Google is bringing the ability to mirror the screen on your Android phone or table to a TV using a Chromecast.

You could already use a Chromecast to stream audio, video, or other content from the internet to your TV while using your mobile device as a remote control. Now you can use a Chromecast to turn a TV into a big screen display for Google Maps, games, or other content running on your phone or tablet.

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Screen mirroring is in beta at the moment, only officially supports a group of recent of Android devices from Samsung, HTC, and LG at launch (including the Nexus 4 and later) and requires version 1.7 of the Chromecast app for Android.

While folks have been finding a Cast Screen option in the Android Quick Settings panel for a while, if you don’t see the option in your pull-down panel, you can also fire up the Chromecast app and choose the “Cast Screen” button from within the app.

Once you’ve done that, just choose the Chromecast on your network and everything displayed on your phone or tablet should show up on your TV.

When you want to stop casting, just pull down your notification drawer and choose the Disconnect option. You can also open up the Chromecast app again, choose the “Cast Screen” option again, and then choose disconnect — but it’s easier to do it from the notification area.

Initially supported devices including the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10 (2014 Edition), HTC One M7, LG G2, LG G Pro 2, and LG G3.

Update: Want to try Chromecast screen mirroring on a device that didn’t make that list? If it’s a recent phone or tablet and it’s rooted, there’s a good chance you can install a third-party app to enable mirroring support.

 

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16 replies on “Google brings Chromecast screen mirroring to Android”

  1. Anyone get the Chromecast 1.7 update on their LG G2 yet? Says it was supposed to be supported right away.

      1. Could you repost the link? It isn’t working. I’d like to download and give it a try after work.

    1. I’m having the same issue. No audio when mirroring. Phone volume is turned up, TV volume is turned up, notification volume is up but yet no audio on mirroring

      1. Be sure to reboot your chromecast. That’s how I solve my audio issues the other days.

  2. I just tried it out with my Nexus 7 and Chromecast. I was really impressed, it preformed very well (especially in light of the beta stage).

  3. I can’t wait for a review of how well it works. I’ve read to many issues about miracast (some devices connecting while others not) and the HTC media link hd seems like an attractive solution for my phone but not my tablet plus it’s quite a bit more expensive (but the fact that it supports dts hd and Dolby are points in its favor).

    If this performs well it would be a great solution for my needs.

  4. How smooth is the experience with apps like Maps or Earth? I hope Google announces a new Chromecast 2 with more powerful hardware soon along with a Nexus 8/9.

    1. If you’re just mirroring, I suspect the speed and quality of the wifi connection is more important to the quality of the display than the power of the device (once the bugs have been worked out and the app has been tuned).

      When Brad was playing the racing game in the video, most of the time the playback on the Chromecast was pretty smooth (if a little behind). That should be more than fast enough to keep up with you scrolling and zooming around on a map.

  5. Finally, I have a reason to get a Chromecast. I had previously been using a Miracast receiver connected to my TV’s HDMI slot to mirror the screen of my LG G2, but that has its own bugs and issues. Hopefully screen mirroring over Chromecast is a lot smoother.

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