Can you use a Chromecast with a monitor?

Chromecast Googletv Monitor
Chromecast Googletv Monitor (Image credit: Ara Wagoner/Android Central)

Best Answer: Yes. If you have an HDMI compatible monitor with built-in speakers, you should be able to use Chromecast with a monitor. If your HDMI compatible monitor doesn't have internal speakers, you can still connect the Chromecast with some extra steps.

How to Use Chromecast with a monitor

  1. Plug your Chromecast into the HDMI port on your monitor.

Chromecast In Monitor

Source: Ara Wagoner/Android Central (Image credit: Source: Ara Wagoner/Android Central)
  1. Tap Set Up under the option for your Chromecast and follow the prompts to connect your device.

Once the Chromecast with Google TV is plugged into the HDMI port, you should be able to use your Chromecast with Google TV remote to navigate the menu and stream to your heart's content. However, you won't be able to set the buttons for power/input/volume to adjust the power/input/volume of the monitor in the same way you use it with your smart TV.

If you are connecting to the monitor using a Chromecast (3rd Generation) device, you will also need to set the device up through the Google Home app, so you can use your Smartphone as a remote to navigate Chromecast on your monitor.

Audio troubleshooting

If your HDMI compatible monitor doesn't have built-in audio, there are a couple of workarounds you can use to get sound. The first option is to invest in an audio extractor, which enables you to send sound to external speakers or a soundbar without impacting the HDMI video quality on your monitor.

The second option is to screencast from your phone to the Chromecast that is attached to your monitor. All you have to do is attach a portable speaker to your phone, or connect your phone to a compatible home theater system via an Aux cable. If you choose the second option, you may experience a lag between audio and video.

Casting from the Web

You can also cast content from your computer monitor to a larger smart TV using a Chromecast device. The easiest way to send online content to a TV is to use Google Cast from your Chrome browser. However, there are some websites that don't support casting content from your computer monitor to a TV, including Amazon Prime Video. If that's the case, you'll have to use the mirror feature instead of casting the video.

Accessing the Google Home app on an Android phone also enabels you to use the screen mirror feature to cast content on your phone onto the monitor. If you're using an iPhone, you can only screen mirror content that exists within Google apps on your phone.

Keegan Prosser

Keegan Prosser is a freelance contributor based in the PNW. When she's not writing about her favorite streaming apps and devices for Android Central, she's listening to a true-crime podcast, creating the perfect playlist for her next road trip, and trying to figure out which fitness tracker she should try next. You can follow her on Twitter @keeganprosser.