Chromecast Screen Mirroring

Several popular devices supported in this first 'beta' rollout of the feature

Update: The updated version of the Chromecast app is now available in the Play Store, enabling other supported devices that aren't running stock Android to get in on the screen mirroring fun. Grab an update to the latest version of the app from the link in this post and you'll be off to the races. See our tutorial on how to mirror your display to Chromecast!

Original story: Google today dropped word that we should soon be able to mirror our device screens via Chromecast. The feature has been hinted at for months now, was officially announced at Google I/O a few weeks ago, is in beta use now — and is already working on our stock Android devices running KitKat and Android L. For other devices, we'll have to await version 1.7 of the Chromecast app, which Google says is coming "over the next few days."

Devices that will initially be supported include:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play edition)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M7 (Google Play edition)
  • LG G3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pro 2

Source: Google Android Blog; More: How to screen mirror to a TV

 

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Proper screen mirroring via Chromecast now working on stock Android devices, others with updated app

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I don't get the difference in why most devices aren't supported, like phones from 2 years ago, they are definitely powerful enough, and already connect to chromecast.

Really odd since there are apps in the app store that work perfectly fine mirroring Moto X and GS3 to chromecats without problems.

I have a nexus 7 2012 rooted I guess I'll just wait for a unofficial workaround for that in the mean time.

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How about because it's not "stock" Android?! It's a pretty light skin, but a skin nonetheless. That said, other non-Nexus or GPE devices made the initial cut so I'm surprised too. Sure it'll be there with others soon enough.

It might not be listed, but the Moto X has the "cast screen" under the display settings. If it works is a different story...

He could always flash a ported stock 4.4 build or a 4.4 based custom rom on the GNex. It still has a ton of developer support.

Get a Custom ROM. Dev support for the GNexus is still high. You should get great results of you flash something like Cyanogenmod 11. Though you still won't have Chromecast mirroring.
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Seems like they are implementing it on a per device basis. I bet there will be an Xposed mod soon to enable support on any device. Though results will vary drastically depending on the hardware each device has and if the needed features are baked into your ROM.

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why no m8 ? they have the m7. i have a htc one m8 running the GPE rom. anyway to get this with root or anything ?

Everywhere. They aren't that expensive to Beguin with so discounts will be minimal.

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Amazon is where I got mine. $35 and free 2-day prime shipping was awesome. Don't try to find it any cheaper. Google is already selling the darn thing at cost of parts&assembly. Anywhere you find it cheaper won't be the most reputable of sellers. Unless you're buying it off eBay or Craigslist from somebody that didn't like it for some reason or switched to Apple.

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They forgot the One Plus One. I'm sure that's supported since it's phenomenal amount of success

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I assumed it would ship with AllCast. If not anyone can download it from the Play store and cast anything to a plethora of devices. Yeah, I know you were just trying to get a dig in ;)

I've seen the feature on my nexus 10 for a while and after Google I/O on my nexus 5 but each tim I tried to us it u got an error message. I'm mostly wondering if it will work smoother than casting a tab from chrome? My Samsung chromebook barley handles the pressure and the quality is pretty terrible and laggy.

Until Chromecast is updated to 1.7, you can't even use Nexus devices, there's no cast screen available. I just checked, it's still 1.5.5.

I'm using the m8 and the chromecast cast app still running 1.5 can I still use it to mirror?

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I don't get the fuss go Android police and you can sideload it easy I did and I'm mirroring on my s5

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It is very poor form that the 2012 nexus 7 will not get this option when it has KitKat.

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Maybe it gets it later or they forgot to mention it? My Nexus 7 has detected my Chromecast in the last week or so but failed to connect like my Nexus 5 has.

Sent from my Nexus 5

I think it has something to do with the Tegra 3 chip it uses. I had numerous issues with screen capture on my Nexus 7 2012. A Root app finally managed a workaround for it but the frame rate and quality wasn't very good in recorded videos.

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There's a half second lag, but other than that it looks great and audio is properly muted on device and piped to the CC instead. Video quality depends on WiFi speed and the resolution your device runs at. My Nexus 5 mirrors its 1080p screen to my 50inch flat screen beautifully. Quality does suffer in games with fast moving 3D graphics though.
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First thought was "Yay, I get screen mirroring the day after finally getting my hands on a chromecast", then I realise the Tab 3 isn't on the list. old version still showing on the S5...

Great - works excellent,

Now Google should update play music to allow side loaded music to play!

It plays when casting the entire screen!

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I am not sure about Google Play Music app but I just played a song and a slideshow together and both were working fine on the TV. Minimal lag.

Yes, it works just fine on my Nexus 7 (2013) using Chromecast 1.5.5
Also minimal lag.

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Happy to recant this-- working perfectly now. Damn cool to be able to pull a spreadsheet up out of email and throw it up on the conference room TV.

Yes it will go to settings/display/cast screen and it should find you're Chromecast

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This didn't work for me. But I did a factory reset on my chromecast and now we're rocking.

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Wonderful!

This list contains neither the brand new phone I just bought last month (HKM8) nor the old phone it replaced (EVO 4G LTE).

Sigh.

Take it easy fellas. My M8 isn't supported right this second either. Give it a few days and most of us will be good to go. Would you rather they delay this for everyone until they could support every device, or roll it out for at least a few devices?

Finally! Note 3 for the win... Now can I get a refund from Google for all the apps I had to buy waiting for them to institute something that should have been working out the box?

It works! Though there is a half second lag from phone to Chromecast, the audio matches the video perfectly. Didn't even need to go through the headache of removing Koushe's Mirror app.

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What about the announcements that an android device not on the same network will control a chromecast nearby?

In a related notion, if the above works now, can a chromecast be controlled by a phone that is also providing network access (via wifi hotspot) to the chromecast?

-Suntan

trying it out on my Nexus 7 and the video is great, but no sound whats so ever from TV or Tablet. Clearly Im missing something.
I should say this is using the "Cast Screen" option under the Display settings. I take it there's no sound unless you cast from the Chromecast app?
My Nexus 7 2013 device is on the list of supported devices, but my updated Chromecast app does not show a "cast screen" button under the navi bar.

Really I use the cast setting in settings and I get audio

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This is pointless with the number of apps that restrict it. Sky Go, 4OD. Some redemption for iPlayer but the isn't full mirror support.

I have a galaxy note 3 (Verizon) and do not have a cast option from notification drop down nor from the app. I even reinstalled and made sure I was at version 1.5.5

Does this require KitKat on a Galaxy S4? I am still running 4.3 on my S4 and I dont see the option to Cast Screen in the Chromecast app. Note that I didn't get the update to Chromecast 1.7 from Google Play (it wasnt available for me yet), but I sideloaded it from one of the links below.

As running nearly stock Android and quickly upgraded to KitKat 4.4.2 with a promise of Android L as soon as it's released, I hope the Tegra Note 7 gets this capability sooner rather than later.

Guys just Google Chromecast 1.7 apk then install and get it on any device :) GS4 Screen casting now ;)
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Update does not work on Kindle Fire HD CM11 4.4.4 Might be the GS4 is supported just haven't received the update to 1.7.4 yet.