apps with no problems. Sweet.

Pretty cool. I just casted (?) my Slingbox from my Nexus 7 (2013) to my TV without any problem. Picture & sound are both great.

Does not work with either My G Pad Google Play Edition or my Moto X. Both have stock android.

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You need either a Nexus device they listed or a device and CC app ver 1.7 that they said would work. Be patient. More devices getting over time.

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Using a note 10.1 (2014) and when i download chromecast from the play store, it says the version is 1.5.5 but uploaded today. I'm not seeing any mirroring options in the app. Any way that I could get someone to post a 1.7 version to see if it really works with the claimed "note 10"?

I have an LG G2 with non stock LG based rom. I do not get an option to cast screen. What do you think has to be done to get that option on my device?

Yep! Worked great on my Sprint LG G2. I was able to cast Amazon music, which was the main reason I was excited about the change to chromecast. No problems unless I tried to manipulate my device too much while it was playing music. Then it would stutter or crackle a little. This is probably more of a limitation of my router.

This worked well on my Nexus 5 (Android 4.4.4) and my Nexus 7 2013 (Android L) .

Only issue was games seemed to lag (tried Angry Birds Go) . Everything else worked well.

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I just downloaded chromecast app from play store but the version is 1.5.5. So I don't have the option to cast screen
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Type Chromecast 1.7.4 in google search. You should have a couple of site that have the beta file for you to download... Then you must side load the app.

Does this work on an unrooted T-Mobile m8?..I really wanna use this mirroring feature for my chromecast cast but the initial waiting time for Google to update my phone is up in the air

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Pulling down the settings panel on my Nexus 7 is now really buggy since the cast screen option was implemented. It goes down one time and there's no "cast screen" toggle and then the panel goes away in a flash and comes back with the cast screen.

Working pretty well! I've tried a few different games and most have worked alright. The only games I've I had issues with are San Andreas and The Walking Dead. I do need to restart my chromecast though as I don't have sound. Might try that later.

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I tried to mirror my Showtime Anytime app from my Nexus 5 to Chromecast, since the app doesn't support Chromecast. It was unwatchable. It had about a 30% frame-rate drop and the volume was all over the place. I hope this improves over time. I was looking forward to this because I use Netflix and HBO Go through Chromecast all the time.

Everything was working well, but now in the Chromecast app it keeps saying "now casting this screen", but the device is not casting! Tapping "Disconnect" does nothing. I tried re-installing the app and that didn't work. Finally after rebooting the device, it now went away. I guess it really is "beta".

Same here. Have to reboot phone on mine. Rebooting chromecast or force closing app didnt work either. Beta but still awesome!!

I submitted a feedback report through the Chromecast app. I'm sure they'll work out the bugs. That's the point of doing an open beta like this.

Tried it on my Nexus 7 (2013) and the latency is absolutely HORRIBLE. There is a good 3-5 second delay between the Nexus 5 and the Chromecast. It starts off perfect for a few seconds, but then after maybe 5-10 sec the delay comes in.

You may be having issues with your wireless network. On mine the lag was minimal. Of course I'm on a Galaxy S4 so it's not quite apples-to-apples.

Finally received the update on my S5 and downloaded it just now. Don't know why the Chromecast update took so long to get to my phone. I checked for it, rebooted, still nothing until this afternoon. Think it had to do with my provider, Verizon, or my location, California?

Everything works great, btw.

Just received the update on my HTC One M7. It works. In my opinion, this feature should have been possible when the chromecast product launched. If it had been, I'll bet they'd a sold a heck of a lot more of them.

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Hmm. Grabbed and sideloaded the latest chromecast app on my Note3, but no option to mirror. Wtf?

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Everything is updated on my S5 and the Chromecast but when I hit the cast option it disconnects just as fast as it connects. I've reset and rebooted both devices and still won't mirror anything on my TV. . . Any thoughts????

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I have an s4 I downloaded the Chrome cast app it connects but when I press the "ready to cast" button it keeps going to settings and I don't see anywhere in settings to cast it. Am I missing something?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 have the latest Chromecast software v 1.7.4 have reset the actual chromecast device but cannot get the "cast Screen" option to show up up.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 have the latest Chromecast software v 1.7.4 have reset the actual chromecast device but cannot get the "cast Screen" option to show up up.

just updated my S5 chromecast app and working to display nfl sunday ticket while away from home. thanks for the article as this is the best screen share method by cost.

So,
If I use my Nexus 4 as a WiFi Hotspot, and connect the Chomcast to that network, Will this work where I can't get WiFi (or don't trust the WiFi like a hotel room)?

So,
If I use my Nexus 4 as a WiFi Hotspot, and connect the Chomcast to that network, Will this work where I can't get WiFi (or don't trust the WiFi like a hotel room)?

Currently it is useless since I can't mirror my HTC one 8, when will I
be able to do this from my phone hopefully in this lifetime

Hi. So what I need to know is, will the older 2012 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 ever be supported for screen mirroring? Just got my Chromecast today and downloaded the latest Chromecast App, 1.8.22, and absolutely no sign of anything at all to do with screen mirroring.