You can now mirror your Android screen to your TV with Chromecast

While Chromecast has been a great tool for streaming media to a TV from a supported device, it has not so far supported screen ‘casting’ to Google's diminutive dongle. But today, the company announced that it is enhancing Chromecast to allow users to mirror their display to a TV.

Users will now be able to share whatever is on their phone or tablet screen to Chromecast and see it replicated – albeit much larger – on their TV. Simply open the Chromecast app on your device, and tap the ‘Cast Screen’ button in the navigation drawer – it’s as simple as that. It’s even easier on Nexus devices, which includes support for activating screen-casting via Android’s integrated quick settings menu.

Google says that the feature is currently in beta, and will be rolling out to supported Android devices – including many from Samsung, HTC, LG and others – over the next few days. The Chromecast app will need to be updated to version 1.7 before you can begin mirroring your display.

For now, only Android support is on the cards, with no love for iOS devices just yet. 

Source: Google Chrome Blog

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Yes I just tried this and it works great, but disconnected twice for me. Sound comes out the TV instead of the phone - I tried Spotify. Also scrolling in Chrome is smooth on the TV, but there is a small delay obviously.

Does it still need its own WiFi network or have they removed that requirement for casting?

That's the one thing that's stopped me picking a Chromecast up, I travel a lot and generally hotel WiFi doesn't allow the Chromecast to work. A travel router would solve it but its yet more expense and now there's the security issue on flights.

Surface2 does support miracast, but the original RT does not. The original Pro and Pro2 models do as well, of course - only the OG Surface RT does not support miracast.

ccoltmanm said,
I need this for my Surface RT.

If you have the TV for it, it'll do it right out of the box. My folks have a Sony something-or-other (less than 2 years old), and when it's turned on, and connected to the LAN, I can right-click on any video file in Explorer, right-click, Play To, and the TV shows up there. You can even minimize the player app and continue doing other stuff on the tablet.

That's the first-gen RT tablet. No doubt this is still there on the newer ones.

[Edit] Hang on, I'm being a dumbass...we're talking about mirroring the device's display...not just streaming video...

You can always hook it up with a cable. Wirelessly? I'm not so sure. But, all the required parts are there.

Edited by _dandy_, Jul 10 2014, 7:40pm :

I think you might be thinking of Miracast/Direct WiFi, which Android, and Windows 8 also, supports but I could never get it to work between my Nexus 10 and Samsung TV.

Raa said,
No it only did it if you had a rooted device, or a Nexus 5.

Now it (should) support all phones, yay! :)


Miracast always worked beautifully from all my Xperia devices. Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Tablet Z.

Enron said,
I thought it already did that?

You could do so via the Chrome browser extension on a PC. It was experimental tho and dont believe there was sound.

Oh maybe I was thinking of Miracast. That's the more open standard that works on Androids and Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, etc.? Not sure about Apple though.