Google Chromecast has gained many updates over the years, and is a very innovative tool, despite its size. For those of you who are unaware, Google Chromecast is a relatively cheap and tiny dongle that is the size of a cookie. Yet this small tool has amazing capabilities. Using the Google Chromecast you can view almost anything from your Mac laptop on your TV. All you need to do is plug in your Google Chromecast into the TV.
Whether you would like to stream videos, photos, show a demonstration, or anything else of the like, you can use the Google Chromecast in order to accomplish it all. This is exceptionally useful if you want to watch Netflix or Amazon Prime Video on a bigger screen. Perhaps you want to share photos with your family. Whatever your reason, Google Chromecast is there to help you. In order to get started and mirror your Mac to Google Chromecast, follow the simple instructions below.
Prerequisites to Mirroring Your Mac to Chromecast
There are a few things you’ll need in order to mirror your Mac to Chromecast. Check to see if you have all of the following below.
- Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra
- Access to W-Fi
- A TV with an HDMI port
- Mac running at least Mac OS 10.9 or onwards
- A current version of Google Chrome browser
- 10 minutes of your time
If you have all of the above, then you’re ready to learn how to mirror your Mac’s screen to Chromecast. In order to get started, follow the instructions below.
Mirror Macs Screen to Chromecast
Basically, anything you can open on Google Chrome can be cast to Chromecast. In order to get started and mirror your Mac’s screen to Chromecast, follow the simple instructions below.
1. Launch Google Chrome. Netflix is used as an example in this tutorial, and in all honesty, it’s one of the most commonly used websites that users cast to Chromecast.
2. Navigate to the window that you would like to cast. Remember, whether it be videos, photos, slideshows, music, or web apps, almost anything can be cast.
3. Click on View in the menu towards the top of your screen.
4. From the drop-down menu that appears, scroll and click on Cast.
5. You’ll now have the option to choose which of your Chromecast devices you would like to cast to. Feel free to choose the option that is most suitable to you.
6. Choose Remote Screen in order to cast full screen to only your TV.
7. Feel free to adjust the volume slider accordingly. Please note that this volume slider is separate from the volume on your TV. In order to get the best sound, you’ll have to adjust both this volume slider and the volume of your TV.
8. You can control the playback of what you’re currently casting by using the Play, Pause, Forward, and Back buttons on the screen.
9. After you’ve finished your casting experience, all you need to do is click on STOP in order to release the Chromecast. It couldn’t get any easier than that.
That’s all there is to it. You may have noticed a blue screen icon when you cast a tab on your TV. This blue icon is very useful for keeping track of which tab is being cast, especially if you have many tabs opened at once. Please note that if you’re streaming videos, then this is a very processor heavy task.
The quality of your video will depend largely on the age and performance of your Mac. If you have a relatively old Mac model, be prepared to have subpar quality. Nonetheless, using Google Chromecast is one of the cheapest ways to mirror your Mac on the big screen. Apple TV’s tend to be very expensive, and not worth the trouble, if you only want to mirror your screen once in a while.
If you purchase a regular Chromecast you can broadcast content up to 1080p, whereas if you purchase the Chromecast Ultra you can broadcast up to 4K resolutions, with HDR color technology. The Chromecast Ultra also has a built-in port for an Ethernet cable. Most users are happy with just a regular Chromecast, though.