Casting Your Android Screen to Your TV

Step 1: Get Started

1. Casting your Android screen is available on devices running Android 5.0 or later.

2. Casting your Android screen is not supported on iOS or Windows devices.

3. Turn off "Power Saving Mode" on your Android device. Power Saving Mode can limit the processing power of your device which might affect the performance of the Cast Screen feature.

4. The "Microphone" permission in the Google Play Services app needs to be turned on to successfully use the "Cast Screen / Audio" feature with Chromecast. If you don't have this permission turned on, the Cast Screen session will immediately disconnect after trying to connect.

To turn on microphone permissions:

  • On your Android device, tap Settings

  • Scroll down and tap Apps and then Google Play Services and then Permissions.

  • Look for "Microphone" and slide the slider On.

Step 2: Cast your screen from your Android device

1. Make sure your mobile phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device.

2. Open the Google Home app.

3. Tap the device you want to cast your screen to.

4. Tap Cast my screen and then Cast screen.

Step 3. Adjust the volume when casting your Android screen

1. Open the Google Home app.

2. Tap your device, then adjust the volume.

Step 4. Stop casting your screen from your Android device

From the Google Home app

1. Make sure your mobile phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device.

2. Open the Google Home app.

3. Tap your device and then Stop mirroring.


Casting Your iPhone to Your TV

Casting from your iPhone to your TV is now possible with these methods. Here are the ways to do so:

  • Using an HDMI cable to connect your iPhone to your TV

  • Using a Plug and Play cable to connect your iPhone to your TV

  • Connecting your iPhone to your TV with a smart TV

  • Using Apple TV to stream on your TV

1. Using an HDMI cable to connect your iPhone to your TV

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  • Connect one end of the HDMI cable to a free HDMI port on your TV. Look for it on the sides of the TV and also behind it. It should have the HDMI label on it – make a note of the number.

  • Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the Lightning Digital AV Adapter.

  • Connect the Lighting connector to your iPhone.

  • Turn on your TV, and use your remote control or the TV controls to switch to the correct HDMI port you just plugged the cable into.

  • The picture and sound from your iPhone or iPad should appear on screen.

2. Using a Plug and Play cable to connect your iPhone to your TV

  • Connect one side of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port as well as the USB side in your TV. Look for ports with the HDMI and USB label on it.

  • Connect the Lighting side to your iPhone.

  • Turn on your TV and look for the HDMI input you chose.

  • Start enjoying what is on your phone on your TV.

3. Connecting your iPhone to your TV with a smart TV

  • Download the app. In this case, we are using Nero Streaming Player as an example.

  • Connect your iPhone and your smart TV to the same Wi-Fi connection.

  • Choose what you want to stream and select the button that lets you stream specific content from your iPhone into your TV.

4. Using Apple TV to stream on your TV

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  • Connect your iOS device and Apple TV to the same Wi-Fi network.

  • Depending on the version you have, swipe up or down to show and open the Control Center. For iPhones with iOS 12 or later, swipe down. For earlier versions, swipe up.

  • Tap Screen mirroring and select your Apple TV or Airplay-compatible TV from the list. If AirPlay is an option and appears on your TV screen, enter the name in your iOS device.

  • Choose the screen orientation — vertical or horizontal — that you want the TV to show by simply turning your phone – the TV dispaly will adapy automatically.

  • Enjoy your favorite content on the big screen.

*This option is also how you connect an iPad and iPod Touch to your Apple TV.

Sources: Google, AllConnect

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