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.

 
There are 135 comments

movielover76 says:

Can't wait to try it out when I get home on my nexus 5

seanjenkins says:

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

n5

thatguy97 says:

Only if you have a Nexus device right?

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

"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."

Noxzoul says:

The Moto X has cast screen in the settings. I have not tested it as I am still at work.

Hoosiercub88 says:

Nope.

mvsmith says:

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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Eion says:

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.

Oliver Moser says:

I had the same issue. After restarting Chromecast audio works fine.

Thank you for the tip!

Ryan Kirk says:

Thanks!

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Brainerd says:

Thanks, Oliver. I had the same issue. Restarting did the trick!

How did you "restart" the Chromecast audio - I've got same issue - no audio.....

88 FLUX says:

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.

Sdot312 says:

M7? But no M8?

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boomcd1 says:

Thisssss

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cordawgfrito says:

What I'm thinking as well. It's like wtf Google. What were you thinking?

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the1m.polo says:

Damn i hit the comments button to say the same things!!!

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JFMobile says:

Really slow for me

thatguy97 says:

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

cordawgfrito says:

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

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wezi427 says:

Sense blows

>I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.

Razieltov says:

Actually Sense is really awesome.

ayoo456#AC says:

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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greekgod says:

I have the lg g2 but still no update....

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App on my Nexus 10 and S4 still doesn't show "Cast Screen" as an option when you swipe from the left.

Make sure you're on the latest version of the Chromecast app. Version 1.7.

jvolzer1 says:

Try going into Settings>display settings> cast screen on your nexus 10

chowdog13 says:

What about the HTC One M8?

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cordawgfrito says:

My thoughts exactly.

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walterwhite5 says:

Meh........ garbage.

thatguy97 says:

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

Impulses says:

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.

Doctomahawk says:

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.

neonworm says:

How is it garbage?

VAVA Mk2 says:

He has a device that is not supported, uses Miracast, or uses an Apple TV and iPhone.

Sent from my Nexus 5

NickLippert says:

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.

Impulses says:

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...

NickLippert says:

Everything else that I use Chromecast for is fine.

walterwhite5 says:

See first comment. It's garbage because its a half assed beta mess that google started, and will abandon soon.

Just tried it with my N7. Video ok, but sound garbled... Plenty of WiFi bandwidth.

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Interesting. No sound issues here.

I get sound issues on N7-2013 (L Preview), but perfect sound on Nexus 4 (4.4.4).

journey13164 says:

Me too!

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Choppy video and sound for me.

Razieltov says:

Try restarting your Chromecast

slinky826 says:

I could already do this with my TV without Chromecast.....

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wscaddie56 says:

Cool story bro. Bet your tv cost more than $35 less three months of Netflix.

Can you clarify is it the Galaxy note 10 or 10.1 2014 edition
:

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 10

canonBoy says:

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?

canonBoy says:

Works on note 10.1(2014)

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 .

T68 says:

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.

benhaube says:

www.Gappsearly.com has the apk file for 1.7 you can sideload.

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droidman401 says:

Does this work on T-Mobile HTC on m8?

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canonBoy says:

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

Ommadawn says:

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. :)

apistia says:

Can anyone post a link to the updated CC apk so we can sideload? Thanks!

rpras says:

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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1920x1080, the res of the casting device's screen, presumably.

rpras says:

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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romdude says:

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.

Plagasx says:

What's the point of this??

Dirty-Bird says:

What is the point of the mirror in your bathroom?

spock123 says:

lol

VAVA Mk2 says:

Burn LOL

Sent from my Nexus 5

Tobias84 says:

What about Sony Z2?

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thatguy97 says:

Read

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

doczenith1 says:

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.

Just tried this and it worked for me. Phone on 5G while Chromecast on 2G band, and I'm watching myself type this on the TV.

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.

eyesparky says:

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. :)

macwro says:

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

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michael24j says:

I have the M7, shows chromecast app is up to date and there is no option to screen cast.... So :/

thatguy97 says:

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

acmorris says:

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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leobloom says:

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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randyw says:

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.

etnpnys says:

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

toonzizhere says:

Go Hawks

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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.

jeffreyh51 says:

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

benhaube says:

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

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VAVA Mk2 says:

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.

Sent from my Nexus 5

Hurry up and update it for the Galaxy S3! (Obviously I'm talking to Google and not Android Central, 'cause that would be silly.)

slapnutmcgee says:

No dice on M7 running KitKat

canonBoy says:

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"?

It does work with the note 10.1 2014 you need the 1.7 update patience.....you should have it shortly...
mine works awesome!!!!!

Why isn't the HTC m8 on the list?

shaxs says:

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?

shaxs says:

I searched google for Chromecast 1.7 and downloaded it elsewhere. Works great!

rlbrooks says:

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.

Benjamin_NYC says:

No M8 is absurd.

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HotInEER says:

Can't wait for the update. Can't believe the HTC One M8 is not compatible.

jakedsnake says:

I sideloaded the apk. It works perfectly with my Note 3.

donreed87 says:

Where'd you find it?

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cribble2k says:

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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Wynnsman says:

Works great but no sound when using the browser. Any suggestions?

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DavieH1888 says:

Reboot the Chromecast from the app menu and sound should be fine

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Yes this worked for me and others in this thread.

Tomer Elias says:

Anyone have problems with sound while casting?

DroidOn says:

Not working for me with my Sprint HTC One M7. Can anyone help?

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Yes, finally. Thanks for the write up. I'll be definitely be using this feature.

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wendemi says:

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.

droidman401 says:

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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mertzi says:

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.

Clash of Clans on the big screen....... That's all I have to say

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codiusprime says:

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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takpro says:

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.

Overnight....I went from 98% to 41%. Android OS was the biggest draw taking 47% of the juice.

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Reboot. Probably from the Play Services update.

DanPLC says:

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".

mvanoost says:

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

DanPLC says:

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.

dkotoric says:

why is this device specific, why does it not work with all kitkat and android L devices?

jestep_97 says:

Not working with my Galaxy S5

brandogg says:

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.

mvanoost says:

I have bad latency at home. But none at work. I guess my internet sucks at home.

DanPLC says:

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.

Cre8tive says:

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.

Alniter says:

It's working like a charm on my 2013 Nexus 7. Worth the wait!!!!!!!!

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DroidOn says:

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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Ommadawn says:

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

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Abc123

Ommadawn says:

What?

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Rnkriis says:

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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Same exact problem... Nexus 5 4.4.4

Mr McScooby says:

I'm using a N5 and was wondering am i the only person who doesn't get sound when i'm casting the screen?