How to Cast Screen to TV
I watch videos on my phone all the time. I bet you do, too. When I have friends or family over, I like to share funny videos with them. But I get tired of having everyone hover around my phone.
That’s when I started researching how to cast phone screen displays to televisions. It’s easier for everyone to enjoy videos when you can just cast your screen to your TV.
I’m going to show you how to cast your screen (no matter your device) onto your TV quickly and easily.
How to Cast Screen from Android Devices
When I first learned how to cast my screen to TV screens, I had an Android phone. It was an older phone, so I worried that it may not work, but I was surprised to find that it’s a relatively painless process.
Casting should work even on old devices that are running Android 5.0.
If you want to know how to cast Android screen to non smart TV, you will need a Chromecast device. If you have a smart TV, you may not need a Chromecast, but for the purpose of this article, I’m just going to talk about casting to a Chromecast device.
So, once you have your Chromecast hooked up and ready for use, here’s how to cast screen from mobile to your TV.
Download and Install the Google Home App
The Google Home app is the most reliable way to cast your Android screen to your television. You have Chromecast, so you should already have this app installed. If not, you can download the app from the Play Store.
- Open the Google Home app.
- Select your desired Chromecast device.
- Choose Cast my Screen at the bottom of the screen.
- You should receive a prompt reminding you that whatever is on your screen will be visible on the television screen. Accept the prompt to move forward.
When you want to stop casting, just tap the Stop mirroring button on the Google Home app.
I was shocked by how easy it was to mirror my phone screen, and I was happy that my family didn’t have to hover around my phone to see my screen.
With Chromecast, you can also cast phone screen to TV without Wi-Fi. Just plug an ethernet cord into the Chromecast device.
Now, you can cast iPhones to a Chromecast through the Google Home app, but I found that it wasn’t always reliable. It could have been the devices I was using. Either way, I wasn’t happy with how it was working.
How to Cast My iPhone Screen to TV
Like I said, you can cast your iPhone screen to a Chromecast device through the Google Home app. But Apple also has its own casting, or mirroring, service called AirPlay.
AirPlay allows you to share your screen to Apple TV or smart TVs that are compatible with AirPlay 2. While AirPlay works well, it’s not a method that everyone can use.
If you don’t have an Apple TV or a smart TV, then you’re out of luck.
Before you can use AirPlay, you need to make sure that you have a compatible device. To mirror your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad screen:
- Make sure that your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your smart TV or Apple TV.
- Open up the Control Center.
- Tap Screen Mirroring.
- Choose your AirPlay 2-compatible TV or Apple TV.
- You may have to enter passcode on your iOS device.
One thing I don’t like about this method is that your TV will use your device’s screen aspect ratio and orientation. So, if you want to fill your TV screen, you’re going to have to change your television’s zoom or aspect ratio settings.
When you’re ready to stop mirroring your screen, just open up the Control Center again, tap Screen Mirroring and then tap Stop Mirroring.
How to Cast a PC Screen to the TV
What if you want to mirror, or cast, your PC screen to your television screen? There are several ways to accomplish this goal, but you’ll need to have some kind of streaming device, such as:
- Fire TV stick
- Apple TV or AirPlay
To mirror your PC screen on a Windows 10 desktop or laptop:
- Click Settings.
- Select Devices.
- Select Connected Devices.
- Choose Add a Device.
- Choose your WiFi receiver.
This should be all you need to do to project your screen onto your TV. When you’re ready to stop mirroring your screen, just shut down your Miracast device (Chromecast, Fire TV stick, etc.).
I have mirrored my laptop screen a few times to watch old family movies. It worked well, but there were some syncing issues. The audio wasn’t properly lined up with the video, so I had to restart the casting a few times.
It was a bit of a pain. It took me about 20 minutes to get the video properly synced up. It wasn’t ideal by any means. This happened at a family party, so everyone was just waiting around for me to get everything set up properly.
How to Cast Any Device
If you’re like me, you have multiple different types of devices in your home. I don’t have a smart TV. And I also don’t own a Chromecast or an Apple TV anymore. I didn’t want to shell out the money for new devices.
I found out about TVFix Caster from a friend. It’s a simple, affordable device that allows you to cast your screen onto your TV from any device. I immediately bought it, tried it and loved it.
I had a bark control app that I wanted to cast to my TV. My thought process was that the app would be more effective if it could use my surround sound speakers. So, I tried to screen cast view mobile on TV using TV Buddy Caster. It worked. I tried with a different device, and that one worked as well.
If you already have a Chromecast, Fire TV stick or Roku, you may not care or need another device to cast your screen. But if you don’t have one of these devices, don’t want to spend a fortune on one and need a reliable way to cast your screen, I highly recommend giving TV Buddy Caster a try.
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