Some of the most popular devices out there today can get in on this great new Chromecast feature
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.
1. How to do it on a stock Android device
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
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
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.