Chromecast is one of the best smart home devices, and its ability to turn any TV into a smart TV is well known.
Still, Chromecast has a lot of features that can seem hidden, so it can be hard to figure out everything it can do.
Chromecast lets Android devices and computers running Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, or MacOS that use the Chrome browser mirror their screens. You can also mirror your screen with Chromecast by using a third-party app on an iPhone or iPad or an extension on the Firefox browser.
Let’s talk more about how to screen mirror with a Chromecast and what kinds of devices you can use it with.
I’ll show you all the steps and give you some pro tips along the way so you can cast, mirror, and stream whenever you want. So, let’s get started!
How do I use Chromecast to mirror my screen?
Chromecast was made to be easy to use, so it makes sense that it should be simple to send your screens to it.
Still, Chromecast works differently with different kinds of phones, tablets, and computers, which makes casting a bit confusing at first.
But once you figure out how Chromecast works with your device, it will be easy to use.
What devices can I use with Chromecast to mirror my screen?
Chromecast doesn’t automatically work with screen mirroring on all operating systems or devices.
Still, you can share your screen using:
- the Google Chrome browser on computers running Linux, Google, Mac, or Windows
- Phones or tablets with Android
- iPhones or iPads with a third-party streaming app installed
- A Chromecast extension for the Firefox web browser
How to use Google Chrome and Chromecast to mirror your screen
Chromecast works with the Google Chrome web browser on any computer to mirror the screen.
You can use other browsers, but Chrome is the only one that works well with Chromecast.
So, if you have a Chromecast, I strongly suggest that you download Google Chrome for free, even if you only use it when you want to cast data to your TV.
To mirror your Google Chrome browser on your Chromecast:
- Turn on your computer and open Google Chrome.
- Turn on the device that your Chromecast is connected to.
- Open the window you want to send to your Chromecast on Google Chrome.
- Click the icon that looks like three vertical dots and says “Customize and Control Google Chrome” on the right side of the address bar.
- Click “Cast…”
- Use the tab that comes up to find your Chromecast.
- Click the “Sources” drop-down menu and choose the tab, file, or desktop you want to send to your Chromecast.
- Choose your Chromecast, and your device should begin mirroring the screen.
How to use Firefox and Chromecast to make your screen look like a TV
You’ll need to download an extension to use Firefox with Chromecast.
The best extension is fx Cast, but it’s still in Beta testing, so if you use it, you might run into some bugs or problems.
Still, it’s free and has always worked for me, so if you want to use Firefox, I highly recommend it.
To get fx Cast and use it to mirror your screen with Firefox and Chromecast, do the following:
- Click on this link to go to the safe site where you can download fx Cast.
- Go to the same website to get the Firefox extension and the bridge app.
- Click “Keep going to installation.”
- Click “Add” to add the extension to your browser.
- Start Firefox back up.
- To the right of your address bar, look for a new extension icon and click on it.
- Choose “Cast Screen” from the drop-down menu.
Choose your Chromecast from the list of devices.
How to use Android and Chromecast to mirror your screen
Android phones and tablets work well with Chromecast right out of the box.
If you have a Pixel phone, you can use the drop-down notification menu to connect to a Chromecast.
Still, you may need to take some extra steps to screen mirror on some other Android devices.
To send the screen from your Android to a Chromecast:
- Start the app for Google Home.
- Tap the name of the Chromecast device you want to use to show what’s on your screen.
- Click “Share My Screen.”
- Click “Cast Screen,” then click “Start Now.”
It’s that simple. When you finish casting, all you need to do is open the Google Home app again, select your Chromecast, and tap on “Stop Casting.”
How to use your iPhone or iPad and Chromecast to mirror your screen
Chromecast doesn’t make it easy to share your iPhone or iPad’s screen.
Still, you can use a third-party app like Chromecast Streamer to mirror your screen, cast photos, videos, files, your camera, zoom and Skype calls, and a lot more.
As someone who uses an iPhone and Chromecast, I can’t say enough good things about this app.
It’s free and lets you do a lot of things with your Chromecast and iPhone that you wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.
To use the app to mirror your iPhone or iPad’s screen:
- Go to the Apple App Store and get Chromecast Streamer.
- Turn on your device that is connected to Chromecast.
- Make sure that your phone and Chromecast are both connected to the same network.
- Open the app and give it permission to connect to the web.
- Click on the name of the Chromecast device you want to connect to.
- Leave the connection menu and choose one of the many things you can stream on your Chromecast.
How to Know When to Cast and When to Screen Mirror
Chromecast is one of the best streaming devices because it works with hundreds of TV and movie apps, music apps, photo broadcasting apps, games, and news services.
You can also use Google apps like Google Photos and Google Slides with your Chromecast.
So, you shouldn’t need to use screen mirroring with Chromecast to watch a movie, share Google files, or listen to music.
Still, you might want to share social media sites, PDFs, downloaded files, webpages, video chat, or games on your TV.
That’s when it can be helpful to know how to use screen mirroring on your device.
To avoid screen mirroring, it’s easy to make your files, like home videos, files, and other data, castable.
Just go to a Google site like Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Photos, or Google Drive to download them.
If you move your files to a Google platform, they will be castable, giving you a better picture and more privacy on your screen.
How to fix problems with mirroring and casting
If you followed the steps for screen mirroring but still can’t cast your computer, phone, or tablet to your Chromecast, you may need to troubleshoot to check for some common problems.
If your Chromecast isn’t working, try these steps to get it back up and running:
- Make sure your computer, phone, or tablet, as well as your Chromecast, are all connected to the same internet network.
- Make sure your Chromecast is securely plugged into your screen and its power source.
- If your Chromecast doesn’t show up on your Google Home app, unplug it from its power source and plug it back in to reset it.
- Look for updates for Google Chrome.
- Turn on Bluetooth on your computer, phone, or tablet and restart them.
- If you’re having trouble with the internet, restart your router and Chromecast.
- Use the Google Home app to reset your Chromecast to factory settings, or hold the reset button near the power plug for 25 seconds.
Chromecast is a great device for streaming and mirroring your screen.
Chromecast works in different ways with each kind of web browser and phone, computer, or tablet.
Still, you’ll be able to cast anything with the touch of a button once you know the steps and any extra software your devices need to screen mirror.